Biography

Aaron represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of industries, bringing a strategic, problem-solving mindset to his analysis of often difficult legal questions. He handles complex commercial litigation and casualty matters, and he has extensive experience representing institutional lenders and other creditors in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the State of Texas.

Aaron understands that it is often in his clients’ best interests to resolve legal disputes long before they go to trial. However, he does not shy away from taking matters to trial. He has considerable first- and second-chair trial experience in state and federal courts across Texas. He has also worked on numerous appellate matters in Texas Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Tenth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.

Aaron is an active member of the State Bar of Texas, currently serving as an advisory member of the Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment Pattern Jury Charge Committee which prepares and revises pattern jury charges for use by Texas attorneys. He frequently presents continuing legal education programs on a variety of topics in civil litigation, and he provides research for scholarly articles and chapters covering a host of legal topics.

Representative Experience

  • In a case of first impression under the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 6672(d)), obtained a defense judgment as first chair trial counsel in the Western District of Texas on behalf of a company officer in a federal suit by a fellow company officer seeking contribution for penalties incurred for non-payment of federal payroll taxes.
  • Obtained a favorable money judgment on behalf of a commodities broker as first chair trial counsel in Texas state court suit involving claims for breach of contract and conversion.
  • Obtained a favorable defense judgment as second chair trial counsel in an Eastern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding seeking seven-figure order of non-dischargeability for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Obtained a take-nothing defense judgment on behalf of hospitality group as second chair trial counsel in a Texas state court post-foreclosure mortgage deficiency suit regarding a hotel property in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
  • Obtained favorable plan treatment on behalf of secured creditor lending institution in jointly-administered Southern District of Texas Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of a telecommunications infrastructure fabrication and construction conglomerate.

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law  (J.D., 2012)
    • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence in Bankruptcy Studies
    • Editorial Board, Natural Resources Journal
  • Rhodes College  (B.A., 2010)
    • American Mock Trial Association Regional Champion

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2013

Court Admissions

  • US District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • US District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Advisory Member (2019–2020), Standing Committee on Pattern Jury Charges – Business, Consumer, Insurance & Employment
    • Leadership SBOT, Class of 2018–2019
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Member, Publications Committee
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • Member, Trial Skills Committee
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow (2018–present)
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    • Member, Founders Circle
  • Eagle Scout

Speeches and Presentations

  • Aaron B. Michelsohn, Texas Collections: How to Get Paid, West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. Litigation Lunch Series (Presented June 20, 2019).
  • Aaron B. Michelsohn, The Texas Foreclosure Minefield, West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. Litigation Lunch Series (Presented July 19, 2018).
  • Gaines F. West II and Aaron B. Michelsohn, Conflicts and Dealing with the Unrepresented Person, State Bar of Texas Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section 16th Annual Gas and Power Institute (2017).
  • Aaron B. Michelsohn, Lien on Me – Protecting Clients’ Interests Through Construction Liens, West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. Litigation Lunch Series (presented July 20, 2017).
  • Aaron B. Michelsohn, A Bankruptcy Overview, West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry, P.C. Litigation Lunch Series (presented October 20, 2016).
  • Gaines West and Aaron B. Michelsohn, Navigating Tough Ethical Issues in the Attorney/Client Relationship, State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Advanced Administrative Law Course, Ch. 11 (2016).

Professional Recognition

Published Cases:

  • Columbia Valley Healthcare System, L.P. v. Zamarripa, 526 S.W.3d 453 (Tex. 2017).
  • State Bank of Tex. V. Granbury Hosp., Inc., No. 05-14-01306-CV, 2015 WL 7352187 (Tex.App.—Dallas Nov. 20, 2015, pet. denied) (mem. op.).

Awards

  • State Bar of Texas Pedro “Pete” Serrano Leadership Award, 2019