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Dallas Bar Association


Michael Hurst to be Inaugurated

as DBA's 109th President

   On January 20, 2018, Michael K.
Hurst will lead the Dallas Bar Asso-
ciation into its 145th year as its Pres-
   I have a habit of writing down
words to describe people when I
first meet them, said Mike Lynn, of
Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP. For
Michael, I wrote that he is 'bright,
deferential, trustworthy, supportive,
and ambitious. I like him.' Not a bad
description of my partner who sin-
cerely cares about lawyers, the prac-
tice of law, and our profession.
   We always tell our children that
actions speak louder than words. In
Michael's case, his actions speak vol-
umes. Those who work with Michael
know he is devoted to his family, the
practice of law, the community, and
his colleagues. His professional life
serves as a living embodiment of the
DBA's mission statement, which is to
serve and support the legal profes-
sion in Dallas and to promote good
relations among lawyers, the judi-
ciary, and the community.
   As the solo Chair of the Equal
Access to Justice Campaign in 2013,
Michael raised a record amount of
legal aid for low-income families
and individuals. As a co-chair of
the Pro Bono Activities Committee,
he helped provide free legal help to
the low-income residents of Dallas
County. Michael served as President
of the Community Service Board and
even received the Lois Bacon Spe-
cial Services Award for his pro bono
   Michael leads by example. When
he leads, he brings his friends and
colleagues along with him. Ever
since we have known Michael, he
and has family have selflessly deliv-
ered Thanksgiving meals to families
who receive pro bono legal services.
Illustrative of his style of leading by
example, this annual practice has
expanded and now, leaders within
the DBA, as well as those within his
law firm, help needy families every
Thanksgiving. Michael's leadership
and efforts to fund pro bono legal ser-
vices will be a prominent part of his
programming this year as he devel-
ops a Pro Bono Endowment, having
already secured significant gifts from
individuals and corporations in Dal-
las including Michael and his wife,
Jane Rose Hurst.
   An accomplished trial lawyer,
Michael is consistently ranked as
amongst the best attorneys around.

Both of us have tried cases with
Michael and are constantly impressed
by how sharp, well-reasoned, and
personable he is. Don Godwin, a for-
mer law partner of Michael's, said of
him: Michael and I tried several jury
trials together dating back to the 90s.
He is a natural in the courtroom with
a very accomplished and proven abil-
ity to communicate very well with
juries and judges. He is a gifted trial
lawyer with a disarming manner. He
can be a fierce cross examiner and
in a moment's notice can be as mild
mannered as needed for the circum-
   U.S. News    &   World Report
selected Michael as one of the Best
Lawyers in America in Commercial
Litigation, Labor & Employment
Litigation, and Real Estate Litiga-
tion. Texas Monthly named Michael
as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in
Texas. Benchmark Litigation selected
Michael as a Litigation Star. The
Dallas  Business  Journal named
Michael as one of the Top 15 Busi-
ness Defenders. He also received
outstanding young lawyer awards
from both the Texas Young Lawyers
Association (TYLA) and the Dal-
las Association of Young Lawyers
(DAYL). He was also the first male
to receive the Dallas Women Law-
yers Association's Louise B. Raggio
   Even more impressive, those serv-
ing as opposing counsel to Michael
note his ability to vigorously advo-
cate for his clients while maintain-
ing high professionalism standards.
He is very professional and a credit
to the legal profession, added Mr.
Godwin. He loves the practice of
law, and more than anything profes-

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