Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Attorney
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  • Goldman Law PC
  • One Energy Square 4925 Greenville Avenue Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75206
  • 972-850-8490

Michael lives in Dallas, Texas with his three beautiful kids, Gray, Ashley and Anna Katherine, and his loving and talented wife, Bridget.  When not at work, Michael enjoys spending time with his children as many will agree they grow up way too quickly. 

Michael Goldman is an accomplished litigator who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex environmental disputes throughout the country.   Michael was formerly a shareholder at Guida, Slavich & Flores, PC, an environmental boutique law firm, and for the last 16 years has focused his practice on complex environmental, energy, as well as commercial litigation matters.

When possible, Michael tries to enter into alternative fee arrangements with his clients so that his interests are directly aligned with his clients.  Michael is able to offer such arrangements because he has systemized his practice to spend less time “reinventing the wheel” and to focus on strategies that efficiently impact the outcomes of his clients’ cases.

In addition to his private practice, Michael also periodically teaches courses on Environmental Litigation and Environmental Oil and Gas Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law.  Michael has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in many diversified areas, including:

  • Pollution Lawsuits
  • Oilfield Contamination Lawsuits
  • Oil and Gas Lawsuits
  • Business Disputes and Commercial Litigation
  • Exposure to Toxins Lawsuits
  • Defending lawsuits brought under Section 7.351 of the Texas Water Code
  • Defending enforcement matters instituted by the EPA or state agencies
  • Citizen Suits

Michael received his law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1999 and his undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995.  Following graduation from law school, Michael worked as a briefing attorney for Justice Bill Vance with the Tenth Court of Appeals of Texas.  Michael is licensed to practice law in Texas and Arizona and has been admitted to practice before several federal courts through the country.

Michael was named a Texas Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and as a Rising Star for 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Michael traveled to New Delhi, India with the Commercial Law Development Program which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist India’s government in the development of its environmental regulations to spur the development of its shale oil and gas reserves.  Michael has also served in several leadership roles of various organizations.  Including:

  • Chairman of Dallas Bar Energy Law Section - 2016 (former Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair) (2010-present);
  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2013, Project Committee for the construction of the Reading Advancement Center benefitting the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club;
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Leadership Class of 2010, Project Committee for Rock the Record benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children;
  • Member, Chairman’s Task Force of the State Fair of Texas (2012-present), Co-Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Big Tex Golf Classic (2012-2013), Co-Chairman of Raffle Committee (2011), Livestock Auction Committee (2009-2010) each benefit the State Fair Scholarship Fund for outstanding students attending several Fair Park-area high schools;
  • Vice-Chairman of Tarrant County Bar Environmental Law Section (2009-present);
  • Co-Chairman, Ask-A-Lawyer Committee with Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2005); 
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation;
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation;
  • Volunteer, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program pro bono clinic;
  • Board member of the North Texas Association of Environmental Professionals;
  • Board member of the Dallas Electric Club;
  • Member, The Children’s Trust benefitting the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas;
  • Member, ADAM Energy Forum;
  • Member, Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas;
  • Member, Society of Texas Environmental Professionals; and
  • Member, Claims Litigation and Management Alliance.

Michael’s website  is a treasure trove of information for attorneys and environmental professionals who are involved in environmental lawsuits and is updated regularly with new content on his blog, frequently asked questions as well as new articles.

Michael also publishes a monthly newsletter for his clients and friends to keep them up to date with latest cases in environmental law as well as provide litigation strategies and other marketing and practice related tips.

Michael has also given numerous presentations and authored several articles on a variety of environmental law topics.  A sampling of his most recent speaking events is below.  If you would like a speaker for your next event, please call or email Michael to request a date.

