Michael Heygood is an attorney who devotes his legal career to one simple premise: in the United States today, companies and individuals alike should take responsibility for their own actions; when they refuse to do so, they should be held accountable in a court of law. It is his devotion to this straightforward singular premise that has allowed him to achieve a level of success in his legal career that he could only have dreamt of while growing up in a small town in the gulf coast of Texas.
Michael began his legal career in a large downtown firm, where he represented and defended doctors, hospitals, trucking companies and other large corporations in trials and lawsuits throughout the courts of Texas. As his legal experience and professional reputation increased, the profile of the cases and lawsuits he was involved in began to elevate.
Ultimately, Michael decided to leave the comfort of a large downtown law firm representing corporate America. He changed his practice to almost exclusively representing individuals and small businesses who needed a quality and experienced voice, helping them stand up for their rights by holding large corporations accountable for their actions.
In January of 2000, Michael started a law firm with a lofty and idealistic goal: to level the playing field. He decided that it is unacceptable that only large corporations and insurance companies have the best lawyers. Michael was determined to ensure that even the smallest and poorest voices have an opportunity to have a lawyer representing them who can stand toe-to-toe with the lawyers of corporate America. In staying true to this ambitious goal, the success and growth of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has exceeded all expectations.
Michael focuses his current practice on complex litigation throughout the United States involving insurance companies, large corporations and pharmaceutical companies. He has tried lawsuits throughout the United States and is proud to lead some of the most complex litigation in the country. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy and Personal Injury Trial Law* and AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell (the highest legal and ethical rating available for lawyers). He has frequently and routinely been selected by his peers as one of the best lawyers in the State of Texas and has been selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, in the State of Texas for several years.
Michael attended college at United States International University in San Diego, CA on a Division I basketball scholarship where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Human Behavior. Upon college graduation, he attended and graduated with a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of and actively involved in numerous legal and community associations, including the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association.
Michael Heygood’s legal practice has taken him across the United States. He has been licensed and approved to practice law in over a hundred courts across more than 25 different states, including the state of Texas. Being Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy helps him walk into any courtroom in America and feel comfortable and at ease representing his clients’ interests.
In his career, Michael has spent his time working on complex contract and insurance litigation, life-altering personal injury cases, trucking litigation, bad faith insurance litigation, national class action and multi-district litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, business litigation, nursing home and medical negligence litigation, medical device implant litigation, automobile crashworthiness litigation and qui tam litigation.
* Michael Heygood is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.