W. Mike Baggett

Chairman Emeritus; Shareholder
Dallas
500 Winstead Building
2728 N. Harwood Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.745.5303 Direct
214.745.5390 Fax
mbaggett@winstead.com
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Mike Baggett is a highly respected leader in the Texas legal and business communities. He has successfully argued six published opinions of the Texas Supreme Court and has tried over 50 commercial cases at the trial level. Mike is a well-known author and lecturer before judicial conferences, bar associations, law schools, trade and industry groups. Representative examples of over 100 events include: Texas Judicial Conference; American Bar Association; State Bars of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida; University of Texas, Baylor, SMU, Texas Tech and Houston Law Schools; Texas Association of Bank Counsel; Texas General Counsel Forum; Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism; Banking Law Institute; and American College of Mortgage Attorneys. His legal publications have also been cited as authority by 12 appellate courts.

Mike served as Winstead's Chairman and CEO from 1992 to 2006 and Chairman Emeritus from 2006 to present. Under his leadership, Winstead grew from an established Texas law firm into a top-tier regional law firm with offices in the major commercial and financial markets throughout Texas and Washington, D.C.

Mike is also the author of three highly regarded and widely used legal books - Texas Foreclosure: Law and Practice (Texas Practice Series, Vol. 15), (Shepard's/McGraw-Hill, 1984; Thomson/West Group, 2nd Edition, 2001); Co-Author, Professor Norton and Baggett, Lender Liability Law and Litigation (Matthew Bender, 1989) and Texas Practice Guide, Real Estate Litigation (West Group 2002).

Representative Experience

  • Complex litigation and workout matters, with representation on both sides of the docket
  • General Counsel and Director, National Center for Policy Analysis [501(c)(3) free market think tank]; and General Counsel and Former Chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association
  • Lead counsel for Texas's largest banking industry group, Texas Bankers Association, in its declaratory judgment holding that Texas banks may sell annuities
  • Representation of D/FW International Airport in connection with its $2.5 billion expansion
  • Lead counsel for an insured chemical company which recovered property damage and business interruption in excess of $505 million for destruction of a chemical plant and in excess of $12 million for bad faith handling of the claim
  • Reversal of judgments on appeal in excess of $56 million and setting aside of trial court judgments in excess of $220 million
  • Represented Chairman of the FDIC in connection with appeal of judgment in excess of $70 million against the FDIC
  • Lead counsel for trustee accused of breach of fiduciary duty and improper management and division of assets of estate in excess of $600 million—settled favorably
  • Expert witness in litigation claiming damages in excess of $200 million—resolved favorably
  • Corporate counsel for Bush Clinton Katrina Fund
  • Represented Comerica Bank in the move of its headquarters from Detroit to Dallas, the largest move of a headquarter bank in the history of the United States
  • Represented Texas A&M in its move to the SEC
  • Expert witness in litigation seeking recovery for wrongful taking of three hospitals—favorable jury verdict of $118 million
  • Expert witness in federal court litigation claiming damages in excess of $60 million for wrongful disposition of 10 drilling rigs and related equipment—favorable court finding that disposition was commercially reasonable
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • Texas, 1973
Languages
Education
Baylor Law School
  • J.D., 1973
  • cum laude
  • ODK Abner McCall Award
  • President, Student Bar Association and Board of Governors
  • Baylor Law Review
  • Young Graduates Award of Merit, 1983
Texas Supreme Court
  • 1973-1974
  • Law Clerk for The Honorable Price Daniel, Sr.
Texas A&M University
  • B.B.A., Accounting, 1968
  • Yell leader, 1967-1968
  • Corps of Cadets
  • Class Representative to Texas A&M Association of Former Students
  • Outstanding Alumni, Texas A&M University, College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business, 1996
  • Distinguished Alumni, Texas A&M, 1998
  • Corps Hall of Honor 
Professional & Community Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas (Executive Committee, Director) 
  • Dallas Bar Association (President/Chairman of the Board)
  • Cotton Bowl Athletic Association (Chairman)
  • Dallas Regional Chamber (Chairman, Executive Committee, Director)
  • Dallas Citizens Council (Director, Executive Committee)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Sports Commission (Chairman)
  • Downtown Dallas (Chairman)
  • Texas A&M Association of Former Students (President)
  • Texas A&M Foundation (Chairman and Trustee)
  • Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation (Trustee)
  • Baylor Oral Health Foundation (Vice Chair and Trustee)
  • Baylor Law Alumni (President)
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Board Member)
  • Texas Supreme Court Rules Task Force (Chair)
Awards & Recognition
  • Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Best Lawyers
  • Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Litigation, Best Lawyers
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Chair of Fellows and Trustee, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Chairman, Trustee and Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow Award, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Chair of the Executive Committee, Chair of Fellows, and Trustee, Center for American and International Law
  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Master, Patrick T. Higginbotham, Inn of Court
  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in Litigation
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Neiman Marcus Renaissance Award
  • Jimmy Williams Award, Dallas A&M Club
  • Bronze Star Award for Vietnam service as 1st Lt. in U.S. Army
  • Best Lawyers in America 
  • Top 10 Business Litigators in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dallas Business Journal
  • Best Lawyers, D Magazine
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas Monthly
  • Top Lawyers, Annual Guide to Commercial Litigation, American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel
  • Texas Aggie Lawyer of the Year, Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Judge Sam Williams Bar Leadership Award, State Bar of Texas
  • Torch of Conscience Award, American Jewish Congress  
  • Morris Harrell Professionalism Award, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Dallas Bar Association
Presentation Topics
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Tort-Related Aspects of Lender Liability Law
  • Letters of Credit
  • Foreclosure
  • Corporate Governance
  • Damages