SettlePou is proud to announce that Michael S. Byrd has recently been selected by the publishers of Texas Monthly magazine as one of its 2009 Rising Stars. Fewer than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Texas are named to the Rising Stars list. As a part of the lengthy selection process, lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorney they have personally observed in action under the Rising Stars practice categories. A Rising Star must either be under the age of 40 or have practiced law for less than 10 years. Once all of the nominations are in, a specialized research department examines the background and experience of the candidates. Michael is shown on pages 11 and 42 of the 2009 Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition magazine, and in the April issue of Texas Monthly. Michael is a shareholder at SettlePou and chair of its Business Counsel Services practice group. He has been practicing law for over 13 years. Michael’s litigation experience helps drive creative real-world business planning solutions across the U.S. for the firm’s physician and business clients.