I was fortunate to be asked to participate in the conversation on marriage equality leading up to and on June 26, 2015, the historic day when SCOTUS issued its Obergefell decision extending marriage equality to all and recognizing LGBT rights under the US Constitution.

Here’s a run down of my media appearances leading up to an including June 26, 2015’s historic day:

WFAA 8 – Three possible outcomes from marriage ruling 6/26/15 (video) Family Attorney Michelle May O’Neil speaks to News 8 about the three possible outcomes from the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.

Texas Lawyer – SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Ruling Untangles Legal Remedies in Texas (Text Version) 6/26/15 (Text) “This is probably the most significant constitutional opinion of our generation. It extends the right to marry to a class of people that have never had that right,” said Attorney Michelle May O’Neil.

WFAA 8 – What marriage ruling means for Texas families 6/26/15 (video) Family Attorney Michelle May O’Neil talks to News 8 about what SCOTUS’ marriage ruling means for Texas families.

LXBN – Breaking: Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage Legal in All 50 States 6/26/15 (Text) “I think it’s everything that everybody hoped and thought it would be, and the historical significance is going to prove to be bigger than we realize today,” said Attorney Michelle May O’Neil. “This is kind of the constitutional rights decision of our generation.”

WFAA 8 – Attorney predicts same-sex marriage ruling coming Friday 6/24/15 (Text) DALLAS – History suggests the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, said Michelle May O’Neil, a family law attorney. “I think this is probably the most important constitutional rights question of our generation,” she said.

Additionally, I wrote a blog posts

Expected Marriage Equality Decision on Friday, June 26

Marriage Equality – the Whole Enchilada that was featured on Dallas Morning News LGBTQ Insider Blog and LXBN (LexBlog Network), and received a Top 10 Blog Post of the Day Award from LexBlog.

Rome wasn’t built in a day; neither will LGBT equality. But, we have the cornerstones.

The conversation on LGBT equality continues and I’m honored to be part of it.

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

Family Law Specialist

Ms. O’Neil became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

Top Lawyers in Texas and America

Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

Author and Speaker

A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition expected in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.