header photo

Law Office of        Mike Guarino 

       Highly Respected - Experienced         

.....Justice For All


1100 Gulf Freeway S., Suite 100

 League City, TX 77573

Galveston County, Texas



Michael J. "Mike" Guarino is an experienced and highly regarded litigator and trial lawyer. He served as Galveston County Criminal District Attorney for 20 years (1983-2003). He practices criminal, juvenile, personal injury and general litigation law. Mr. Guarino has over 35 years experience as a Texas attorney and has earned a reputation of aggressively protecting the rights of his clients. He has attained the Martindale-Hubbell "AV Preeminent Status" which is a peer rating for the highest level of professional excellence including ethics and legal ability. 

  Personal Information

                MICHAEL J. GUARINO

            Born in Houston, Texas, August 22, 1949

            Resident of League City, Texas

            Married to Jeannie Apffel Guarino

            Children: Kelley Guarino Caballero



Legal Education                                                      

South Texas College of Law Houston                                        J.D. - 1974

Undergraduate Education                         

S.M.U., Dallas, Texas                                                   B.A. Political Science - 1971

                                                                         High School

                        Strake Jesuit College Prep., Houston, Texas                                                     1967



            Bettison, Doyle, Apffel & Guarino, P.C. (Partner)                                               2003 - 2016

            6710 Stewart Road, Suite 300

            Galveston, Texas 77551


            Criminal District Attorney

            Galveston County, Texas                                                 January 1, 1983 - December 31, 2002


            First Assistant District Attorney

            Galveston County, Texas                                                                                         1981 - 1982


            Assistant District Attorney

            Galveston County, Texas                                                                                         1974 - 1981



            State Bar of Texas

            Galveston County Bar Association

            Licensed to practice in U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

            Certified as guardian ad litem in general civil cases including

            tax cases

            Certified as attorney and guardian ad litem in civil probate-guardianship-heirship cases     

            Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association                                           2003 - Present

            Texas District and County Attorneys Association                                      1974 - Present

            Texas District and County Attorneys Foundation

-Founding member of the Board of Trustees                                                 2006 - 2010

                        -Advisory Committee                                                                         2010 - present

                        - Founding Fellow-Texas Prosecutor Society                                                2010

            Honored by State Bar of Texas in 2013 for providing

            pro bono legal services to veterans in Galveston County 

            Martindale-Hubbell highest peer rating of "AV Preeminent Status"



             Founding Member – Child Advocacy Center of Galveston County              1996 - 2002

                       Former president of Board of Directors

                       Capital campaign chairman for building of new center in 2002

                       Three-year campaign that successfully raised $850,000.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

             Big Brothers-Big Sisters Gulf Coast, Inc.                                                         1977 - Present

                      Big Brother – 1977-1980

                      Regular board and advisory board                                                            1979 - Present

                      Board president – 1980-1983 and 1987-1988               

             Rotary Club of Galveston                                                                                     1981- Present

                      Former member of Board of Directors

                      Former member of Board of Trustees for Rotary Club of

                       Galveston Foundation

                       Paul Harris Fellow

                      VIT Rotarian Association

                      Most valuable member in 2009-2010

           Former member and president of Board of Directors of Galveston

                     County Employees Credit Union

          St. Mary Catholic Church-League City, Texas

          SMU Mustang Club

          Ducks Unlimited