T. Micah Dortch
Micah is a Shareholder in Cooper & Scully’s Dallas office. He grew up in the small town of Llano, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station with an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and later from South Texas College of Law with his Juris Doctorate. When you grow up in a small town, you are taught to work hard, value your family and community, help those in need, and to always rely on your instincts. Micah carries these values with him through his life. He worked full time for law firms during both undergraduate and law school, often attending trials during the day and school at night.
Today, Micah maintains a large docket of civil litigation throughout the United States. All lawyers, when they introduce themselves as attorneys are asked, “what kind of lawyer are you?” Micah is a trial lawyer. While he spends much of his time traveling around the country taking depositions and attending hearings, he is most comfortable in a courtroom in front of a jury. Juries are like small communities with people who have distinct values and beliefs. Micah believes that his small town upbringing enables him to connect to juries because he was taught to respect everyone’s opinions and always look at issues from both sides.
Micah’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals and families. He has represented one of the world’s largest electronics conglomerates, one of the world’s largest satellite direct broadcast providers, and several of the world’s largest insurance carriers. In addition, Micah often helps protect the rights of families fallen victim to horrific accidents and loss of loved ones. Micah is frequently hired by United States Bankruptcy Trustees to prosecute and defend lawsuits in bankruptcy courts. His current docket includes cases involving, Breach of Contract, Business Torts, Fraudulent Transfer, Copyright Infringement, Financial Fraud, Insurance Policy Interpretation, Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Securities Class Actions. Micah also has an extensive practice litigating claims in the payments industry including ISO, Processor and Clearing Bank disputes, chargeback presentments and recoupments, and agent breach of contract actions.
When he is not working, Micah enjoys spending time with his friends and family, competing in BBQ Cook-offs with his team the “BBQ Barristers”, and restoring antique CJ jeeps. Micah and his wife are dog lovers and donate time and money to helping rescue and treat animals in need.
Mr. Dortch served as counsel for Plaintiffs in the case of Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., No. 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States district court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives. Micah was named in Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® list, Thomson Reuters Legal in 2010 and 2012-2016 and received one of Texas’ Top Verdicts and Settlements in 2014. He also is a frequent speaker at seminars and continuing education forums on topics including insurance, torts, and intellectual property litigation.
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2005
B.A., Texas A&M University, 2001
Litigation Issues in Surplus Lines Coverage Actions, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 2015
Subrogation and Liens In Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Claims, National Business Institute Personal Injury 101, December 10, 2014, Wyndham Dallas Suites-Park Central, Dallas, Texas
Bankruptcy and Insurance Coverage, 21st Annual Insurance Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 2014.
Social Media & The Law, 20th Annual Insurance Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 2013.
Choice of Law in Texas for Construction, 8th Annual Construction Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., February 2013.
Right to Independent Counsel, 19th Annual Insurance Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 2012.
Sharyland – Reigning in the Economic Loss Rule, 7th Annual Construction Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2012.
Venue in a Coverage Case, 18th Annual Insurance Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., April 2011.
The State of the Economic Loss Rule, 6th Annual Construction Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 2011.
Copyright Litigation in Construction Matters, 2009 Webinar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C. (October 12, 2009).
Venue, Jurisdiction & Voir Dire in Texas, 2009 Transportation Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., June 12, 2009
Allocating Defense and Indemnity Among Multiple Carries, 16th Annual Insurance Symposium, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., April 3, 2009.
Understanding Texas Venues & Jurisdiction, 2008 Transportation Seminar, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., June 20, 2008.
Revisiting the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Statute, 15th Annual Insurance Symposium, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., March 28, 2008.
Understanding the Rights of Insureds in Insurance Coverage Disputes Involving Builders Risk and Commercial General Liability Policies, Wesley G. Johnson and Timothy Micah Dortch, 3rd Annual Construction Symposium, Sponsored by Cooper & Scully, P.C., January 25, 2008.
American Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
Dallas Bar Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association