Michael Newman

Michael Newman

Houston, Texas

Michael B. Newman has over 30 years of legal experience. He strategizes and used his excellent negotiation skills to resolve or try cases based on clients’ needs.   He is also a certified and very experienced mediator in contested matters. His patience and diligence have earned him an excellent track record.     He practices in the area of civil litigation, with a primary focus on fiduciary, probate and commercial matters as well as probate and estate administration.   Mr. Newman has successfully handled hundreds of cases over the years, including trials to the bench and to juries in civil courts and statutory probate courts throughout the surrounding counties.  He has been entrusted by the Courts to handle appointments, and  he counsels and represents administrators, beneficiaries, executors, and trustees.

Areas of Practice

  • Fiduciary, Guardianship, Probate, Trust, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation
  • Probate, Trust and Estate Administration
  • Mediations of All Civil Disputes


  • University of Houston College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Law Review: Houston Law Review, Associate Editor
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • B.B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: .


  • Mr. Newman is the author of several articles on probate and ethics and has given the following presentations:
  • Estate Planning and Probate For the Paralegal Assistant in Texas , Institute for Paralegal Education, 2000
  • Employment Laws For Business and Law Firms Ethical Considerations and Malpractice Prevention, Houston Bar Association, 2000
  • Estate Planning Issues , Harbor Investment Center, 2000
  • What Texans Need To Know About Estate Planning To Avoid Family Conflicts , IBC Senior Program, 2001
  • Fundamentals of WIll Drafting For The General Practitioner, HBA/CLE, 2001
  • The Client-Attorney Relationship and Ethical Challenges in the 21st Century, Texas Association of Railroad Trial Counsel , 2001
  • The Attorney Client Relationship, Houston Bar Association, 2001
  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers, Houston Bar Association: Wills and Probate Institute , 2002
  • Legal Ethics: The Attorney Client Relationship, South Texas College of Law , 2002
  • Family/Probate Bench Bar Conference, Houston Bar Association, 2002
  • Dealing With Difficult Clients, Attorneys in Tax and Probate , 2003
  • Legal Ethics, Houston Bar Association, 2003
  • Legal Ethics, South Texas College of Law, 2003
  • Representing Your Client Without Compromising Your Integrity, South Texas College of Law, 2004
  • Ethical Considerations for Lawyers in the 21st Century, Katy Bar Association, 2004
  • Legal Ethics, South Texas College of Law, 2008
  • 23rd Annual Wills and Probate Institute Keeping You Your Law Firm and Your Clients Out of Ethical Hot Water, South Texas College of Law, 2008
  • How to Safely Navigate Across the Turbulent Seas of Probate Selected Ethical Issues for the Probate Practitioner, Probate Section of the Houston Bar Association, 2009
  • Legal Ethics; Whom Do You Represent?, State Bar of Texas: 33rd Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2009
  • Selected Ethical Issues for the Probate Practitioner, Attorneys in Tax and Probate , 2010
  • Ethics in Probate , Houston Bar Association, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association: Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Member
  • Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee, Former Co-Chair , 2002 - 2003
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, Former Member