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Michael C. Wright

Michael Wright is a Dallas transportation lawyer and business litigation lawyer who joined Russell & Wright, PLLC as a name partner in January of 2010. He has focused his practice on litigation and the transportation industry since beginning his legal career in 1989. He assists clients in handling a broad range of litigation issues, from commercial business and insurance litigation involving contract disputes to personal injury suits, including wrongful death and product liability claims.

Mr. Wright also frequently assists clients with emergency response actions involving catastrophic injury, fatal accidents, and environmental release incidents arising out of rail or trucking accidents. He has experience in all phases of trials, including jury and nonjury trials, arbitrations, and appeals in both state and federal courts.

Transportation law is another key area of Mr. Wright’s practice. This practice area is integral to nearly every business enterprise, and its scope and complexity continue to expand. Mr. Wright assists business clients in meeting their goals by understanding their transportation challenges and opportunities. He represents rail, aviation, trucking, freight forwarding, and other logistics companies, and assists clients with preparing contracts, structuring transactions, and litigating disputes. Mr. Wright has experience with Carmack Amendment litigation, COGSA litigation, and DOT and Surface Transportation Board matters. He also has experience in surface freight disputes, freight loss and damage litigation, driver issues, and general regulatory compliance.

Mr. Wright is a member of the Texas State Bar, the Dallas Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a sustaining life fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Mr. Wright is AV® Preeminent ™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was selected to the 2005-2007, 2011-2012, and 2016-2017 Texas Super Lawyers lists by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service.


Representative Cases

Eagle Suspensions, Inc. v. Hellman Worldwide Logistics, Inc., 2014 WL 1407635 (N.D. Tex., April 11, 2014).

Cline v. Carnival Corp., 2014 WL 550738 (N.D. Tex., Feb. 12, 2014).

Texas Central Business Lines Corp. v. City of Midlothian, 669 F.3d 525 (5th Cir. 2012).

Overseas Carriers, Inc. v. Team Ocean Services-Dallas, Inc., 2011 WL 3875369 (S.D.Tex., August 31, 2011).

Federal Insurance Co. v. Everest National Insurance Co., 257 S.W.3d 771 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2008, pet. denied).

F.T.C. v. Think All Pub. L.L.C., 564 F.Supp.2d 663 (E.D.Tex. 2008).

Leyva v. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., 2008 WL 4068160 (S.D. Tex. 2008).

Cruise v. Monington, 558 F.Supp.2d 707 (E.D.Tex. 2007).

Harris v. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., 423 F.Supp.2d 595 (E.D. Tex. 2005).

Powell v. Vavro, McDonald, and Associates, L.L.C., 136 S.W.3d 762 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2004, no pet.).

Youngblood v. U.S. Silica Company, 130 S.W.3d 461 (Tex.App.-Texarkana 2004, pet. denied).

Johnson v. Union Pacific R. Co., 2003 WL 25676463 (E.D. Tex. 2003).

Wiggins v. Union Pacific R. Co., 2003 WL 25720982 (E.D. Tex. 2003).

Southern Pacific Transp. Co. v. Voluntary Purchasing Groups, Inc., 252 B.R. 373 (E.D.Tex. 2000).

Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Inc. v. Lashley, 889 S.W.2d 325 (Tex.App.-Dallas 1993, no pet.).


Texas State Bar
Dallas Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
Dallas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow



J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1989
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1986

Admissions & Honors

State Bar Admissions

Texas and Arkansas

Federal Court Admissions

Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

AV® Preeminent ™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyer, 2005-2007, 2011-2012, and 2016-2017 by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service.