Shareholders, Associates and of Counsel

Essmyer & Daniel, P.C. is committed to providing you with the best legal representation. We approach every client with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding. You can reach one of our attorneys 24 hours a day.

Essmyer & Daniel, P.C.
5111 Center Street
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 869-1155
(713) 869-8957 - fax

       Michael M. Essmyer, J.D.

Michael M Essmyer
has been in private practice in Houston for over thirty-one years. He is a former officer and shareholder in the law firm of Haynes & Fullenweider, P.L.C. in Houston. He founded the firm now known as Essmyer & Daniel, P.C. His professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Texas Bar, the American Association for Justice, Texas and Houston Trial Lawyers Associations, and the Federal Bar Association, among others. He is married with three children.

Michael has been admitted to practice, and has practiced, before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit Appellate Courts, and the Southern, Northern, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Texas. Michael has also been selected to appear in multiple editions of Marquis Who's Who, including Who's Who in America . Michael is on the board of directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He has previously been on the board of directors of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. Michael has been the Chairman or the Co-Chairman of the following Houston Bar Association Committees: HBA CLE: Institute: HBA CLE: Seminars; HBA Lawyers in Public Schools, (LIPS); HBA Speakers Bureau. He has appeared on Entertainment Tonight; A.M. Houston and various other news shows and programs. Michael has also in the past been a frequent speaker for the National Business Institute (NBI).

Handling cases from Municipal Court through and including appeals to the United States Supreme Court, Michael has handled multiple appellate cases that were well publicized as shown by the representative cases below. These include his representation of clients in suits against Larry Flint's Hustler Magazine, the City of Houston , and the American Medical International Inc. He has represented the officers and directors of Savings and Loans in various jurisdictions and in both civil and criminal courts. Michael has also represented both Companies and Unions, the individual and the corporation.

Michael has successfully obtained or been involved in obtaining several appellate reversals by the United States Supreme Court. He has represented bankers and paupers, members of gangs and ministers. He is currently involved in two federal criminal tax cases, and two federal criminal cases involving gangs. He has just finished two federal criminal immigration cases. On the civil side, the Jankowiak appellate opinion is a must read for anyone who practices auto collision cases. 

Before graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology in 1972, Michael was student body Vice President and Parliamentarian. He then served as an officer in the United States Air Force. Michael was a navigator and electronics warfare officer from 1972-1978. While in the Air Force he attended and taught classes in geology at Texas Christian University . He later received his Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude, from South Texas College of Law in 1980. From 1980-81, he was first a summer law clerk for the Gulf Oil Company and then a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, Judge Pope.

Michael has also been active in Houston Community Theater as an actor, director and producer. He also sits on the board of directors of the Company OnStage.

As a practicing attorney, it is Michael's goal to represent his clients vigorously within the bounds of the law, and to work diligently on behalf of his clients' cases. It is also his and the firm's goal to participate in community projects and community affairs, and to protect the concept of justice for all. 

E-mail Attorney Mike Essmyer at:


Frank B. Daniel, J.D.

Frank Daniel is a licensed Texas attorney who practices primarily in civil and criminal litigation. He has over ten (10) years of litigation experience trying numerous cases to jury verdict and is a founding shareholder in Essmyer & Daniel, P.C.

Mr. Daniel graduated from Baylor University with a double-major in Business and Journalism in 1999.  After receiving his Masters in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in 2000, he worked the next two years for P&O Nedlloyd, one of the world’s largest container shipping companies.  In 2004, he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2005.  While in law school Mr. Daniel clerked for Federal Bankruptcy Judge Manuel Leal,  worked as a legal assistant for the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General’s office and also as a law clerk for the Litigation Division of the Harris County Attorney’s office.

Family Background:

Mr. Daniel is blessed to be married with two children.  His wife is a Texas High School teacher.  He is the great-great-great-great grandson of Texas General Sam Houston, the grandson of Texas Governor Price Daniel, and the son of Texas Speaker of the House Price Daniel Jr. 

Areas of Practice:

Personal Injury / Wrongful Death

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Insurance Litigation

Criminal Defense
Maritime Litigation


Bar Admissions:

            State of Texas, 2005

            U. S. Southern District of Texas

            U.S. Eastern District of Texas



Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, Texas
J.D., Cum Laude

Sam Houston State University, 2000 - M.B.A. - Major: Business Administration

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1999 - B.B.A. - Major:  Business & Journalism


Published Works:


Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in Texas, National Business Institute, 2006

Electronic Commerce: The Emerging Technology for Tomorrow’s Businesses, Allied International Conference, Academy of Information and Management Sciences, 2000


            Walter P. Fontenot, Liberty, Texas

            William Douglas Bloodworth, II, Huntsville, Texas
            Tuan Khuu & Associates, Houston, Texas and Oklahoma City, OK
            Bruce Dunham, Houston, Texas
John Owens, Texas Attorney General’s Office

