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John Lawhon, III, American lawyer, retired county official. Bar: Texas 1958; certified specialist in estate and probate law; board certified in family law.


III, John E. Lawhon was born on December 14, 1934 in Denton, Texas, United States. Son of John E. and Gladys (Barns) L.


Student, University North Texas, 1953. Bachelor of Business Administration, University Houston, 1958. Juris Doctor, University Houston, 1958.


Assistant district and county attorney, Denton County, Texas, 1958-1961. District and county attorney, 1961-1977. Director Southridge, Inc., Denton, 1962-1972, Lawyers Title Agency Denton, 1965-1974.

Legal adviser Denton City-County Day Nursery, 1972-1980. Teacher business law University North Texas (formerly North Texas State University), Denton, 1969-1971. Member advisory board Texas Criminal Justice Council, 1973-1979.

University attorney Texas Woman's University, 1977-1983, general counsel, since 1983, secretary board regents, since 1987, board directors foundation, since 1988.


  • Bar: Texas 1958; certified specialist in estate and probate law. Board certified in family law.


Board directors Denton County Welfare Council, 1970-1978, Denton Community Council, 1978-1979, 80-82. Member Denton Forum; chairman Denton County American Red Cross, 1985-1987, Denton County Probation Advisory Board, 1985-1992. Member City of Denton Land Use Committee, 1986-1988.

Deacon Baptist, 1968-2005, church council, since 2009. Member Texas Bar Association, Denton Bar Association (president 1968-1969, board directors 1978-1981), Texas District and County Attorneys Association (board directors 1964-1966), Denton Junior Chamber of Commerce (secretary 1961), Denton Chamber of Commerce, Texas Association State University Attorneys (president 1983-1984, Denton County criminal justice task force 1992-1993, state bar college fellow since 1995), Knights of Pythias, Kiwanis (bd dirs 1981-1986, pres 1984-1985).


Married Tommie Collins, August 27, 1967. 1 son, David Collins.

John E. L.

Gladys (Barns) L.

Tommie Collins