Michelle Stratton

Counsel

Michelle Stratton primarily represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation and appellate matters.  An experienced appellate attorney who has successfully briefed or argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits, the Supreme Court of Texas, and intermediate Texas appellate courts, Ms. Stratton brings rigorous analysis, powerful legal writing, and persuasive oral argument to her clients’ cases.  Since joining SKV, Ms. Stratton has used her oral and written advocacy skills to obtain multiple early dismissals of lawsuits on behalf of defendants in both federal and state trial courts and to protect the rights of her clients on appeal. 

Ms. Stratton graduated first in her law school class and received numerous awards for her legal writing and excellence in trial and appellate advocacy.  Following law school, she clerked for Judge Edith Jones on the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court.  She also worked for the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, which oversees the federal government’s litigation in the Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts.  In 2011, Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. Stratton one of ten “Women to Watch.” 

American Inns of Court, Temple Bar Scholar, 2012

American Society of Legal Writers' Scribes Award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal, 2009

Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Chapter's Federal Courts Award, 2009

Vinson & Elkins Best Casenote or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, 2008

Bar Admissions:
Texas
Louisiana

Court Admissions:
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

 
Organizations
:
The Federalist Society, Houston Lawyers Chapter, Board Member
LSU Young Alumni Leadership Council
Louisiana College Alumni Executive Board
Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales

"Percolating and Potential Legal Conflicts: Challenges for Lawyers and Judges,” Appellate Judges Education Institute, November 2014, (co­authors, Aaron M. Streett & Ernest A. Young)

“Advanced Appellate Briefwriting,” Course Instructor, LSU Law

 “United States Supreme Court Update,” Houston Bar Association, September 19, 2013

“Silencing Chicken Little: Options for School Districts after Parents Involved,” Louisiana Law Review, 2009 

 

Louisiana College
B.A., History, summa cum laude
2006

Louisiana State University
J.D. and Graduate Diploma in Civil Law, summa cum laude, 2009
Order of the Coif

Law Clerk
Honorable Edith Jones
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
2009-2010

Bristow Fellow
Office of the Solicitor General of the United States
2010-2011

Law Clerk
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court of the United States
2011-2012

Of Counsel
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2015-Present

Associate
Baker Botts, L.L.P.
2012-2015