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Lisa Mary Haines

also known as Lisa Haines

About me

Former Tarrant County Assistant Criminal District Attorney (13 years); 2012 and 2014 AVVO Client Favorite Award;  2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Fort Worth Magazine  Lawyer Worth Knowing in Criminal Law As a TCDA prosecutor, Lisa handled a myriad of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile trials, along with working in the narcotics, occupational driver's license, mental health, and CPS units.  Lisa attends extensive criminal defense training each year in multiple aspects of criminal law (particularly DWI) and has qualified for membership in the College of the State Bar of Texas as a result.  Lisa Haines works proactively from the start of a case to get the best possible outcome for a client, sometimes even getting the charge reduced or no-billed by the grand jury.  Having handled thousands of cases over the years and tried countless juvenile, misdemeanor and felony trials, Lisa knows that the facts of every case are unique.  Ms. Haines is knowledgeable about the many programs and procedures that are available in Tarrant County. Lisa is very thorough in her evaluation of the merits of a case.  She utilizes her 13 years as a criminal prosecutor to find the weakness in the State's case.  Being an experienced trial attorney is an asset when negotiating with the State because the prosecutor knows Lisa is never afraid to take a case to the jury.  But whether to go to trial is always going to be the client's decision.  Lisa does not charge for a jury trial unless and until her client tells her he/she wants to go to trial.

  • Licensed by the State Bar of Texas since 1997. 

  • Extensive trial experience (felony and misdemeanor, juvenile, revocations, suppression hearings).  She understands all that is at stake when you are arrested. She will meet with you as often as you need while your charge is pending.  

  • Well-versed in DWIevery felony and misdemeanor crime, probation revocations, occupational driver's licenses, family violence, drugs, shoplifting, aggravated offenses, expunctions, etc.

  • Knowledgeable about deferred prosecution programs, Grand Jury presentations of serious felony criminal cases, and probation revocations. 

  • Passionate in her quest to obtain the very best resolution for each client. 

  • Well known and respected among the Tarrant County judges, prosecutors, other defense attorneys, as well as her many clients over the years. 

  • Tenacious and hard-hitting in court, zealous in protecting clients' rights.  Provides all options and perspectives so that each client is well-informed before making a decision about whether to plea or go to trial.   She is trustworthy and dedicated to providing outstanding legal representation to her clients.  Lisa will patiently answer your questions, even if you ask the same question over and over.  She appreciates how overwhelming clients often feel when facing a criminal charge.  

Arrested for DWI?  There are three different courts involved in a DWI arrest.  Lisa handles License Suspension hearings (ALR), Occupational License hearings (ODL), as well as the criminal DWI case.   A driver arrested for DWI has only 14 days to challenge the driver's license suspension.  The DL suspension will begin on the 40th day after arrest if an ALR hearing is not requested.  When you meet with Lisa, she evaluates whether the police violated any of your rights when you were initially detained.  She compares your observations with the officer's report and the DWI video to look for inaccuracies and inconsistencies.  Having watched countless DWI arrest videos over her career, Lisa shares her knowledge and experience with you in the analysis of the field sobriety test video.  Lisa also continually attends legal seminars dedicated to the latest issues in DWI arrest and is a member of the Texas DUI Lawyers Association.  Ultimately it is the client who decides the case's direction. Lisa does not charge a client for a trial unless and until a client requests a trial.  That decision should come after a thorough evaluation of your case.  Lisa works hard to prove herself worthy each client's trust. When you meet her you will see why her clients value her legal guidance.


Available to answer questions and concerns throughout the duration of each case via office visits, emails and phone conversations.  Payment plans are available.  Rates are very reasonable - particularly in light of Lisa's extensive experience.  Initial consultation (in person, over the phone or by email) is free.  Office Mon-Fri 9-5 is 817-877-LISA.  Emails or calls will be returned evenings and week-ends at  or 817-479-9331.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    19 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    19 years
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    19 years
  4. Expungement: 10%
    19 years
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    19 years



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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    I give this lawyer my highest endorsement. I have worked with Lisa for the last 5+ years. She is an honorable, honest, hard-working, zealous advocate for her clients. She is a fierce fighter in trial and shows great integrity when dealing with lawyers and clients, alike. Lisa Haines is the real deal. You can trust her, and that is a hard thing to find in this world.


    Virginia Carter Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Aaron C. Graham

    Lisa and I worked as a team on a very serious, aggravated sexual assault of a child case. We were able to obtain a NOT GUILTY verdict based largely upon Lisa's tenacity, and courage to step in the trial arena and make the state prove their case. Lisa is a rare gem in that not only will she take a case to trial, she is also very competent in trial tactics and strategy. I strongly recommend Lisa if you are a client looking for a hands on advocate, or an attorney who needs a knowledgeable and gritty co-counsel.


    Aaron Graham Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Lisa Haines, P.C.

300 Burnett St. Suite 124
Fort Worth, TX, 76102


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199708/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer Worth KnowingFW Magazine2015
AVVO 2014 Clients Choice AwardAVVO2014
Lawyer Worth KnowingFW Magazine2014
Lawyer Worth KnowingFW Magazine2013
AVVO 2012 Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2012
Lawyer Worth KnowingFW Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Lisa Haines, P.C.2010 - Present
Assistant Criminal District AttorneyTarrant County District Attorney's Office1997 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Texas DWI Lawyers Associationmember2014 - Present
Tarrant County Bar AssociationCriminal Law Section2012 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Associationmember2011 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Associationmember2010 - Present
College of the State Bar of Texasmember2010 - Present
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associationmember2010 - Present
State Bar of Texasmember1997 - Present
Tarrant County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionContinuing Legal Ed Coordinator2012 - 2014
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationContinuing Legal Ed Coordinator2012 - 2014
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationMember1997 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Aggravated Assault Deadly Weapon x 2No Billed by Grand Jurors - Cases dismissed
Felony No Bills (Dismissals)Felony cases no billed by Grand Jury
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Ohio State UniversityEducationMA - Masters1979
State University of New York, College at BrockportEducationBS - Bachelor of Science1977