A. General Information
1. Firm History
Sharon L. Michaels, attorney at law, is the owner of the firm and President of Harris County Lawyer Referral Service. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with honors and received her law degree from the University of Houston, graduating magna cum laude. She was first licensed in Texas in 1983. The First Court of Appeals selected her as a briefing attorney for that Court upon completion of law school.
Ms. Michaels began her own firm in 1984, having now been in private practice for a period of thirty-five years. Her areas of emphasis have been probate, estate planning and trusts, business transactions and other civil litigation.
2. What Sets Her Firm Apart is Expertise and Service
One of the unique advantages of serving as President of Harris County Lawyer Referral Service for over ten years has been the contacts and relationships with other attorneys in vastly different areas of law. Even if she personally does not handle a specialized area of law, then Sharon L. Michaels has access for consultations with talented, experienced attorneys in various specialties throughout Harris County, Texas.
Her clients value easy access to her as their attorney rather than having to deal with gate-keeper support staff. Further, they value being kept informed. Clients have expressed appreciation for her helping them learn how to assess their own cases’ strengths and weaknesses and then make informed decisions. Her client ratings appear if one goes to www.lawyers.com and does a search for Sharon L. Michaels in Houston , Texas.
3. Joint Ventures with Other Law
Sharon Michaels has formed long-lasting relationships with many other law firms whose areas of specialization complement her strengths and experience.
She has had numerous co-counsel relationships with the Spencer law firm here in Houston, Texas. The Spencer law firm is a boutique law firm that has handled numerous matters of complex business litigation, securities law, shareholder suits and business planning and related transactional work. See https://www.spencer-law.com
Ms. Michaels has assisted in litigation planning, conduct of discovery, and legal research. Such strategic alliances between firms can lower overall attorney fees and enable her clients to have the benefit of experienced outslde counsel normally not accessible to individual litigants.
4. Emphasis on Public lnterest and Resources for community Groups
Sharon Michaels faced the challenges of linking members of the public to member attorney for over 20 years with her uncompensated service as President of Harris County Lawyer Referral Service until its dissolution this past year.
She is also the trustee of a public charity directed to the prevention of cruelty to animals and support of other non-profit organizations which are geared to foster placement while pet adoptions are sought.
She has also devoted her time and experience in elder and administrative law to groups as diverse as seniors and former or current military members. Common issues for the seniors are their goals to maintain their safe and independent lifestyles, estate planning, and working with elder care managers and support personnel. Military members face unique challenges in litigation while in active service and division of retirement benefits.
Recently, she was selected as programming director for the Northwestern University Alumni Association here in Houston.