Michelle Simpson Tuegel

The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, PLLC
The Simpson Tuegel Law Firm, PLLC
3301 Elm St., Dallas, TX 75226 United States
DallasTX 75226
(214) 774-9121
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Michelle Simpson Tuegel started her legal career in Central Texas, practicing primarily in the area of criminal defense. During her years in criminal practice, Michelle developed her skills in the courtroom and tried high-profile capital murder cases, sexual assault, kidnapping, arson, and federal felony drug cases. At a time when most young lawyers are still researching and writing legal memos and carrying a partner's briefcase to the courthouse, Michelle was trying death penalty cases with high media publicity. Her extensive courtroom experience honed her skills at trial. This background also helped Michelle develop a unique and empathetic approach to communicating with clients in traumatic and highly stressful situations. Through her significant experience in high profile cases, Michelle also learned to be a voice for her clients not just in the courtroom, but also through different news and media outlets. She is a frequent legal voice in the media, from CNN to USA Today.


A former world-ranked athlete in slalom water skiing, Michelle is now nationally recognized for Title IX representation of students. Michelle uses her naturally competitive drive to champion clients' cases and to relate to athletes, students, and injured people from all walks of life. After years of advocating for accused individuals in the criminal justice system, Michelle decided to refocus her practice on representing victims and individuals who have been injured or wronged by companies and institutions in the civil court system. Specifically, she began representing victims of crime in civil lawsuits around the United States. Michelle is one of the first attorneys to file a lawsuit connected to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas.


Michelle also recently represented former U.S. national team and Olympic gymnasts and college athletes who were sexually abused by the Olympic team's former doctor, filing suits against the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State. Her clients are part of a multi-million dollar global settlement with Michigan State.


Michelle Simpson Tuegel grew up in Bridgeport, Texas, which is a small town northwest of Fort Worth. Some of her earliest memories are of her father, also a trial lawyer, speaking to juries in Wise County, Texas. Michelle's two younger sisters are also both trial lawyers in Dallas. Mackenzie Simpson Wallace practices in the civil litigation section in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight. Maryssa Simpson is a partner with The Potts Law Firm in Dallas. Michelle often works with her sisters through joint ventures on different matters, or as a jury consultant for purposes of trial. Michelle has been honored to expand her practice to jury consulting services on behalf of other firms, lending her trial and people skills on a variety of matters. Michelle's husband, Andrew Tuegel, is also a trial lawyer practicing with the Law Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas.


Michelle was named to The National Trial Lawyers' Top Trial Lawyers list, and to the Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star list for 2015-2018. Michelle was also included in the Texas SuperLawyers Rising Star list "Up and Coming Top 100 Lawyers" and "Up and Coming Top 50 Women Lawyers." Michelle has been asked to speak on Title IX, criminal defense, and civil trial issues around the country.


Michelle feels at home standing in front of a jury and being a trial lawyer runs in her blood. Michelle is a combination of aggression and compassion and invests herself completely in the people she represents.


Areas of Practice

Criminal Law- Title IX

Personal Injury


Bar Admissions

Texas, 2010

New York, 2019

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2011

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2014

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2017

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2017

U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2018

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2018


Education

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas

J.D. - 2010

Major: Criminal Practice

Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

B.A. magna cum laude - 2006

Major: English


Published Works

In The United States, Many Are Sitting In Jail Just Because They Are Poor, "Pretrial Detention", Guest Writer, 2015

“Pretrial Detention”, Fair Trials International, 2015

“Pretrial Investigations in Child Physical Abuse and Child Death Cases” , Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017


Honors and Awards

World in Women's Slalom-Ranked 3rd

United States in Women's Slalom-Ranked 1st

Water Ski World Cup Women's Slalom-Champion

Water Ski World Championships-Bronze Medal

Ireland World Cup Stop-4th

Ireland World Cup Stop-2nd

Russia World Cup Stop-4th, 2005 - 2006

Chile, World Championships 21-Silver Medal

United States Olympic Committee Training Stipend Recipient

“Texas Rising Star Attorney” by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Service, 2015 - 2016

“Top 100 Trial Lawyers” The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - 2016


Professional Associations and Memberships

Capital Defense (death penalty appointment list) “second chair” qualified – 3rd Judicial Region of Texas, 2013 - 2016

Waco McLennan County Bar Association, Member, 2010 - 2016

United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco Division , CJA Panel Member

Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Associate/Member, 2014 - 2016

American Bar Association, Member

College of the State Bar of Texas, Member

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member

McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association , Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member

Former Associate Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas

State Bar of Texas, Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Board of Directors

NACDL, Amicus Curiae Committee, Fifth Circuit Vice Chair

NACDL Title IX Committee, Member

NACDL Budget Committee, Member

NACDL Death Penalty Committee, Member

NACDL Women in Criminal Defense Committee, Member

NACDL Membership Committee, Vice-Chair

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), Member

Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors

TCDLA New Lawyers’ Committee, Co-Chair

TCDLA Law School Committee, Member

TCDLA Nomination Committee, Member

Waco McLennan County Bar Association

McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas, Former Associate


Past Employment Positions

Law Office of Russell D. Hunt Sr., Associate, 2012

Law Office of Rod Goble, Associate, 2010 - 2012

McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, TX, Legal Intern — Fall, 2009

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009

Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009

Amnesty International, United Kingdom, Intern, Parliamentary Branch - Fall, 2004

Professional Slalom Water Skier, 2002 - 2009

Mastercraft Boats, Sponsored Athlete, 2002 - 2008

Shaklee Products, Sponsored Athlete, 2006 - 2008

Hunt & Tuegel PLLC, Partner, 2013 - 2018


Pro Bono Activities

Advisory Board Member, Mission Waco Legal Aid Services, 2015 - Present

Board Member, Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce, 2015 - Present

Mission Waco Homeless Shelter & Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer, 2015 - 2016

Amnesty International, United Kingdom-Fall

Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer, 2015 - 2016

Mission Waco Legal Clinic Advisory Board Member

Member of Executive Committee Alumni Association, Baylor Law School, 2016 - 2017

Volunteer/Speaker, Waco NAACP

Greater Waco Legal Services (Legal Aid Clinic), Board Member, 2016 - 2017

Appointed to Merit Selection Panel for appointment of the United States Magistrate position for Western District of Texas, Waco Division

Western District of Texas Criminal Justice Act Plan, Review Committee, CJA Panel Representative, Waco Division

Central Texas NAACP, Working to develop curriculum with NAACP President Dr. Henry, “Know Your Rights Academy” designed to engage and educate young men about their legal rights and interacting with law enforcement.

Mission Waco Homeless Shelter – Volunteer/Speaker (devotional) in Soup Kitchen, 2015 - Present


Fraternities/Sororities

Kappa Kappa Gamma

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