Michael R. Puhl

Michael R. Puhl

McKinney, Texas

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. He was a Texas State Delegate in 2006 and 2007 to the national conference of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation. He previously served on the McKinney Economic Development Corporation.

Currently, Michael serves on the Executive Board of Directors as Secretary of the Collin County Court Apointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization.

Michael has long been active in education, and previously served as a board trustee for the McKinney Independent School District from 2002-2008. In the past he has been chairman of the Plano Independent School District Lawyer-Youth Mentoring Program and chairman of the Allen, Frisco and McKinney High Schools "Now You Are 18" education program. He has been honored as a Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation Fellow and in 2000 was accepted as a life member of the National Registry of Who's Who.

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

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


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


  • Lufkin Counselors Group - A primer for judges and therapists on how to remain compliant with professional rules and the Texas Family Code. Lufkin, TX
  • 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
  • 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
  • resentation to Heart of Texas Counseling Association; “Counselors in the Courtroom: Lions & Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” Waco, TX
  • Presentation at TCA Professional Growth Conference - In depth coverage of HIPAA, and HB300 (Texas Medical Records Privacy Act). Dallas, TX
  • Presentation to Dallas Area Counseling Coalition; “Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.” Carrollton, TX
  • 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
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • 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

Professional Associations and Memberships

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