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John Houston Nix

Criminal defense Attorney at Sherman, TX

4.8   18 reviews

also known as John H. Nix


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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    34%
    We are a full service criminal law firm. We can handle all of your federal and state criminal matters. John's experience began as an attorney with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and eventually led to becoming an Assistant District Attorney. John has served as the head of the Criminal Defense Bar in Grayson County and represents defendants throughout all of Northern Texas and Southern Oklahoma. We have offices in Sherman, McKinney, Fort Worth, and Durant Oklahoma to serve you.

    26 years

  2. Family
    33%
    Whether you need a divorce lawyer or representation during a child custody battle, our law firm can handle a wide range of cases, including: - Separations and divorce - Domestic violence - Child custody - Child support - Adoption

    26 years

  3. Personal injury
    33%
    An experienced attorney like John Nix will know how to build your case, how to negotiate your case with the negligent party or an insurance company, and, if necessary, how to take your case to trial.

    26 years

From West Texas to Law School

I'm from the small farming town of Lamesa in West Texas. Pretty much everything about Lamesa shaped me – good and bad.

My father was a farmer who desperately wanted his children to become lawyers. His wish came true. When I graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law, I was incredibly lucky to obtain a job with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

The Bureau was an amazing place and one of the true pioneers in law enforcement. We assisted with prosecutions all over the State of Oklahoma and oversaw every aspect of the operation.

Gaining Invaluable Experience

We assisted in investigations and helped the Crime Lab with blood analysis as well as other types of evidence. We oversaw all of the criminal records in the state and processed thousands of record expungements. All of us training at the Bureau received an invaluable law enforcement skill set.

This position at the Bureau was excellent training for a young lawyer who intended to move into the criminal defense arena, and it allowed me to have law enforcement contacts all over Oklahoma.

Back to Texas

A native Texan, I decided to move back to Texas. I wanted the opportunity to spend as much time in the courtroom as I could, so I applied for a position with the Grayson County District Attorney's Office.

Looking back, and since I deal with prosecutors on a daily basis, my time in the D.A.'s Office was invaluable because I learned their tactics, their stresses, the way they're taught to see cases.

I made contacts with North Texas law enforcement who allowed me to handle and try any case you could imagine.

Striking Out on His Own

When I left the D.A.'s Office, I started my business in Sherman.

Because I learned to speak Spanish when I was younger, I focused a lot of my practice on Immigration Law. I used my criminal law experience to assist people going through deportation hearings in the Federal Immigration Court as well appeals, applications for asylum, and removal cases all over Texas.

My main focus, however, has always been on criminal law and it has been a lot of fun. Most people will often tell you – and I believe this is true – to hire a good criminal lawyer to handle your divorce. In light of this, we have developed a very healthy family law practice. You can see the various distinctions if you look to the left.

We've been very successful, and along the way we've represented people including Randy Travis, college and professional athletes, college coaches, and multimillion dollar corporations. But our practice is primarily geared to people just like you and me, and it is a true blessing to finish a case and be able to call a client a friend.

Knowledge, Experience, Compassion.

I've seen a lot of things in my life, and my law practice is a representation of who I was and who I am. I've been down hard roads just like you, and a lot has changed over the years.

Like a lot of lawyers, I allowed stress to get to me, and I was forced to recognize I couldn't handle alcohol. I got sober through Alcoholics Anonymous, and I'm happier than I've ever been.

Today I truly understand people's struggles much better. I can empathize with my clients, and I consider every client part of a spiritual journey. I truly want to help you on every level you want me to – whether that means in the courtroom or helping you restore your life as a whole.

"A leader is someone who improves the lives of other people or improves the system they work under." Sam Houston

Today, along with my God, my wife, and my three kids, your success is truly what helps me.

Thank you all for reading about me, and I truly hope you will give us a call.

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Licensed for 24 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2000
Updated 02/06/2023
State OK
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1998
Updated 01/23/2023

