John Peyton

John Peyton

Senior Trust, Estate & Guardianship Litigator, Probate Administration

John is a former Probate Judge now practicing in probate, guardianship and trust disputes, as well as representing clients throughout the probate process.  He has the experience and expertise to find solutions to difficult probate problems.

Judicial Service 

Probate Courts 1988-2000, 2007-2018

  • Judge of the Probate Court of Dallas County, Texas
  • Associate Judge and Judge sitting by assignment for the Probate Courts of Dallas County
  • Special Judge for the Probate Courts of Dallas County

County Court at Law 2000 – 2006

Judge of the County Court at Law Number Two of Dallas County

  • Presided over more than 250 civil jury trials and cases ranging from JP appeals to amounts in controversy of $1 billion
  • Presided over countless evidentiary hearings
  • Made numerous discovery rulings
  • Consistently high judicial ratings from the Bar

Professional History

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas
  • Assistant City Attorney for the City of Dallas
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas
  • Judicial Service 1998-2018
  • Private practice specializing in probate, estate, guardianship, and mental illness law 2018-present


Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Arts Degree

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree

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