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Tab E. Lawhorn

Criminal defense Attorney at Tyler, TX

4.9   33 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

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About Tab

Learn Tab’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    A majority of my legal career thus far has been focused upon criminal defense work in both State and Federal venues. However, I also have experience as a prosecutor.

    19 years

  2. Personal injury
    50%

    19 years

"Stand on the side of justice...and you will not stand alone", was the last sentence Tab Lawhorn delivered to a jury in a trial where he saved a young woman's life. Tab has forged his trial skills in the heat of some of the most publicized criminal trials in the State of Texas. He started his own law practice in Houston, Texas where he practiced along side some of the most celebrated trial attorneys in the country. Tab also defended and defeated one of the largest allegations of white collar crime and drug conspiracy in Los Angeles, California resulting in all charges being dismissed.  But his biggest victory, is raising his young son, a firey 5 year old that tests his patience daily.  

"The love of the law is thin if you don't love your client first.   Some lawyers pay to create that feeling through advertising.  I said it.  And I mean it.  No true resolution to a case can happen without a bond between the lawyer and the client.".    --Tab Lawhorn

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Licensed for 19 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2003
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Tab

Lawhorn & Malouf, PLLC
110 North College Ave., Suite 212
Tyler, TX, 75702

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Jennifer | December 3, 2012
Highly recommend!
Mr.Lawhorn is a brilliant attorney, truly a scholar! He takes his cases personally and puts full effort into the best outcome for his clients. Tab is more than just my attorney ...he is my confidant and has become my friend. I trust him and know that my best interest is his goal. I highly recommend him and have already referred my friends to him. You won't find a smarter attorney in East Texas! Tab was able to get my felony criminal charges no billed by the grand jury...I will never even go to court. I am so glad he represents me!
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Posted by Lance | November 29, 2012
The lawyer that listens to your concerns and cares about the situation that you are facing.
Tab Lawhorn is a lawyer that gets results. He understands law to the highest level. He is an attorney that explains the law so that you the client can understand the facts and how it applies to your case specifically. He evaluates cases with detail and gives his clients a straight forward answer for the possible verdicts. He is a lawyer that listens and takes everything under consideration. He truly does give his clients guidance and confidence. If you are looking for a lawyer with professionalism and outstanding work ethics I recommend Tab Lawhorn.
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Posted by Tony | July 19, 2022
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Best Representation
Tab is considered family. He did a fantastic job with us and we will be forever grateful to him. Very professional and thoughtful. We couldn’t ask for a better representation. I will recommend him and we will forever seek his expertise.
Posted by Benny Cagle | November 17, 2021
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Benny Cagle
Tab is like family. He took my case and he and I became friends. He cares about his client. This man is amazing. He really knows the law and all the tricks. He saved my life. I was facing life in prison and he got me off with just probation after a week long trial. Not just once but twice , he has saved me from prison. Love you man. You're the best
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Posted by Jeremy | November 2, 2021
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First Lawyer you should call
Tab Lawhorn is the only lawyer that returned our phone call on the same day we called. After talking to him for an hour, we hired him to represent us. Tab always answered our calls or returned them in a timely matter. He is a straightforward and honest lawyer, which is hard to find these days. If you need a great lawyer, please call him. You will be glad you did. He truly cares about his clients.
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Posted by Heather | October 14, 2021
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Brilliant Mastermind Attorney who is the Man you want fighting for you.
Tab Lawhorn was highly recommended and referred by a friend, so I reached out and within 24-hours received a response from "him" not an automated reply. He is very detail-oriented, hands on, easy to talk to and takes the time to get to know his clients and the case details, so he is able to best represent on their behalf. Tab has a creative strategic approach to each case and offers insight and perspectives that you just can't teach - it comes natural. He has an innate ability to foresee potential issues, is proactive and provides solutions. Hiring him to represent me was the best investment I made this year. When it comes to "freedom" you can't put a price on it - but, he was shockingly affordable and there is no other person that I would want representing me or any of my loved ones. Hands down the attorney I will recommend to anyone needing legal representation or counsel- in ANY area of practice.
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Posted by Mitch | October 11, 2021
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Commercial Vehicle Accident
Tab and his team were fantastic from start to finish. They handled everything for me which made the recovery process so much easier than having to have a lawsuit on my mind while inured. Great work!!
Posted by Joe Ed | October 11, 2021
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Best Attorney
Tab has represented me in numerous cases for 10 plus years. He goes above and beyond for his clients. Tab is very professional and attentive.