            Butch Cox, Harris County Attorney’s Office


Honors and Awards:


Texas Southern University School of Law Dean's Honor List – Fall 2002 through 2004


Professional Associations and Memberships:


American Bar Association, Member 2005 - Present

Texas Bar Association, Member 2005 - Present

Houston Bar Association, Member 2005 - Present

Co-Chair of the Special Olympics Committee 2007-2008

Delta Theta Phi, 2002 - Present

Phi Alpha Delta, Member 1997 - Present

Texas Young Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present

American Trial Lawyers Association, 2005 - Present

Sons of the Republic of Texas (Life Member) – San Jacinto Chapter


Past Employment Positions:


Essmyer & Daniel, P.C. 2011-current
Shareholder (Founding Member)

Essmyer, Tritico & Rainey, L.L.P. 2004 – 2011



P&O Nedlloyd, 2000 – 2002

Intermodal Coordinator


William D. Bloodworth, II,1999-2000

Legal Assistant

E-mail attorney Frank Daniel at:



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Michael M. Essmyer, Jr., J.D.


St. Thomas High School, 1999
University of St. Thomas, 2004, BA in English,
Magna Cum Laude
University of Michigan Law School, 2010, J.D.

Bar Admissions: State Bar of Texas, 2011

E-mail Mike Jr. at:


Of counsel to Essmyer & Daniel, P.C.:

       Bill Bailey, M.D., J.D.


  • American Board of Plastic Surgery    
  • National Board of Medical Examiners with Honors in Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics


  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPRS)
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • International College of Surgeons (FICS), Fellow
  • President: Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • President: Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association: Texas Delegate
  • President Elect: Texas Medical Association
  • President: Harris County Medical Society
  • President: Houston Academy of Medicine
  • Houston Surgical Society


University of Texas Austin Bachelor of Arts


University of Texas Medical School, Galveston, TexasDoctor of Medicine


  • General Surgery Residency University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Hermann Hospital, 1968-1971
  • Plastic Surgery Residency University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Hermann Hospital, 1971-1973
  • Chief Plastic Surgery Resident, 1972 President: Harris County Medical Society


Texas 1967-present


  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, President 1995-1996
  • Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, President 1986-1987
  • Harris County Medical Society, President 1993
  • Houston Academy of Medicine, President 1989
  • Texas Medical Association, Board of Trustees
  • Harris County Medical Society/SW Branch, President 1989
  • Museum of Health & Medical Science, President 1989
  • Houston Academy of Medicine/Texas
  • Medical Center Library, Chairman/Board of Trustees 1989
  • Texas Medical Center, Member/Board of Trustees 1993- 1996
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Judicial Council 1992-1995,
  • Membership Committee 1996-1999
  • American Society Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ASPRS),
  • Speakers Bureau 1981-1982
  • Representative-Council of Medical Specialties, National Patient Injury
  • Prevention Program 1982-1983
  • Committee Chairman Various
  • Committees 1993-1995
  • Gulf Coast Regional Blood Bank, Board of Directors 1992- 1998


  • Texas Department of Health
  • Texas Medical Disclosure Panel 1988-1991
  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Supreme Court Jury Task Force Executive Committee 1996-1997


  • Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Plastic Surgery Baylor College of Medicine, 1987-1990
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, 1988-Present-University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Plastic Surgery Research Foundation 1982-1985, University of Texas Medical Center at Houston
  • Clinical Associate in Plastic Surgery University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 1973-1979
  • Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 1972-1973


          Robert Wallis, J.D.

Robert B. Wallis, born Houston, Texas, May 4, 1947; admitted to bar, 1971, Texas; also admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, First, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.

Preparatory and legal education, University of Houston (B.S., cum laude, 1969; J.D., 1971). Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1978-08.

Robert practiced with Haynes & Fullenweider, PLC from 1971-1987; Wallis & Keen, PC from 1987-1992; Exxon Mobil Corporation from 1992-2007 serving sequentially as Trial Team Leader, Environmental Litigation Coordinator and Governmental Environmental Litigation Coordinator; Essmyer, Tritico & Rainey, LLP from 2008-2011, and Essmyer & Daniel, P.C. from 2011 to the present.

He has tried cases to conclusion in 19 states.



From offices in Houston, Essmyer & Daniel, P.C. represents clients throughout Texas and the United States, including but not limited to Liberty, Anahuac, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Katy, Spring, Conroe, The Woodlands, Tomball, Magnolia, Angleton, Pearland, Lake Jackson, Pasadena, Baytown, Galveston, Clear Lake, Webster, Texas City, Richmond/Rosenberg, Cypress, Alvin and La Porte; and in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston County, Montgomery County, Jefferson County, Walker County, Trinity County, Travis County, Chambers County, San Jacinto County and Liberty County. 


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