Michael Hurta

Houston

3704 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-529-5622, ext. 109
Fax: (713) 529-3785

Background

Michael Hurta is a litigator in the Houston office, where his practice ranges from representing qui tam whistleblowers to white-collar criminal defendants.  He returned home to Houston after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law and clerking for two distinguished judges, U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen and Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

While in law school, Michael was a research and writing teaching assistant, an Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review, and a member of the school’s Supreme Court Clinic.  Beyond the complex litigation he practices at Berg & Androphy, Michael is also passionate about voting rights; he is the author of Counting the Right to Vote in the Next Census, which was published by the Texas Law Review after he graduated.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a NASA contractor and argued the jury charge on a trial team that won full acquittal in an eight-count False Statements case.
  • Represented prominent Houston doctor in defamation lawsuit, including the hearing and appeal on the Defendants’ motion to dismiss under Texas’s anti-SLAPP law.
  • Represented a former general counsel as part of the trial team that prevailed in a False Claims Act retaliation suit.
  • Argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, representing False Claims Act relators.
  • Represented multiple criminal defendants on a pro bono basis.

Education

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with honors

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Clerkships

  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Eva Guzman, Texas Supreme Court
  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable George P. Kazen, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Publications

Counting the Right to Vote in the Next Census: Reviving Section Two of the Fourteenth Amendment, 94 Tex. L. Rev. 147 (2015).

Associations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • American Constitution Society

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas