Mr. Heald has extensive experience as a trial lawyer on both sides of the docket. In the past 37 years, as lead counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants, he has taken well over 150 jury verdicts. Several of the trials were multi-party cases lasting over six weeks with the longest trial lasting four months. As defense counsel, he has been lead counsel in cases involving construction law, tortious interference, contracts, the deceptive trade practices act, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, negligence, premises liability, and sexual assault. As plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. Heald has been lead counsel representing corporations in commercial, oil and gas, and construction cases. Additionally, as plaintiff’s counsel, he has represented individuals and groups of individuals (the smallest group being 30 individuals, the largest over 1000 individuals) as lead counsel in mass toxic tort cases, a stock option case, nuisance cases, personal injury cases, property damage cases and a class action case in South Carolina for which he served as class counsel.
In addition to Mr. Heald’s vast experience as a trial attorney, he has written several appellate briefs and has argued appeals in the Texas Supreme Court, the Houston Court of Appeals, and in the Beaumont Court of Appeals. Mr. Heald also served as a mediator in more than 100 cases with an estimated settlement rate of 95 percent.
Mr. Heald received his law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law, graduating in the top 5% of his class and earned a Master’s degree from Troy State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University where he was a 3-year letterman in Football. After graduating from LSU, Mr. Heald served as a Captain in the US Air Force. Also, Mr. Heald taught as an adjunct professor at Lamar University for 12 years.