Michelle Purvis

Michelle Purvis

Location:
Weatherford, Texas
Phone:
800-483-9202
817-406-5455
Fax:
817-596-8577
Email:

Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Houston-Downtown in 1995 and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in December, 1998. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in May, 1999. Michelle received trial advocacy training in law school by participating South Texas College of Law's intra-mural moot court competitions and through the school's advocacy courses. She also completed a summer internship at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. However, it was a summer clerkship at an insurance defense firm that made it clear to Michelle that her passion was in representing the interests of individuals rather than corporations or insurance companies. This desire led Michelle to the practice of family law.

Prior to moving to the Fort Worth area, Michelle worked at a family law firm in Houston and handled complex family law cases, including highly-contested divorces, custody disputes, and cases with high-net worth estates. Michelle finds her most rewarding experiences in helping clients with challenging circumstances such as families with children with ongoing medical, educational, or developmental challenges or disabilities, parents facing drug or alcohol addiction, and divorce and custody cases involving high-conflict.

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1999

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - December, 1998
    • Honors: Intramural Moot Court Competition quarter-finalist
    • Honors: Highest grade award - Conflict of Laws
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • University of Houston, Downtown
    • Bachelor of Science - 1995
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Author: Handling Ethical Issues in Family Law Practice, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, Half-Moon Seminars, Jan., 2016
  • Author: Attorney’s Fees: Negotiating, Securing, and Collecting. 2003 HBA Family Law Institute
  • Co-Author: Identifying Marital Property Issues Upon Divorce, (with Sherri A. Evans). 2002 U. Tex. Fam. L. on Front Lines
  • Author: Constitutional Considerations Regarding Child Support Liens and Levies, Child Support Collection, Enforcement, and Forms. Burta R. Raborn American Inns of Court, Jan. 17, 2002
  • Co-Author: Predicates, Presumptions, and Privileges (with Sherri A. Evans). 2001 Adv. Fam. L. Ch. 30

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker: Attorney’s Fees: Negotiating, Securing, and Collecting. 2003 HBA Family Law Institute
  • Speaker: Pro-Bono Representation of Family Law Clients, Corpus Christi Pro Bono Seminar, Feb. 28, 2003
  • Planning Committee Member: STCL Family Law Conference for General Practitioners and Legal Assistants, Feb. 7-8, 2002
  • Speaker: Constitutional Considerations Regarding Child Support Liens and Levies, Child Support Collection, Enforcement, and Forms. Burta R. Raborn American Inns of Court, Jan. 17, 2002
  • Speaker: Representing the Battered Client, Family Law Council and East Tex. Legal Services Pro Bono Seminar, Sept. 8, 2001

Honors and Awards

  • National Family Law Trial Institute, Alumni - 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Short & Jenkins, LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Jolene Wilson-Glah & Associates, PC, Houston, Texas
  • Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas, Summer Judicial Intern
  • Professor Michael D. Weiss, J.D., Houston, Texas, Student Intern
  • Ireson & Weizel, PLLC, Houston, Texas, Summer Associate