Meet John R. Pitts, Founder & Managing Principal
John R. Pitts
Cell: (512) 426-9135
Direct: (512) 381-1300 ext.101
John R. Pitts is the founder and managing principal of the Texas Star Alliance. He has nearly 25 years of experience working around the Texas Capitol. John served as general counsel to former Lt. Governor Bob Bullock and also served as chaplain to the Texas Senate. He has held leadership roles in several multi-national law firms and his expertise as an attorney and lobbyist is well-respected among policy makers across the country.
John has had the opportunity to develop and steward vital legislation on both state and national levels. While serving the lieutenant governor, John directed the effort to draft and pass the historic water legislation, SB 1. He has successfully represented clients from a broad range of industries including numerous Fortune 500 companies, major trade associations and national nonprofits. His clients represent a cross section of legislative issues including: transportation, water, health, education (public and higher), technology, finance, tax, banking, agriculture, affordable housing, appropriations, pensions, criminal justice, juvenile justice, ethics, insurance, gaming, and alternative energy.
His distinguished career includes serving as partner at Vinson & Elkins LLP, as senior counsel at Akin Gump Hauer & Feld LLP, providing counsel to a Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice and holding several clergy positions with The Episcopal Diocese of Texas. A popular public speaker, John often speaks at State Bar of Texas conferences, University of Texas School of Law conferences, public affairs roundtables, professional association meetings and other continuing legal education seminars.
Driven by a passion to improve our communities, John is honored to serve on many organizations including the board of the Texas Association of Business; board chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Houston; board vice-chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star; board of Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center; founding board member of Houston City Hall Fellows; board of The Hope Center Houston; board of St. John’s School in Houston; board and co-Founder of Trinity Episcopal School of Austin; board and co-Founder of LIFE Houston; board of Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia; board of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas; board member of UTHealth Development Board and as vice-chair of its Government Relations Committee and chair of its PAC Committee.
John is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he earned a B.S., an MBA and a J.D. In addition, John has received a Master of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He has two sons and he and his wife call both Houston and Austin home.
John has been recognized as the 6th most influential lobbyist in Austin by the online publication, Capitol Inside. He has also been recognized as one of Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers in 2014 by Martindale-Hubbell and, selected by his peers, as one of the Best Lawyers in the United States in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters selected him as Board member of the year in 2010.