Michelle P. Scheffler
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600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3969
F: +1.713.220.4285

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Michelle P. Scheffler


Houston Office
600 Travis
Suite 4200
Houston, TX 77002
P: +1.713.220.3969
F: +1.713.220.4285

Michelle is a commercial litigator who balances the business and legal needs of her clients in executing trial strategy. While Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on clients in the oil and gas industry, she also handles trial and appellate matters in a wide variety of fields involving contract disputes, property rights and business torts. Michelle regularly represents clients in multi-million dollar lawsuits in both state and federal courts across the country. 

In her oil and gas practice, Michelle represents clients in a wide range of matters including cases arising under operating agreements, lease termination disputes, royalty litigation, and complex title disputes. Additionally, during her time seconded to the commercial litigation group of one of the world's largest oil and gas companies, Michelle gained not only subject-matter experience, but unique insight into in-house counsel and business concerns, making her a more effective advocate for her clients.

In addition to her oil and gas work and general commercial matters, Michelle also maintains a real estate litigation practice, representing clients in cases involving landlord/tenant disputes, lien rights, wrongful foreclosure, brokerage agreements and financing.

Representative Experience

Oil and Gas

  • Currently defending international oil and gas company in overriding royalty dispute.
  • Currently defending international oil and gas company in dispute over alleged farmout brokerage agreement.
  • Currently defending international oil and gas company in complex title dispute affecting oil and gas interests.
  • Currently defending international oil and gas company against area of mutual interest claim.
  • Currently prosecuting breach of contract claims on behalf of international oil and gas services company related to subsea equipment.
  • Represented international oil and gas services company prosecuting claims for breach of contract and fraudulent transfer related to sale of subsea equipment.
  • Represented defendant in personal injury, breach of contract, and economic loss cases arising out of deepwater drilling rig failure in federal and state actions.
  • Represented defendant in Federal MDL created to handle securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and ERISA claims allegedly arising out of deepwater drilling failure.
  • Represented international oil and gas company in lease termination dispute and obtained favorable confidential settlement.
  • Represented international oil and gas services company in personal injury suit.

Real Estate

  • Lead trial counsel for real estate developer in suit alleging zoning violations and implicating tax-exempt status.
  • Lead trial counsel for lender in suit to evict commercial real estate tenant and mortgagee after foreclosure.
  • Lead counsel for independent oil and gas company in construction dispute dealing with lien rights.
  • Lead counsel for international retailer in high-profile suit alleging breach of restrictive covenant, trespass, and nuisance.
  • Represented national lender in numerous disputes involving commercial real estate financing.
  • Represented national bank in multi-million dollar dispute over lien priority in federal court.
  • Represented international retailer in numerous disputes involving construction and real estate.
  • Represented landlord in lease dispute with Class A commercial office tenant.
  • Represented real estate client winning at the trial court, and then successfully defending an appeal where the Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals upheld client’s title in property, and awarded client all of its attorney’s fees and costs. Blunston v. Wuensche Services, Inc., 347 S.W.3d 503.
  • Represented real estate client in trial court and then on interlocutory appeal, achieving positive result concerning the jurisdiction of the trial court. The Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s jurisdiction over the case in the client’s favor, and remanded for further proceedings. Drexel Corp. v. Edgewood Development, Ltd., 417 S.W.3d 672.

Other Matters

  • Lead counsel for international manufacturing company in suit to recover over a million-dollar indebtedness pursuant to a guaranty agreement.
  • Lead counsel for food manufacturer and wholesaler advising on a variety of business and litigation issues.
  • Currently acting as local counsel for manufacturing company with respect to its product liability claims.


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