About Michael


Michael Massengale is a 5th generation Texan who was born and raised in a military family. Growing up, his family moved regularly as his father was stationed at different U.S. Air Force bases. A constant factor was his involvement in Scouting, from Cub Scouts to Eagle Scout. 

Michael graduated from Southwest High School in Fort Worth, where he was a competitive Lincoln-Douglas debater and extemporaneous speaker. He participated in Boys State and YMCA Youth and Government, where he was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Michael worked in the college dining hall and delivered pizza while attending Dartmouth College, where he studied government, English, and religion. In his spare time he wrote for and edited the weekly newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. He spent a term working in Washington for U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and he also spent a summer working for U.S. Senator Pete Dominici.

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After college, Michael was excited to escape the winter weather of New England and attend law school at The University of Texas in Austin. He earned a scholarship and was recognized as the outstanding editor of Texas Law Review.

Immediately after law school, Michael moved to Houston for a 2-year clerkship with Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He decided to make Houston his home, and he began his private practice at Baker Botts, where he became a partner in the trial department. After nearly 10 years of private practice, in 2009 Michael was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to his current position on the First Court of Appeals.

Michael is married to Dr. Lindsey Harris Massengale, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in diseases of the vitreous and retina. Lindsey and Michael enjoy traveling, spending time with their nieces and nephews, and playing with Mollie, their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are parishioners at St. Anne Catholic Church in Houston.