Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

Southeast Texas Business, Tax & Estate Planning Law Firm

Firm Overview

From their offices in Austin and Beaumont, the attorneys at the law firm of Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC help individuals and businesses throughout the State of Texas with a broad range of legal matters.

The Firm's attorneys handle business transactions and litigation matters for all types of personal, business and commercial needs, with particular emphasis in estate planning and probate law, real estate, banking and finance, municipal bond transactions, taxation, oil and gas transactions, and construction law. The Firm's trusts and estates practice ranges from the drafting of simple wills and trusts to the implementation of a variety of sophisticated estate planning techniques. The Firm represents many physicians, attorneys, accountants and other professionals and assists them with estate planning, asset protection, and contract and business organization issues. The Firm also regularly represents various governmental entities in municipal bond financing transactions. Visit the Practice Areas Overview for more information on the areas of representation offered by the Firm, or see the Attorney Profiles to learn more about the Firm and its professionals.

At Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC, you will find a team of attorneys committed to providing the highest quality legal work in a timely and efficient manner. The Firm is dedicated to being responsive to its clients, returning phone calls and responding to e-mails promptly and developing lasting relationships with clients. With several of the Firm's attorneys being Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in certain practice areas, you can be assured of receiving expert legal assistance with your particular legal needs. Contact Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC to discuss your particular legal needs.

Main Office

Main Office
3535 Calder Avenue, Suite 310
Beaumont TX 77706-5043



Estate Planning

Estate Planning and Probate - handling simple to complex matters in estate planning

-Estate Planning and Probate - handling simple to complex matters in estate planning; drafting wills and powers of attorney; tax planning; representation in contested and uncontested probate matters; assistance with estate administration; preparation and filing of federal estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax returns.

-Trusts and Estates - drafting a variety of trusts, including living trusts and life insurance trusts; gifting to children; special needs trusts designed to facilitate Medicaid eligibility.

-Asset Protection Planning - creating vehicles such as trusts and family limited partnerships to protect assets and accumulated wealth from loss in the event of a lawsuit or other sudden personal or professional catastrophe.

-Elder Law - Medicaid planning; special needs trusts; guardianships.

Brian Mills

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

Brian has a general business practice with an emphasis in the areas of estate planning, probate, trusts, guardianships, asset protection, business transactions and reorganizations, business entity formation, real estate, and taxation.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Brian graduated from Monsignor Kelly High School in 1990 as salutatorian of his class. Brian then attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he graduated in 1995 with a B.B.A. in Accounting, summa cum laude, and an M.B.A. in Accounting. While at Baylor, Brian was admitted as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society in business and management which is the highest honor a business student can receive in an undergraduate business program.

Brian received his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998 and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1998. While at UT, Brian was a member of the Texas Journal of Business Law, and he received the Best Brief award in the 1996 Gibbs & Bruns Moot Court Competition. Brian was also named to the Order of the Coif, an honor extended to law students ranking in the top 10% of their graduating class.

Brian is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Brian was also named as a Texas Rising Star for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 by Texas Monthly in the area of Estate Planning/Trusts. Brian practices in the firm's Beaumont office.


University of Texas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1998

John Creighton III

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

John Creighton engages in a business practice with emphasis on trusts and estates, asset protection, pension and deferred compensation plans, income and estate tax planning, and entity formation for professional practices.

John is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. John has been listed in four categories in Best Lawyers in America since 1994.

John has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly and Law & Politics each year since 2003.

John received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arkansas in 1969. John graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1972.

While in law school, John was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review and a member of Chancellors and the Order of the Coif.

John practices in the firm's offices in Beaumont and Austin.

Lance C. Fox

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

Lance Fox has a general business and office practice with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporations and business entities, municipal bond law and estate planning and probate.

Lance has been a practicing lawyer since 1985 and has served as the lead attorney in over 50 merger and acquisition transactions in locations across the United States. He is also the attorney in charge of the firm's municipal bond group and has successfully closed over 100 municipal bond financing transactions for various types of governmental entities. Lance also regularly serves as a Board member of and provides legal and general assistance to various types of charitable organizations.

Lance graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1985. He was on the Board of Editors of Texas Tech Law Review and a member of Phi Delta Phi and Order of the Coif. He graduated with a B.B.A. in 1982 with high honors from Lamar University.

Lance serves as a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

He has been on the Board of Directors of Beaumont Products & Services, Inc., a Texas nonprofit corporation from 2003 through the present.

He serves as General Counsel to the Board of Directors of Family Services of Southeast Texas Inc., a nonprofit corporation.

Lance practices in the firm's office in Beaumont, Texas.

John W. Johnson

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

John W. Johnson's practice covers a wide range of real estate and real estate finance matters. John represents many financial institutions, lenders, and individuals owners and developers. His experience includes residential, commercial, oil and gas, and timber acquisitions, sales, development and construction projects. John also routinely serves as counsel for owners and lenders in connection with interim and permanent financing of development and construction of commercial and residential real estate. In addition to financing transactions, he assists his clients in workouts, bankruptcy, and collection matters. John has also served as counsel in numerous land litigation matters including condemnation, zoning and restrictive covenant disputes, trespass to try title, trespass, construction defects, delay and breach of contract claims, royalty disputes, evictions, and foreclosure related matters. John has also tried cases before the U.S. Tax Court and handled civil tax matters.

John is Board Certified in the fields of Residential Real Estate Law and Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a certified public accountant.

John was named a Texas Super Lawyer for 2003 in Real Estate Law by Texas Monthly and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Real Estate Law.

John has spoken on topics ranging from the acquisition of commercial and residential real estate to condemnation and real estate and construction litigation.

John is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Louisiana Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, and the American Association of Attorney - CPAs, John is a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle and the One In One Hundred Gun Club, the City of Beaumont's Small Business Revolving Loan Advisory Committee, the Rotary Club of Beaumont, and the Lamar Institute of Technology Shoot-Out Committee.

John is a Past President of the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council and the Saint Thomas Moore Society of Southeast Texas. John is admitted to practice in Texas (1988) and Louisiana (1990). John is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern districts of Texas and the U.S. Tax Court.

John earned his B.S. degree in 1981 from Louisiana State University where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. He was graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1988.

John practices in the firm's Beaumont office.

Meredith M. Bernsen

Creighton, Fox, Johnson & Mills, PLLC

Born in Houston, Texas, Meredith earned her B.S. from Baylor University in 2007 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Omicron Nu and the Student Foundation. She graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2012 and was admitted to practice law in Texas in November of 2012. Meredith practices in the firm's Beaumont office.