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W. Michael Wiist
Fort Worth, TX

W. Michael Wiist admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Preparatory Education: Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas (B.A., with Honors, 1976); University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1980 (M.A., Communication Arts); Legal Education, Baylor University School of Law (J.D., 2000). Member: State Bar of Texas; Tarrant County Bar Association; Tarrant County Probate Bar Association.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning & Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2001
  • Texas, 2000


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Winner, 1998 Client Counseling Intrascholastic Competition
    • Honors: Student Coach - First in 1999 ABA Regional Client Counsel Competition
    • Honors: Student Coach - Fourth in - 1999 ABA Natl. Client Counseling Competition
  • University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
    • M.A. - 1980
    • Major: Communication Arts
  • Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, Texas
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Communication, Religion

Published Works

  • Trust Income: Separate or Community Property?, 51 Baylor L.Rev. 1150, Fall, 1999
  • Seeking a Coaching Style of Teaching News Writing, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, Winter, Vol. 51/4, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Burnett-Gregory Writing Award by Texas College of Probate Judges

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member, 2001
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Member, 2001

Past Employment Positions

  • Assistant Professor of Communication, Southwestern Adventist University, 1994 to 1997
  • General Manager of WAUS-FM and Adjunct Professor in Communication, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, Sept. 1985 - July 1994
  • Director of Public Relations, Andrews University, (concurrent appointment with above) Sept. 1990 - June 1991
  • Manager, Adventist World Radio-Europe, Darmstadt, Germany, April 1982 - Aug. 1985
  • Station Manager of KUCV-FM and Instructor in Broadcasting & Speech, Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 1980 - April 1982
  • Studio Technician, Communication Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Washington, D.C., Aug. 1976 - June 1980