Joe Michels
Founder of The Michels Law Firm

Joe Michels is the founder of The Michels Law Firm. He formed the firm in 2012 after serving as a partner at some of the largest law firms in the country over 25 years. Joe focuses on litigation, dispute resolution, healthcare law, estate planning, probate, Medicaid planning, and elder law. He has successfully represented individuals and business of all sizes at both trial, mediation, arbitration, and appeal in state and federal courts.

Joe understands the complex legal challenges healthcare providers face. Over his career, he has handled lawsuits and regulatory actions involving physician credentialing, peer review, fraud and abuse claims, HIPAA compliance, anti-kickback statutes, physician non-compete agreements, health insurance payment disputes, and employment discrimination. Joe also helps physicians solve legal challenges in their business relationships, such as forming or departing a group practice, partnership disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and contract disputes.

Beyond his legal practice, Joe dedicates his time to public service and his church. Joe served 10 years as the mayor of the City of Oak Ridge North and served as a trustee of the Conroe Independent School District. He was the chairman and a board member of the Woodlands Economic Development Partnership served 6 years on the board of the Woodlands Waterway Arts Counsel. Joe also dedicates his time to the Montgomery County business community, having served as a board member and the vice president of the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. Joe is currently a board member of the Memorial Hermann – The Woodlands Advisory Counsel and teaches a Bible study class at Stone Bridge Church.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Estate Planning
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Probate


University of Houston Law Center

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 1990
  • Houston Law Review, Legal Developments Editor
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barons

Houston Baptist University

  • B.S., magna cum laude, 1978