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The Heald Law Firm, is a boutique litigation practice focused on personal injury and wrongful death. We have helped regular people throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area obtain compensation for an accident or injury that was not their fault.

The members of our legal team – three proven lawyers and hard-working support staff – have decades of focused experience in injury litigation and settlement negotiations. We care about our clients and devote our skill and resources to securing full but timely compensation for them.

Litigators Who Go All The Way

We are trial lawyers. Although most cases are ultimately settled out of court, our mindset at the beginning of every personal injury case is to prepare for trial. The insurance companies and defense firms know that we will come to court – or the negotiating table – armed with a strong argument for liability and a well-documented claim for damages. We have taken many cases to jury verdict when the defense will not take responsibility or offer fair compensation.

The shield in our firm logo is a reflection of our approach. We are here to protect you from unscrupulous insurance companies or uncaring corporations who only see you as a case number or a dollar sign. We know that you are counting on us to take the battle to them, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We Treat You Like Family

We are not a firm that cranks out quick settlements. We take the time to get to know you – what happened, what hurts, how your recovery is going. When questions or issues arise, we are accessible to guide you through them. (See our Frequently Asked Questions.)

And when the time comes to settle or try your lawsuit, our concern is making sure that your compensation will cover your losses and ongoing needs. We handle your case the same way we would if it were our own loved one who was injured.

Our team is ready to go to battle for you

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Kristofor S. Heald

Kristofor S. Heald, who practices personal injury law in Dallas, Texas, was selected to Rising Stars for 2015 – 2018. This peer designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and other cogent factors. View the Super Lawyers Selection Process.

Kristofor S. Heald education, court admissions and associations:
• University of Texas
• Southern Methodist University
• Dallas Bar Association
• American Association for Justice
• Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
• Texas Trial Lawyers Association
• Tarrant County Trial Lawyers Association
• American Bar Association

Kristofor was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida where he graduated from Leon High School in Leon County. Throughout his high school career Kristofor was a member of several clubs and organizations including the varsity crew team. After graduating high school, Kristofor attended the University of Texas where he earned a BA in Business Economics. He then worked for a mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering firm for five years before making the decision to pursue a law degree. Kristofor chose to attend Southern Methodist University both for its fine academic reputation as well as the opportunity to live and set roots in Dallas. He stayed in Dallas after law school, and immediately began representing injured plaintiffs against insurance companies.

Kristofor is excellent at providing quality representation for all of the firm’s clients while managing to maintain the personal one-on-one relationship that each client expects and deserves. Kristofor has been admitted to practice Texas law since 2008.

Kristofor lives in the Uptown area with his wife Nadia. Together they enjoy spending quality time with their dogs, practicing yoga, playing tennis and traveling

Employee 7
Litigation Paralegal

Elizabeth Flores

I was born in Dallas, Texas and have lived here my entire life. I knew early on that I somehow wanted to work in the legal field because of my desire to help people in their most difficult times. I began working at a personal injury law firm. There I realized I made the right decision in choosing this as my profession from seeing the impact we get to make in people’s lives. I worked at that personal injury law firm for 7 years before joining The Heald Law Firm in 2022. At The Heald Law Firm we all work closely as a team on every case. When we take on a new case, we work it up like the client was a member of our own family. The Heald Law Firm is all about teamwork and our clients are an integral part of that team. I thoroughly enjoy working with our clients day-to-day and getting them the results, they deserve.

My husband and I have been together for 20 years and have a handsome teenage son. Typically, we are very consumed with our son’s busy football and soccer schedule. However, aside from life on the fields, we also love traveling, doing anything outdoors, cooking a good meal, and spending time with friends.

Employee 1
Accounting Manager

Ana Cantu

A Dallas native, Ana returned to Mexico to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Ana loves all things outdoors and hiking and exploring and learning new cultures. She enjoys baking in her free time.
Sharon Pre Litigation Manager
Pre-Litigation Manager

Sharon Williams

Sharon brings a wealth of knowledge to our Pre-Litigation Department with over 35 years of experience. Sharon has worked with Kris for over 8 years. As the Pre-Litigation manager, she facilitates our new client processes and works directly with our clients, medical providers, and insurance companies to ensure our clients get the immediate help they need. She understands that a car wreck is a traumatic event in the life of a client and their family.

Sharon is a mother of two – a son and daughter – and has seven grandchildren. She is an avid bowler and plays a mean game of poker!

Matt Landes
Chief Operating Officer / Negotiator

Matt Landes

Matt has been with The Heald Law Firm since May of 2022. As COO of the Firm, Matt manages the day-today operations of the Firm, implementing Firm policies and procedures under the general guidance and supervision of the entrepreneurial owner. Create or improve all administrative functions in the Firm where systems run the business, and great people run the systems. Ensure matters are handled appropriately so that client needs are met, legal/ethical requirements are met, and clients receive excellent service. Understand and use common financial reports to make decisions (budget variance, PL, cashflow forecast).

Matt comes to our firm having served as an Owner and President/CEO of Landes Foods, LLC for eleven years. Prior to owning his own company, Matt worked 18 years with various affiliates of Nestle holding several positions as Logistics Manager for Nestle Waters opening the East Texas Ozarka Spring Bottled Water facility, Logistics Manager for Nestle Refrigerated Foods Products, Contract Co-pack Manager for Coffee-mate Liquid Creamer, Supply Chain Manager, and National Customer Service Manager for Nestle Waters.

