John Narsutis

Attorney John Narsutis


narsutisJohn Narsutis, Of Counsel

John Narsutis serves as Of Counsel to the Law Office of Gilland Chenault PLLC. He advises the firm on complex probate, fiduciary, guardianship matters. John is a retired State District Judge having serving in that capacity in Denton County for over 20 years. John has been admitted to the Texas Bar for since 1972 and has practiced law in the areas of Appellate and Complex Litigation, Probate and Guaridnship Law Criminal Law; Family Law; General Practice.



Senior District Judge 2003-2013

Judge 16th District Court of Denton County, 1985-2003

Judge 158th District Court of Denton, County 1982-1983

Private Practice For Over 19 years

Assistant and Acting City Attorney for the City of Denton 1973-1975



Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, 1972

Juris Doctor

Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1970

B.A., Political Science


Published Works:

“Procedural Aspects of Restraining the Real Estate Foreclosure Sale”, Texas Bar Journal, December, 1988

“Review of Contempt Rulings by Appellate Courts in Texas”, Texas Bar Journal, April, 1989

“District Court Relationship to County Government”, County Progress, October, 1990

“Boutwell and the Rodriguez Dilemma”, Texas Bar Journal, 1992

“Alibi in Texas”, Texas Bar Journal, October, 1991

“Docket Management”, ABA Judges Journal, Summer, 1995

“A Little Less Pain”, University of Houston, 1996, 1998


Classes/Seminars Taught:

“Law for Women”, Texas Woman’s University, 1976

Texas A&M program for county judges and commissioners, University of Texas A&M 1988, 1989

“Advising the Difficult Divorce Client”, University of Houston C.L.E. programs Dallas, Houston, San Antonio 1996, 1998

“An Evening with the Judge”, St. Mary’s School of Law, 1997

Movie “Ten Common Mistakes Lawyers Make” (wrote and produced video presentation), Dallas and Tarrant County Trial Lawyer Associations, 1998

Speaker, Denton County Bar Association New Lawyers seminar, 1998 – 2002

Faculty, Texas College for 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

An Evening with the Judge, St. Mary’s School of Law, 2001

Wrote, produced, and directed “Johnny Whiteshoes Jackson Examines Witnesses”, 2002

Host of “Denton Speaks”, weekly public affairs radio show, 1981


Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Republican Volunteer, 1985


Professional Associations and Memberships:

Denton County Juvenile Board, 1986


“Care” alcohol and drug abuse prevention program, 1984

Board of Directors

Denton United Way, 1978 – 1980

Budget & Admissions Committee

Texas Area 5 Health Systems Agency, 1976 – 1977

Executive Board of Directors

Denton University Drive Kiwanis, 1978 – 1979


Denton County Bail Bond Board

Member, 1986, 1993, 2000

Denton County Family Violence Task Force, 1985 – Present


Denton County Republican Party, 1977 – 1978



Past Employment Positions:


City of Denton, Assistant City Attorney & Acting City Attorney, 1973 – 1975

Private practice of law, 1975 – 1982

Private practice of law, 1983 – 1984

Appointed Judge of the 158th Judicial District Court by Governor Bill Clements, 1982

Dentex Title Company, President, 1983 – 1984

Elected Judge of the 16th Judicial District Court, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000