John Joseph “Johnny” Lanzillo IV is co-founder and managing partner of Peter & Lanzillo.
Johnny was born and raised in the Dallas area and is excited to have the opportunity to serve and work in his community.
Johnny received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of North Texas. Prior to attending UNT, 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.
While in law school, Johnny was a member of the Texas Wesleyan Negotiation and ADR Travel Team. He participated in competitions across the country and was the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Champion.
Also in law school Johnny participated as a practicing student attorney with the school’s Family Law Clinic to build his foundation in serving the community. He was a team leader with the Texas Wesleyan Innocence Project, which is dedicated to reviewing claims of innocence made by the wrongfully convicted.
Johnny, along with his partner Sminu Peter, have spent the last several years establishing a firm built on a strong trial practice. While Johnny has handled mostly criminal cases, he has also gained experience in family and civil litigation. To add to his depth of experience, Johnny has also worked in sports law, and is a trained mediator.
Additionally, Johnny has gained experience at both the Federal and State level, and is permitted to practice in Federal Court in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Johnny has handled both felonies and misdemeanors throughout the State of Texas, including Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Harris, Travis and Grayson counties.
Johnny is also a member of numerous organizations that include: Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National College of DUI Defense.
Having been in front of judges and juries across the State, and in Federal court, Johnny has seen what does and doesn't work in those courts, and believes this makes him a unique candidate for Judge in Dallas County.
Johnny is married to his beloved wife Holly who stays home to care for their son JJ (John Joseph the 5th!) He plays softball in Dallas, and is an avid runner, completing the 2011 Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth. Johnny is an animal lover and enjoys spending time with his three rescue dogs. As a Dallas native, he is a die-hard Dallas Stars fan, but his truest sports love lies with the Texas Rangers. Since his early childhood Johnny has attended countless games with his grandfather, Ranger’s super-fan, “Zonk.”
Johnny has a passion for justice and fairness in all matters of law. It is his desire to implement these values while serving the citizens of Dallas County.