Matt and his wife, Chrissy, are members of Brookhaven Country Club and are actively involved with the Club holding several committee positions.

Gary Francis Attorney

Gary A. Francis

Gary A. Francis, Texas and New York Licensed attorney with over 25 years of broad ranging skills that include tort and commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, mortgaged backed securities litigation, commercial and residential loan underwriting, and loan closings. As an experienced litigator for leading law firms and corporations, conducted more than 700 depositions, 80 jury selections and 20 trials with excellent track record. Graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Gary Francis spent over 12 years defending cases for major insurance companies like Travelers and Aetna. He is now using his many years of experience helping personal injury clients maximize their financial recoveries against the insurance giants and their negligent insureds. From 2021 to present, He has assisted clients recover over four million dollars.

Juris Doctor, May 1991
Bachelor of Science in Finance, May 1988
Court Admission:
- Licenses to Practice in Texas – 2004
- Dallas Bar Association
- Licensed to Practice in New York - 1992

Gary was Born in Kingston Jamaica and spent most of his formative years growing up in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from law School in Miami, Fl., He returned to New York City to hone his skills as a trial lawyer. After years of visiting friends in Dallas, in 2004, Gary and his wife, Juliet decided the Dallas/Fort Worth area was a great fit for their life style. They are happy to contribute to the growth and success of this community.

One of Gary’s strength’s is his easy going personality. He is compassionate and genuinely wants the best for everyone. His realness shines through in his ability to communicate with clients, which helps him to provide clients with advice and advocacy that best fits their individual reality.
Gary and his better half, Juliet currently live in Frisco, TX. When time permits, they love traveling and seeing this beautiful world.

Employee 3
Law Clerk

Landon Haas

Landon graduated from Texas Tech University (B.A., 2019), where he majored in Political Science with a minor focus on the Spanish language. He then went on to receive his law degree from Florida A&M College of Law (J.D., 2022). While in law school, Landon was a teaching assistant for his Mediation course, and a Property Law tutor.

Landon is a true southerner—having lived in Texas, Alabama, and Florida. He is a first-
generation law student whose legal career began in Civil Litigation where he worked as a legal assistant. Landon has a passion for working with those who have been injured and assisting them in securing the settlements they deserve.

When Landon isn’t in the office, you can find him on the golf course, in the gym, or fishing. His best pal is his pit-bull mix, Ezekiel.

Carmen Rodriguez Intake Specialist
Intake specialist

Carmen Rodriguez

Carmen has been with The Heald Law Firm since January of 2023. As Intake Specialist, she fosters a relationship with clients beginning the legal process by gathering all the upfront information to expedite their case to include:

- Organize intake information and perform data entry in our firm software
- Gather details about the case and how the client is physically feeling
- Send and obtain signed agreement and move client our pre-lit management for treatment options

She was in the family services industry for 9 years but was seeking new opportunities and
challenges and decided to advance her career with a Law Firm. Carmen has two daughters, a 3-year-old, and a 13-year-old. She believes it is important

Monica Mata Front Office Coordinator
Pre-Litigation Case Manager

Monica Mata

Monica Mata is a Dallas native who received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. With over 19 years’ experience in the criminal legal profession, she has joined our team to learn the civil side of the law. Monica has a passion for service and the law. She is dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the best experience possible. Monica plans to apply for law school while continuing her work here. When she’s not pursuing her love of the law, Monica enjoys traveling and good music.
Devin Brown
Director, Business Development

Devin Brown

Devin has been with The Heald Law Firm. since October 2019. As Director, Business Development, I am involved with all aspects of The Firm including new incoming cases, doctor networking, IT support, and Settlements.

Devin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Devin comes from a background of 10+ years of experience with Personal Injury Litigation.

Employee 8
Executive Legal Assistant

Nina Montoya

Nina Montoya is a Texas Native from Plano. She graduated from Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson and pursued a degree in Marketing at Collin College. She has over 13 years of experiential marketing experience. Nina has been officiating junior high and high school volleyball for past 5 seasons and enjoys traveling, hiking, staycations, spending time with family, and snuggling with her fur babies in her free time.
Jenna Legal Assistant Paralegal
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Jenna Visentine

Highly motivated, results-driven professional with 10 years of legal experience. Able to work under pressure and pay close attention to detail in fast-paced, time sensitive environments. Well-organized with proven ability to effectively prioritize work, complete multiple, concurrent assignments in a timely and professional manner. Able to work independently or cooperatively as part of a team to accomplish goals.
Cindy Vasquez Pre Litigation Case Manager
Pre-Litigation Case Manager

Cindy Vasquez

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I have been working in Personal Injury since 2018 and have been growing my knowledge in this industry since then. I love working with people and making sure I can give my all to the best of my ability to help our clients. Learning will always be favorite part of this job because there is always more to learn, you will never know this field 100% and that’s the beauty of this industry. I am a Disney and Marvel Fanatic and in my spare time if I’m not at work building up your case, I am on vacation at Disney World taking a break with my 2 beautiful daughters. If not at Disney World, I am just at home watching Disney movies on replay until the next business day is ready for me.

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