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Michelle Arishita
Michelle Arishita
Senior Associate — Commercial & Business Litigation
Senior Associate — Commercial & Business Litigation

Michelle Arishita

Michelle Arishita

200 West 6th Street
Suite 2500
Austin, Texas 78701

Michelle Arishita

Commercial & Energy Litigation

  • Along with members of V&E’s Restructuring and Reorganization team, represented equity sponsor and certain officers and directors of upstream company in connection with its chapter 11 cases, which resulted in a $1.3 billion credit-bid asset sale, a global settlement with key stakeholders, and confirmation of a chapter 11 plan

  • (W.D. Tex.) — Defended a Fortune 500 life-sciences company against federal and state antitrust claims involving the allergy testing and immunotherapy markets

  • (W.D. Tex.) – Represented multi-state amenity management company in a trade secret and contract dispute; obtained multiple temporary restraining orders and favorable settlement

  • (AAA Arbitration and Tex. Dist. – Pecos County) – Representing an international oil and gas production and exploration company in disputes in state court and arbitration proceedings implicating issues related to royalty payments, lease terminations, and surface restoration obligations concerning property in West Texas

  • (AAA Arbitration) — Representing international construction contractor against a turbine supplier for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract related to equipment and services for a major power plant project; obtained award for all damages sought

  • (AAA Arbitration) – Represented space technology company in a contract dispute related to financing obligations

  • (Tex. Dist. – Travis Cnty.) – Represented alternative investment manager in a contract dispute related to an investment in an oil and gas development; obtained temporary restraining order and favorable settlement

  • (Tex. Dist. – Travis Cnty.) – Represented an international publicly traded online vacation rental company in a dispute arising from an acquisition of a foreign vacation rental company

  • (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cnty.) – Represented an oil and gas production and exploration company in a contract dispute related to the delivery of overriding royalty interests

  • (Del. Ch.) – Represented a publicly-traded life-sciences company in a contract dispute following a merger

  • (Immigration Court – Houston) – Second chair in bench trial achieving grant of asylum for client and her daughter from Honduras

  • (Tex. Dist. – Bexar Cnty.) – Representing a nonprofit organization that publishes information regarding prison conditions in a dispute with a publicly traded private prison operator related to the Texas Public Information Act

  • (Tex. App. – Austin) – Represented pro bono client in an appeal of a default judgment in a contract dispute; obtained favorable settlement following obtaining a grant of new trial in a restricted appeal

  • First-chaired three jury trials through the City of Austin’s Attorney Exchange Municipal Court Program


  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 2014 (Associate Editor, Texas Law Review; Teaching Assistant for LLM Legal Research and Writing Program; ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team)
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Psychology summa cum laude, 2010 (University and Foundation Honors; Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Board Secretary: Asian Family Support Services of Austin, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Asian and other immigrant families dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.
  • Member: Austin Young Lawyers Association, Travis County Women’s Lawyers, Austin Asian American Bar Association, Austin Bar Association
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