  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Environmental Professional Should Know” to the Society of Texas Environmental Professionals, Texas on May 10, 2016.
  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Environmental Professional Should Know” to the North Texas Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association in Arlington, Texas on April 26, 2016.
  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Insurance Professional Should Know” to the International Risk Management Institute, Inc.’s Energy Risk and Insurance Conference in Houston, Texas on March 3, 2016.
  • “When the EPA Comes A Knockin’: A Survey of Recent EPA Enforcement Matters against the Oil and Gas Industry” and “Typical Claims and Key Defenses in Recent Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation” to the 2015 Oil and Gas Environmental Conference by the University of Texas at Arlington on December 2, 2015.
  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know” to the Tarrant Bar Real Estate Section on November 17, 2015.
  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Consultant Should Know” to STEP on September 25, 2015.
  • “When the EPA Comes a Knockin’: A Survey of Recent EPA Enforcement Matters against the Oil and Gas Industry” to the Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section Review of Oil and Gas Law XXX on August 29, 2015.
  • “Top Environmental Litigation Issues that Every Real Estate Attorney Should Know” to the Dallas Bar Real Estate Section on July 13, 2015
  • “Ethical Issues in the Oil Patch” to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dallas Section on June 17, 2015
  • “Ethical Issues in the Oil Patch” to the Fort Worth Society of Petroleum Engineers on April 30, 2015.
  • “A Cloud of Doubt: Emerging Air Issues in the Oil Patch” to the IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference on March 17, 2015.
  • Participated on a panel discussion on “Environmental Regulations and the Oil Industry - Possible Changes Ahead?” for the Institute of Energy Law on November 17, 2014.
  • “Typical Claims and Key Defenses in Recent Hydraulic Fracturing Litigation” to the Industry Council of Environment on October 16, 2014. 
  • “Regulatory Update: Water’s Impact on Energy” to the Texas Energy Update 2013 in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2013.
  • “Case Law Update” to the State Bar of Texas 25th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference in Austin, Texas on August 1, 2013.
  • “Source Aggregation Developments in the Oil and Gas Industry” to the Air and Waste Management Association, Gulf Coast Chapter in Houston, Texas on June 18, 2013.
  • “Endangered Species in the Oil Patch” to the 4th Law of Shale Plays Conference in Fort Worth, Texas on June 6, 2013.
  •  “An Overview of Recent Environmental Cases Involving Hydraulic Fracturing” to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dallas Section on May 15, 2013.
  • “Environmental Issues Related to the Development of Shale Oil and Gas” to Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India in New Delhi, India on April 2-3, 2013.
  • “Hydraulic Fracturing Contamination Litigation” to the 5th Annual Energy Symposium, Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas on March 21, 2013.
  • “Texas and Federal Environmental Issues Impacting Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) of Fort Worth on October 15, 2012.
  • “Ethics in Energy Law” and “Environmental Game Changers for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the National Business Institute seminar titled “Fracking Law: From Land Contract Negotiations to Environmental Disputes” in Dallas, Texas on October 4, 2012.
  • “Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: A Texas and Environmental Law Perspective” to the Natural Gas and Electric Power Society in Dallas, Texas on September 12, 2012.
  • “Environmental Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development and the Laws that Govern” to the “Energy Leadership Series” for Weaver, LLP in Dallas, Texas on August 28, 2012.
  • “Environmental Game Changers for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the Dallas Bar Association Energy Law Section Review of Oil and Gas Law XXVII on August 17, 2012.
  • “Environmental Game Changers for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to Dalworth Association of Division Order Analyst Spring Seminar in Dallas on May 9, 2012.
  • “Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: A Texas and Environmental Law Perspective” to the Dallas Geological Society in Dallas on May 8, 2012.
  • “Texas and Federal Environmental Issues Impacting Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the ADAM Energy Forum in Dallas on May 3, 2012.
  • “Environmental Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development and the Laws that Govern” to the 2012 Permian Basin Landmen’s Association Spring Education Seminar in Midland, Texas on April 25, 2012.
  • “Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: A Texas and Environmental Law Perspective” at the Fourth Annual Energy Symposium sponsored by Texas Wesleyan Law Review and the Tarrant County Bar Association Energy Law Section in Fort Worth, Texas on March 30, 2012.
  • “Environmental Game Changers for Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the Dallas Bar Energy Law Section on March 21, 2012.
  • “Texas and Federal Environmental Issues Impacting Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies (COPAS) of Dallas on March 8, 2012.
  • “Environmental Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development and the Laws that Govern” to the Desk and Derrick Club of Dallas on March 1, 2012.
  • “Legal Implications following the EPA, Duke, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Texas Studies on Hydraulic Fracturing” for a continuing legal education course on February 29, 2012.
  • “Ethical Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development” to the Fort Worth Society of Petroleum Engineers on November 17, 2011.
  • “Environmental Issues Related to Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development and the Laws that Govern” to the Dallas Association of Petroleum Landmen on November 14, 2011.
  • “Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: A Texas Environmental Law Perspective” to the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Dallas Section on October 26, 2011.
  • Michael R. Goldman along with two other panelists presented “Drilling into Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: A Three-State Perspective (PA, TX and NY)” in an ALI-ABA phone webinar on October 18, 2011.
  • “Environmental Litigation in the Barnett Shale” to the Fort Worth Association of Petroleum Landmen on March 17, 2011.

Michael is interested in your success and welcomes your calls and emails.  If you have questions about your case and would like some assistance, please call Michael at (972) 850-8490 or email him at [email protected].