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Katheryn Heather Haywood

About me

I have been a judge, prosecutor and defense attorney for 20 years.  I have tried over 500 jury trials and handled over 2,000 criminal cases.  I have a winning rapport with juries and judges alike.  

I love the field I am in. To me, criminal law is about 2 things: people and facts.  I enjoy unraveling both and getting to the who and why of a particular offense.  Then my job is to persuade the prosecuting attorney to adopt my vision of the case.

When this is not feasible, a trial is often the last recourse.  While trials are emotionally taxing on the client, the system often corrects errors in arrests and overly aggressive plea offers, bringing equity to the client.

It is an honor and a privilege to practice criminal law.  


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Sex Crime: 50%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Everett Ward Newton

    Katheryn is an excellent attorney, whom I've known for many years since her days as a Dallas city prosecutor. I endorse this lawyer.


    Everett Newton Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Sherry Renee Armstrong

    I endorse this lawyer! I have known Katheryn for years. I was previously a prosecutor and had many cases with Katheryn. She is an amazing attorney who will represent her clients to the fullest.


    Sherry Armstrong Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Katheryn H. Haywood

9720 Coit Road.
Suite. 220-255
Plano, TX, 75025


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199501/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Scholarship to Attend SeminarNational Institute of Trial Advocacy1998
2nd Best SpeakerStrasberger and Price Moot Court Competition1994
Best SpeakerStrasberger and Price Moot Court Competition1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyDallas County District Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associationmember2002 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sexual Assault Child Under 17NOT GUILTY
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1995
Baylor University School of LawN/Ajuris1995
Texas A&M UniversityEconomicsUniversity Honors Degree1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sexual Assault of a ChildCross Examination of Child Victim2015
Radio InterviewRadio Interview - Criminal Questions2015
Collin County Defense Bar AssociationCross Examination2014
Texas Bar Summer SchoolDWI Community Caretaking2013