Michael Shaunessy represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation, employment litigation, as well as suing and defending governmental entities.  He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and tries a wide range of cases involving breach of contract, tortious interference with business relations, fraud and business disparagement.  His trial work has also resulted in successful outcomes in cases involving securities fraud and  professional liability. 

For more than 20 years, he has successfully defended employers from claims of sexual harassment, sex discrimination, race discrimination, as well as violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act.  He has successfully defended claims brought against governmental group risk pools, counties, a state university, cities and school districts.  He has successfully brought claims against state agencies, including invalidation of contracts and has recovered large judgments for entities doing business with the state of Texas.

Michael has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, (2003-2005) and was one of three finalists for the Texas Bar Foundation's 2007 Dan Price Award.

  • Obtained a summary judgment in federal court in Dallas on behalf of a news organization in a case where the plaintiff, a former employee, made claims for discrimination based on race and national origin under Title VII, violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, breach of contract and defamation.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of employer on claims of race discrimination and retaliation.
  • Represented court appointed receiver of foreign currency trading company in which over 600 investors lost more than $30 million dollars.  Served as lead counsel in various suits that resulted in total recoveries of over $33 million dollars. 
  • Represented receiver and obtained $8.5 million settlement from a national law firm for benefit of defrauded investors.
  • Successfully challenged legality of city of Dallas franchise ordinance applicability to telecommunications carrier.
  • Successful representation of the National Newspaper Association in defending the constitutionality of electronic publishing provisions of the 1996 Federal Telecommunications Act.
  • Obtained and defended on appeal multi-million dollar judgment based on common law fraud and usury.
  • Successful representation of participating bank securing judgment that loan participation agreement transferred ownership interest in load and collateral to participating banks and participant held an undivided ownership interesting in foreclosed collateral.
  • Obtained temporary injunction and successfully defended on appeal portions of injunction limiting protests at homebuilders' subdivisions.
  • Obtained injunctive relief in cases involving non-compete clauses employment contracts.
 
 
  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, Class Actions Torts (2003-2005)
  • Presenter, Texas Tort Claims Act – Basics, McAllen Roadshow, Texas Young Lawyers Association Government Law Section, McAllen, Texas
    February 17, 2017

  • Speaker, Texas Tort Claim Act, Texas Bar Association’s Government Law Section Group El Paso Roadshow, El Paso, Texas
    December 9, 2016

  • Partner Michael Shaunessy explains to KXAN how sovereign immunity protects governmental entities in the State of Texas.
    August 8, 2016

  • FLSA Salary Test May Double Amid Boom in Lawsuits
    June 30, 2015

  • Author, Invoking Sovereign Immunity to Protect Public University Athletic Departments and Administrators, Tex. Rev. of Entertainment and Sports Law, Vol.
    2003

  • Author, Sovereign Immunity, Baylor Law Review, Vol. 53
    2001

  • Presenter, Summary Judgment Practice, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, State Bar of Texas

  • Presenter, Liability Under the Tort Claims Act, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Seminar, State Bar of Texas

  • Austin Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Center for Child Protection (Board of Directors 2003 to present), Executive Committee and Board Secretary 2005-2006, Fund Development Chair 2006)
  • Women's Advocacy Project (Board of Directors 1994-1998)
  • St. John Neumann Capital Campaign Committee