In Memory of Garry Lewellen

Lewellen Law
157 S. Graham
P.O. Box 652
Stephenville, TX 76401
254-965-5023
www.lewellenlaw.com


In Memory of Garry Lewellen

A renowned super lawyer for over four decades, Garry Lewellen has a stellar reputation, earned by case preparation and courtroom skills. A former Chief Justice describes Lewellen as having the innate ability to, "cross examine witnesses with surgical precision, exposing falsehoods, and revealing the truth."

Lewellen graduated from the University of Texas, in 1970, with a degree in Political Science. He subsequently attended the University of Texas School of Law, while serving as Governor Preston Smith’s Student Affairs Advisor for all college campuses within the state.

Thereafter, with approval of the State Board of Law Examiners, he successfully completed the work/study program required for bar eligibility. During such time, he also remained actively involved in the statewide political campaign of Lt. Governor Bill Hobby, while also employed with the law firm of Kent Hance. Having passed the Texas bar examination, Lewellen was admitted to the practice of law by the Texas Supreme Court, in 1973.

Lewellen is also authorized to practice law before the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, since 1977.

Recent Honors, Awards, and Distinctions

Regional

       
  • Garry Lewellen is recognized as a 2015 "Superb Attorney" by Avvo®, and a recipient of the Client Distinction Award. Lewellen is the only attorney to receive a "10.0 " rating, who routinely practices in Erath, Hood, Somervell, Bosque, Brown, Hamilton, Comanche, Palo Pinto, and Eastland counties.
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  • Garry Lewellen has been named The Criminal Defense "go-to" Attorney in a survey of attorneys in this area, conducted by Texas Lawyer, a weekly publication.
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  • For many consecutive years, Garry Lewellen has been named as the "Best Attorney" in the area, as well as having the "Best Law Firm," by voters in the Reader's Choice Award, a regional publication in Texas.

Statewide

       
  • For exceptional advocacy skills and client results, Garry Lewellen has been selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas© by The National Trial Lawyers®.
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  • Garry Lewellen is featured in the 2015 edition of Texas’ Best Lawyers, as recognized in the Legal Leaders magazine, distributed though the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and Austin American-Statesman newspapers.
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  • Garry Lewellen is named as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in Texas®, the highest honor bestowed by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
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  • Garry Lewellen was also selected to receive the Martindale © "Client Distinction Award," having attained an "Excellent Rating" for his straight talk and a willingness to exceed Client expectations.
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  • Garry Lewellen is further honored to be included among the exclusive 1% of attorneys elected to the Texas Bar Foundation. Nominations are based upon outstanding contributions to the legal profession, professional integrity, and the promotion of justice. Garry Lewellen’s inclusion is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas.

National

       
  • Garry Lewellen is featured in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers®, which includes only the top 5% of attorneys in the United States. Lewellen is recognized for professional excellence in the fields of Criminal Law and Family Law.
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  • In the National Law Journal, Garry Lewellen is again recognized as one of the Top Rated Lawyers® in the United States and included among the legal community's most outstanding professionals.
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  • In 2015, Garry Lewellen is again nationally rated as an AV Preeminent ™ Attorney (5.0/5.0), in the fields of Criminal Law and Family Law by Martindale©, the premier rating service in the United States. A select group of Judges and attorneys evaluated Garry Lewellen and awarded him the highest possible rating given to a Texas attorney for professional excellence, ability, and ethical standards.
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  • 2016 Best Lawyers in America©, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, named Garry Lewellen in its latest edition for excellence in the field of Family Law. This prestigious honor is based upon an exhaustive peer-review survey of over 55,000 leading attorneys in the Nation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be chosen and selection is based exclusively on merit. The Best Lawyers magazine will be distributed in thirty leading publications, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
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  • Perhaps Lewellen's Greatest Honor comes from his clients, who often describe Lewellen as a listener who cares. In the courtroom when advocating for his clients, Lewellen is known to be more tenacious than a junkyard dog.

Professional Affiliations

Lewellen’s professional memberships have included the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTexas Bar Association, the College of the State Bar, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association,  the Erath County Bar Association, the Hood County Bar Association, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

Lewellen's Criminal Defense Work exhibits his relentless fight for each client accused of a felony or misdemeanor, and his vigorous protection of constitutional rights and freedom. Lewellen expanded his working knowledge of the criminal law system by previously serving as a regional attorney for the Texas Municipal Police Association, the professional voice for all Texas law enforcement agencies.

Recognizing his high ethical standards and mastery of criminal law, presiding District Judges have selected Lewellen to serve as “Special Prosecutor” in numerous trials in Erath, Hood, Hamilton, HillBosque, Comanche, Palo Pinto, and Eastland counties.

Lewellen has been named the criminal defense “go to” attorney in a survey of attorneys in this area, conducted by “Texas Lawyer,” a weekly publication.

Over 1200 newspaper articles have been published in Texas and/or nationally which have featured Lewellen's trial work in high profile cases.

Lewellen's speaking engagements have included presentations to bar associations, judges, and law enforcement agencies.

Lewellen's Divorce Trial Work has ranged from disputes over a .22 rifle and high school yearbook to estates valued at over 20 million dollars. Lewellen is committed to enforcing each client’s property rights while proactively protecting their interests.

Lewellen specifically focuses on child custody cases and all aspects of matrimonial and marital property law and litigation, including complex property issues, mediation, parentage, support and post-divorce matters.

Lewellen's Civil Trial Work involves individuals and businesses encountering a wide variety of civil disputes, some of which can be resolved through mediation. Lewellen has also taken thousands of civil cases to trial, winning favorable jury verdicts and settlements in cases throughout the State of Texas, with proven results in personal injury and wrongful death, negligence claims, as well as disputes involving contracts, business relationships, and will contests.

Lewellen's work ethic in civil trials has been recognized by his inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®,one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in America. Less than 1% of litigators in the United States are included as members.

Lewellen actively serves as the Tarleton State University Student Legal Advisor, assisting both students and faculty with legal issues. He has served in this capacity for over 30 consecutive years. He has also remained an active member of the President’s Circle, promoting scholastic achievement and scholarships at the University.

Lewellen was born in Temple, Texas, where his father sold appliances for Sears, and his mother worked at the Soil Conservation Service. They instilled in him a strong work ethic, the importance of faith, and a desire to fight for what is just and right.