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514 N Elm St
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Christal | February 1, 2020
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AMAZING!
John is an amazing attorney, and even better person! He has represented my family and I with the utmost professionalism, and has never failed us. We appreciate this man beyond anything words could express! Thank you John!
Posted by Daphne | July 8, 2019
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Don't go anywhere else!!!!!
John and his staff went above and beyond what I expected. Everything was settled without going to court. Lola was so understanding and caring and appreciate her more than I can ever tell her.
Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2019
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Best Lawyer in Town
Consulted with John hired him on the spot. He went above and beyond for us and truly cared about our situation. We recommend Mr Nix to any and everyone!
Posted by Jen | November 28, 2018
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My experience with Nix Law Firm
When I began making phone calls to various lawyers in Grayson County seeking guidance for my new found legal troubles in a different county than I preside, John Nix was my 3rd call and last call. My acquisition for legal representation was easily made after Nix’s demonstration of expertise, experience, and ability to refrain from personal judgement towards my situation during our first phone call in comparison to others I contacted. Once I paid the agreed upon fees, he and staff were immediately to work figuring out the details of my case. His office staff exhibited experience, intelligence, and refrained from personal judgement as well as making themselves available for my plethora of phone calls seeking information about my case; during and even after office hours. Through the process of waiting for court dates and making decisions about my case once court dates came, Nix and his staff were prompt and punctual with all paperwork involved and all court appearances (even sending reminders making sure I was prepared for court). When my case closed Mr. Nix’s initial prediction of outcome concerning my alleged offenses (8 months time has past from beginning to end) was completely accurate to his claims (this will not end as bad as I think) during our first meeting. Which, in the beginning, I was extremely skeptical that I would be “chewed up and spit out” by the system even with promising representation. I must state that my offense was of misdemeanor nature and not a felony, but nonetheless, I firmly believe that if I did not use Nix as my representative that I would have had exponentially higher chances of becoming another victim of the system that was inaccurately accused. I do not claim that I was not guilty, I do claim that I was being charged with rounded off offenses that were not parallel to the extent of crime I committed. John Nix and staff are essentially the reason I can continue my education and peruse my professional career without serious criminal charges attached to background checks that would have had more ill social judgement than would have been necessary considering the extent of misdemeanor. A heart full THANK YOU to the law firm, as if those words do justice to what his staff has done for me.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
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Sherman Resident
I have used Mr. John Nix in the past for a criminal matter and just recently on a personal injury. He is very knowledgeable. If you need an attorney to fight for you, give John Nix Law Office a call.
Posted by Annie | February 14, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
That awkward moment you realize you can not tell anymore attorney jokes
I consulted John on a legal matter which, unfortunately, his practice does not do. Yet he gave me sage advice on how to quickly handle my issue, and it turns out once I get this taken care of, he does handle phase two of my issue. John was frank, honest and helped me way beyond what I expected from a phone call! He also has a pretty good sense of humor, and helped me feel less stress about my situation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2017
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Outstanding Attorney and Counseler
John helped my son with some legal troubles. He worked hard to generate the best outcome possible. John is a very personable, thoughtful intelligent person. I have never completed a review of any service provider. However, I want to recommend John Nix without reservation. He is very effective and cares for his clients.
Posted by Joel | August 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional representation with great communication.
I hired Mr Nix to assist me with my Civil case in Sherman. Mr. Nix took the time to explain my legal options as well explaining in layman a terms the advantages / risks of going to trial versu settlung case. He helped my at a very difficult time with professionalism and compassion.
Posted by Ruby | June 27, 2016
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Great Lawyer
Mr. Nix is a great lawyer. I highly recommend Mr. Nix if your facing any type of criminal charge. Our business hired Mr. Nix for an employee facing serious criminal charges. We believed he was being treated unfairly and decided to stand by him 100 percent. I've never seen a man more devoted to doing his job. This young mans life hung in the balance and John tirelessly stood by his side. John is a very emotional man and I know in our case he became personally invested to the point he became more like family than our lawyer. If your looking for someone who cares about a worthwhile cause John is the guy.
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Posted by Cynthia | June 17, 2016
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Client
Mr. Nix was hired on the spot. He and his office are very professional. He helped us to understand what we were facing in court. We are not from the area but I would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a good lawyer. Great counselor too!!! Thanks Mr. Nix!
Posted by LK | June 16, 2016
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Best Counselor/Attorney
John Nix and his staff have provided excellent legal defense for a young adult facing multiple charges during 2015 and 2016. Mr. Nix works diligently to resolve issues in the "best" manner instead of the "easiest" manner. He actually takes the time to counsel his clients toward successful outcomes which are attainable if his advice his followed. The office staff of John Nix are always accessible, always answer the phone, and are kind to work with during stressful situations. At the office of John Nix the client is a person, not a number, and every person has unique circumstances in his or her case. If you need legal assistance, I personally recommend you build a relationship with John Nix and his staff.
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Posted by Angela | June 9, 2016
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Outstanding Experience
Mr. Nix represented me in an child support case and I was very pleased with the outcome. My situation was a bit complex and prior to contacting his office, I received some bad information from other consults and had become a bit discouraged. I contacted Mr. Nix and when he actually got on the phone (unlike others I contacted) he LISTENED to my entire spill. He assured me he could help and told me not to worry. Once I provided the details to him and his office staff, it was smooth sailing. After our initial consult, he got started right away, within 30 days we had positive movement. I was only needed to sign documents or show up for court dates. He and his office stayed all over my case to ensure things were resolved and not drawn out for a long period of time. His office staff was very professional and remained very consistent with providing prompt very detailed updates. Mr. Nix and his firm was awesome to work with, and I would definitely use him if every I needed any future legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2016
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Results!
Thank you Mr. Nix for all your help. I will recommend you to anyone needing a lawyer in Grayson County. I appreciate that you are friendly, honest, and worked hard to get the results I was hoping for in my case.
Posted by Janet | May 22, 2016
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Family Attorney with heart and teeth!
If you are looking for someone to represent you and your family, then look no further; John Nix is an amazing person first and a lawyer second. He truly cares about your case and makes sure you consider the consequences for all parties involved before action is taken. John will work tirelessly for you and treats you like family. He is extremely intelligent and hardworking with a sincere conscience. John handled an extremely difficult and emotional child custody lawsuit for me and even today he will check in with me to ensure my children and myself are doing well. I have no doubt that I can pick up the phone for any reason and I could rely on John to "have my back". Thank you John for being an incredible human being and attorney!
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Posted by Tod | May 20, 2016
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John does what he says he is going to do!
Three different times I needed things worked out with probation and John went to bat for me. He was able to file motions and gain results that were agreeable for both sides. Each time John accomplished what he had told me he would be able to do. I trust John completely and would recommend him to anyone in need of legal help.
Posted by Brian | May 18, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
Our Business has retained Mr. Nix for the past 4 years to represent us in everything from Real Estate Transactions to Employment advice. He is extremely knowledgeable and has an excellent staff.
Posted by Jim | May 17, 2016
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John Houston Nix gets the job done
John Nix is a fantastic attorney. He works hard and does what he says he's going to do. He took very good care of me and fought hard to win my case, which he did. I recommend John without reservation.
Posted by Laronda | May 5, 2021
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John is very rude and disrespectful. I have actual Text messages where this man was extremely rude to me each time I contacted him,he told me not to call during the day because he be in “trial called him at 5:30 he told me never call him at that time I paid him 4500 upfront then he came back and asked for 1500 more it’s been a yr and nothing not to mention he nor his office has contacted me in months literally, I called them the other day because I had an indictment for the case they working on they didn’t even contact to let me know that nor to let me know I had a warrant.. if I could give a negative I would. also I hired a new attorney because I just lost all trust in this practice he talked real good till he received my money and when I show the bar how he talked to his client and abandoned my case I hope they do something about him I’m planning on taking action to get my money back he did absolutely nothing it was clear he was working against me I just felt like they did me wrong and just took my money and sorry for the run on sentences but I just wanted to add this to every website..”oh I even asked him to call me last week lol I have not received that call yet
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The John Nix Law Office
  • 2001 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Grayson County Criminal District Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
  • 1997 - 1999

