Experienced Federal Local Counsel in Texas

Experienced Federal Local Counsel in Texas | Heath Hyde

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When you have to litigate in Federal Court in Texas, you need a federal local counsel. Heath Hyde makes life easier when you’re in Texas.

Heath Hyde – Your Federal Local Counsel in Texas

Texas Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Heath Hyde is the go-to lawyer for dozens of out-of-state law firms needing a federal local counsel in Texas Federal Criminal Court cases. Heath Hyde provides exceptional service advising non-Texas lawyers and law firms on local rules, local legal customs, and the specific practices of local judges, with a particularly invaluable and extensive familiarity with the Federal District Courts of Texas, be it the NDTX, SDTX, WDTX, or the EDTX. Heath Hyde brings value in all USDC and state courts throughout Texas. Heath goes to court with you and participates in the litigation to the degree you desire.

As federal local counsels, we are a vital part of the trial team. With the experience of the former United States and Texas State district court judge, the firm is more than qualified to assist out-of-state or out-of-district counsel inside and outside the courtroom.

Some courts in Texas require by local rule that an out-of-state or out-of-District lawyer appearing pro hac vice must have local counsel. Whether required or not, having “the local knowledge” is always wise. With decades of courtroom experience, as a practicing trial lawyer Heath Hyde adds value in the role of local counsel.

When you have a case in an out-of-state or unfamiliar jurisdiction, be it in federal or state court, one of the most important and often underrated litigation decisions is who you select as your local/liaison counsel. Experienced trial lawyers know this.

Must-Have Federal Local Counsel Experiences

A good local counsel who knows the rules, customs, and local legal culture, as well as the practices and preferences of the judges in a given jurisdiction, is invaluable. Like hiring the right expert, the importance of engaging the right local counsel that actually tries cases and has relevant experience and “the local knowledge” can’t be overstated. You need more than a mail drop or some random lawyer with a Texas Law license to serve as your local counsel. Heath Hyde is not only a good choice but the clear choice.

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If you are from outside Texas and have to go to a Texas Court House, whether Federal or State, the smartest thing you can do is take Heath Hyde, an experienced federal local counsel, with you.

Several Federal Districts in Texas require local counsel. The Northern District of Texas requires local counsel for attorneys not residing or maintaining a principal office in the Northern District of Texas to designate local counsel.

Northern District of Texas Requirement of Local Counsel

LR 83.10 and LCrR 57.10 require an attorney not residing or maintaining a principal office in the Northern District of Texas to designate local counsel (unless exempt by LR 83.11 or LCrR 57.11). See also Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Rule 2.1(c). A member of the bar of the Northern District of Texas who resides or maintains a principal office in this district and whose residence or principal office is located within 50 miles of the courthouse in the division in which the case is pending may serve as local counsel.

Federal local counsel must be authorized to present and argue the client’s position at any hearing called by the Court and to perform any duty required by the local rules of the Northern District of Texas.

Western District of Texas Requirement of Local Counsel

Rule AT-2. Local Counsel

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A judge presiding has discretion to require, upon notice, that an attorney who resides outside the district designate as local counsel an attorney who is licensed in this court and maintains a law office in this district. Local counsel must have authority to act as attorney of record for all purposes, and must be prepared to present and argue the party’s position at any hearing or status conference called.

Contact Heath Hyde to ensure you have the best federal local counsel for your trial. Call 903.439.0000

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Why Hire Heath Hyde?

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Tried the largest healthcare fraud case to go to trial in the United States


Handled federal cases nationwide & represented clients in 53 different counties in Texas


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Heath represents clients in all stages of federal investigations, from initial notice to trial and appeal. Most clients approach Heath in times of crisis, typically after being notified of a criminal investigation or an indictment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Experienced Federal Criminal Defense attorney at Heath Hyde for a free consultation 24/7.