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Michael Cancienne is a trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil disputes. Michael enjoys all aspects of trial work, from factual investigation through trial. Michael maintains a broad practice, but focuses on commercial, construction, and insurance matters. He regularly appears before state and federal courts, regulatory bodies, and within alternative dispute resolution settings.

Michael has been recognized by his peers for his practice, having been named a “Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star” (Thomson Reuters) each year since 2013.

Prior to starting Jordan, Lynch & Cancienne PLLC, Michael was a partner at Baker Botts, LLP.

Following graduation, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Polozola of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Michael is actively involved in pro-bono matters. Michael has handled over two dozen pro-bono matters, including Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims, family law disputes, and contested immigration cases. Michael was repeatedly recognized for his pro-bono efforts while at his prior firm, and Michael previously served on the board of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Programs, a non-profit service of the Houston Bar Association that arranges for free legal services to low-income people in the Harris County area.

Representative Matters

Construction Dispute: represented owner in claims related to the delayed completion of a chemical plant expansion and defended claims related to cost overruns in Louisiana state court.

Breach of Contract: represented supplier of frac sand related to breach of “take or pay” supply agreement in AAA arbitration.

Commercial Tort: defended investment firm in tortious interference claims by financial advisory firm related to funding provided by investment firm to oil and gas exploration company in Texas state court.

Construction Dispute: represented owner in claims related to construction of food processing facility in AAA arbitration.

Construction Dispute: represented owner in claims related to delayed completion of offshore gas processing facility in private arbitration.

Breach of Purchase Agreement: represented industrial gas company in claims related to income taxes owed following purchase of corporation in Western District of Oklahoma.

Breach of Purchase Agreement: represented sellers in claims related to payment of taxes following sale of corporation, including claims for fraud and breach of contract in Texas state court.

Land Title Disputes: represented sellers in arbitration involving title disputes in Utica shale stemming from asset sale.

Commercial Dispute: represented manufacturer in warranty claims related to construction of pipe manufacturing facility in Baytown, Texas.

Personal Injury Dispute: represented oilfield service company in personal injury claims in Texas state court.

Personal Injury Disputes: provided defense and negotiated settlements of personal injury claims, property damage claims, and first party claims, including completion of multiple jury trials as first chair.

Insurance Dispute: provided counsel to petrochemical company regarding first party claims against insurer.

Insurance Disputes: defended claims related to insurance company’s duty to defend and indemnity in Texas state courts.


Louisiana State University Hebert Law Center, D., B.C.L, 2006.
Member, Order of the Coif; Member, Louisiana Law Review

Louisiana State University, M.B.A., 2005

Louisiana State University, B.S., International Trade & Finance, 2002

Publications & Speeches

“2016 Energy Litigation Outlook: How Low Hydrocarbon Prices Create New Litigation Risks.” Baker Botts CLE (with Jason Newman, Meghan McElvy and Bill Kroger).

“Early Dismissal: Rule 91a and Anti-SLAPP,” State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Course, July-October 2015 (with Adam Milasincic).

Guest Lecturer – Conflicts of Law, University of Houston Law Center (2011).

“Insurer Antitrust action Dismissed on Standing Grounds,” The Insurance Policy – Updates, 2005 (with William Katz).

“Smith v. LASERS: A Judicial Correction to a Legislative Miscalculation,” 65 La. L. Rev. 881 (January 2005).

Other Representative Matters

Commercial Dispute: represented investment firm in asset foreclosure and breach of loan agreement claims in Oklahoma state court.

Breach of Contract: defended oil field service company in breach of contract claims related to purchase of equipment in Texas state court.

Environmental Remediation Claims: defended oil company in claims related to loss of wetlands in Louisiana federal court.

Insurance Dispute: represented privately held coal company in international arbitration related to multi-million dollar property damage claim.

Commercial Dispute: represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in defense of claims brought by multiple state attorneys general in MDL proceeding pending in Louisiana federal court.

Commercial Dispute: represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in defense of consumer class action claims in Missouri state court.

Business Torts: defended financial institutions from state law business tort claims related to a failed merger in Texas state court.

Commercial Dispute: defended privately held coal company in breach of contract and commercial torts matter related to the development of coal-bed methane leases in Southern District of Illinois.

Employment Dispute: defended wrongful termination claims for professional service organization in Texas state court.