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Tab E. Lawhorn

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"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 against his client. Since joining Derryberry & Zips, P.L.L.C. in the Spring of 2009, Mr. Lawhorn has already founded and has co-counseled with Craig Zips and Daryl Derryberry in both State and Federal civil trials.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    14 years
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
    11 years
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    11 years
  4. Education: 5%
    14 years



Contingent (33-45%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Carlo D'Angelo

    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.


    Carlo D'Angelo Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Shane Vincent Mullen

    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.


    Shane Mullen Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Derryberry Zips Wade Lawhorn PLLC

100 E Ferguson St Ste 1212
Tyler, TX, 75702-5700

1910 Pacific Ave
Suite 8055
Dallas, TX, 75201



TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200308/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Texas Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Texas Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Texas Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Texas Best Lawyers - Firm NominationNational Law Journal2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers Under 40--North Texas RegionThe National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers2014
10 Best Attorney Nomination for TexasAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/CEOThe Van Corporation2010 - Present
PartnerDerryberry, Zips, Wade, Lawhorn PLLC2009 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCass County District Attorney2007 - 2008
FounderThe Lawhorn Firm P.C.2003 - 2012
AssociateBires & Schaffer2003 - 2005
ClerkBires & Schaffer2001 - 2003
ClerkHarris County Attorney's Office1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Smith County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Texas District and County Attorneys AssociationN/A2007 - 2008
Harris County Criminal Lawyers AssociationN/A2003 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
WordpressWhat Can I Do When My Child Is Arrested At School?2012
WordpressIs My Old Criminal Case Going To Show Up In A Background Check?2012
Private PressDefending the Mentally Ill: The Use of Psychotropic Drugs In Today's Courtrooms.2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2002
Baylor University School of LawBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TALP CLECriminal Law Update2014
TALP Seminar--Guest SpeakerEffective Use of Private Investigators2010