Lorri Michel is the managing partner of Michel Gray LLP and is one of the state’s leading property tax attorneys. Lorri has successfully litigated several cutting-edge property tax cases, establishing legal precedent for property owners across Texas. Most recently, she defeated the City of Austin’s extraordinary challenge petition against 19,000 commercial property owners in Travis County, which sought to remove the “equal and uniform” requirement for taxation from the Texas Property Tax Code.
Lorri’s clients include real estate developers, small and multi-national businesses, and owners of multi-family properties, regional malls, open space and agricultural land, affordable housing properties, hospitals, hotels, central business district office buildings, oil and gas interests, and many other types of properties.
Lorri chairs the Government Relations Committee of the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals, and is deeply committed to protecting the rights of property owners. She has testified before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief, and is a trusted subject matter expert for Texas legislators considering changes to the state’s property tax system.
Lorri graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and earned her law degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1991. She began her career as an assistant Travis County attorney before joining the law firm of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, where she represented hundreds of local taxing units and appraisal districts in property tax collection and valuation matters.
In 2003, Lorri opened the Michel Law Firm in keeping with her decision to dedicate her practice to representing property owners. In 2015, she merged her firm with that of longtime friend and property tax attorney, Raymond Gray.
A frequent speaker at legal and property tax seminars, Lorri is member of the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association, the Real Estate Council of Austin, the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, and the Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals. She is also an invited fellow of the Austin Women Lawyers Foundation.
When not practicing law, Lorri is a tireless advocate for homeless pets, working closely with elected officials and nonprofit organizations. Lorri is currently President of Texas Pets Alive!, a nonprofit social welfare organization, and Texas Pets Alive! PAC.