El Paso

221 N. Kansas, Suite 1700
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: 915.533.4424
Fax: 915.546.5360


2905 San Gabriel St, Suite 205, 
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: 512.320.5466
Fax: 512.320.5431

Las Cruces

3800 E. Lohman Ave., Suite C
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Phone: 575.527.0023
Fax: 915.546.5360

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Michelle D. Esparza

Email: michelle.esparza@kempsmith.com
Telephone: / Fax: 915.546.5360

Michelle D. Esparza is an associate in the firm's Trial Department. The focus of her practice is business and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and appeals. She received her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University and Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Texas at El Paso. Michelle has been recognized as a 2024 Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys across the state.

Some of Michelle's experience includes:

  • Associate counsel in commercial arbitration before the AAA for publicly traded global consumer products company against foreign company through final award in client’s favor.

  • Lead counsel in bench trial for builder in breach of contract lawsuit by buyer; take-nothing judgment in builder’s favor.

  • Associate counsel in numerous commercial lawsuits involving litigation in the U.S. and companion litigation in Mexico.

  • Lead counsel for finance subsidiary of major construction equipment manufacturer in state, bankruptcy, and federal courts in lift stay and other bankruptcy proceedings, breach of contract suits, and loan workouts.

  • Lead counsel for national bank in state, bankruptcy, and federal courts in lift stay and other bankruptcy proceedings, breach of contract suits, and loan workouts.

  • Lead appellate counsel for childcare center in appeal of adverse jury verdict in personal injury case; trial court judgment successfully reversed.

  • Lead appellate counsel for El Paso taxpayer in lawsuit regarding challenge to City’s water fee; trail court’s denial of City’s plea to the jurisdiction successfully affirmed.



  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2019
  • University of Texas at El Paso, B.A. in Economics, 2016


  • Texas, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • El Paso Bar Association, 2019-Present
  • UTEP Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2020-2023