Michael R. Puhl

Family Law Attorney & Certified Mediator

Michael R. Puhl is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists and a certified mediator. This Family Law Attorney has been honored as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. He is also the Chairman of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. A 1982 graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, he is licensed to practice law in Texas, Illinois and 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 where he has served as Chairman of the full Board since 2011.

In 2011 Governor Perry further appointed Michael to serve as Board Chairman; the first non-MFT professional to hold that position in Board history. He has been the Texas state delegate to the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation since 2006. Michael has long been active in education and served six years as a board trustee for the McKinney Independent School District and on the board of the McKinney Economic Development Corporation. He also currently serves as a board member of the McKinney Community Development Corporation.

He has been selected as a fellow on the Texas Family Law Foundation and on the Texas Family Law Foundation and on the Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation, and in 2000 was accepted as a life member of the National Registry of Who’s Who. Michael is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®—a rating achieved only by attorneys whose peers consider them to have the highest level of professional skill and integrity. Mr. Puhl has held that rating since 2001.

  • PERSONAL HISTORY:
    • Born Hutchinson, Kansas, 1955
    • Married. Wife – Susan; Children – Meghan and Ryan
  • BAR ADMISSIONS:
    • Illinois Supreme Court (1982 – Present)
    • Texas Supreme Court (1992 – Present)
    • U.S. Supreme Court (1992 – Present)
  • EDUCATION:
    • Juris Doctorate, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1982.
  • CERTIFICATIONS:
    • Board Certified – Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2009 – Present)
    • Certified Family Law Mediator (1997 – Present)
  • PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INVOLVEMENT:
    • Collin County Bar Association (1992 – Present)
    • McKinney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2012 – Present: Executive Committee Member 2013 – 2016
    • Plano Bar Association President (1996 – 1997)
    • Texas Association of Family Law Specialists (2009 – Present)
    • Texas State Bar Association (1992-present); Member, Family Law Section (1992 – Present); Director onPro Bono Committee of State Bar Association (1997 – 1998)
    • Collin County Bench/Bar Foundation Fellow (1997 – Present); Member, Executive Board of Directors (2000 – 2003); Annual Bench/Bar Conference, Board of Directors (1996 – 2000)
    • State Bar College of Texas (1995 – Present)
    • Conference Speaker at 2013 and 2014 Texas Counseling Association Professional Growth Conference: “Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles for Counselors in the Courtroom.” and “Updates from the Board of Examiners.”
    • Conference Speaker at 2013 and 2014 Texas Association of Marriage & Family Therapists Annual Conference: “Conflict Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles for Counselors in the Courtroom.”
    • Frequent guest speaker at Southern Methodist University to graduate level mental healthcare students.
    • 1997 Collin County Bench/Bar Conference Speaker – “Role and Responsibility of the Ad Litem in a Family Law Case”
    • Program Chairman for 1998 Ad Litem Training Seminar co-sponsored by Plano and Collin County Bar Associations and Court
    • Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County
    • Accepted as Life Member to the National Registry of Who’s Who (2000)
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND INVOLVEMENT:
    • Appointed by Texas Governor to the Texas Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists (March 2006 – Present); Rules Committee Chairman (2007 – 2011); Appointed by Governor Perry to chair full Board (2011 – Present).
    • Texas State Delegate to national conference of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards and the National Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) (2006 – 2012). Delegate to the national conference in 2014
    • McKinney Independent School District, Board of Trustees, McKinney, Texas (2002 – 2008); Board Secretary (2003 – 2008)
    • Lincoln-Way High School District #210, Board of Trustees, Chicago, Illinois (1987 – 1989 and 1990 – 1992); Vice-President (1991 – 1992)
    • McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), McKinney, Texas; Liaison Member of Board of Directors for MISD (2002 – 2008)
    • McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC), McKinney, Texas (2010 – Present)
    • Practical Parent Education (not-for-profit), Plano, Texas, Executive Committee Board Member (1996 – 2002)
    • Family Services of Plano, Texas (not-for-profit), Board Member (1992 – 2003)
  • RECOGNITION AND HONORS
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review rating by Martindale – Hubbell (since 2001)
    • Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
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