Sharon L. Michaels, attorney at law, is the owner of her own law firm and past President of the Harris County Bar and the Lawyer Referral Service. Ms. Michaels began her own firm in 1984, having now been in private practice for a period of over thirty years. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with honors and received her law degree from the University of Houston, graduating magna cum laude. Licensed in Texas in 1983, she is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, the Southern District of Texas. The First Court of Appeals selected her as a briefing attorney after her admittance to the bar. Her longtime former client, Mary Jane Carvel, had provided in her will that her animal care non-profit organization be continued and that it be the primary beneficiary of her will. Sharon L. Michaels was named as the trustee of the non-profit which is now known as the Mary Jane Carvel Foundation.