Heather Barbieri

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Heather Barbieri
Heather Barbieri
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heatherb@rbcriminallaw.com

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Heather Barbieri is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer and a senior partner at Rosenthal Barbieri. She has more than 20 years of experience representing people facing serious state and federal criminal allegations. Ms. Barbieri was licensed in 1998 and became a  board-certified criminal law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2005. She has maintained her board certification for 15 years since that time.

Heather Barbieri is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer and a senior partner at Rosenthal Barbieri. She has more than 20 years of experience representing people facing serious state and federal criminal allegations. Ms. Barbieri was licensed in 1998 and became a  board-certified criminal law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2005. She has maintained her board certification for 15 years since that time.

Ms. Barbieri was named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers®  every single year since 2013, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. Before that, she was on the list for the Rising Stars for 2011 and 2012. Each year, starting in 2014, Ms. Barbieri has received the special honor of being named by Texas Monthly Top Women Lawyers in Texas. She was also named one of the Texas Monthly’s Top Attorneys in Texas for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. In addition, Ms. Barbieri was awarded the Top Attorney Award from Attorneys.com in 2019, an honor bestowed on less than 5% of Criminal Defense attorneys due to Attorney.com’s challenging Awards criteria.

She was named Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association after a series of “not-guilty” verdicts in complex criminal cases, and currently serves as TCDLA’s Vice-President. She lectures to her peers throughout the country on multiple criminal defense topics, and is on the faculty of Gerry Spence’s prestigious Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming.

Ms. Barbieri has more than 20 years of experience representing small business owners, doctors, lawyers, politicians, firefighters, and many other individuals in all aspects of complex criminal law matters. Ms. Barbieri balances compassion for her clients with a never-ending drive to pursue justice for them.

Ms. Barbieri is an active member and leader in numerous legal associations, and mentors young attorneys throughout the state.

Her Memberships Include:

Bar Admissions:

  • State Bar of Texas, 1998
  • United States Supreme Court, 2018
  • Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals 2016
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1999

Board Certification:

  • Board Certified in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization 2005, recertified 2010, 2015, 2020

Honors & Awards:

  • 2015 Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, awarded at TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar in San Antonio, Texas
  • Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2011, 2012
  • 10-rated, AVVO, Legal Ratings 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Dallas Bar Association’s Award for Best Series of Articles — Criminal Law
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Lawyers, 2012
  • Top Women Lawyers in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Top Attorney Award, Attorneys.com, 2019

Faculty Positions:

  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming, 2015 – present
  • Criminal Trial College, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Huntsville, Texas, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Opening Statement Seminar, Trial Lawyers College, Newport Beach, CA, 2017
  • 3-week College, Trial Lawyers College, September 2016, Dubois, Wyoming
  • Criminal Trial College, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, Center for American and International Law, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
  • Opening Statement, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Trial Lawyers College, 2018 to 2018
  • Discovering the Story, Hunt, Texas, Trial Lawyers College, 2018 to 2018
  • Trial College, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Trial Lawyers College, 2018 to 2018
  • Trial Lawyers College, Opening Statement Seminar, Newport Beach, CA, 2017
  • Trial Lawyers College, 3-week College, Dubois, Wyoming, September 2016
  • Criminal Trial College, TCDLA, 2011-2017

Course Director Positions:

  • TCDLA’s David versus Goliath: Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault, Austin, Texas, 2019
  • TCDLA’s Gladiators in Suits: Defending Sex Assault Cases, Ft. Worth, Texas, December 2018
  • TCDLA’s To Kill a Sex Case: Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault, Austin, Texas, 2017
  • TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
  • Trainer of the Trainers, South Padre Island, Texas, TCDLA 2017\
  • Beating the Drum for Justice, Tyler, Texas, TCDLA 2017
  • Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault, Austin, Texas, 2016
  • Beating the Drum for Justice, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2016
  • Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, TCDLA 2014
  • Criminal Defense Seminar, McKinney, Texas, TCDLA and CCCDLA,2010
  • Unleashing Your Inner Beast, Waco, Salado, Longview, Galveston, South Padre Island, Texas, TCDLA, 2018
  • Story Exploration Through Psychodrama, Round Top, Texas, 2017-2018
  • Beating the Drum for Justice, Tyler, Texas, TCDLA’s CDLP, 2017
  • Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
  • Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault, Austin, Texas, 2016
  • Beating the Drum for Justice, Fredericksburg, Texas, TCDLA’s CDLP, 2016

Leaderships Positions:

  • Vice-President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2020 – 2021
  • Second Vice-President, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2019 – 2020
  • Treasurer, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2018-2019
  • Secretary, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2017-18
  • President, Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Board Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2012 – 2019
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012 – present
  • Executive Committee Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016-present
  • Nominating Committee, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2016-present
  • Chairman, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Project, 2015-2016
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Honorable Curt B. Henderson, Inn of Courts

Published Articles:

  • Sexual Assault – Cover to Cover
  • Defending A Continuous Sexual Assault of a Child Case In Texas
  • Ethics for the Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Experts in Sex Assault Cases

Speaking Engagements:

  • TCDLA’s Annual Tim Evans Texas Criminal Trial Lawyers College, Huntsville, Texas, 2012-2018
  • TCDLA’s Anatomy of a Criminal Trial, Pre-Trial Investigation, Houston, Texas, 2018
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Criminal Law Seminar Experts in Sex Crimes, Houston, Texas 2017
  • TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar Sexual Assault-Cover to Cover, San Antonio, Texas, 2016
  • Maine Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Sexual Assault Defense, Bridgeport, Maine, 2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Prairie Dog Seminar, Jury Selection in Child Sexual Assault Cases, January, 2015-2016
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Seminar, Defending Those Accused of Sexual Assault Ethics in Sexual Abuse Cases, 2014
  • Center for American and International Law, Closing Argument: Delivering the Message, Criminal Defense Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, 2010-2018
  • TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Defense Seminar, Use of Psychodrama in the Courtroom, San Antonio, Texas, 2014
  • TCDLA’s Annual Rusty Duncan Criminal Defense Seminar, Women in the Law, San Antonio, Texas, 2013
  • TCDLA’s Punishment Seminar, Probation, 2013
  • TCDLA’s Ethics in the Courtroom, traveling seminars; Waco, Granbury, 2012-2013
  • TCDLA’s Jury Selection, traveling seminars; Tyler, South Padre Island, 2012-2014
  • TCDLA’s Teaching the Defense Team, Fredericksburg, 2013-2014
  • Coping With & Handling the Stress of Trial, TCDLA’s The Making of a Trial Warrior, Austin, Texas, 2020
  • Sexual Assault Defense, TCDLA’s Jolly Roger Seminar, Denton Texas, January 2019

Education:

  • Kansas State University, B.S., 1994
  • Texas A&M University School of Law, J.D. 1998

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