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Michael R. Puhl - McKinney, TX

205 W. Louisiana St. Suite 203A McKinney, TX 75069

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Updated: 02/03/2020


Michael R. Puhl, a certified mediator, is a 1982 graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is licensed to practice law in Texas before the United States Supreme Court. He is an active member of state and local bar associations and former president of the Plano Bar Association. In 2006 he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Board of Examiners for Marital & Family Therapists...


Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1992

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified – Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2009
  • Certified Family Law Mediator, 1997

Other Affiliations

  • Texas Association of Family Law Specialists, 2009 - Present
  • Collin County Bar Association, 1992 - Present
  • McKinney Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, 2012 - 2016; Board Chairman 2015)
  • McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC), McKinney, Texas, 2010 - 2015
  • McKinney Independent School District, 2002 - 2008 (Board of Trustees, McKinney, Texas)
  • McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), McKinney, Texas, 2002 - 2008 (Liaison Member of Board of Directors for MISD)
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, 2000 - 2003 (Member, Executive Board of Directors)
  • Family Services of Plano, Texas, 1992 - 2003 (Board Member)
  • Practical Parent Education (not-for-profit), 1996 - 2002 (Executive Committee Board Member, Plano, Texas)
  • Collin County Bar Association, 1998 - 2000 (Director)
  • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, 1996 - 2000 (Annual Bench/Bar Conference, Board of Directors)
  • Plano Bar Association, 1996 - 1997 (President)
  • Lincoln-Way High School District #210, 1987 - 1992 (Board of Trustees, Chicago, Illinois)
  • Lincoln-Way High School District #210, Chicago, Illinois, 1987 - 1989 (Board of Trustees)
  • Collin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (Executive Board of Directors Secretary)
  • Executive Board for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Collin County (CASA, 2018 - Present


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
    Juris Doctorate

Classes and Seminars

  • Lufkin Counselors Group - A primer for judges and therapists on how to remain compliant with professional rules and the Texas Family Code. Lufkin, TX, - 2018
  • Frequent guest speaker to graduate students at the Southern Methodist University Simmons' Center for Family Counseling on legal and licensure issues, from initial client meeting to courtroom involvement. Plano, TX, 2013 - 2017
  • Bridgebuilder Academy Counseling Group Presentation; “Counselors in the Courtroom” presentation for counselors and instructors of special needs children. Richardson, TX, - 2017
  • Conference Speaker, Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles for Counselors in the Courtroom, Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, 2013 - 2016
  • Conference Speaker, Updates from the Board of Examiners, Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference, 2013 - 2016
  • Conference Speaker, Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles for Counselors in the Courtroom, Texas Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Annual Conference, 2013 - 2016
  • Presentation to Heart of Texas Counseling Association; “Counselors in the Courtroom: Lions & Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” Waco, TX, - 2016
  • Presentation at TCA Professional Growth Conference - In depth coverage of HIPAA, and HB300 (Texas Medical Records Privacy Act). Dallas, TX, - 2016
  • Presentation to Dallas Area Counseling Coalition; “Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.” Carrollton, TX, - 2016
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) 11th National Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations. Presentation on “Counselors: How to Survive and Thrive in the Courtroom” San Antonio, TX, - 2014
  • North Texas Families In Transition Professional Workgroup Seminar. Presentation on Managing Confidentiality, Subpoenas and Effective Courtroom Interaction in addition to panel discussion regarding Information on ongoing legislative and regulatory changes. Fort Worth, TX, - 2013
  • Presenter at CASA volunteer training sessions
  • Conference speaker in 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas to mental healthcare professionals on behalf of the North Texas Families in Transition on the topic of “Professional Board Rules and Problems”


Other Sources of Feedback About Michael R. Puhl

Included on the 2023 Texas list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Texas Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael R. Puhl on Super Lawyers


  • Fellow, Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, 1997 - Present
  • Accepted as Life Member to the National Registry of Who's Who, 2000
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale – Hubbell, 2001 - 2020
  • Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2020


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205 W. Louisiana St. Suite 203A McKinney, TX 75069

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