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I grew up in West Tennessee on a farm, graduated from a private junior college nearby, got my first real job in Dayton, Ohio, while attending Miami University (Ohio) and University of Dayton (Ohio), and during my second real job in Cookeville, Tennessee, graduated from Tennessee Tech University with B.S. (History and English) and an M.A. (History) degrees.  My third real job was in Abilene, Texas, and from there went to University of Texas Law School and got my Juris Doctor (Law) in 1973.  I returned to Abilene, Texas, and practiced law in a law firm for five years before becoming General Counsel for LaJet, Inc., with executive offices in Abilene and Houston, Texas, and a refinery on the West bank of the Mississippi in St. James Parish, Louisiana.  I worked for LaJet, Inc. for almost seven years until the company ceased operations and then worked for one client for the next two and one-half years funding real estate transactions in the Fort Worth - Dallas, Texas metropolitan area.  In 1986 I joined the predecessor to my current law firm as a partner and remain a partner in Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz, PLLC, Fort Worth, Texas.  My wife and I have two adult children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas.


Practice areas


  1. Arbitration: 50%
    24 years
  2. Administrative Law: 20%
    33 years
  3. Oil & Gas: 15%
    33 years
  4. Health Care: 10%
    28 years
  5. Employment: 5%
    28 years



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Contact info

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC

301 Commerce St Ste 3500
Fort Worth, TX, 76102-4135


DCActive 197807/05/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Blackstone AwardTarrant County Bar Association2013
Credentialed-AdvancedTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWhitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC1986 - Present
PresidentDabney Capital1984 - 1986
General Counsel, Vice President, SecretaryLaJet, Inc.1978 - 1984
PartnerRhodes, Doscher, Chalk & Heatherly1973 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Commercial ArbitratorsFellow2012 - Present
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsFellow2002 - Present
Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of CourtPresident2013 - 2014
Tarrant County Bar AssociationFormer President2009 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
The Pennsylvania State University (2010). Publication Code # UA465.“Negotiating Pipeline Rights of Way in Pennsylvania”2010
17 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 1, pages 29-46"Having Your Cake and Condemning It Too: When Asserting The Power of Eminent Domain Constitutes Breach of an Oil and Gas Lease"2010
16 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 1, pages 17-28"Eminent Domain Granted to Private Pipeline Companies Meets with Greater Resistence From Property Owners in Urban Rather Than Rural Areas"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/ADoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)1973
Tennessee Technological UniversityHistoryMA - Masters1967
Tennessee Technological UniversityHistoryB.S.1962
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Texas SeminarArbitration Award Drafting2013
Metroplex Association of Career SchoolsStatus of U.S. Dept. of Education "Gainful Employment" Rulemaking2013
AAA ACE7“Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing”2013
AAA ACE6“Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing"2013
DFW Arbitration Group Meeting“Texas Law of Arbitrator Disclosure”2012
SBOT Webinar“AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion: Drafting Arbitration Clauses”2011
City Center Member Luncheon“Texas Licensure of Trades and Professions"2011
CCST Briefing“New Texas Workforce Commission Refund Policy"2011