M. J. (Mick) Trusty, JD

Trust Expert Defense Witness

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Sulphur Springs, Texas

Mick serves as a prominent Dallas area trust attorney, adjunct professor of business graduate studies, former executive trust officer at several preeminent banks and trust companies and former federal trust examiner.

Mick represents FiPar as an Expert Witness Consultant to assist bank trust departments and trust companies in adhering to principles of sound fiduciary risk management and serving as expert witness in defending claims of breaches of fiduciary duty. 

His career path has spanned multiple business, educational, government and community leadership positions. He serves as a Trust, Estate, Gift, Tax and Fiduciary Risk Management attorney and is a former Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at Texas A&M University--Commerce. Additionally, Mick is a former executive Trust Officer, including president of Merrill Lynch Trust Company of Texas, and a former Trust Examination Specialist and Sub-Region Manager with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Mick serves as Of Counsel to the law practice of Horton & Archibald Law Firm, P.C., specializing in complex trust and estate drafting, planning and trust administration, philanthropic planned giving, asset protection and tax matters. Additional related legal matters he addresses include fiduciary risk management, entity creation and administration, various management issues involving surface and sub-surface property interests and fiduciary defense expert witness engagements, along with pro bono historic cemetery representations. 

Mick also serves Texas A&M University--Commerce as Chairman of its Foundation Board and as a member of its College of Business Leadership Council. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing & Finance from Texas A&M University--Commerce and his JD from South Texas College of Law--Houston. Additionally, Mick earned his Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation (CTFA) through the American Banker's Association at the National Graduate Trust School, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Mick's broad-based and in-depth knowledge, experience and insight serves to support FiPar's mission of helping trust departments and trust companies properly manage fiduciary risk to avoid unnecessary business and fiduciary exposure to liability. Mick's business acumen complements and enriches FiPar's reputation and superior record of achievement of successfully tackling extreme chall