Education

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Texas Christian University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Country legend Randy Travis. Obtained rare distinction of an Appellate Acquittal in Scott vs. State of Texas

Associations

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Oklahoma Criminal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Ella Mae Brown Women's Crisis Center
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Four Rivers Outreach Center
  • President Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Ameristate Bank
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Grayson County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • East-West Mission Team
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Fusion Bible Church
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Grayson County Bar Associations
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Grayson County Criminal Defense Bar
  • President
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Grayson County Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Grayson County Defense Bar Association
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (9)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John has experience and a winning track record. All around good guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Nix for some years, and know him to be a man of integrity. He is a fierce advocate for his clients, and highly respected within the legal community. If you have an issue that requires a lawyer, you'd do well to have John on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is easy going in person but fights like a tiger for his clients. He is always looking for innovative ways to help them. The other side knows that John will go to trial and that he will be prepared. He has the respect of everybody at the courthouse. Having worked with him, I've seen the passion and genuine care he has for his clients. You can trust yourself and your family to John Houston..."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Nix brings a tenacity to the practice of law that greatly benefits his clients in obtaining a favorable resolution of their cases. His many years of experience and knowledge of the law puts him in a position to obtain the best possible result under the facts the client is faced with. I don't personally practice criminal law but when I have a client with a criminal law problem I don't hestitate to refer them to John for representation. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known John since he was an Assistant District Attorney. He is an excellent attorney who applies both knowledge of the law and aggressiveness in achieving results for his clients. They don't make them any tougher than John. And to answer your question, despite the common last name we are not related."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mr. Nix for many years and as a divorce attorney, I regularly consult him when my cases involve a criminal law element. He is an incredibly knowledgeable attorney in many areas of law. I highly recommend John Nix."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known John for over 15 years, and worked with him in the District Attorney's office. If I needed to hire a lawyer to represent me in Grayson County, John is the first person I'd call."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Nix zealously defends his clients and can run circles around most lawyers with his keen West Texas instincts. John is a man of compassion and believes everyone should get a second chance. John will fight until the bitter end but also will get his clients a great deal if that is what the case warrants. Hire John Nix. You will not regret it!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend John Nix. I've known John for over 25 years. He is an extremely talented lawyer, and unlike most lawyers he knows how to connect with people. If I or a family member was ever in trouble, John is the guy I'd call!"
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Sherman Criminal defense Lawyer John Houston Nix
John Houston Nix
Criminal defense Attorney
Sherman, TX
Licensed for 24 years