"I’ve been around a long time and observed a lot of professional behavior. I know the rules, the risks, the trouble individual attorneys and businesses can get into. This is one of those times being old is good; it gives you an important and informed perspective."
If Michael Prince had a nickname, it would probably be “Mr. Proactive.” Whether handling a case for external clients or representing other lawyers as Carrington Coleman’s Assistant General Counsel, he encourages everyone to share their most serious concerns up-front. This enables him to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of their case.
In the professional liability, contract dispute, securities and environmental cases he handles, he is always a step ahead, recognizing potential land mines before others even suspect there’s a problem. Mike’s prescient abilities—the result of assiduous research and painstaking attention to detail—were first put into practice during his active duty service as a young naval intelligence officer, briefing and debriefing air crews before and after combat missions. That experience and the uncommon knowledge and judgment it instilled in him has been put to good use in the numerous cases he has handled for clients involved in aircraft accidents and other products liability claims.
His proactive approach is also evident in the CLE courses he teaches on ethics and best practices. In addition, he teaches that regular and frequent communication with clients should be mandatory, and applies it in his own practice. If anything changes in a case, if a new challenge by opposing counsel requires more work or additional resources are needed, he alerts clients immediately.
After all, as he tells his CLE students and law firm mentees: it’s their case, not yours; let them know what’s going on.
Chapter Author, Litigators on Experts: Experts in Legal Malpractice Cases, ABA Publishing (2010).
Speaker, Regional and Mid-Size Law Firm Forum, 2007.
Co-author, Ethics in Attorney Advertising, and Solutions to the Most Common Ethical Challenges; National Business Institute, 2003.
Co-author, Selected Ethical and Malpractice Pitfalls in Transactional Work – Problems in Being a Lawyer for the Deal, in the Deal or with a Deal; Ninth Annual SMU Corporate Counsel Symposium, 2001.
Co-author, Evidence Law Update 2000, Litigation and Trial Tactics Course, University of Houston Law Foundation, 2000.
University of Georgia
J.D., cum laude, 1977
Member: Order of the Barristers, Blue Key, Georgia Moot Court Executive Board, 1976-77
B.A., with honors, 1968
Member: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa
Member: American Bar Association Sections on Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice, and Business Law.
Member: College of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association committees on Environmental Law, Business Litigation, and Antitrust.
Former Member: State Bar of Texas Administration of the Rules of Evidence Committee, 1990-2006 (Chairman, 1995-1996); recipient of the Presidential Citation from the State Bar for that service.
Former Member: State Bar of Texas Professional Liability Insurance Committee, and Court Costs, Efficient, and Delay Committee.
Member: Dallas Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee, 2004-present, Co-chair, 2005-2006; Senior Lawyer’s Committee, Chair 2011-2013