Rated “AV” and recognized by Martindale-Hubbell in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for 19 consecutive years. Named one of Texas Super Lawyers each year since its inception in 2003.
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. https://fwtx.com/news/michael-heiskell/
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: Member of the Board of Directors of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Current Member of NACDL's Executive Committee, White Collar Crime and Audit Committees; 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.
2020 Update: Obtained a declination of prosecution from United States Attorney's Office after client was targeted for indictment for tax fraud by the government. Also obtained dismissal of felony indictment of Assault on a Pregnant Person. Made a Grand Jury presentation resulting in a "No-Bill" (dismissal) of Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child case. Had two DWI cases reduced to the lesser charge of Obstruction of Highway. Made a Grand Jury presentation resulting in a "No-Bill" (dismissal) of Sexual Assault allegations against local minister lodged by a parishioner.