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Katheryn Heather Haywood

Criminal defense Attorney at Plano, TX

5.0   165 reviews

also known as Law Office of Katheryn H Haywood, PLLC.


Licensed for 27 years

Virtual consultation available

About Katheryn

Learn Katheryn’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Handle mostly felonies in Tarrant, Collin and Dallas Counties. Plea bargains, dismissals and jury trials. Also handle Class A & B Misdemeanors. Will travel state wide but fees are higher. Handled cases in Raines County, Lubbock, HIll County, Bexar County and Travis County.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Juvenile law
    25%
    Juvenile cases in Collin County. Specializing in assaults, sexual cases and mental health clients.

  3. Sex crime
    25%
    I handle many sex crimes, both adult and child. This is an area where an attorney with specialized knowledge and experience is crucial. Sadly you are guilty until proven innocent in this area.

    22 years

I have been a judge, prosecutor and defense attorney for over 25 years.  I have tried over 200 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.  

Client's Choice 2022
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Licensed for 27 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  165 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
Katheryn received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Katheryn is the Attorney you NEED
We were referred to Katheryn by another attorney. I reached out to her via email and was pleasantly surprised when she responded immediately. I was also surprised that she Answers her OWN calls!! This was a very emotional time for our family. My child was facing a charge we would never think would be possible. We met her in person for a consultation. She was warm, sincere, respectful, funny, honest (YES!), and she did not sugarcoat the reality of what we could face. The most important part of our meeting is she did not judge us! We left the meeting realizing we had to hire her. We made the investment and she got to work immediately! Literally! She started making calls and emails on our behalf right away. She keep us informed and she ALWAYS responded in a timely manner. I don't think she sleeps! Her work paid off and Our case was closed! We give God the glory and a huge thank you to Katheryn!!! If you want someone who is knowledgeable, passionate, aggressive (in a good way), and has a great rapport with the community in which she works Katheryn is the one you need on your side! I highly recommend!
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Posted by Melissa | May 15, 2019
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You WILL NOT find a better attorney. Period!
We simply can't say enough to express our gratitude to Katheryn. She represented our young adult daughter with very serious charges stemming from mental health issues. Katheryn was so incredibly understanding and treated our daughter with compassion, respect and "tough love" when needed. It was like having a member of our own family represent her. Even more impressive were her courtroom skills. She was knowledgeable, persuasive and seemed to have a great rapport with everyone in the room including the staff, prosecuting attorneys, even the judge. We were in awe...this was a difficult case and the outcome was better than we could have imagined. All charges dismissed!! If you are in need of an attorney, particularly for mental health related cases, you won't find one better than Katheryn Haywood. She is truly a blessing!
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Posted by Adrian | November 9, 2022
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Got us through the darkest days
My son was accused of sexual assault - it was bogus but we all know how things can be these days. I cannot tell you the mountains that were moved and though it took over a year - Dallas is so slow - thank God we made it through. The severity the charge and what could have happened to my son for the rest of his life was like living a nightmare. I never want any mother to ever experience this pain, but sadly it will happen to some. There is none better than Kathryn because a good lawyer won't cut it , you need the best . Someone who will fight for you not just sit back and make nice. There will be good days and bad days but when someone fights for you and is a good fighter , it makes a world of difference. Thank you is not enough.
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Posted by Brandon | August 31, 2022
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Couldn’t ask for a better attorney
She defended me against baseless accusations by the Dallas police department and the crooked DA’s office, who decided to try and convict honest hard working citizens from the word of a 3 time convicted felon. She spent countless hours preparing witnesses and testimony and all the while giving me comfort and reassurance that we would get the case taken care of. She made the prosecution look like the joke it was and won the jury over while doing it. I could not recommend her more than I am right now. Don’t hesitate to call her for your legal needs
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Posted by Jessica | August 25, 2022
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Saved My Life!
I got myself in a lot of trouble 14 months ago, and I have had a dark cloud hanging over my head since then. Katheryn made every effort to consult with my mother and I to remove a charge today that was a complete misunderstanding that might have potentially ruined my life. She is prompt, attentive, responsive, and I am absolutely grateful for her due diligence and compassion for helping me get my life back on track.
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Posted by Rita | June 30, 2022
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Awesome
My husband was accused of a terrible crime he did not commit and we needed to find a good lawyer. We met with several well-known lawyers and chose Katheryn Haywood. We are now sure that God Himself helped us in this choice. Katheryn is a true professional with extensive experience. Her irrepressible energy and desire to understand our case to the smallest detail simply amazed us. It was very easy for us to contact her and we always got answers to all our questions quickly. After six months of litigation, our case was won before trial. God forbid anyone find themselves in a situation where you need to look for a lawyer, but if this happens, then do not hesitate to contact Katheryn Haywood.
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Posted by Michael | June 8, 2022
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Fantastic Attorney - Much Gratitude!
I cannot say enough about Katheryn, her professionalism, understanding, and care for my daughter, who found herself in a very tough situation. The judicial process is long, draining, and takes its toll on all involved. Katheryn kept us informed, guided us through the process, helped us to make the right decisions and always keep her spirit up for us - when we needed it. I cannot thank her enough for how she represented my daughter, the outcome, and joy that has returned to our lives. Much Thanks!
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2022
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Experience and expertise of the law with compassion to match
I can say without a doubt that my family has gone through the worse nightmare any parent can face. A child accused of a major felony with a high chance of prison time carries an enormous, emotional toll and Katheryn was our guiding beacon throughout the long, legal process. We knew nothing of the legal system, it’s jargon or rules, and Katheryn took us through all the steps with patience and a realistic understanding of what we were up against. From day one of meeting Katheryn and hiring her, she became our child’s lawyer and voice, showing toughness and a fierce tenacity when she fought for what was right and needed to be addressed, a compassionate heart and emotional support when it felt as if our world was falling apart, and an amazingly, keen understanding of the law. We were always kept in the loop of any developments, and Katheryn always answered our questions and texts quickly. We saw how Katheryn is respected and well known in her profession. There was an obvious mutual respect among the officers in the courtroom, to the department heads, to the prosecuting attorneys and the judges and Katheryn. I dare say Katheryn is even feared a little in a world where most of us regular people hope to never be a part of. I cannot describe my gratitude and appreciation for Katheryn. She fought for our child and cared for our child like a cherished, family member and we will always be grateful for Katheryn. I remember Katheryn telling us she would keep our child safe….And she kept this promise to us. Our world could have drastically changed, but Katheryn made certain our child’s future and life was protected.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2022
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Essential!
Kathryn took over my counsel just before indictment. As most people outside of the justice system I had no idea about the process. She walked me through every step of the way. She had a tremendous amount of accuracy of what she thought would potential happen. She was able to get information extremely quick that my other attorney could not obtain. Communication was top tier email, phone and signal. Just before trial we buckled down and did mock examination and cross examination. Ultimately, by the strong arm of Kathryn, the courts buckled and dropped 3 state felonies to a single misdemeanor through a plea.
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Posted by Bryan | April 22, 2022
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Results beyond your expectations
Ms. Haywood was assigned by the court as my pro bono counsel. She listened to my concerns and was able to quickly negotiate a plea deal that would allow me to keep my disability benefits. The results exceeded my expectations. Ms. Haywood is truly an advocate for those who struggle with mental health.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2022
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Lifesaver
Katheryn was an amazing attorney every step of the way. She makes you feel like you are her only client, and is always prompt to respond. Not only is she tough, she's incredibly compassionate as well. Can't recommend her enough!
Posted by Anita | March 23, 2022
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Life saver
She is hands down the best lawyer. We were so stressed with our case and she made the whole process so easy we didn't even have to step foot in the court thanks to her. I would recommend miss Haywood to everyone with legal issues. Don't look any further.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A Miracle
Words cannot describe how grateful we are to have Katheryn Haywood represent our child in a sexual assault case. Our life went from a normal and happy life to an instant nightmare that we had no idea how to fix/control. Knowing how serious our case was, we had an emergency consultation on a weekend. After hearing our child’s story, Katheryn immediately knew she wanted to take our case. Katheryn took our child under her wings as if she was representing her own child. What our child was accused of was a crime that had a sentence from 25 years to 99 years without parole. Imagine that if you’re a parent. Katheryn took it head on day by day. For us, each week that passed by seemed like a year had gone by. Katheryn kept us in the loop throughout the whole ordeal. She answered any questions we had, replied to all our emails, and FaceTime/Zoomed us with any major news/updates. Katheryn was very straight forward with anything that was happening. Katheryn knew all her angles of this case. Katheryn knows how to work and is well respected by the Assistant DA, Head DA, and the Judges. Katheryn was able to reduce the “Highest” felony charge to a Misdemeanor. This case could have lasted more than a year, but it concluded in about 6 months. Katheryn is our miracle. She put her heart and passion into our case. We would have been lost without Katheryn. Katheryn gave us and our child a gift, a second life. Again, words cannot describe how grateful we are to have worked with Katheryn Haywood!
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Posted by Alicia | March 16, 2022
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Such a blessing!
Having to hire an attorney for your child is not a fun experience. From the first moment I spoke with Katheryn, she was great! She took the time to explain everything to me and answer all of my million questions. She truly cares about her clients and their families as they go through this process. She is extremely professional and knows what she is doing. I highly recommend her!!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2022
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A Bless in the Mess
Ms. Haywood was exceptional in her delivery and demeanor throughout the case. She also communicated with our family with any needs or answers to questions that we may have had. Thank you to her and her team of people who truly helped walk us through the mess with such a blessing. We appreciate all the time and efforts you helped provide for us and the confidence you helped give us to see it through.
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Posted by Juan | January 25, 2022
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Katheryn Sticks by You.
I was having a hard time trying to find a lawyer because I had never been in this position before. I was being accused of Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence. Class A Misdemeanor in Dallas County (My First Offense Ever) (No priors). I was able to talk to her and she really believed in my case and my truth. From beginning to end she stuck by my side for two years, she became my lawyer right before COVID hit. There was so much uncertainty. I never stepped into a jail. She always answered all my questions. She doesn’t let anyone push her around. She’s their to fight for you and you’re freedom. So much so that we were gonna go to trial. But one week before trial we got the outcome we wanted. We received a conditional dismissal from the DA, we are able to expunge and clear my name and record. This is something that she would not back off from our entire case together. If it wasn’t that, we weren’t taking it. She gave me life back and happy this is over with and I can move on. Highly Recommend.
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Posted by Takeisha | September 15, 2021
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Blessing in the flesh
Miss Haywood is an angel on earth and she truly understands and looks beyond the outer layer of someone. She did everything in her power to help my son with his case. Even though he got some time it is still a win for me because his young adult life won't be taking away from him! If you are looking for a compassionate yet firm and honest she is definitely the attorney you need! Thank you again for your service
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2021
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She cares
Through the ups and the downs this woman stuck by my side and fought for me she cares genuinely god is good Thank you so much Ms Haywood you rock always ‼️
Posted by Treisa | August 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A Total Blessing
I don't even know where to begin, yet I could write a review for days. Mrs. Haywood truly saved our lives. While I wasn't the one facing life in prison, my life was turned upside down when my husband was arrested and slapped with a half a million dollar bond. I searched for an attorney that would represent my husband but the cost was more than I could have ever been able to afford. I felt like all hope was lost. Mrs. Haywood visited my husband while he was incarcerated and agreed to represent him. She went to court for him and got his bond reduced by 75% and he was able to come home. During the course of 3 LONG, EMOTIONAL, and absolutely DRAINING years Mrs. Haywood has fought tooth and nail to get my husband the justice he deserved. She never failed to answer a call, email or text and ALWAYS responded as quickly as she could. She wasn't only his defense attorney she was his voice of reason when he couldn't think rationally. She was his hope through everything. While we didn't go to trial, my husband got his life back. What could have been the rest of his life behind bars turned into 10yrs DEFERRED probation. I owe every bit of my thanks to Kathryn Haywood for her sympathy, understanding, listening without judgement, and constant fight to prove my husband's innocence. She NEVER gave up. While he chose to take the plea deal and put this nightmare behind him and move on, I know in my heart that had he chosen trial she would be just that...a SUPER LAWYER. No, no wait...OUR SUPERWOMAN!! Thank You Mrs. Haywood for everything.
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Posted by Jessica | July 21, 2021
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Beyond Grateful
Katheryn Haywood was pleasant from the very beginning. I was lost, scared and confused. She reassured me I reached out by text and call from there we exchanged several emails and she was always good about following up. I was scared I’d go to jail or get my kids taken away she helped resolve all of my anxious worries. I wish more people were as proficient and helpful as she has been. She cares about what she does and the people she helps. She has impacted my life in such a good way. We listened to each other and I followed all of her steps and advice she had provided.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Dallas County District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • Dallas City Attorney's Office
  • 1995 - 1998

