About Our Firm

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is a Dallas, Texas-based law firm devoted to the representation of individuals and businesses seeking trial lawyers with the highest level of skill, experience and resources. We are as comfortable before a judge and jury as we are drafting a legal brief.  We command attention in the courtroom and enjoy the utmost respect from our adversaries.  Above all, each of us is committed to bringing the highest standards of ethics and a passion for justice to every client and every case.

Commercial Litigation Clients

We have litigated claims on behalf of local businesses, municipalities and many large corporations, including:

7-11 Dynamex, Inc.
AIG Franciscan Vineyards
Ag-Power, Inc. Godwin Gruber, LLP
Amarillo National Bank Hotels.com
Andrews Distributing Co. J.C. Penney
AON Insurance John Deere
Bank of America Kajima Corporation
C2P Group Morgan Keegan
Chitwood Motorsports Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
City of Brownsville, Texas PC Service Source
City of Dallas, Texas Plains Capital
City of Garland, Texas Rauscher Pierce
Compucom Systems ROMCO Equipment Co.
DHL Schlumberger
Dallas Radiologists, P.A. Texas Automobile Dealers Association
Danka Industries Texas Smokehouse Foods

Personal Injury and Mass Torts Defendants

We have also represented hundreds of individuals with claims for serious personal injuries, wrongful death and other tort and commercial claims.  In so doing, we have taken on some of the largest corporate entities in America, including:

Actavis Group Merrill Lynch & Co.
Allstate Insurance Company Motorola, Inc.
American Electric Power Mylan, Inc.
American Airlines NCR Corporation
BMW of North America Oncor
Bank of America Phillip Morris Incorporated
Bridgestone/Firestone PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Chevron USA Principal Financial Securities
Cigna Insurance Company Prudential Property & Casualty Company
Cisco Systems R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Columbia Healthcare Corporation Reliant Energy Services
CompUSA Sears, Roebuck & Co.
Conagra Foods, Inc. Siemens Corporation
Continental Airlines Southwestern Bell
Cooper Tire & Rubber State Farm
Dow Chemical Company Sulzer
Eli Lily & Co. TXI
Ford Motor Co. Union Pacific Railroad Company
General Electric Company U.S. Surgical
General Motors Viacom, Inc.
Georgia Pacific Corporation Wachovia Bank
Great American Life Insurance Company Wal-Mart
Great West Life Insurance Company Watson Pharmaceuticals
Harley Davidson Wells Fargo Bank
Hitachi Westinghouse Electric
Johnson & Johnson Whirlpool Corporation
MCI Telecommunications Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Decades of Trial Experience

Despite the breadth of our legal practice, our firm’s singular focus is on trying lawsuits to verdict.  The truth is that many so-called “trial lawyers” have actually tried few, if any, cases to verdict.  By contrast, our board certified attorneys* have tried hundreds of cases and have been recognized for their trial acumen by being selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, in the State of Texas for several years in a row. **

Whether litigating a securities fraud case, a product liability case or an auto accident case, our lawyers approach every case with the assumption that it will be tried to a jury.  While we aggressively seek beneficial settlements for our we also prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained, demonstrating to our opponents our commitment and resolve to try the case if necessary.


The fact is, experienced adversaries can tell which lawyers have the commitment and resources to take their clients’ claims to trial and which are simply looking for a quick and easy settlement.  Because of our experience, reputation and results, our opponents know that the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are eager to take our clients’ cases to trial and will leave no stone unturned to make sure they get the results they deserve. By preparing each case as if it will be tried, we are able to achieve better results for our clients, whether through a verdict or settlement. We also prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained, demonstrating to our opponents our commitment and resolve to try the case if necessary.

One of the things that sets Heygood, Orr & Pearson apart from other law firms is the fact that each of our attorneys is a “trial lawyer” in the truest sense.  In fact, every one of our attorneys has trial experience, ranging from auto accident cases to commercial fraud cases to pharmaceutical liability cases.  As a result of our singular focus on trying cases to verdict in courtrooms across the United States:

  • Our Firm’s attorneys have tried over 200 cases to verdict.
  • All three named partners have been selected by their peers to the Super Lawyers List (a Thomson Reuters publication), an honor given to only the top 5% of all attorneys in Texas, for several years in a row. **
  • Our attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (Jim Orr, Michael E. Heygood).
  • We have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totaling more than $200 million.
  • Our law firm has tried 60% of all U.S. cases involving fentanyl pain patches and is the leading law firm in the country pursuing such cases.
  • All three named partners are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. *
  • Over the last few years, our law firm has invested more than $5 million of our own money in case expenses while prosecuting our clients’ cases.
  • In addition to our trial results, the firm negotiated settlements for our clients totaling more than $50 million in 2010 alone.

Contact the Law Firm of Heygood Orr & Pearson

If you need real trial lawyers to provide real solutions to your legal problems, contact us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out our free contact form to see how we can help. You can also find us on Google+ and Facebook.


* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

** Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2014.

HO&P files wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Texas teen who died on Boy Scouts hiking trip

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of a Fort Worth teenager who died from heatstroke in June while hiking as part of a Boy Scouts summer camp.  The lawsuit alleges that the Boy Scouts of America were negligent for failing to provide adequate supervision during the hike and for allowing their son to go hiking during extreme temperature conditions. Read the full article…


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HO&P files Mississippi pain patch lawsuit on behalf of woman who died from fentanyl overdose

In June of 2010, a Mississippi woman’s doctor wrote her a prescription for four 25 mcg fentanyl patches. She had the prescription filled the next day at her local CVS Pharmacy. However, rather than filling the prescription with the 25 mcg fentanyl patches that were prescribed, CVS filled the prescription with four 75 mcg Sandoz patches—three times the dose that the doctor had intended to prescribe. Read the full article…


HO&P files wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Texas man whose wife died when flesh-eating bacteria was not diagnosed

A Dallas, Texas-area woman bumped her arm against a railing one day a couple years ago. She did not immediately experience significant pain; however, over the next two days, her arm gradually swelled, grew increasingly sore and became discolored. She also developed symptoms resembling the flu. Read the full article…


Class action lawsuit filed by HO&P against Life Partners, Inc. will move forward following federal appeals court ruling

Heygood, Orr & Pearson is currently pursuing a putative class action lawsuits against Life Partners, Inc., a company that specializes in “life settlement” investments. A “life settlement” is the sale of an existing life insurance policy by the policyholder to another party. By selling a life insurance policy, the policyholder receives an immediate cash payment while the purchaser takes an ownership interest in the policy at a discount to its face value and later receives the full amount of the death benefit paid out under the policy when the insured dies. The less that a life settlement purchaser pays to the insurer prior to the policy maturing, the greater the yield on the investment. Read the full article…


HO&P Files Truck Accident Lawsuit Against Kenworth Truck Company Following Rollover and Death

In early 2011, the husband and father of our clients was at work operating a Kenworth truck on a gas well construction site in Fort Worth, Texas. The truck had been fitted with a water tank and was being used to spray water to wet down the construction site. As he was going about his job, the truck suddenly and without warning rolled over and the cab of the truck collapsed, causing his death. Read the full article…


Standing up for the rights of a Texas consumer, our law firm, Heygood, Orr & Pearson, has just filed a lawsuit against Safeco Insurance Company of Indiana, Home State County Mutual Insurance Company, and one of their insurance adjusters alleging violations of the Texas Insurance Code, violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act, and breach of the insurance policy contract. Read the full article…