William Lee Hon grew up in East Texas and spent over 25 years seeking justice for the people of Polk County and East Texas. He is a graduate of Livingston High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He attended the University of Mississippi Law School in Oxford, Mississippi graduating in 1990. During law school Lee served with distinction on the editorial staff of the University of Mississippi Law Journal and as a member of the 1990 University of Mississippi National Trial Competition Team.
Following law school Lee worked with the prestigious Campbell, Delong Law Firm in Greenville, Mississippi—the oldest continuing law partnership in that state–and practiced general civil litigation, personal injury defense, banking and bankruptcy litigation.
In 1994 Lee returned to his native Texas and was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and assigned to the Law Enforcement Defense Division in Austin, Texas. During his tenure as Assistant Attorney General, Lee routinely appeared in federal courts across the State of Texas on behalf of various state law enforcement agencies.
In 1996, then Polk County District Attorney John S. Holleman invited Lee to return home to Livingston to become a felony prosecutor in the Polk County District Attorney’s Office. Lee served for eleven years as Assistant D.A. in Polk County assigned to the felony prosecution division. In 2006, following Mr. Holleman’s retirement, Lee ran for and was elected District Attorney of Polk County, Texas—a position he held until 2022, making him the longest serving District Attorney in the history of Polk County.
During his prosecution career, Lee has tried hundreds of criminal cases ranging from capital murder to driving while intoxicated. He has tried two death penalty cases and during his tenure as D.A. prioritized the prosecution of child abuse cases.
Lee is a past President and Chairman of the Board of the Board of Directors of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. He has served as a member of the Criminal Justice Council of the State Bar of Texas and as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX).
In 2002 he was awarded the Board of Directors Award for Excellence in the Litigation of Capital Cases by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation (AGACL). He has routinely lectured other prosecutors on the prosecution of death penalty, child abuse and Human Trafficking cases at various continuing legal education conferences.
In January of 2023, after retiring as DA, Lee opened his private practice, Hon Law Firm, PLLC, to assist the citizens of Polk County and the surrounding areas in various criminal and civil matters.
He is a past president of the Livingston Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Livingston Youth Baseball Association and Livingston Girls Softball Association. Lee is a member of the Livingston First Methodist Church and has served as Chairman of the Church Council. He and his wife Nancy reside in Livingston and have five children.
2022 – present
Shareholder, Hon Law Firm PLLC
2007 – 2022
Elected Criminal District Attorney
Polk County, Texas, Livingston, Texas
1996 – 2006
Assistant Criminal District Attorney
Polk County, Texas, Livingston, Texas
1994 – 1996
Assistant Attorney General
Law Enforcement Defense Division,
Office of the Texas Attorney General,
Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Texas
1990 – 1994
General Civil Practice
Campbell, DeLong Law Firm,
Admitted to Practice Law in the State of Mississippi
Doctor of Jurisprudence
University of Mississippi School of Law,
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Sam Houston State University,