Michelle Tuegel

Simpson Tuegel Law Firm
3301 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 76703
(214) 774-9121

Michelle Simpson is a bright, hardworking young attorney practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas. Before her legal career, Michelle was a world class athlete ranked among the top women in the world in the sport of water skiing. Michelle's intense drive to be the best has carried over into her legal career. In her first two years of practice Michelle and Russ have together tried high profile capital murder cases, aggravated sexual assault cases, kidnapping, and federal felony drug cases. Prior to that, Michelle tried an aggravated robbery, and handled other serious felony cases.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel grew up in Bridgeport, Texas, a small town northwest of Fort Worth. She attended Rollins College in Florida, earning a degree in English. Michelle's intense determination and competitive drive led her to a World Cup Championship in 2005 in women's slalom water skiing. By the time Michelle decided to trade in her water skis to attend Baylor Law School in 2007, she was ranked 3rd in the world in Women's Slalom and 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom.

Michelle graduated from Baylor Law School in July 2010. She met her husband Andrew Tuegel at Baylor Law School. Andrew practices with a plaintiff's firm in Waco-Harrison, Davis, Steakley & Morrison. Shortly after graduation, Michelle started practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas.

Michelle joined Russ Hunt, Sr.'s law practice in May 2012 and became his partner January 2013, forming Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC.

Another interesting fact, Michelle is not only the daughter and wife of two trial lawyers, but her two sisters are both now civil attorneys in Dallas. Michelle is the only one in the family practicing criminal defense. When asked why she chose this area she always gives two reasons, "First, I love to be in the courtroom fighting for my clients and criminal defense gives me that opportunity on a regular basis-I get tobe a real trial lawyer, which has always been my dream. Second, I get to really help people."

Those statements really summarize the type of lawyer and person that Michelle is- someone who works tirelessly for her clients, shines in the courtroom and truly strives to help people.

Amnesty International, United Kingdom - Fall 2004

Intern, Parliamentary Branch
Attended meetings at Parliament involving human trafficking, Sudan crisis, and capital
Communicated with members of Parliament on human rights issues
Researched human rights issues on Parliamentary database
Professional Slalom Water Skier

Ranked 3rd in the World in Women's Slalom-2007
Ranked 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom-2007
Water Ski World Cup Women's Slalom Champion-2005
Water Ski World Championships?Bronze Medal-2003
Ireland World Cup Stop-4th in 2006, 2 nd 2005
Russia World Cup Stop-4th in 2006 & 2005
Chile, World Championships 21 and Under?Silver Medal
United States Olympic Committee Training Stipend Recipient
Mastercraft Boats-2002-2008?Sponsored Athlete
Shaklee Products-2006-2008?Sponsored Athlete

Wrote articles for WaterSki Magazine and British Water Ski Magazine
Negotiated contracts
Coached amateur athletes

Areas of Practice

100% Criminal Defense
Assault Family Violence
Aggravated Assault
Domestic Violence
Drug Offenses
Gun Violations
Capital Murder
Sex Offenses
Child Pornography
White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2010
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. - 2010
Honors: Candidate for Juris Doctorate, Summer 2010
Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
B.A. magna cum laude - 2006
Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

Selected as "Texas Rising Star Attorney" by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Service, 2015 - 2016
"Top 100 Trial Lawyers" The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - 2016
Capital Defense (death penalty appointment list) "second chair" qualified - 3rd Judicial Region of Texas, 2013 - 2016
United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco Division , CJA Panel Member
Waco McLennan County Bar Association, 2010 - 2016
Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Associate/Member, 2014 - 2016
American Bar Association
College of the State Bar of Texas
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
Texas Criminal Trial College, Graduate, 2011
Former Associate Municipal Court Judge - City of Woodway, Texas
State Bar of Texas

Past Employment Positions

Law Office of Russell D. Hunt Sr., Associate, 2012
Law Office of Rod Goble, Associate, 2010 - 2012
McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, TX, Legal Intern ? Fall, 2009
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009
Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009
Amnesty International, United Kingdom, Intern, Parliamentary Branch - Fall, 2004

Pro Bono Activities

Advisory Board Member, Mission Waco Legal Aid Services, 2015 - Present
Board Member, Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce, 2015 - Present
Mission Waco Homeless Shelter & Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer , 2014 - Present


Kappa Kappa Gamma