Posted by Josh | April 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Real quick at replying to any questions. Treats people like they are human (very respectful & down to earth.) Very good at what he does will use this man again if ever get in trouble again!
Posted by Ray Patel | April 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
A1 Attorney +++++++++++++++++++++++
Tab is experienced and aggressive, hungry to fight to protect their clients. I highly recommend him to other lawyers and clients. He was very detailed on every question I had. Also recommended various ways to go about our case. I may call him anytime of the day and he will always be there to answer any questions or concerns I may have.
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Posted by Shayla | April 21, 2021
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Shayla Logan
Tab has been dedicated to my case fighting the injustice that I experienced in an excessive force case. He has been so invested and I couldn’t have gotten as far as I have without him in fighting for what’s right. He’s a family oriented man with a good heart and a will to help. Thank you Tab for all you have done for me this far.
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2021
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Excellent Attorney!!!
I hired Mr. Lawhorn for a business consulting and negotiation matter. He was able to easily handle a complex acquisition matter for me and my company. I would highly recommend Mr. Lawhorn for business related issues, particularly contract disputes that might end up in court.
Posted by Andrew | May 15, 2020
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Tab Lawhorn is the best attorney in East Texas.
Tab has always surpassed my expectations. As my lawyer, Tab has time and time again come back with favorable deals for me from the court. He is extremely responsive, severely honest and at a time where other lawyers were quoting outrageous prices for their services - he gave me an honest price that was much much lower. He puts tremendous time, effort and thought into his cases. He ACTUALLY cares and respects his clients. Tab is a great lawyer and a good man. I HIGHLY recommend him. THE BEST LAWYER IN EAST TEXAS.
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Posted by LaShambra | November 22, 2019
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Consultation Only
Mr.Lawhorn was very professional when I spoke with him on the phone, he answered all my questions-even asked me if I had any more questions he was compassionate during the the conservation and explained to me the possibility of my situation and I really would love to have him on my side at this moment... Thanks Mr.Lawhorn
Posted by Hilary Baltz | October 30, 2019
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Right amount of personal and professional
Tab was great! Tab’s knowledge of the law made me very comfortable and he asked tons of questions in order to get to know me best. He was very open and consistent with his communication. I would recommend Tab to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2019
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HappyClient
He was very professional. He kept me up to date on every single thing. Worked harder than anyone I've ever seen in the Law profession. Would recommend him to everyone I know and tell them to tell everyone they know too. Tab is the best and will fight until he has won the case for you. By far one of the best Lawyers in East Texas!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2019
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Phenomenal
Tab was hired as a lawyer to defend my Dad and to say he was phenomenal is both an understatement and underscores his ability. He worked more diligently on his case than anyone would have expected. He was honest, hard working and truthful. He was incredible in the court, he has a skill set and knowledge that our area is so blessed to have. He became more like a family member by the time it was all done. I can speak for all of us when I say we our grateful for his talent, dedication and knowledge and will never even consider using someone else unless he retires.
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Posted by Amy | August 24, 2018
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Beyond my expectations
When I hired Mr. Lawhorn I knew he had an uphill battle to fight for me. I have a very colorful back ground that includes several felony convictions. Sadly the law does not care to much about how innocent you are or how long ago those felonies were. The first day I met with Tab he gave it to me straight and did not sugar coat anything or blow smoke up my you know, he said innocent people are the hardest to defend and with my record he couldn't make any promises that he couldn't keep. What he did do was take his time getting to know me as a person took my entire life history and wrote notes. He told me he was not only going to be a hard working attorney for me but over time we would be come friends and trust would be built between us trust he earned. He always answered any questions I had and took or returned my calls as soon as he could. Mr. Lawhorn did the unthinkable for me having a case in the good ol Smith county Tyler Tx. He went to bat for me and then some. He was able to get my enhanced felony cased dismissed completely. I admit I had my doubts bc innocent people go to jail every day, but I had faith in Tab and he believed in me. I owe this man more than I can ever Express in a review. I can now move on with my life and be a mother to my beautiful 4 year old daughter. He gave me my life back. Anyone would be lucky to have this man on their side. Thanks for everything Tab and God Bless you
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Posted by Mike | June 23, 2016
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Wonderful
Tab was very prompt and honest, straight to the point and very humble. He was always on top of emailing and communications. Which i think is the best when it comes to a lawyer you never want to be left wondering or in the dark. He helped get my probation terminated and did it with the odds stacked against him. I definitely think he's your best bet especially considering i had a different lawyer in tyler texas and switched to him. With that said make him your first choice hell do his very best and is worth it.
