Hon. John Narsutis

Denton, TX

Born March 23, 1948, Oak Park, Illinois
Married Enjoy writing both music and literature
Enjoy music and athletic activities

Education  + -

  • Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California
  • Baylor University
    B.A Political Science   1970
  • Baylor University
    Juris Doctor   1972

Experience  + -

  • City of Denton
    Assistant City Attorney & Acting City Attorney   1973-75
  • Private practice of law
    1975-82, 1983-84, 2003- present
  • 158th Judicial District Court by Governor Bill Clements
    Appointed Judge   1982
  • Visiting Judge
  • JWA Arbitrator
    Arbitrator/Mediator   2004-present
  • Dentex Title Co.
    President   1983-84
  • 16th Judicial District Court
    Elected Judge   1984, 1988, 1992 , 1996, 2000
  • Law Office of GIlland Chenault, PLLC
    Counsel   2015-present

Memberships & Affiliations  + -

  • Texas A&M program for county judges and commissioners
    1988 & 1989
  • Local Administrative Judge
  • "Denton Speaks" weekly public affairs radio show
    Host   1981
  • high school football
    Play by play and color announcer   1980-1983
  • Denton County Juvenile Board
    Chairman   1986
  • Denton United Way
    Budget & Admissions Committee   1978-80
  • "I Care" alcohol and drug abuse prevention program
    Board of Directors   1984
  • Texas Area 5 Health Systems Agency
    Executive Board of Directors   1976-77
  • Denton University Drive Kiwanis
    President   1978-79
  • 1st & 2nd grade YMCA football
    Coach   1977-78
  • Denton County Bail Bond Board
    Member   1986, 1993, 2000
  • Denton County Family Violence Task Force
    Member   1985
  • 2nd & 3rd grade YMCA baseball
    Coach   1988
  • Endowed "Lab Band" scholarship at University of North Texas
  • Denton Soccer Association
    Coach   1993-1997
  • Denton Soccer Association
    Assistant Coach   1998
  • Denton County Republican Party
    Chairman   1977-1978

Honors & Awards  + -

  • Outstanding Republican Volunteer
  • Denton Family of the Year

Speaking / Authoring / Seminars  + -

Taught "Law for Women", Texas Woman's University, 1976
Published "Procedural Aspects of Restraining the Real Estate Foreclosure Sale" Texas Bar Journal, December, 1988
Published "Review of Contempt Rulings By Appellate Courts in Texas,"Texas Bar Journal, April, 1989
Published "District Court Relationship to County Government," County Progress, October, 1990
Published "Boutwell and the Rodriguez Dilemma," Texas Bar Journal,1992
Published "Alibi in Texas," Texas Bar Journal, October 1991
Published "Docket Management," ABA Judges Journal, Summer 1995
Published "A Little Less Pain", University of Houston, 1996, 1998
Presented and published "Advising the Difficult Divorce Client", University of Houston C.L.E. programs Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio 1996, 1998.
Presentation, "An Evening with the Judge" St. Mary's School of Law, 1997
Keynote speaker at various state wide, local, and university events
Movie "Ten Common Mistakes Lawyers Make" presentation to Dallas and Tarrant County
Trial Lawyer Associations, 1998(wrote and produced video presentation)
Speaker, Denton County Bar Association New Lawyers seminar, 1998-2002
Frequent guest lecturer at local universities, high schools and elementary schools
Faculty, Texas College for New Judges, 2000
Speaker University of Houston Litigation and Trial Tactics Seminar, Houston and Dallas, 1999
Speaker University of Houston General Practice Institute, 2001
Presentation Texas and Oklahoma Psychological Association Mental Health Experts Testimony as
Impacted by Daubert, 2000
Presentation, "An Evening with the Judge" St. Mary's School of Law, 2001
Movie "Johnny Whiteshoes Jackson Examines Witnesses", presented University of Houston
General Practice course in Dallas and Houston and to the Houston Bar Association. 2002-2003