Michael B. Knisely
Michael B. Knisely

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)

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)
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Publications and Presentations

Recent Trends in Trust and Estate Litigation: Insights for Estate Planners

Midland Odessa Business and Estate Council, Zoom
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Co-Presenter
2021

Recent Trends in Trust and Estate Litigation: Insights for Estate Planners

Austin Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Law Section All-Day CLE
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Co-Presenter
2021

Disclosure: A Guide for Fiduciaries

Texas Bankers Association Trust and Estate Forum, Zoom
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2021

Language to Include in Your Estate Planning Documents: Suggestions from Trust and Estate Litigators

State Bar of Texas, Estate Planning and Probate Drafting
Publication
Co-Author
2020

Language to Include in Your Estate Planning Documents: Suggestions From Trust and Estate Litigators

State Bar of Texas Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2020

Drafting Settlement Agreements to Resolve Trust & Estate Disputes

State Bar of Texas Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, Dallas, Texas
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2018

Trust Modifications: Balancing Competing Interests

University of Texas School of Law Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Elder Law Conference, Galveston, Texas
Presentation
Co-Presenter
2017

Complete Truth: Fiduciary Relationships and the Duty of Full Disclosure

State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, Houston, Texas
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author
2017

The Role of the Guardian Under Texas Law

Legislative Update, Guardianship Certification and Guardianship Workshop Seminar, San Antonio, Texas
Publication
Co-Author
2017

Avoiding Will Contests: Practical Advice For Your Estate Planning Clients

State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, Dallas, Texas
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author
2015

Overcoming Common Roadblocks to Estate Planning

Publication
Author
2015