John Joseph Lanzillo IV, also known as Johnny, is a co-founder and managing partner of Peter & Lanzillo. He received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of North Texas. Prior to attending North Texas, he played baseball at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. He is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law) and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.
Johnny is married to Holly, and has 1 son, JJ (and yes, he is John Joseph the 5th!), to go along with three dogs. He plays softball in Dallas (to keep up that baseball love), and is an avid runner, and completed in the 2011 Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth. He was born and raised in Dallas, and is a die-hard Dallas Stars fan. Of course, being a Stars fan falls second to his love of the Texas Rangers, which he likely got from decades of going to games with his grandfather, Ranger's super-fan "Zonk".
While in law school, Johnny was a member of the Texas Wesleyan Negotiation and ADR Travel Team and has competed in competitions across the country, including winning the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Championship in Dallas and earning an invite to the ABA National Championship in New Orleans.
He also participated as a practicing student attorney working with the law school’s Family Law Clinic, and was a team leader with the Texas Wesleyan Innocence Project, which was aimed out reviewing potential claims of innocence from the wrongfully convicted. Johnny is also a trained mediator, and has done special work in sports law.
Johnny, along with his partner, has spent the last several years building a firm built on a strong trial practice. While he has handled mostly criminal cases, Johnny has also gained experience in family and civil litigation. This experience has given Johnny a strong desire to seek justice and fairness in all matters of law, and ensuring that people's constitutional and legal rights are protected.
Johnny hopes to bring his desire to seek justice and fairness to the bench for the citizens of Dallas County.