Chalk is a 1973 graduate of University of Texas School of Law (J.D.), with prior M.A. (1967) and B.S. (1962) degrees from Tennessee Tech University, and A.A. degree (1956) from Freed-Hardeman College. Prior to joining in 1986 Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC, Fort Worth, Texas, and its predecessors, Chalk was President of Dabney Capital, Dallas, Texas (1984-86) (real estate finance), General Counsel and Vice President of LaJet, Inc., Abilene, Texas (1978-84) (petroleum refining and marketing), and a partner in Rhodes, Doscher, Chalk, & Heatherly Law Firm, Abilene, Texas (1973-78). His law practice experience includes extensive general corporate, business, and commercial transactions and litigation, oil and gas, eminent domain, post-secondary proprietary education, administrative law, healthcare, real estate, equity and debt financing, alternative dispute resolution, with international oil and gas experience, other international ventures (Europe and Central Asia), and international commercial arbitration.
Professional Associations — Admitted to Texas Bar (1973) and District of Columbia Bar (1978); Fellow and Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) (2002); Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (2012); Member, American Law Institute (2009); Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Credentialed Distinguish; Former President and Emeritus Master, Mahon Inn of Court, American Inns of Court, Fort Worth, Texas; Former Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas; Fellow, College of State Bar of Texas; Adjunct Professor, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law; Member of Neutrals Panels of American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution ("CPR"); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; International Court of Arbitration; Resolute Systems, LLC; and American Health Lawyers ADR Service.