Law Offices of Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C.
Law Offices of Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C.
P.O. Box 668
107 Vale St.
Jefferson, Texas 75657
Office: 903-665-2567
Fax: 903-665-7466

Primary Practice Areas:
Real Estate, Oil and Gas, Probate, Commercial and Business Law

Jesse (Duke) M. DeWare IV
Attorney at Law
Cell: 903-738-3428


1972, Texas


J.D. - SMU School of Law - 1972

City of London Polytechnic, International Law Studies - 1971

Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Organized Crime Section - 1970

B.A. - The Citadel - 1969

Jefferson High School - 1965

Duke DeWare is the Owner of Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C., President and Owner of Port Jefferson Abstract & Title Company and Co-Owner of Jeffersonian Real Estate Sales, L.L.C.

Memberships & Affiliations

Present Offices and Memberships:

Jefferson, Texas
• President, The Jeffersonian Institute, Inc.
• Trustee, Beth Rowell Mead Educational Trust
• President, Marion County Industrial Foundation
• Elder, Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Jefferson

Shreveport, Louisiana
• Vice Chairman, Board Member, Christus Schumpert Foundation
• Member, Shreveport Club
• Member, Royal Order of Cotillion Jesters
• Member, Cotillion Club
• Member, The Committee of One Hundred

Other Memberships:

• Member, Order of St. John
• Member, Kappa Alpha Order, Delta Commission, Charleston, South Carolina

Former Offices and Memberships:

• President, Board Member, Historic Jefferson Foundation
• Board Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
• Board Member, City of Tyler Preservation Board
• Treasurer, Smith County Bar Association
• Chairman, Board Member, Marion County Historical Commission
• President, Board Member, Marion County Chamber of Commerce
• Member, State Metric System Advisory Board
• President, Northeast Texas Bar Association
• Board Member, Texas Historical Foundation
• Head of local Grass-Roots Campaign to secure a $90 million OSB Plant in Jefferson in 1994
• Citizen of the Year for 1994, designated by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce
• Member, State Bar of Texas District 1-B Grievance Committee
• Chairman, Board Member, Cypress Valley Navigation District
• Member, Panola College Advisory Council
• Member, Texas A&M, Texarkana Advisory Council

Professional Profile

Jesse (Duke) M. DeWare IV is a fifth generation resident of Jefferson, Texas. Since 1972, he has been representing banks, industries, civic organizations, businesses and individuals in real estate and oil and gas transactions, commercial and business transactions, probate issues and a wide range of other legal matters. Duke DeWare's clients include Pegasi Energy Resources Corp. of Tyler, Texas; Howell Oil & Gas, Inc. of Marshall, Texas; Norbord Inc. of Jefferson, Texas; Port Jefferson Abstract & Title Company and Jefferson Realty.

Since 1985, Duke DeWare has been the president of Port Jefferson Abstract & Title Company, the title company serving Marion County. As the owner and escrow officer, he has supervised the title insurance operations of Port Jefferson Abstract & Title Company for over 29 years. Duke DeWare also helps to manage Jefferson Realty, a real estate sales company, where his wife, Laurel, is the broker.

Duke DeWare has served as either President or Vice President of The Jeffersonian Institute since its inception in 1995. As President, he has been involved in environmental conservation, rural health, technology and innovative educational projects. Duke DeWare was the project manager for four years for The Institute's grant from the U.S. Department of State for a drug demand reduction program in Latin America and Asia. Presently, the focus of The Jeffersonian Institute is conservation of Caddo Lake in Louisiana and Texas and having the Caddo Lake Region designated as a National Heritage Area by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Duke DeWare was instrumental in seeking and securing on behalf of the City of Jefferson a $6 million Congressional Appropriation for the Section 1135 Big Cypress Bayou Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This was the first time that the Corps of Engineers put educational infrastructures in an environmental restoration project. This innovative park along Big Cypress Bayou adjoining the historic district of the City of Jefferson has pedestrian boardwalks, outdoor classrooms, large outdoor event locations and a fish spawning area in the bayou, all for the purpose of environmental education.

Duke DeWare has been actively involved in the restoration of historic structures in Jefferson for most of his life, having supervised the historic restoration of over 25 commercial and residential buildings. He is also involved in community planning to improve Jefferson under a new urbanism model as a pedestrian community with most businesses, restaurants, government agencies, health care facilities and educational facilities located within walking distance in the existing downtown area.

Duke DeWare is President of the Marion County Industrial Foundation and was the local leader selected by his community to secure a $90 million International Paper Company OSB Plant.

He has been the chairman and board member of the Cypress Valley Navigation District, the president and board member of the Historic Jefferson Foundation, president and board member of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Northeast Texas Bar Association and board member of the Texas Historical Foundation, and in these roles has participated in a wide variety of projects that include government, industry and non-profit partners.

Duke DeWare is active as one of the three trustees of the Beth Rowell Mead Educational Trust, which has provided scholarships to college students each year since 1986.

In each of his business and non-profit leadership roles, Duke DeWare has been in charge of accountability and fiscal responsibility of numerous projects that require broad-based community support. He has a broad experience in organizing and managing non-government organizations.

Duke DeWare is the husband of Laurel Akin DeWare and the father of Molly DeWare Green, a school teacher in Dallas, Texas, Jess DeWare and Charles DeWare, a senior at the Trinity School of Texas in Longview.

Lina M. Tilman Smith
Cell: 808-352-6005


2006, New York
Not admitted in Texas


J.D. – Harvard Law School – 2005

Stanford Law School, J.D. Student - 2002-2003

B.A. – Yale University – 2001

Lina Smith has been an Associate at Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C. since 2014.

Memberships & Affiliations

Present Offices and Memberships:

Shreveport, Louisiana
• Board Member, Multicultural Center of the South

Professional Profile

Lina Smith was born in Ufa, Russia. Her professional experience includes corporate, securities, finance, tax, and labor & employment law. In addition to her experience in private practice, she has worked for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia. Lina speaks fluent Russian, and has a keen interest in the arts and foreign relations. Lina and her husband Wesley Smith have two daughters, Katerina and Sabrina.

Amanda N. Wisdom
Legal and Administrative Assistant


Marshall High School - 2003

North East Texas Community
College, Nursing Student -

Amanda Wisdom has been a Legal and Administrative Assistant at Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C. since 2007.

Professional Profile

Amanda Wisdom provides assistance with client relations, scheduling, document preparation and office accounting. Amanda lives in Harleton, Texas with Eric, her husband of 12 years, and their three children. She attends Harleton Baptist Church, where she enjoys working in children’s ministry. Amanda loves reading and participating in all of her children’s school and sports activities.

Wes B. Hamilton
Legal Assistant


Penn Foster High School – 2009

Weston Hamilton has been a Legal Assistant at Jesse M. DeWare IV, P.C. since 2012.

Professional Profile

Wes Hamilton is proficient in preparing aerial and topographical maps of tracts of land. He also investigates titles and land boundaries, and he assists with expediting real estate transactions. He also is an investigator and fact-finder for litigation.

Wes serves the Jefferson community as the facility director of The Jeffersonian Institute at 120 East Austin Street and is in charge of the cultural, environmental, educational and other events at that facility.

He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, serves as secretary of the Bishop's Committee and is a lay reader and Eucharistic Minister.

He is also a member of the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum, the Historic Jefferson Foundation and the committee of The Jeffersonian Institute which is in charge of the annual Civil War re-enactment known as the "Battle for Jefferson."

In his free time, he enjoys organic gardening, traveling, hiking, boating and reading. He also is an accomplished musician and plays the fiddle, guitar and piano.