Michael B. Knisely

Michael B. Knisely

Austin, Texas

Mr. Knisely is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. His practice primarily involves representing individuals and institutions in litigation, controversies, and appeals arising from and involving trusts, estates, wills, probate matters, and guardianships. Mr. Knisely also handles appeals of all types of civil matters in both state and federal courts, and he has significant experience in insurance matters, general commercial litigation, and in representing charitable organizations in a variety of controversies. After law school, Mr. Knisely served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Felix Recio, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.


• University of Texas at Austin (J.D., 2002)
• Southwestern University (B.A., History and Communication, 1999)
• Universitat de València, Valencia, Spain (Summer 1998)


• Fiduciary Litigation
• Appellate Law
• International Litigation
• Probate, Estate & Trust Administration


• Member, State Bar of Texas
• Member, American Bar Association
• Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly (2015, 2016, 2017)
• Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) – Texas Chapter
• Member, International Bar Association
• Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas
• Member, Austin Bar Association
• Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association
• Member, Williamson County Bar Association
• Member, Federal Bar Association
• Member, Board of Visitors, Southwestern University
• Member, Seton Professional Advisors Counsil
• Member, National Association of Charitable Gift Planning
• Member, Charitable Gift Planners of Austin (Board of Directors, Vice-Chair)
• Member, Supreme Court of the United States
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
• Leadership Round Rock (Class of 2006-2007)
• Director, Pip Start, Inc. (Former)
• Director, Ascend Austin (Former)
• Director, Southwestern Fraternal Education Fund, Inc. (Former)


• Co-Author/Presenter, "Drafting Settlement Agreements to Resolve Trust & Estate Disputes," State Bar of Texas Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, Dallas, Texas (2018)
• Co-Author, "The Role of the Guardian Under Texas Law," Legislative Update, Guardianship Certification and Guardianship Workshop Seminar, San Antonio, Texas (2017)
• Co-Presenter, "Trust Modifications: Balancing Competing Interests," University of Texas School of Law Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Elder Law Conference, Galveston, Texas (2017)
• Co-Author/Presenter, "Complete Truth: Fiduciary Relationships and the Duty of Full Disclosure," State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, Houston, Texas (June 2017)
• Co-Author/Presenter, "Avoiding Will Contests: Practical Advice For Your Estate Planning Clients," State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, Dallas, Texas (2015) 
• Author, "Overcoming Common Roadblocks to Estate Planning," (2015)
• Moderator, Panel Discussion: "What Every Planned Giving Professional Needs to Know About the Estate Planning Process," Planned Giving Council of Central Texas (2014)
• Co-Author/Presenter, "Accessing and Managing Digital Assets after Death," Austin Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Law Section Meeting (2013)
• Author/Presenter, "An Introduction to Powers of Attorney," Texas Parent to Parent Annual Conference, San Marcos, Texas (2013)
• Co-Presenter, "Avoiding Trust and Estate Controversies: Strategies for Financial Planners," Financial Planners Association of Austin (2012)
• Co-Author/Presenter, "Avoiding Will Contests: Tips for Planned Giving Professionals," Planned Giving Council of Central Texas (2011)
• Co-Author, "Will Contests: Helping Your Estate Planning Clients Avoid the Quagmire," Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section (2010)
• Author, "Judicial Profile: The Honorable Felix Recio," The Federal Lawyer (2008)
• Co-Author, "Fall 2007 Update On Bad Faith Insurance Litigation" (2007)
• Co-Author "Bad Faith Insurance Litigation," presented at the Williamson County Bar Association Annual Civil Law and Probate Conference (2007)
• Co-Author, "Recent Developments in Bad Faith Litigation in the Workers’ Compensation Setting" (2006)
• Author, "In Memory of Reynaldo G. Garza," 11 Tex. Hisp. J. L. & Pol’y 1 ( Fall 2005)
• Co-Author, "Litigation Ethics,” presented at Cameron County Bar Association Annual Meeting (2004)

Areas of Practice

  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Appellate Law
  • International Litigation
  • Probate, Estate & Administration

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