Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1985
  • Tulane University, B.A. in History and Latin American Studies, 1982, with honors
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1985
  • Texas, 1995
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1990
  • 5th Cir., 1988
  • E.D. La., 1991
  • M.D. La., 1989
  • W.D. La., 1987
  • E.D. Tex., 1997
  • N.D. Tex., 1991
  • S.D. Tex., 1998
  • Fed. Cl., 1998
Michael Donald
Suite 2900
811 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
713.437.1824 tel
713.437.1810 fax

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Michael Donald is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm's Houston office. He serves as co-chair of the firm's Energy Industry Team.

Mr. Donald serves clients in the oil and gas, electric utilities, natural gas transmission, mining, and transportation industries, and recently served as counsel on several interstate and intrastate pipeline and storage projects that involved salt dome and depleted reservoir matters. He has also served as trial counsel on condemnation/expropriation litigation in Louisiana and Texas.

Within the area of environmental litigation, Mr. Donald has specific experience with matters involving private cost recovery and citizen action suits, subsurface trespass, groundwater contamination, migration of hazardous chemicals, property value diminution, environmental audit supervision, and risk-based corrective actions. His experience includes serving as trial counsel in environmental litigation cases involving jurisdictional, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement. Mr. Donald has vast knowledge concerning carbon capture and storage, specifically the geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Mr. Donald authored Act 512 which was signed into law July 10, 2009, establishing the Louisiana Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Act.

Mr. Donald has been recognized in "Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the areas of energy and also has an AV Peer Review rating in Martindale Hubbell.

A 1985 graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Mr. Donald served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter, United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, from 1985–1987.


  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas and Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities (listed 2010-2013)
  • Recognized as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in the area of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer Magazines
  • Listed in the 2014 Edition of Texas Super Lawyers in the area of Energy & Resources
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell






  • International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (Member)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute (Member)