Michael J. Yanochik

Michael J. Yanochik

Of Counsel

Mr. Yanochik’s practice is focused on appellate law, including preparing and presenting written and oral arguments in appeals, mandamus proceedings, and on legal issues that may result in an appeal, and protecting his client’s legal positions and appellate arguments through the entirety of litigation.

During the 30 years he has practiced law, Mr. Yanochik has worked with several top firms and managed his own boutique litigation firm for several years. In that time, he has developed substantial experience in handling complex commercial disputes; business torts; energy, insurance, construction, products liability, and bankruptcy litigation, at both the trial and appellate level.

Areas of Practice

Publications and Seminars

Credited for research and editing assistance on Texas Practice Guide: Torts (Nunnally and Franklin, West 2002) and Texas Practice Guide: Insurance Litigation (Kinkaid and Martin, Thomson Reuters 2011)


Represented Houston-based drilling company in well blowout suit, obtaining full indemnification in district court and affirmance on appeal via opinion that is frequently cited on gross-negligence issues.

Represented Georgia-based pipeline company in mass tort litigation arising out of pipeline ruptures, including interlocutory appeal that resulted in seminal Texas Supreme Court decision regarding limits on discovery.

Commercial Litigation

Represented Central Texas electric cooperative in litigation and arbitration proceedings relating to purchase and control of electric generating plant, including success in 22 out of 23 pretrial hearings before case settled on terms favorable to client.

Represented Boston-based bank in multi-party suit over large HVAC project at state university. Trial resulted in judgment for client in excess of $10 million, with no avenue of appeal for opposing party.

Construction Litigation

Successfully represented Texas hotel owner in multi-party litigation regarding defective construction.

Product Liability

Represented Japanese auto manufacturer in defeat of attempt to certify nationwide class action for alleged design defect.


University of Texas School of Law, J.D. (with honors), 1992
Rice University, B.A. (cum laude), 1989


State Bar of Texas

United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit