Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst - Partner

Phone: 214.749.6533     Email: Mike@Hermes-Law.com

“My value to my clients is my ability to be there for them during every step of the litigation process. I’ve been practicing law for over 30 years, so I bring a high level of experience to defending cases, and I understand the anxiety and frustration it causes an individual or company.”

To combine 2 things I enjoy – old movies and family- I will quote Don Corleone from The Godfather “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man”. I have invested in family, but am nearing the end of the marathon, at least in theory, as my youngest is now in high school. When you start late on this adventure, the grey hairs come more quickly with each little hiccup along the way. Although I have a hole-in-one in golf, I am in the “retired” category, as I finally figured out that my skill level did not meet with my passion for the game.

Michael L. Hurst is a founding partner of the law firm of Hermes Law. With over 30 years’ experience as a trial attorney, Michael has tried many cases involving a wide and diverse range of issues and practice areas.

Michael is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell.

Practice Areas

Professional Liability, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Transportation, Construction, Medical Malpractice, Mass Tort Litigation, Environmental/Toxic Tort Litigation

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a trauma surgeon and Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran in a case filed in State Court in Grayson County in which the plaintiffs alleged complications during surgery.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an ob/gyn in a birth-injury case in a 3 week trial to a Dallas County jury.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an ob/gyn in a birth-injury case tried in the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall, Texas).
  • Obtained a defense verdict in the ShuttleKing bus hijacking case in which 30 separate plaintiffs filed suit against the bus company surrounding the in-transit robbery, shooting, and hijacking of the bus by 3 armed individuals.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a case tried to a Tarrant County jury in a case involving the death of an elderly patient in a nursing home.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a case tried on behalf of a nurse practitioner involving the death of an elderly woman in a nursing home.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a suicide case filed against the treating psychiatrist.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a suicide case filed against the treating psychologist.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist) in a case in which the settling co-defendant was found negligent and the jury awarded 4.5 million in damages.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for 2 dentists in a dental malpractice case filed in Tarrant County Texas.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a trucking company involving the death of the other driver and passenger in a flip over accident.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a trucking company in a premises liability case.
  • Obtained a mixed verdict and a defense verdict in Federal Court for a trucking company in a high-speed highway rear-end collision accident on I-20.
  • Tried to a mixed verdict a forklift accident in a warehouse facility
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a forklift, tractor-trailer incident in which the Plaintiff claimed a herniated disk as a result of the incident.
  • Tried to verdict a premises liability action involving the State Fair Music Hall.
  • Tried to a hung jury a shoulder dystocia case involving a birth trauma injury.
  • Tried to a hung jury a minor claims of permanent brain injury as a result of an emergency shunt installed by a neurosurgeon.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a neurosurgeon in a wrongful death claim filed in Tarrant County.
  • Tried to verdict a t-bone collision accident where liability was stipulated and the case was tried on damages only.
  • Acted as trial counsel on the following appellate opinions: Bailey v Daniel 967 F.2d. 178 (5th Cir. 1992); Katsen v Rubenfield 2001 WL 923132 (Tex App – Dallas 2001); Raines v Stephens 2005 WL 923132 (Tex App – Waco 2005); Oak Park, Inc. v. Harrison, 206 SW3d 133 (Tex. App. Eastland 2006); Gurkoff v. Jersak, 278 SW 3d 776 (Tex. 2009); and Ritchie v. Rupe, 443 SW3d 856 (Tex. 2014).

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, 1985
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas

Education

  • Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Tech University School of Law, 1985
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Southern Methodist University, 1982

Memberships

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell

Personal

Michael was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is married with 3 children.