Michael E. Starr

  • Mike is a native East Texan who began his trial practice in Northeast Texas in 1990.  He joined Coghlan Crowson, LLP as a partner in 2008.
  • Active litigation practice representing businesses and individuals in trials and on appeal in  business litigation involving oil, gas and mineral law, real property, probate, trusts, construction defects, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, eminent domain, professional liability and premises liability
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law in 1999 and Civil Appellate Law in 1996


  • Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, Baylor University, 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1986
  • Juris Doctor, Baylor University School of Law, 1989
  • Baylor Law Review, Order of Barristers, Interscholastic Mock Trial Team
  • Master of Laws, University of Nottingham, England, U.K., 1990

Representative Experience

  • Tried over 150 civil cases to jury verdict—an unusual accomplishment for a trial lawyer whose practice began in 1990
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, all of the state courts of Texas
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubble for achieving the highest standards in legal ability and ethics

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Gregg County and Smith County Bar Associations
  • Charter Fellow, Smith County Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates—national organization recognizing an elite group of trial lawyers working to increase public awareness of the benefits of the constitutional right to trial by jury

Community Involvement

  • Active member at Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler, Texas with his wife, Sarah, and their three children
  • Board member and officer of the Literacy Council of Tyler
  • Board member and officer of the Texas Shakespeare Festival Foundation
  • Board member of the Helen Lee Foundation.
Michael E. Starr
Michael E. Starr
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