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Rated “AV” and recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 20 consecutive years. Named one of Texas Super Lawyers each year since its inception in 2003.

Recipient of the 2022 BAYLOR LAWYER OF THE YEAR Award for his dedication to maintaining the highest ideals for the legal profession. Heiskell will be sworn in as President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("NACDL") in August 2023.

Recipient of the 2020 Blackstone Award by the Tarrant County Bar Association in recognition of a legal career that exemplifies professional aptitude, integrity, and courage. It is the Bar's highest honor. External link opens in new tab or window 


Practice Area: Criminal Law (White Collar); Administrative, Securities Law, and Civil Rights


Admitted: 1974, Texas; U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Federal Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court


Law School: Baylor University, J.D., 1974


College: Baylor University, B.A., 1972


Member: President  of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Also member of the White Collar Crime and Audit Committees NACDL; Member of the Board of Directors of NACDL Foundation for Criminal Justice. Co-chair of NACDL’s 2019 seminar entitled: “Race Matters: The Impact of Race on Criminal Justice”; Former Member, Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation and Executive Committee Member; Past-Chair, U.S. Court Advisory Committee, Northern District of Texas; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association ("TCDLA") (former President); Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers (former President); former member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association;  2011 Course Director of the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Criminal Law Course; Co-Course Director for Federal Law Sessions in connection with State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Criminal Courses (2015-2020); Past Course Director for three (3) TCDLA's Annual “Rusty Duncan” Advanced Criminal Law Courses.”


Biography: Former Galveston County Assistant District Attorney; Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Texas; Recipient, “Lawyer of the Year Award,” Tarrant County Black Bar Association, 1995 and 2000. Frequent author and lecturer on all aspects of State and Federal Court practice, e.g., Grand Jury Litigation, Pre-Trial Motions, Plea Negotiations, Opening Statements, Confessions, Jury Selection, Handling High Profile Cases, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination of Government Informants and Attorney-Client privilege issues.  2015 Inductee into Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Hall of Fame.


Has spoken frequently before the Advanced Criminal Law Course and Advanced Family Law Courses sponsored by the State Bar of Texas and to numerous seminars sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Texas Center for the Judiciary, and the Federal Public Defender’s Annual Federal Practice Seminar. Has also presented to NACDL, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dallas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mexican-American Bar Association and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He has also been recognized in “Texas Lawyer” as one of the “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law.”

Senior attorney, Michael P. Heiskell, is an aggressive trial attorney, who has been named a "Super Lawyer" by his peers in White Collar Criminal Defense, in Texas Monthly Magazine for each year since 2003. He is unwavering in his dedication to each client and their case and is fearless in the courtroom. He was recently honored as a recipient of the Blackstone Award, the highest honor extended by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Heiskell was also selected by the Baylor University School of Law as its 2022 Baylor Lawyer of the Year!

Thus far in 2022, Heiskell has obtained two acquittals as a result of two "Not Guilty" jury verdicts on Assault/Family Violence and Unlawful Restraint Cases. He also obtained a mistrial as a result of a "hung jury" in a Felony Theft/Embezzlement case. He prevailed in a Civil Service Commission hearing in overturning termination of a law enforcement officer as as a result  of charges of dishonesty and conduct unbecoming of an officer.  The officer was reinstated with full back pay and benefits. Heiskell negotiated a Deferred Prosecution Agreement on a Federal Indictment for a Firearms Violation resulting in dismissal of the indictment.