Michelle Adams Thuillier is a family law attorney licensed to practice law in both Oklahoma and Texas. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in both Texas and California.
Michelle has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in two states: Texas in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, and in Oklahoma in 2018.
Michelle has practiced family law exclusively since 2008, including at Jenkins & Kamin and KoonsFuller, two large Texas family law firms. Ms. Thuillier has also contributed to the study of family law and has published numerous legal articles on the subject.
In 1997, Michelle graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas, with her Bachelor of Science in accounting. She then worked for eight years in accounting and finance with companies such as Deloitte and Apple, before pursuing her law degree.
While in law school at South Texas College of Law, she was a member of the law review, was the Managing Editor of the Texas Journal of Business Law and was published in the South Texas Law Review on the subject of marital property, proposing legislation in the area of calculating pension division in divorce. Michelle also competed nationally as both a moot court brief writer and oral advocate where she won best brief at a national competition and her team placed second overall. She also interned for a federal judge and the First Court of Appeals. Following law school, Ms. Thuillier was admitted to practice law before the state courts of Texas as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She later moved to Oklahoma and was immediately admitted to practice law in 2016.
Michelle’s education and years of experience as a practicing CPA proves invaluable in complex property division cases and in the location of hidden assets. This experience has also allowed her to be particularly helpful to those who own businesses or who are trying to unwind years of commingled assets. Michelle is also an outstanding writer and excellent at trial preparation.
After law school, Michelle trained at the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas.
Certified Public Accountant, Texas and California
Mediator, Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution
South Texas College of Law, 2008, Juris Doctorate
South Texas Law Review
Texas Journal of Business Law, Managing Editor
Dean’s Honor List
Finalist and Best Brief, National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
Semifinalist, Justice Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition
Shook, Hardy & Bacon Outstanding Legal Writing Award
University of Texas at Dallas, 1997, Bachelor of Science, Accounting
Honors and Awards
Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017
Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rising Star 2018
Drafting the Perfect Petition: Divorce, SAPCR, and More, Advanced Family Law Drafting, 2013
The Reconstituted Estate and Fraud, Advanced Family Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 2013
Recap of 2011 Spousal Maintenance and 2013 Legislative Update, Houston Northwest Bar Association, 2013
The Reconstituted Estate and Fraud, Marriage Dissolution,State Bar of Texas, 2013
The Reconstituted Estate, Advanced Family Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 2012
Valuing the Reconstituted Estate, Marriage Dissolution, State Bar of Texas, 2012
Legislative Update, Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, 2012
Business Entities from a Family Law Perspective, Family Law on the Front Lines, University of Texas Law School, 2010
Divorce and Defined Benefit Plans: Retiring Twenty-Five Years of Unjust Division in Berry v. Berry, 49 S. TEX. L. REV. 753, 2008
Professional Associations and Memberships
State Bar of Texas
Burta Rhoads Raborn American Inns of Court, 2009-14
The College of the State Bar of Texas, 2009-17
Texas Family Law Foundation, 2009-16
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Houston Bar Association, 2008-17
Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2008-15
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Past Employment Positions
Flowers & Frankfort – Associate Attorney
KoonsFuller, P.C. - Associate Attorney
Jenkins & Kamin, L.L.P. - Associate Attorney
Court of Appeals, First District of Texas, Justice George C. Hanks, Jr. - Judicial Intern
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Judge Thad Heartfield - Judicial Intern
Apple, Inc. - Litigation Analyst and Internal Auditor
Fatbrain.com/BarnesandNoble.com - Senior Director, Finance
Deloitte & Touche LLP - Auditor