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I am Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and practice almost exclusively in the area of appellate law, handling civil, criminal, and family law appeals, and habeas corpus applications. I have served on the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, and of the State Bar College, and have served as Chair of the State Bar's Council of Chairs. I speak frequently on legal writing and appellate advocacy. I have been invited to speak on writing to the state appellate staff attorneys' conference, the appellate track of the Texas judges' school, and at the Appellate Judges Education Institute. My peers have selected me one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" in the area of appellate law as compiled by D Magazine.


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Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 80%
  2. Litigation: 10%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%



Hourly ($150-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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3201 Main Street
Rowlett, TX, 75088


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pro Bono ChampionTexas Access to Justice Commission2010
Helen Cassidy AwardState Bar of Texas Appellate Section2009
Standing Ovation AwardState Bar of Texas CLE2009
Helen Cassidy AwardState Bar of Texas Appellate Section2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Chad Baruch1993 - Present
Associate AttorneyConant Whittenburg Whittenburg & Schachter1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas Council of ChairsChair2011 - 2012
State Bar of Texas Consumer & Commercial Law SectionChair-Elect2011 - 2012
State Bar of Texas Appellate Law SectionCo-Chair, CLE Committee2010 - 2011
State Bar of Texas Individual Rights & Responsibilities SectionChair2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Southern v. GoettingReversed and rendered
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Publication nameTitleDate
Texas Journal of Business LawLegal Writing: Lessons from the Bestseller List2011
SMU Law ReviewSovereign Immunity for Nuisance and Takings Claims After City of Dallas v. Jennings2005
Texas Journal of Consumer LawSLAPPed Around: Defending Consumers from Retaliatory Litigation2004
Univ. of Detroit Mercy Law ReviewIn the Name of the Father: A Critique of Reliance on Jewish Law to Support the Moral Legitimacy of Capital Punishment2000
N. Kentucky Law ReviewThrough the Looking Glass: A Brief Comment on the Short Life and Unhappy Demise of the Singleton Rule2000
Southern Univ. Law ReviewThe Widening Gyre: The Increasingly Illusory Promise of Meaningful Review of ERISA Benefits Denials in the Fifth Circuit1997
Texas Forum on Civil Rights and Civil LibertiesADA Practitioners Beware1997
Texas Wesleyan Law ReviewIf I Had A Hammer: Defending SLAPP Suits in Texas1996
Washburn Law ReviewGuess Who's Coming to America: An Analysis of United States HIV-Related Immigration Policies1993
Lincoln Law ReviewTechnical Foul: The Wisdom and Legality of NCAA Academic Requirements1991
Whittier Law ReviewDangerous Liaisons: Campus Racial Harassment Policies, the First Amendment, and the Efficacy of Suppression1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Summer School CourseThe Roberts Court at 5 Years2011
Practice Before the Texas Supreme CourtWriting Better Briefs2011
Conference on State and Federal AppealsLegal Writing: Lessons from the Bestseller List2011
Annual MeetingMarbury v. Madison and the Roots of Judicial Review2011
Corporate Practice InstituteThe Ethics of Legal Writing2010
Advanced Civil Appellate CourseImproving Legal Writing on Appeal2010