Michael R. Goldman
Michael R. Goldman
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214.692.0025 (Direct)
214.692.6610 (Fax)
Guida, Slavich & Flores, P.C.
750 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 200
Dallas, Texas 75201

An accomplished litigator, Michael Goldman represents clients in complex environmental disputes in both state and federal courts. Michael also assists clients in regulatory compliance matters as well as provides support for real estate transactions involving environmentally impacted properties. In addition to his private practice, Michael also periodically teaches courses on Environmental Litigation and Environmental Oil and Gas Law at the Texas A&M University School of Law. Michael has represented individuals and businesses in state and federal courts in many diversified areas, including:

  • Litigation related to property damage claims and cleanup costs;
  • Litigation related to contamination from underground storage tanks (“USTs”) and petroleum products;
  • Citizen’s suit defense;
  • CERCLA, RCRA and the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act;
  • Clean Water Act;
  • Commercial litigation;
  • Cost recovery/contribution actions;
  • Defense of enforcement actions;
  • Endangered Species Act;
  • Insurance defense and coverage litigation;
  • Nuisance litigation;
  • Real estate and land use litigation; and
  • Toxic torts.

A sampling of his experience includes:

  • Represented the owner of a shopping center in Collin County concerning contamination caused by the dry cleaning operations of one of its tenants;
  • Represented a landowner in the Eastern District of Texas in a cost-recovery action related to contamination caused by former operations of a wood-treatment plant;
  • Defended a large municipality in a citizen’s suit concerning multiple violations of the city’s storm water management plan. The city was ultimately dismissed on summary judgment and the citizen’s group was denied its attorney’s fees;
  • Defended a former property owner in Harris County concerning alleged arsenic contamination which occurred over twenty years ago. Worked in parallel with the TCEQ concerning clean-up obligations for the ultimate closure of the property;
  • Represented a property owner in Tarrant County whose property was contaminated by a neighboring property owner with Benzene and other hydrocarbons due to a leaking UST;
  • Defended an asphalt plant manufacturer in Grayson County concerning nuisance and related claims by adjacent property owners; and
  • Defended a property owner in Yoakum County in which the property was contaminated by a leaking UST. The TCEQ was a party in the lawsuit and was involved in the ultimate clean-up obligations.


  • J.D. - South Texas College of Law - 1999
  • B.A. Microbiology - The University of Texas at Austin - 1995
  • Briefing Attorney for Justice Bill Vance with the Tenth Court of Appeals of Texas
  • Adjunct professor at Texas A&M University Law School on Environmental Litigation and Environmental Oil and Gas Law

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Arizona

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Honors and Affiliations

  • Named a Texas Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation in 2013, 2014, 2015 and as a Rising Star for 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Traveled to New Delhi, India with the Commercial Law Development Program which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist India’s government in the development of its environmental regulations to spur the development of its shale oil and gas reserves
  • Chairman of Dallas Bar Energy Law Section - 2016 (former Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Chair) (2010-present)
  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2013, Project Committee for the construction of the Reading Advancement Center benefitting the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ Leadership Class of 2010, Project Committee for Rock the Record benefitting the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • Member, Chairman’s Task Force of the State Fair of Texas (2012-present), Co-Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Big Tex Golf Classic (2012-2013), Co-Chairman of Raffle Committee (2011), Livestock Auction Committee (2009-2010) each benefit the State Fair Scholarship Fund for outstanding students attending several Fair Park-area high schools
  • Vice-Chairman of Tarrant County Bar Environmental Law Section (2009-present)
  • Co-Chairman, Ask-A-Lawyer Committee with Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2005)
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Volunteer, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program pro bono clinic
  • Board member of the North Texas Association of Environmental Professionals
  • Board member of the Dallas Electric Club
  • Member, The Children’s Trust benefitting the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • Member, ADAM Energy Forum
  • Member, Petroleum Engineers Club of Dallas
  • Member, Society of Texas Environmental Professionals
  • Member, Claims Litigation and Management Alliance 

Authoring and Presenting

  • Mr. Goldman has given numerous presentations on a variety of environmental law topics and has authored numerous articles.