Michael Angelovich is a partner in Nix Patterson LLP’s Austin, Texas office. Along with his brother and partner Jeffrey, Michael opened Nix Patterson’s Austin office in October 2007. Michael joined the firm in 1996 after working for Fulbright & Jaworski in its civil litigation department. Michael graduated magna cum laude and second in his law school class from Baylor Law School in 1993. He obtained the highest score in Texas on the February 1993 bar exam and received honors from the Texas Supreme Court for this accomplishment.
Michael joined Nix Patterson in 1996 to work on the Texas Tobacco Litigation and spent the first two years of his firm career devoted to that case. He was a key member in the firm’s representation of the State of Texas in its historic $17 billion-plus recovery from the tobacco industry. During his more than 20 years at Nix Patterson, Michael has handled complex litigation in diverse practice areas that include personal injury litigation, toxic torts, False Claims Act litigation, class actions and complex litigation. Michael’s clients have included military service men and women and veterans, injured people, harmed consumers, whistleblowers and Fortune 100 and 500 corporations. Michael also specializes in patent law as a licensed patent attorney admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.
Michael developed the firm’s whistleblower and False Claims Act practice and is one of the key partners managing that practice area today. Along with other Nix Patterson partners and associates, Michael represents relators in pending False Claims Act cases.
Michael was the lead attorney in a series of class actions filed in Arkansas state court against accounting and insurance giants that generated class settlements providing significant benefits to class members throughout the country. Michael successfully held the “Big Three” accounting firms accountable for an insidious travel rebate scheme in a class action that generated a large recovery for class members.
Michael also successfully litigated class actions against more than 50 insurance companies in Arkansas related to underpayment of overhead and profit in homeowners claims and the use of the Colossus software in adjustment of personal injury claims. This important insurance class action litigation required more than 8 years of hard work, involved numerous federal and state appeals, hundreds of millions of pages of documents, and hundreds of contested motions.
Michael currently focuses on whistleblower, False Claims Act, class action, complex litigation, litigation for Native American tribes, and affirmative corporate recovery.