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Posted by DW Consulting | August 3, 2015
Bookmark a tab for Tab
Recently, I was charged with a misdemeanor B offense for which I was truly innocent. I know what you are thinking, but I WAS innocent. The situation was made even more stressful being a veteran with PTSD. Mr. Lawhorn could not have been more sensitive or proactive in managing my case. His experience and guidance proved immeasurably valuable when navigation the tricky legal waters of Smith County, Texas! My case was settled swiftly and satisfactorily. I highly recommend Mr. Lawhorn to anyone, guilty or innocent, who needs astute, professional and compassionate legal representation. Five Stars!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 20 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
  • The Van Corporation
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Derryberry, Zips, Wade, Lawhorn PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Cass County District Attorney
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Founder
  • The Lawhorn Firm P.C.
  • 2003 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Bires & Schaffer
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Clerk
  • Bires & Schaffer
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Clerk
  • Harris County Attorney's Office
  • 1999 - 2001
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • 2002
  • Baylor University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Smith County Bar Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • 2003 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Texas Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2015
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Texas Best Lawyers - Firm Nomination
  • National Law Journal
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers Under 40--North Texas Region
  • The National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Attorney Nomination for Texas
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Private Press
  • Defending the Mentally Ill: The Use of Psychotropic Drugs In Today's Courtrooms.
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • TALP CLE
  • Criminal Law Update
  • 2014
  • TALP Seminar--Guest Speaker
  • Effective Use of Private Investigators
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (20)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I take great pleasure in commending Tab's skills as a criminal defense lawyer and advocate for his client's rights. I've had the pleasure of working with Tab on a number of State and Federal criminal matters. He is well versed in the law and possesses high ethical standards."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Mr. Lawhorn my entire legal career. He is bright, creative, fearless and compassionate. He is not one of those lawyers on "auto pilot" trying to just earn money and get cases off his desk. I would recommend him to anyone that needs a good attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tab is an excellent lawyer and a great person. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The hallmark of a good attorney is outstanding character, integrity and excellent legal skill. The trademark of a great attorney is his ability and willingness to connect with his client in a manner that assures them that their case is the most important one. Tab Lawhorn possess that talent. Tab is a Christian in every sense and possesses those attributes that are germane to his faith. He treats his clients with dignity and respect and follows the golden rule in all his dealings with both lawyers and clients. It is both an honor and pleasure to endorse Mr. Tab Lawhorn as an outstanding member of our profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tab is an excellent attorney. He is well versed and has a tremendous amount of experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This is the lawyer you want on your side!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tab is an excellent attorney. He is extremely smart and aggressive. He is also ethical and very respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked on federal criminal cases with Tab over the past few years. Tab zealously and effectively represents his clients and gets them the results they deserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Lawhorn is an outstanding and excellent attorney. I would recommend anyone and everyone to him for his services. I have been practicing for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, law professor, private attorney, and prosecutor, and I learn from his answers on Avvo every day. Simply an exemplary attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tab is a skilled advocate with vast experience representing clients in criminal matters. Tab is creative in his presentation of evidence at trial and is a real presence in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tab Lawhorn because he is one of the finest young lawyers in this part of Texas. He and his staff provide first class legal representation and zealous advocacy for his clients. If I get in trouble he is on my very short list of criminal defense lawyers to call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Tab is very bright and aggressive in his defense of those accused of all crimes, including serious felonies. He has the skills to try any case if it is required and will proceed to trial is necessary."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Tab is well respected in the legal community and you definitely want him on your side when you have a legal problem that needs attention."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tab is a very aggressive knowledgeable attorney that works hard for his clients. If you are in need of an attorney that goes the extra mile, Tab is your man."
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Tyler Criminal defense Lawyer Tab E. Lawhorn
Tab E. Lawhorn
Criminal defense Attorney
Tyler, TX
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation