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:

7-11Dynamex, Inc.
AIGFranciscan Vineyards
Ag-Power, Inc.Godwin Gruber, LLP
Amarillo National BankHotels.com
Andrews Distributing Co.J.C. Penney
AON InsuranceJohn Deere
Bank of AmericaKajima Corporation
C2P GroupMorgan Keegan
Chitwood MotorsportsMorgan Stanley Dean Witter
City of Brownsville, TexasPC Service Source
City of Dallas, TexasPlains Capital
City of Garland, TexasRauscher Pierce
Compucom SystemsROMCO Equipment Co.
Dallas Radiologists, P.A.Texas Automobile Dealers Association
Danka IndustriesTexas 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 GroupMerrill Lynch & Co.
Allstate Insurance CompanyMotorola, Inc.
American Electric PowerMylan, Inc.
American AirlinesNCR Corporation
BMW of North AmericaOncor
Bank of AmericaPhillip Morris Incorporated
Chevron USAPrincipal Financial Securities
Cigna Insurance CompanyPrudential Property & Casualty Company
Cisco SystemsR.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Columbia Healthcare CorporationReliant Energy Services
CompUSASears, Roebuck & Co.
Conagra Foods, Inc.Siemens Corporation
Continental AirlinesSouthwestern Bell
Cooper Tire & RubberState Farm
Dow Chemical CompanySulzer
Eli Lily & Co.TXI
Ford Motor Co.Union Pacific Railroad Company
General Electric CompanyU.S. Surgical
General MotorsViacom, Inc.
Georgia Pacific CorporationWachovia Bank
Great American Life Insurance CompanyWal-Mart
Great West Life Insurance CompanyWatson Pharmaceuticals
Harley DavidsonWells Fargo Bank
HitachiWestinghouse Electric
Johnson & JohnsonWhirlpool Corporation
MCI TelecommunicationsWyeth 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.