Michael B. Knisely
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Michael B. Knisely
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Mr. Knisely is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. His practice involves representing individuals and institutions in fiduciary litigation, including primarily trust, estate and guardianship disputes. Mr. Knisely also advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries with regard to complex and contentious trust and estate administrations. In addition, he handles appeals of a wide array of civil matters in both state and federal courts, with a focus on appeals involving trust, estate and fiduciary matters, and he has significant experience in insurance matters 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.

EDUCATION

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

PRACTICE AREAS

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

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND HONORS

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly (2021)
  • 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, Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Southwestern University
  • Member, National Association of Charitable Gift Planning
  • Member, Charitable Gift Planners of Austin (Former 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)
  • Member, Seton Professional Advisors Council (Former)

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Co-Author/Presenter, “Disclosure: A Guide for Fiduciaries” Texas Bankers Association Trust and Estate Forum (2021)
  • Co-Author/Presenter, “Recent Trends in Trust and Estate Litigation: Insights for Estate Planners,” Austin Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Law Section All-Day CLE (2021)
  • Co-Author/Presenter, “Recent Trends in Trust and Estate Litigation: Insights for Estate Planners,” Midland Odessa Business and Estate Council (2021)
  • Author/Presenter, “Language to Include in Your Estate Planning Documents: Suggestions From Trust and Estate Litigators,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course (2020)
  • 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)