Meet Heather Barbieri

Plano Criminal Defense Lawyer

Heather BarbieriAs a trial attorney, Heather Barbieri’s mission is simple: to relentlessly and passionately pursue justice for her clients in all proceedings. Fighting for her clients is not a job — it's a calling that Heather welcomes. She believes that the liberty of each person she represents is the most important right she can defend. When Heather’s clients are charged with a crime, she believes it is her duty to do what is necessary to defend their rights.

Heather was born in Buffalo, NY, but has been in the Dallas area for most of her life. Shortly after receiving her law degree, she began practicing law in Collin and Dallas Counties. In 2005, she received certification from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law. This means she can refer to herself as a criminal expert!

Heather has experience in trial law including numerous trials, and U.S. Constitutionally mandated dismissals based on the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments, as well as factual insufficiency. She has also been successful as lead counsel in numerous complex criminal cases, as well as federal cases involving mail fraud, bank fraud, counterfeiting, conspiracy, and various drug trafficking charges.

She shares her knowledge and experience with other attorneys by speaking on the topics of jury selection, closing argument, and ethics. She is also on the faculty of the Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law College, and is a graduate of the prestigious Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, where she routinely attends their graduate courses. Heather works effortlessly to fine-tune her communication and trial skills, so that she truly understands her clients’ circumstances and fears, and can communicate these to the jury.

She currently lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband, Alex Barbieri, and their three beautiful children. Our firm is proud to be led by a skilled and dedicated lawyer who also has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating! Under her direction, we are confident in our abilities to assist you with your criminal matter.

Wish to discuss your criminal case with Attorney Barbieri? Contact our office without delay.

Criminal Defense Awards

  • 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, awarded at TCDLA’s 2015 Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar in San Antonio, Texas
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2011, 2012
  • 10-rated, AVVO, Legal Ratings

​Criminal Defense Certification

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2005

Criminal Defense Course Director

  • Course Director, TCDLA’s CDLP’s Beating the Drum for Justice, Tyler, Texas, 2017
  • Course Director, TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
  • Course Director, TCDLA’s Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault, Austin, Texas, 2016
  • Course Director, TCDLA’s CDLP’s Beating the Drum for Justice, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2016
  • Course Director, TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2014
  • Course Director, TCDLA and CCCDLA, Criminal Defense Seminar, McKinney, Texas

Criminal Defense Faculty Seminars

  • Faculty, Opening Statement Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Newport Beach, CA, 2017
  • Faculty, 3-week College, Trial Lawyers College, September 2016, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Faculty, Criminal Trial College, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Faculty, Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, Center for American and International Law, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Criminal Defense Papers and Resources

Criminal Defense Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, Sexual Assault-Cover to Cover, TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
  • Lecturer, Sexual Assault Defense, Maine Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Bridgeport, Maine, 2016
  • Lecturer, Jury Selection in Child Sexual Assault Cases, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, January 2015
  • Lecturer, Jury Selection in Child Sexual Assault Cases, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, January 2015
  • Lecturer, Ethics in Sexual Abuse Cases, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Seminar, Defending Those Accuse of Sexual Assault, 2014
  • Lecturer, Closing Argument: Delivering the Message, Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, Center for American and International Law, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Lecturer, Use of Psychodrama in the Courtroom, TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2014
  • Lecturer, Women in the Law, TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2013
  • Lecturer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Punishment Seminar, Probation
  • Lecturer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Ethics in the Courtroom, traveling seminars; Waco, Granbury
  • Lecturer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Jury Selection, traveling seminars; Tyler, South Padre Island
  • Lecturer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Teaching the Defense Team, Frederickburg

Criminal Defense Organizations

  • President, Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Board Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2012 – present
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Criminal Defense Committee Memberships

  • Executive Committee Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Nominating Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

Fellowships

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Honorable Curt B. Henderson, Inn of Courts

Bar Admissions

  • Texas State Bar, November 1998
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Texas, 1999

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