Michael J. Mazzone has tried jury cases against prominent trial lawyers in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico, and has handled cases pending in courts in North Dakota, Mississippi, and Montana.
Michael frequently represents energy companies in environmental contamination, indemnity, and toxic tort cases. He also represents parties in construction litigation/arbitration as well as real estate disputes.
He has made presentations on trial advocacy, arbitration, and litigation at oil and gas industry conferences, bar association seminars, the Texas Environmental Superconference, and the University of Texas Law School. Michael has also been a speaker at the AAA's National and Regional Panel Retreats, seminars providing training to AAA arbitrators.
Michael is also an arbitrator. He has presided over numerous arbitration matters and, as a member of the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators, is regularly called on to preside over arbitrations.
For five years, Michael taught in the trial advocacy program at the University of Houston Law School as an adjunct professor of law, and he has served on the Editorial Board of the Houston Lawyer magazine, a publication of the Houston Bar Association. He oversees the Firm’s Volunteer Prosecutors Program in which lawyers in the Firm try misdemeanor jury trials for the cities of Houston and Arlington.
Michael is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is licensed to practice in Texas, Massachusetts and North Dakota.
Michael was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Lisa Parr, et al.; County Civil Court at Law No 5, Dallas County, Texas. Represented at trial a gas exploration and production company in a lawsuit brought by a landowner and his family claiming personal injuries and property damages from gas well drilling and production activities; case was falsely promoted as the “first fracking trial” in the United States.
- MMR International, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas: Represented at trial builder of power barges in a lawsuit brought by a subcontractor claiming breach of a contract to supply a labor force in Venezuela.
- Hazel Savoie, 38th Judicial District Court, Cameron Parish, Louisiana: Represented at trial a major energy company in a "legacy" lawsuit brought by a landowner claiming property damages from an oil field pit. Also represented the company in the related “preponderance hearing”, the first preponderance hearing held in Louisiana under Act 312.
- Jesco Operating, LP, 165th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas: Represented at trial energy company and pipeline owner in lawsuit by pipeline contractor claiming its business was destroyed by non-payment of invoices. At trial, plaintiff sought to recover the value of its business and other damages.
- Gordon Westergren, 269th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas: Represented at trial the developer of the Port Crossing rail-served industrial park in a lawsuit by a plaintiff who claimed an ownership interest in the project.
- Concepcion Acosta, 5th Judicial District, Lea County, New Mexico: Represented at trial a major energy company in lawsuit by approximately 200 plaintiffs who claimed that a tank battery/oil storage facility in their neighborhood caused personal injuries and property damages. At trial, plaintiffs sought over $54 million dollars for nine "trial plaintiffs."
- Conroe Express Concrete, 410th Judicial District Court, Montgomery County, Texas: Represented at trial a national homebuilder in a breach of contract and warranty lawsuit against concrete supplier. Foundations of a number of homes built with the supplied concrete failed.
- EDI Architecture, Inc., International Arbitration Association: Represented architectural firm in dispute with contractor over project in Luanda, Angola.
- Darr Angell, U. S. District Court for the District of New Mexico: Represented at trial a major energy company in lawsuit by a landowner for environmental damages and injunctive relief.
- Jeanie R. Carter, 214th Judicial District Court, Nueces County, Texas: Represented at trial a major energy company in lawsuit brought by approximately 40 families who claimed that a refinery waste disposal pit in their neighborhood caused personal injuries and property damages. Before trial, plaintiffs dropped their personal injury claims. At trial, plaintiffs sought in excess of $170 million dollars for six "trial plaintiff" families.