John Smithee


Known for his legislative work in judicial reform and insurance reform, John Smithee of Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell LLP was born in Amarillo, TX, on September 7, 1951. His areas of practice reflect his years in law and public service. His practice areas include:

  • Insurance
  • Appeals
  • Personal injury
  • Deceptive trade practices
  • Environmental litigation
  • Commercial litigation
  • Business fraud
  • Probate and Trust
  • Eminent domain/Condemnation

Education and Admissions

  • B.B.A. degree from West Texas State University
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University Law School, 1976
  • Admitted to the Texas Bar, 1976

Awards & Recognitions

  • American Bar Association
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of
  • Legal Specialization
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Appellate Litigation by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics, 2006

Professional Associations & Memberships

Since 1985, John has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives. His legislative efforts have centered on reform of the judiciary and the insurance industry. His work has been the subject of articles in the National Law Journal and Texas Lawyer. He has also served as:

  • Vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee
  • Chairman of the Insurance Committee

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