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P. Michael Jung

Senior Counsel
fax +1 214.659.4022

Michael Jung represents clients in all industries in appellate matters in state and federal courts. He also handles zoning, land use, and election law matters on behalf of governmental and private clients.

Michael helps clients navigate the appeals process from beginning to end, handling appeals in cases referred to the firm as well as cases handled at the trial-court level by other Clark Hill attorneys. He assists trial lawyers with discovery issues, dispositive motions, jury instructions, and post-trial motions. He consults on trial-court cases or appeals being handled by other firms and also helps with post-trial mediation and other settlement activities. Additionally, Michael prepares “friend of the court” briefs in important cases.

He is comfortable with whatever role best suits the client’s needs, ranging from standby consultation with trial counsel to working as part of a multi-firm team of lawyers to independent pursuit of a complete appeal.

Michael brings four decades of experience in appellate and law-intensive trial court litigation to the solution of clients’ problems. He has argued more than 220 cases on appeal, including 26 in the Supreme Court of Texas and 42 in the U.S. Fifth Circuit. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and is board-certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Michael also helps clients navigate governmental-law issues pending before government bodies and courts. These include zoning and land use matters and issues relating to partisan and non-partisan elections.

Education

J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1979
Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1975

Recognitions

Named among Best Lawyers in America – Administrative/Regulatory Law, Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Land Use and Zoning Law sections by Best Lawyers (2007-2021)

Named among Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine (2017-2021)

Recognized as Lawyer of the Year – Dallas Administrative/Regulatory Law by Best Lawyers (2015)

Named among Best Lawyers in Dallas by Best Lawyers (2001-2016)

Named among America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Appellate by Chambers USA (2006-2021)

Named Texas Super Lawyer – Appellate by Thomson Reuters (2003-2017) appeared on its Top 100 in Texas (2003-2017) and Top 10 (2010-2012) in Texas special editions

Texas Association of Defense Counsel, President’s Award (1992, 1997)

Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1987-2022)

Memberships

Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Amicus Curiae Committee (1986-1997) former Chairman (1991-1997), Regional Vice-President (1993-1995), Administrative Vice-President (1995-1997)

State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section

Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, former Chairman (1995), Governmental Law Section

Dallas City Plan and Zoning Commission, Member (1987-1989, 1991, 2015-present)

Dallas Charter Review Commission, Member (2002-2003)

Dallas Zoning Ordinance Committee, Member (1985-2005)

forwardDallas!, Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee Member (2004-2006)

Dallas Ethics Review Task Force, Member (1999)

Texas Land Conservancy, Immediate Past President, Board of Directors

White Rock Neighborhood Association, President

White Rock Lake Task Force, Chairman

Texas Creative Problem Solving Organization, Executive Board of Directors

White Rock Lake Museum, Secretary

Texas Neighborhoods Together, Variety of leadership positions, including President

Dallas Homeowners League, Variety of leadership positions, including President

Friends of Fair Park, Board of Directors

King of Glory Lutheran Church, Variety of leadership positions, including as Council President

Law Clerk to Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (1979-1980), Computer simulation for Space Shuttle reentry guidance system, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (1975-1976)

State Bar Licenses

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Recent Appellate Experience

Recent Governmental Law Experience

  • Service as Board Attorney for Dallas County Schools, a county school district providing transportation and other services to independent school districts in Dallas County and elsewhere
  • Representation of the City of Farmers Branch in litigation concerning its ordinances restricting rental housing for illegal immigrants
  • Representation of a political action committee opposing public funding of the Dallas convention center hotel
  • Successful representation of the City of Brownsville Public Utilities Board in appellate litigation concerning a power plant purchase
  • Successful representation of the Dallas County Community College District in class action litigation challenging assessment and collection of technology fees and increased student services fees
  • Successful representation of the Dallas Housing Authority in litigation challenging construction of public housing in far North Dallas
  • Successful representation of the City of Sherman in litigation concerning a proposed initiative petition regarding solid waste franchises
  • Successful representation of citizens of Garland seeking to force a City Council election
  • Representation of the Dallas Independent School District in multi-decade school desegregation litigation

Oral Arguments
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Appellate Briefs
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Articles