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John J. Eastland

Attorney
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Someone asked me recently if I’ve lived in Tyler all my life. I said, “Not yet!”

I went to school at Andy Woods Elementary, Hubbard Middle School, and Robert E. Lee High School. Then I went to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas (but Tyler has always been home) and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Marketing. I then went to law school in Houston at South Texas College of Law where I majored in criminal law and received a Juris Doctor degree.

I returned home to practice law and for the last 28 years have been practicing criminal defense. The last five years I have practiced exclusively DWI/DUI defense. I really enjoy my profession.

I love my angel of a wife; my children; my black Labrador, Brenna; hunting; fishing; horses; back-packing; and anything outdoors. I tolerate snakes and hate unfairness.

Because God is vitally important in my life, three years ago I was chosen to be one of six Elders at my church. The same emphasis of values is important in my law office also.

It is my goal in practicing law to put my clients first and do my very best to achieve their most favorable results. I often see an advertisement for a criminal defense lawyer which says "Former Prosecutor" or "Former Assistant District Attorney." It makes me think of the novel, "Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde," in which a man switches from one side to the other without notice. I have never been a prosecutor. I have always fought for the accused citizens! In elementary, middle, and high school I would occasionally get in fights. Not because I was a pugilist, a fighter, but because I would be compelled to get between a bully and a weaker student. I guess I still do that today!

As my Father-in-Law used to say, ”God still lives, and all is well” Isaiah 61:1-3.

YEAR FIRM WAS FOUNDED

  • 1985

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Texas, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1985
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1985

EDUCATION

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Major: Criminal Law
  • Andy Woods Elementary
  • Hubbard Middle School
  • Robert E. Lee High School
  • Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Accounting
    • Major: Marketing