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Charles E. Beachley III

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Lewisville, Texas
800-416-7409 (Toll free)

Charles E. Beachley III was born in New York City but raised in Paris, Texas; he moved to Lewisville in 1978 and has lived here ever since. He is the only son and eldest of the four children of a surgeon and an artist. He achieved his Associate of Arts degree from Paris Junior College, His Bachelor of Arts cum laude and Master of Fine Arts from Trinity University, and his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He has worked as an office boy, fast food worker, newspaperman, security guard, repertory theater professional (playwright, actor, tech [set, lights, sound, costumes, props], box office, assistant house manager, stage manager, director), hotel front desk, auditor, clerk, and adjunct professor.

He has served as a Nation Officer (Chief, Medicine Man) with the YMCA Indian Guides, Princesses, Braves, and Maidens. He has served on the Board of Directors of Greater Lewisville Community Theater, and has performed locally with that theater, Runway Theater in Grapevine, Frisco Community Theater, Generic Radio Workshop, and Texas Radio Theater. He is a charter member of both Council 9884 and the Pope Paul VI Assembly of the Knights of Columbus.

He is very much the family man. He married his high-school sweetheart, the former Cynthia Mussetter, in 2001, both of them having been through other marriages. He has one son and two stepchildren from his prior marriage, all three married and living in Texas; he is very grateful that those stepchildren and their children chose to continue to treat him as family even after the divorce. Cynthia brought him three new stepchildren, two of whom live in Texas and one of whom has a child. He and Cynthia together are godparents to two children.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Civil Trial
  • Probate
  • Guardianship

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989
  • Board Certification in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1989
  • Certified ad litem probate/guardianship, 1998
  • Certified ad litem family law, 2005
  • Diplomate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • Texas, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1986


  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • Master of Fine Arts - 1976
  • Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts cum laude - 1973
  • Paris Junior College, Paris, Texas
    • Associate of Arts - 1971


  • Lecturer, Lewisville Library Law Lectures, 1984 - 1986
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Law, University of North Texas, 1992 - 1993

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow Member, College of the State Bar of Texas, 1998 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association Award (Exemplary Service), 2004
  • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2009 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law and Litigation Sections, 1982 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee District 14B, 2002 - 2007
  • Denton County Bar Association, CLE Committee, 1994 - 2004
  • Denton County Bar Association, Board Member, 1996 - 2004
  • Denton County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association, Real Estate, Probate, & Trust Section, 2002 - Present
  • Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, 1990 - Present
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, 1980 - Present
  • Diplomate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1989 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Fellow, 1989 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law offices of Charles E. Beachley III, Solo Practice, 1986 - 1990
  • Hyatt Legal Services, Staff Attorney/Managing Attorney, 1985 - 1986
  • Law Office of Joann Peters, Associate, 1983 - 1985
  • City of Garland, Assistant City Attorney , 1982


  • Phi Alpha Delta