J. Michael Tibbals

J. Michael Tibbals


  • Business Law
  • Real Estate and Business Litigation


  • Arter & Hadden LLP, Firm Executive Committee
  • Arter & Hadden LLP, Chair, Dallas Litigation Section, 1995-2002
  • Practice focuses on Business Law with emphasis on representation of entrepreneurs in acquisition and business transactions
  • Representative clients include a broad range from NYSE & NASDAQ companies to individual entrepreneurs and investors
  • Represented Hong Kong oil & gas Lender in lien priority litigation.
  • Represented issuers of publicly traded stock in litigation with shareholders.
  • Counsel for internet service and cable television companies in Telecommunications Act litigation and transactions
  • Counsel for Infomart in $120,000,000.00 litigation
  • Purchaser representation in acquisitions of beverage manufacturer, insurance agencies, staffing firm, real estate, telecommunications and publishing businesses.
  • Local counsel for defense of Lanham Act claims against software technology group
  • Counsel for Radio Broadcasting Network and telecommunication tower network in acquisitions and litigation
  • Counsel for National Banks in stock sales and litigation
  • Won multimillion dollar jury verdict for real estate developer in construction and insurance litigation
  • Insurance defense litigation for GM and other businesses in class action and general commercial liability claims


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Board of Directors; Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Land Title Association
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Commissioner for Condemnation; US Highway 75 R.O.W.; Central Expressway, Dallas, Tx
  • College of State Bar of Texas
  • Board of Advisors, Baylor Law Alumni Association
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the DeBusk Foundation
  • Vice President, Wylie ISD Education Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, Park Cities Historic & Preservation Society


  • Baylor University (J.D., 1972)
  • Baylor University (B.A., 1970)
  • Admitted to Practice U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Admitted to Practice U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits


  • Real Estate Forfeiture; Vol. II; Issue 1; Real Estate Trends, March,1995
  • Real Estate Boundary Law, National Business Institute, 1997


  • Dallas Bar Association, Commercial Section; National Business Institute
  • National Business Institute Real Estate Seminars


  • Arthur W. Tifford, PA v. Tandem Energy Corp.,562 F.3d 699 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Payton v. GC Services Ltd. Partnership, Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2009 WL 235196, N.D.Tex., February 02, 2009(Civil Action No. 3:08-CV-1967-G)
  • McDonald v. Toro Homes, Ltd., Not Reported in S.W.3d, 2009 WL 3208210, Tex.App.-El Paso, October 07, 2009(No. 08-09-00186-CV.)
  • Esty v. Beal Bank S.S.B., 298 S.W.3d 280 (Tex.App.-Dallas, 2009)
  • Amigo Broadcasting, LP v. Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc., 521 F.3d 472 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Memorial Park Medical Center, Inc. v. River Bend Development Group, L.P., 264 S.W.3d 810 (Tex.App.-Eastland, 2008)
  • In re Turner, 243 S.W.3d 843 (Tex.App.-Eastland, 2008)
  • Kraniak v. Liberty Graphics, L.P., Not Reported in F.Supp.2d, 2005 WL 1150213, N.D.Tex., May 11, 2005 (No. Civ.A. 403CV1002Y.)
  • 4701 Meadow, Inc. v. City of Dallas, Not Reported in S.W.3d, 2003 WL 227187