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • 1995
  • Texas A&M University
  • University Honors Degree
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Bad divorce leads to accusation of child molestation
  • NO BILLED
  • HIGH PUBLICITY GYM COACH ACCUSED OF MOLESTATION
  • NO BILLED
  • Agg sexual assault child under 14
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Justice Section Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer and Women Making Difference in Law
  • Super Lawyer Texas (DFW)
  • 2019
  • Dallas Top Ten - Criminal Defense
  • Top Ten Dallas
  • 2018
  • Who I would hire for Mental Health Client
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
  • 2018
  • Who I would hire for Child Sex Case
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
  • 2018
  • BEST DEFENSE SEX CRIMES
  • 2017 BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS IN DALLAS (AS VOTED ON BY THEIR PEERS)
  • 2017
  • BEST DEFENSE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL
  • 2017 BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS IN DALLAS (AS VOTED ON BY THEIR PEERS)
  • 2017
  • BEST DEFENSE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL
  • 2016 BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS IN DALLAS (AS VOTED ON BY THEIR PEERS)
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Scholarship to Attend Seminar
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • 1998
  • 2nd Best Speaker
  • Strasberger and Price Moot Court Competition
  • 1994
  • Best Speaker
  • Strasberger and Price Moot Court Competition
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • Fiesta 2020 Advanced Criminal Defense
  • Picking Winning Family Violence Jury
  • 2020
  • SMU Dedman School of Law
  • Picking a Child Sex Jury
  • 2020
  • Family Violence, Telling a Story
  • Picking a Winning Family Violence Jury
  • 2020
  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Voir Dire in Child Abuse Cases in Dallas Courtrooms
  • 2019
  • Tarrant County Court Coordinators Annual CLE
  • Mental Health and the Criminal Courts
  • 2018
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Criminal Law 2017
  • Cross Examination Techniques
  • 2017
  • CLE: ANATOMY OF A CASE
  • VOIR DIRE IN CRIMINAL CASES (JURY SELECTION)
  • 2017
  • Sexual Assault of a Child
  • Cross Examination of Child Victim
  • 2015
  • Radio Interview
  • Radio Interview - Criminal Questions
  • 2015
  • Texas Bar Summer School
  • DWI Community Caretaking
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (6)
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katheryn handles the toughest of the toughest cases and her advocacy on behalf of her clients is stellar. Always stellar. She is the definition of "Good Trouble" when it comes to criminal defense. She's a dynamo in the courtroom and out — indefatigable and kind-hearted as all get out — but her true strengths are that she is wise and personable. No other attorney ever knows the facts of her clients' cases better than she does or will present it better to a jury. You simply could not go wrong with Ms. Haywood as your defender."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is an amazing attorney. She approaches her client's cases with understanding and empathy. An amazing mix of insight and absolute tenacity in the courtroom. I highly endorse Katheryn!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is an outstanding defense attorney. Having worked with her for years when I was a prosecutor, she has a reputation for being incredibly dedicated, fair, genuine, and hard working for her clients. I strongly recommend her to handle any criminal case especially with those involving mental health issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
""I have known Katheryn for about 20 years. Katheryn is one of the most tenacious and diligent lawyers that I have practiced with. She really listens to her Clients and then uses her keen knowledge of the law to provide exceptional representation to everyone who she represents. She doesn't discriminate against people needing representation, whatever their circumstances may be. Whatever she may charge, she's worth the investment.""
Sex crime Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I'm a criminal defense attorney and recently worked side by side with Katheryn on a case. I found her to be very well organized, diligent, knowledgeable on the law pertaining to our case and very polite, respectful and attentive to our client and his family. Katheryn also had a good rapport with all of the prosecutors that were involved in the case. It was obvious that they respected her as well. We were able to obtain a very good outcome on our case and I'm certain it was due in large part to Katheryn's efforts. Were I to ever be charged with a serious criminal offense, I'd have no hesitation or reservation about hiring Katheryn to represent me."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is a passionate advocate for her clients, and treats all parties involved with dignity and respect. She is a pleasure to work with and never compromises her integrity while zealously advocating on behalf of her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is an excellent attorney, whom I've known for many years since her days as a Dallas city prosecutor. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is a great lawyer, and well respected in the North Texas legal community. I have referred clients to her, and they have always been very happy with the results she has been able to achieve in difficult cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Katheryn is an excellent attorney. I've worked with her as both a prosecutor and a fellow defense attorney and she is always excellent to deal with. She shows true compassion and a passion for her client's cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn Haywood's reputation in the criminal defense community is well established and well earned. She is one of the most experienced criminal trial lawyers you can find, a fierce opponent that prosecutors and judges respect. If I or anyone in my family needed a criminal defense attorney, Kat Haywood would be on my short list."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is a well-respected defense attorney with a fearless attitude in defending her clients. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katheryn is everything a client could ever want in a criminal defense attorney. She's knowledgeable, passionate, and determined. Prosecutors know that they are in for a real fight when Katheryn is defending someone!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Katheryn is an incredible advocate. I agree with Mr. Indorf that she is a fearless attorney! She is passionate and committed when it comes to protecting her clients rights and sets the bar very high for those of us in the criminal defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the honor of working beside this attorney and can attest to her great skill in advocacy and fine character. Our legal community is better as a whole with attorneys like Katheryn. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Katheryn is a brilliant strategist and a fearless litigator. Her voir dire is without a doubt the best I've seen in 30 years of practice. Simply stated, if a member of my family needed a criminal defense lawyer, she is the first and only attorney I would call."
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Plano Criminal defense Lawyer Katheryn Heather Haywood
Katheryn Heather Haywood
Criminal defense Attorney
Plano, TX
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available