Email: mheiskell@johnson-vaughn-heiskell.com

 

Rated “AV” and recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 16 years. Named one of Texas Super Lawyers each year since 2003. 2015 Inductee into Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association Hall of Fame.

 

Practice Area: Criminal Law (White Collar and General); Administrative, Government 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: Member, Board of Directors of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); White Collar Crime Committee of NACDL as  well as the Nominating Committee (2014-2015)  and Audit Committee; 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 (former President); Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers (“TCCDLA”) (former President); former member of the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Bar Association;  2011Course Director of the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Criminal Law Course; Past Course Director for three (3) TCDLA “Rusty Duncan” Advanced Criminal Law Courses,” including 2014 Course Director for TCDLA’s  “Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course”

 

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, Privileges, Confessions, Jury Selection, Handling High Profile Cases, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination and Ethics.

 

Has spoken frequently before the Advanced Criminal Law Course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas as well as the Advanced Family Law Course. He also presented 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 the 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.”

 

2015: "Not Guilty" jury verdict in Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child-- Tarrant County, Texas; "Order of Dismissal"  of indictment in defense of teacher accused of Improper Relations with a Student--Dallas County, Texas; "Order of Dismissal" of indictment  of a Mother accused of Medical Child Abuse--Tarrant County, TX; Successfully sought the return of almost one million dollars in a criminal forfeiture action--Palo Pinto County, Texas.

 

2016-2017 Update: "Mistrial" granted after hung jury in  Federal Criminal Trial involving Money Laundering and Felon in Possession of Firearm Indictment ."New Trial" granted in Federal Criminal Jury Trial involving  Healthcare Fraud Indictment. "Order of Dismissal" of Indictment in Injury to Elderly case in Dallas County. "Not Guilty" jury verdict in Tarrant County Assault Case.

 

In May 2017, reached $850,000, plus costs, settlement with the City of Arlington in the high profile 2015 police shooting of Christian Taylor.