Education and Honors

  • J.D. and Graduate Diploma in Civil Law (summa cum laude), Louisiana State University, 2009

    American Inns of Court, Temple Bar Scholar, 2012

    Order of the Coif, 2009

    American Society of Legal Writers’ Scribes Award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal, 2009

    Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter’s Federal Courts Award, 2009

    Vinson & Elkins Best Casenote or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2008

  • B.A. (summa cum laude), history, Louisiana College, 2006

Admissions and Affiliations

State Bar of Texas

Louisiana State Bar

United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, Seventh and District of Columbia Circuits

The Federalist Society, Houston Lawyers Chapter

Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court

Houston Bar Association

Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales

LSU Young Alumni Leadership Council

Michelle Stratton


One Shell Plaza
910 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002-4995
United States


Appellate litigation


Michelle represents clients in a broad range of appeals in federal and state courts.

Michelle received her law degree from Louisiana State University, where she earned the top grade in twenty law school courses, graduated first in her class, was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and participated in trial advocacy and moot court programs.

Before joining Baker Botts, Michelle served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Michelle also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, where she evaluated potential government appeals in federal appellate courts nationwide and worked extensively on briefs in opposition to certiorari, merits briefing, and oral argument preparation in cases before the Supreme Court.

In 2011, Washingtonian Magazine named Michelle one of ten “Women to Watch.”

Representative Engagements

Federal Appeals

  • Briefed duty-to-defend appeal before Fifth Circuit on behalf of insured (Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Linn Energy, L.L.C., No. 13-20578)
  • Briefed Age Discrimination in Employment Act appeal before Fifth Circuit on behalf of employer of corporate pilots (EEOC v. Exxon Mobil Corp., No. 13-10164)
  • Briefed Endangered Species Act appeal before Fifth Circuit on behalf of Texas river authority (The Aransas Project v. Shaw, No. 13-40317)
  • Briefed bankruptcy appeal before Fifth Circuit (In the Matter of ASARCO, L.L.C., Nos. 12-40997, 12-40998)
  • Briefed and argued criminal sentencing appeal before D.C. Circuit on behalf of United States (United States v. Ventura, 650 F.3d 746 (2011))

State Appeals

  • Briefed statutory interpretation appeal before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of public retirement system (Klumb v. Houston Mun. Emps. Pension Sys., No. 13-0515)
  • Briefed statutory interpretation appeal before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of telephone and internet service provider (Sw. Bell Telephone, L.P. d/b/a AT&T Texas v. Emmett, No. 13-0584)
  • Briefed appeal from issuance of writ of mandamus before the Texas First Court of Appeals on behalf of amicus curiae public retirement system (Houston Firefighters’ Retirement and Relief Fund v. City of Houston, No. 01-12-01167-CV)
  • Briefed defamation-privileges appeal before the Texas First Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of employer (Writt v. Shell Oil Company, No. 01-11-00201-CV; No. 13-0552)
  • Briefed opposition to post-trial motion to disregard $17 million jury verdict for contractual breach and fraud before Harris County District Court on behalf of terminated employee (Levesconte v. Ensign Services, No. 09-04966)

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • “Advanced Appellate Brief-Writing,” Course Instructor, LSU Law Apprenticeship Week, January 6–10, 2014
  • “United States Supreme Court Update,” Houston Bar Association, September 19, 2013
  • “Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after Parents Involved,” Louisiana Law Review, 2009