Michael A. Harris

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Michael A. Harris has been an attorney at the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill, a Professional Corporation (“PDH”), since 2005, and in 2011 was named a Shareholder of the firm.  In his years of practice, he has managed and participated in an eclectic array of civil litigation and appellate practice.  His long-term clients generally view him as their primary legal resource on all matters of the law that they encounter, while he also handles matter specific clients whose need for the specific set of legal experience he possesses is limited to a single case or pressing issue.

Areas of Practice

The types of services Michael provides clients include:

  • Appellate counseling and strategizing
  • Litigation, arbitration and mediation counseling
  • Complex construction matters
  • Contract review, negotiation and preparation
  • Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) consultation and collections
  • Commercial Collections 

Representative Matters

  • Managed the appeal of an adverse trial court judgment which eventually resulted in the reversal of the trial court in favor of PDH’s client, in a case of first impression in the consumer law field.
  • Obtained a favorable summary judgment in a PACA collections matter and successfully defended the judgment on appeal to the 5th Federal Circuit, resulting in the full recovery of the amount owed to PDH’s client.
  • Successfully defended an appeal to the 5th Federal Circuit in a case of first impression regarding the PACA Trust and how the trust can be waived by actions of the trust creditor.
  • Managed the appeal of an adverse trial court judgment which eventually resulted in the reversal of the trial court in favor of PDH’s client, in a case of first impression as to the applicability of the Automatic Stay provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for a plaintiff in a multi-party real estate dispute resulting in a recovery of the property for his client.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for a plaintiff in a dispute over the failure of marine engines.
  • Appointed Special Counsel to collect preferences in a bankruptcy matter.
  • Selected as counsel among PACA Creditor group for collection of bankrupt produce dealer’s receivables, with a collection rate expected to exceed well over 90% in more than 10 separate matters.
  • Achieved favorable settlement for former corporate officer in a shareholder oppression matter, which resulted in the buyout of the client’s disputed shares.
  • Achieved take nothing judgment in representing employer in workers compensation nonsubscriber matter.
  • Represented contractors and sub-contractors in numerous complex construction transaction and litigation matters.
  • Represented construction clients in complex multi-party construction defect cases, resulting in favorable resolutions for the clients.
  • Represented clients in trade-secret misappropriation dispute, resulting in a favorable settlement for the clients.
  • Represented corporate clients in a trademark violation/unfair competition/Lanham Act case, resulting in a favorable settlement and agreed injunction in favor of the client.
  • Represented clients in various federal claims, including FLSA litigation, False Claims Act Whistleblower actions, and OSHA actions.

Education

Affiliations and Certifications

Representative Appellate Cases

  • Shows v. Man Engines et al, ---S.W.3d (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2012)
  • Ruby Robinson, Inc. v. Herr & Petro v. NatureBest Pre-Cut & Produce LLC, 2011 WL 6152959 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. v. Labuzan, 579 F.3d 533 (5th Cir.2009)
  • Bocchi v. Commerce Fresh, 515 F.3d 383 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Houston Precast Inc. v. McAllen Construction Inc., 2008 WL 4352636 (Tex. App.-Corpus Christi 2008)
  • 1.9 Little York, LTD v. Allice Trading, Inc., 2012 WL 897776 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2012)
  • A.M.P.S. v. E-One New York Inc., 2008 WL 963007 (Tex. App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2008)
  • Garza v. Bunting, 2007 WL 1545937 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2007)