Michelle A. Ciolek

Michelle A. Ciolek

Associate since 2017
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-587-9668
800-580-9121
Fax:
713-225-0827
E-mail:

Michelle Ciolek joined Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz as an Associate in January 2017. Michelle is devoted to working tirelessly to ensure that individuals and companies are held accountable for their carelessness and negligence in causing serious and permanent injuries to her clients. Her practice currently focuses on a wide range of civil litigation areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace injury. Prior to joining the firm as an Associate, Michelle worked as a contract attorney for firm partner, Mo Aziz. She also worked for an insurance defense firm where she gained experience representing insurance carriers in first- and third-party insurance matters involving suspected insurance fraud, coverage questions, bad faith allegations, and uninsured/underinsured motorist litigation.

A native of Allegany, New York, Michelle attended Syracuse University where she graduated cum laude in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. She then moved to Houston, Texas where she attended South Texas College of Law Houston on a Dean's Merit Scholarship. During law school, she was named to the Dean's Honor List and received the John F. Ensle Award in Evidence along with three CALI Awards for receiving the highest grade in her Consumer Transactions, Evidence, and Family Law classes. Michelle was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and the Order of the Lytae, an honorary fraternity that recognizes outstanding academic achievement. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2012. While in law school, Michelle gained substantial experience clerking at three plaintiff's law firms, including a boutique medical malpractice firm, a mass tort pharmaceutical litigation firm, and Abraham Watkins.

Michelle is licensed to practice in Texas. She is involved in the legal community as a member of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Association, Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Houston Young Lawyers Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and Association of Women Attorneys.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Automobile Accidents

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2017

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Dean's Merit Scholarship
    • Honors: CALI Award in Consumer Transactions, Evidence, and Family Law
    • Honors: Order of the Lytae
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • B.A. (Cum Laude) - 2009
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science and History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association , Member, 2017 - Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Member, 2017 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Contract Attorney, 2016 - 2017
  • Nistico, Crouch & Kessler, Attorney, 2014 - 2016
  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Contract Attorney, 2013 - 2014
  • Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, Law Clerk, 2012 - 2013
  • Clark Burnett Love & Lee, Law Clerk, 2011
  • The Lewis Law Firm, Law Clerk, 2010 - 2011

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma