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Mike was born in Charleston, Mississippi and grew up in San Antonio. He is married to Laura Bertetti Baucum, also an attorney.
They have two daughters. Emily is a graduate of Northwestern University and for over ten years was an Emmy Award winning reporter and anchor at WOAI in San Antonio. In 2023 she began working at The Alamo Trust. Laurie is a graduate of Trinity University and St. Mary's University School of Law and is a licensed attorney practicing with Michael.
After his graduation from Southwest Texas State University in 1968, Michael entered St. Mary's University School of Law. He earned a J.D. degree in 1971, and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas that same year.
Michael began his legal career in a general practice with two older lawyers, gaining valuable experiences from these seasoned veterans.
Starting in 1984, Michael practiced in a small firm environment which continues to this day.
In addition to authoring many law articles, Michael continues to serve on the faculty of the State Bar of Texas Practice Skills Seminar and Boot Camp in real estate. He has been involved with the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, and is a frequent speaker at local and state bar legal seminars and other legal seminars.
Michael was active in the Texas Land Title Association where he served on the Special Claims Counsel Committee. He has served on the member of the Planning Committee for the Texas Land Title Institute, a seminar presented annually by the Texas Land Title Association and St. Mary's University School of Law. He spoke at that seminar in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2006.
He was on the planning committee for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course for 2000, 2001,and 2002. He spoke at that seminar in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2011. He has spoken on a wide variety of subjects to the San Antonio Real Estate Discussion Group. He was the Co-Course Director for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar in July, 2004 with Rhonda Jolley.
His proudest achievement is the many years he has devoted to the Real Estate Skills Seminars, Real Estate Boot Camp and Real Estate 101 for the State Bar of Texas, which he has worked on since 1989.
He has received numerous awards from the State Bar of Texas for his work in continuing education to the Bar.
He is also deeply involved in mentoring law students who are interested in the area of real estate.
Education and Licensing
ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
JURIS DOCTOR 1971
SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
BOARD CERTIFIED BY THE TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION IN
REAL ESTATE LAW - COMMERCIAL
REAL ESTATE LAW - RESIDENTIAL