Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Michelle Simpson Tuegel

Partner since January 1, 2013
Waco, Texas
Michelle Simpson is a bright, hardworking young attorney practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas. Before her legal career, Michelle was a world class athlete ranked among the top women in the world in the sport of water skiing. Michelle's intense drive to be the best has carried over into her legal career. In her first two years of practice Michelle and Russ have together tried high profile capital murder cases, aggravated sexual assault cases, kidnapping, and federal felony drug cases. Prior to that, Michelle tried an aggravated robbery, and handled other serious felony cases.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel grew up in Bridgeport, Texas, a small town northwest of Fort Worth. She attended Rollins College in Florida, earning a degree in English. Michelle's intense determination and competitive drive led her to a World Cup Championship in 2005 in women's slalom water skiing. By the time Michelle decided to trade in her water skis to attend Baylor Law School in 2007, she was ranked 3rd in the world in Women's Slalom and 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom.

Michelle graduated from Baylor Law School in July 2010. She met her husband Andrew Tuegel at Baylor Law School. Andrew practices with a plaintiff's firm in Waco-Harrison, Davis, Steakley & Morrison. Shortly after graduation, Michelle started practicing criminal defense in Waco, Texas.

Michelle joined Russ Hunt, Sr.'s law practice in May 2012 and became his partner January 2013, forming Hunt & Tuegel, PLLC.

Another interesting fact, Michelle is not only the daughter and wife of two trial lawyers, but her two sisters are both now civil attorneys in Dallas. Michelle is the only one in the family practicing criminal defense. When asked why she chose this area she always gives two reasons, "First, I love to be in the courtroom fighting for my clients and criminal defense gives me that opportunity on a regular basis-I get tobe a real trial lawyer, which has always been my dream. Second, I get to really help people."

Those statements really summarize the type of lawyer and person that Michelle is- someone who works tirelessly for her clients, shines in the courtroom and truly strives to help people.

Amnesty International, United Kingdom—Fall 2004

  • Intern, Parliamentary Branch
  • Attended meetings at Parliament involving human trafficking, Sudan crisis, and capital
  • Communicated with members of Parliament on human rights issues
  • Researched human rights issues on Parliamentary database

Professional Slalom Water Skier

  • Ranked 3rd in the World in Women's Slalom-2007
  • Ranked 1st in the United States in Women's Slalom-2007
  • Water Ski World Cup Women's Slalom Champion-2005
  • Water Ski World Championships—Bronze Medal-2003
  • Ireland World Cup Stop-4th in 2006, 2 nd 2005
  • Russia World Cup Stop-4th in 2006 & 2005
  • Chile, World Championships 21 and Under—Silver Medal
  • United States Olympic Committee Training Stipend Recipient

Mastercraft Boats-2002-2008—Sponsored Athlete
Shaklee Products-2006-2008—Sponsored Athlete

  • Wrote articles for WaterSki Magazine and British Water Ski Magazine
  • Negotiated contracts
  • Coached amateur athletes

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Defense
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Assault Family Violence
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Offenses
  • Gun Violations
  • Homicide
  • Murder
  • Capital Murder
  • Sex Offenses
  • Child Pornography
  • Theft
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2010


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: Candidate for Juris Doctorate, Summer 2010
  • Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2006
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Selected as “Texas Rising Star Attorney” by Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Service, 2015 - 2016
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014 - 2016
  • Capital Defense (death penalty appointment list) “second chair” qualified – 3rd Judicial Region of Texas, 2013 - 2016
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Waco Division , CJA Panel Member
  • Waco McLennan County Bar Association, 2010 - 2016
  • Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, Associate/Member, 2014 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member
  • Texas Criminal Trial College, Graduate, 2011
  • Former Associate Municipal Court Judge – City of Woodway, Texas
  • State Bar of Texas

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Office of Russell D. Hunt Sr., Associate, 2012
  • Law Office of Rod Goble, Associate, 2010 - 2012
  • McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, TX, Legal Intern — Fall, 2009
  • Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, Dallas, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009
  • Kelly, Hart & Hallman, Fort Worth, TX, Summer Associate - Summer, 2009
  • Amnesty International, United Kingdom, Intern, Parliamentary Branch - Fall, 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, Mission Waco Legal Aid Services, 2015 - Present
  • Board Member, Central Texas African American Chamber of Commerce, 2015 - Present
  • Mission Waco Homeless Shelter & Mission Waco Legal Aid Volunteer , 2014 - Present


  • Kappa Kappa Gamma