Michelle Alcala




Michelle Alcala is a highly regarded, strong, and effective advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in handling employment law matters, complex litigation, transactional matters, and other legal disputes. Michelle puts her clients first and prides herself on learning the unique issues that clients face.

Michelle has been litigating cases for over eighteen years, with a specialization in Labor and Employment Law. Michelle spent the first twelve years of her practice in private practice, handing all types of civil litigation disputes, including breach of contract, negligence, wrongful death, landlord-tenant, premises liability, real estate, trade secrets, legal malpractice, construction defects, breach of fiduciary duty, and estate and probate. Additionally, Michelle was selected by the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct to serve as a special prosecutor in an ethics violation prosecution of a state judge.

In 2012, the Texas Board of Legal Specialization certified Michelle as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law. The Texas Board Legal Specialization certifies that Michelle has substantial knowledge and special competence, including trial experience, handling employment disputes involving employment contracts, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, fair pay requirements, and workplace safety.

Michelle is the first person in her family to attend college, is a 2003 graduate of Harvard Law School and is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Employment Law.


  • School Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Employment Law Section, State Bar of Texas and Austin Bar Association
  • Litigation Section, State Bat of Texas
  • Texas Council of School Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
Austin, Texas


  • J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003
  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills Course 2008

Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation, including state and federal court, the Texas Education Agency, and the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings Mediations and Arbitrations
  • Grievances involving civil rights and discrimination, due process issues, contracts, and termination of employment
  • Economic Development Agreements, (Chapter 313) Whistleblower claims in state and federal courts Education Law
  • Special Education and 504 Due Process Hearings and Appeals

seminars & presentations

  • Texas Ed Con 22, Controversy in the Community and Public Comment
  • Education Service Center, Region 2 Personnel Services Symposium
  • Education Service Center, Region 6, Discipline and Documentation Training
  • TASA Midwinter Conference, Elections and Voting and Texas Educator Dos and Don’ts
  • Topics Covered in District Trainings:
  • Handling Sensitive Employment Investigations
  • Preparing to Make Employment Decisions
  • Effective Performance Documentation
  • Workplace Investigations and the Reporting of Educator Misconduct
  • Taking Adverse Employment Action and Terminating Employment Relationship
  • Preventing Workplace Harassment

articles & publications

reported cases


  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Labor and Employment Law
  • Served as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for the Austin Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Austin Under 40 Award Finalist, Legal
  • Repeatedly designated as a “Rising Star” in litigation published by Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Recognized for over ten years as a Texas “Super Lawyer” published by Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Suzanne Covington Pro Bono Service Award for service with Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

civic & community involvement

  • Board Member, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory Board Member, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium
  • Board Member, Launch Pad
  • Volunteer Legal Services volunteer
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of Central Texas
  • Board Member, Crime Prevention Institute
  • Graduate of Leadership Austin Emerge Program
  • Martin Middle School Mentor
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2901 Via Fortuna
Building 6, Suite 475
Austin, Texas 78746
10497 Town & Country Way
Suite 940
Houston, TX 77024
301 South Center Street
Suite 418
Arlington, TX 76010
(512) 637-4244
(713) 965-7623
(817) 385-6404
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