Ms. Haywood's law practice is devoted to representing private property owners in land condemnation cases. She graduated in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in International Studies. In 1982, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. After practicing for several years with a private law firm, Ms. Haywood went to work with the North Carolina Attorney General's office in Raleigh. For more than nine years there, she represented the North Carolina Department of Transportation in hundreds of land condemnation cases and other matters. In April 2000, Ms. Haywood opened her own private law practice in Raleigh, North Carolina, concentrating in the area of eminent domain and defending the rights of private property owners. Her unique perspective helps her advocate for her clients' interests. In 2001, Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide directory of lawyers, gave Ms. Haywood an AV rating, its highest legal ability and ethical rating. She was selected by her peers to be included in the 2007 through 2019 editions of The Best Lawyers in America, in the area of eminent domain and condemnation law. In 2011, 2016 and 2018, Ms. Haywood was selected as Lawyer of the Year for Eminent Domain and Land Condemnation Law (Raleigh). In 2010, Ms. Haywood merged her practice with Nicholls & Crampton, P.A., where she continues to defend the rights of property owners.