Michelle Cheng joined the personal injury attorneys at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, in 1996. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota and received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. After college, Michelle escaped the cold weather by coming to Austin to work as an engineer at Motorola, where she designed engine controller chips for Ford automobiles. She soon decided that she wanted a career in which she could work more closely with people, however, and left Motorola to attend the University of Texas School of Law.
Ms. Cheng represents injured persons and their families in cases involving medical malpractice, birth injuries, products liability, automobile and trucking accidents, and other serious personal injuries and wrongful death. She is also a certified mediator. In 2013, the Travis County Women Lawyers Association named her a Pathfinder, an honor awarded to women the organization believes to be “role models and trailblazers.” In 2006, the Austin Young Lawyers Association named her Outstanding Young Lawyer of Austin. She received a Litigation Award from the Travis County Women Lawyers Association in 2004, and she has been named a Texas Super Lawyer (2009 – 2018) and a Texas Rising Star (2004 – 2006) by Thomson Reuters.
Ms. Cheng enjoys staying active in the community and has recently served on the Texas Access to Justice Commission (where she was Chair of the Technology Committee); as Chair of a State Bar Grievance Committee; on the Advisory Board of the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project; on the Board of the Austin Bar Foundation; and on the State Bar Web Services Committee, where she is a past Chair.
Ms. Cheng also previously served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, on the Board of Editors for the Texas Bar Journal, and on the Boards of Directors for the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Austin Asian-American Bar Association. From 2004-2006, she sat on the Board of Directors of the Austin Bar Association, receiving their Outstanding Director award in 2006 and their Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2005. Ms. Cheng also served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Young Lawyers Association and received their Outstanding Director Award in 2004.
Michelle is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Austin and is a member of a number of other organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association, and the State Bar of Texas. In her free time, she seeks out culinary adventure for her food blog.
Ms. Cheng has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas; the United States District Courts, Western District of Texas; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
- Supreme Court of Texas
- The United States District Courts
- Western District of Texas
- The U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit