Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Houston Law Center, with honors
Mediator Certification, A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center
B.A., University of Houston, with high honors
Before taking the bench in January 2013, Michelle Slaughter worked in private practice as an attorney and mediator. Judge Slaughter started her career as a Labor and Employment attorney at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Houston. She then joined the Houston office of Locke Liddell & Sapp, LLP (now Locke Lord, LLP) where she represented individuals and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, in labor and employment, complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and other civil litigation matters. Though Judge Slaughter enjoyed her time at Locke, she wanted to have a more direct impact in her community and founded her own law practice in Clear Lake in 2010 - The Slaughter Law Firm, PLLC, which became Slaughter & Hammock in 2012. The firm represented individuals and businesses in all types of civil litigation and appellate matters. Judge Slaughter also served as a mediator.
While in law school, Judge Slaughter served as an intern for United States District Court Judges David Hittner and Sim Lake, and as an intern with Texas First Court of Appeals Justice Tim Taft. She also worked as a law clerk for Nelkin & Nelkin in Houston and as a summer clerk for Haynes and Boone and Ware, Snow Fogel & Jackson in Houston.
Legal Community Involvement:
Even while working in downtown Houston, Judge Slaughter was very active and involved in the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association (“GCYLA”) and Galveston County Bar Association (“GCBA”). Judge Slaughter served a term as treasurer of the GCYLA and two terms as Secretary of the GCBA. She also served a term as Vice President of the Bay Area Bar Association.
In addition to her involvement with the Bar Associations, Judge Slaughter served several years as a coach of the University of Houston Law Center’s moot court teams.
Judge Slaughter believes in being active in her community, which is why she chose to give up her successful private practice to serve as Judge of the 405th District Court. Judge Slaughter is a member of the Galveston Island Rotary Club (formerly with the League City Rotary Club), the League City Lion’s Club, and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Galloway School in Friendswood.
Judge Slaughter is happily married to her best friend and college sweetheart, Ed Walsh. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Hazel and Laila. The family also includes two cats – Bogart and Pinky, and a dog - Dagney.