John Allen Chalk - Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC

John Allen Chalk

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2017
Phone: 817-878-0575

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. 

Additional Information

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.
Freed-Hardeman UniversityAA 1956Tennessee Technological UniversityBS 1962Tennessee Technological UniversityMA 1967University of Texas Law SchoolJ.D. 1973
Texas Bar AssociationDistrict of Columbia BarChartered Institute of ArbitratorsCollege of Commercial ArbitratorsCollege of State Bar of TexasMahon Inn of CourtTarrant County Bar AssociationTexas Mediator Credentialing AssociationTexas Academy of Distinguished NeutralsADR Section of State Bar of TexasAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Ship-Barge Dock and Tank Farm — Manage and document major planning and financing of combined ship and barge dock and ten million barrels of tank storage on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana.
Real Estate Financings — Negotiate and manage the successful financing of multiple real estate transactions in the Fort Worth-Dallas, Texas area.
Debt Restructuring — Assist with planning and execution of restructure of multiple major equipment and general corporate debts in the oil and gas industry.
Eminent Domain — Represented numerous property-owner clients or condemnors in pipeline and other partial and whole takings by eminent domain.
Arbitration Proceedings — Named arbitrator in approximately five hundred different commercial, business, real estate, healthcare, energy, insurance, and other arbitrations.

Office Location

301 Commerce Street, Suite 3500
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States

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Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male