Michelle P. Scheffler

Michelle P. Scheffler

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials
Michelle Scheffler is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in bet-the-company cases in state and federal courts nationwide.


Clients in leading industry outlets such as Chambers have praised Ms. Scheffler’s “reputation for being good on her feet in the courtroom” and commented that she is “a very strategic thinker.”

Ms. Scheffler represents clients in a variety of industries, though she has extensive knowledge of the energy industry and has led trial teams for oil and gas, renewables, pipeline and marketing clients concerning nearly every aspect of the energy value chain. She regularly handles matters related to royalties, leases, surface rights, transportation, storage and distribution. Additionally, she advises clients on matters related to joint ventures and partnerships, construction-related disputes and environmental issues.

Ms. Scheffler has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA in its Nationwide Oil & Gas Litigation category and The Legal 500 in its Energy Litigation: Oil and Gas category. She also was named a Thomson Reuters Stand-Out Lawyer in 2023 and one of the nation’s top energy attorneys under 40 by Law360 in 2021. In addition, she has been honored by Benchmark Litigation for several years, as well as by the National Diversity Council as one of the Top 50 Women in Oil and Gas.

Ms. Scheffler is a recent addition to the Skadden trial team. Her representations prior to joining the firm include serving as:

  • Lead trial counsel for a major integrated oil and gas company in a three-week jury trial following a fire and explosion at a petrochemical facility which resulted in a favorable settlement before the defense put on its case-in-chief
  • Lead trial counsel for an energy client in a monthlong jury trial defending against numerous personal injury claims after a plant explosion, bringing alleged damages down by over half
  • Lead trial counsel for an oil and gas client in an alleged royalty underpayment case brought by the state of North Dakota. This case had an industry-wide impact in the state and went up to the North Dakota Supreme Court twice. Ms. Scheffler won a take-nothing judgment at trial on behalf of the client against the state
  • Lead trial counsel for numerous oil and gas producers in putative class action cases alleging underpayment of oil and gas royalties
  • Lead trial counsel for an oil and gas producer against a retail electric provider in a case related to power contracts and reimbursement of under-usage credits
  • Trial counsel for wind and solar companies against various personal injury and property damage claims in multidistrict litigation arising from winter storm Uri
  • Trial counsel for a natural gas marketer against a pipeline company and power producer in cases related to marketing and transportation agreements and gas sales in both state and federal court
  • Trial counsel for a midstream company in bankruptcy court to uphold gas gathering agreements against oil and gas producers
  • Trial counsel for an integrated oil and gas company in a highly publicized case alleging widespread environmental damage caused by decades-old oil and gas activity
  • Trial counsel for a major energy company related to alleged damage to saltwater disposal wells due to drilling operations

Ms. Scheffler is a long-standing member of the Institute for Energy Law, where she has served numerous terms on its Executive Committee. She is a frequent speaker on trial- and energy-related topics and has taught trial advocacy.



  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 2006 (magna cum laude; Order of the Barons; Notes and Comments Editor, Houston Law Review)
  • B.S., University of Houston, 2003 (summa cum laude)


  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma

Michelle P. Scheffler

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials