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Michael A. McCabe

Co-chair, Employment and Labor

Practice Areas

  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Noncompetition and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition

Contact

Michael A. McCabe
(972) 628-3609

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law
    Lubbock, Texas 1998
    Juris Doctorate
    Honors: cum laude
  • Tulane University
    New Orleans, Louisiana 1994
    B.A. Psychology

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1998

U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Honors and Awards

Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
2012-2016

Top 100 Super Lawyers in Texas
Top 100 Super Lawyers in DFW
Thomson Reuters
2014-2016

Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, Inc.
Labor Law, Management Litigation, Labor and Employment
2016-2017

Appellate Lawyer of the Week, Texas Lawyer
June 2016

The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine
2012, 2014-2015

Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
2008-2012

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Attorney Bio

Michael A. McCabe co-chairs Munck Wilson Mandala’s employment and labor law group and leads the firm’s employment litigation cases.  Michael is the son of a trial lawyer and was always impressed by how meticulously his father prepared to present his case to a jury.

Following his father’s legacy, Michael can break down a situation or a person in real time and use plain language to connect with juries.  Judges find him persuasive.  Adversaries learn quickly that he is committed to achieving the best results for his clients and his track record demonstrates that he succeeds.

In 2016, Michael convinced the Texas Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision to dismiss a doctor’s defamation suit against his client, a Beaumont television station.  Before that, he obtained a $77 million judgment for his client in a plaintiff patent infringement and trade secret case.

Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law, Michael consistently receives accolades for his leadership, teamwork and unremitting passion for winning. He has obtained numerous court-ordered restraining orders and injunctions on behalf of clients who required immediate and decisive results when confidential business information and trade secrets were at risk of exploitation by competitors and former employees.

Representative Experience

  • Represented the plaintiff in Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. v. Intersil Corporation, a case involving breach of contract, patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, interference, and damages;
  • Represented a media client that sought to have a defamation suit dismissed under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA).  Convinced the Texas Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision to dismiss the defamation suit against his client, reversing an appeals court and trial court decision;
  • Represented clients and obtained complete defense jury verdicts in state and federal courts in lawsuits alleging various forms of discrimination and retaliation;
  • Represented clients and obtained or defended injunctions and litigated numerous cases involving misappropriation of trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, and related torts;
  • Represented numerous companies in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action lawsuits and Department of Labor investigations alleging failure to pay overtime wages to hundreds of employees.

Presentations & Published Works

“Texas Trade Secret Litigation,” Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes,
November 2011.

“Trade Secrets: A Primer,” Texas State Bar Annual Convention,
June 2011.

Trial Pros: Munck Wilson’s Michael McCabe,
Law360, June 23, 2016

Dallas Lawyer Convinces Supreme Court to Toss Defamation Case with Shocking Allegation,
Texas Lawyer, June 20, 2016

TV Station to Seek Legal Fees After Texas Supreme Court Win in Defamation Case
The Texas Lawbook, July 12, 2016

Plano-based TAOS wins $58.7 million judgment,
Dallas Morning News, March 8, 2015

“Employers’ Rights Under the Electronic Communications Act” Alliance Texas Human Resources Group, March 2016 (presenter).

“Got TUTSA Literacy?” University of Texas School of Law – Non-Compete Camp,
September 2015 (presenter).

“Legal Issues in the Digital Age: What Are the Limits on Employee Privacy and Social Networking in the Workplace?” Alliance Texas Human Resources Group, October 2010 (Presenter).

Professional Associations & Memberships

American Bar Association
Employment Law Section

State Bar of Texas
Employment Law Section

Dallas Bar Association
Employment Law Section