John Allen Chalk

Attorney in Fort Worth, TX
As general counsel for a large, independent petroleum refining and marketing company (1978-84), as special counsel for a Texas real estate developer (1984-86), and as a partner of two law firms (1973-78; 1986 - present), Mr. Chalk understands what clients want from their lawyers and how lawyers best serve their clients. As a negotiator, litigator, mediator, and arbitrator, Mr. Chalk constantly applies cost-benefit and risk analysis in assisting clients with efficient resolution of their disputes.

Chalk represents clients in commercial transactions and litigation, state and federal regulatory matters, healthcare, and ADR proceedings. Post-secondary proprietary schools and colleges in numerous states require his appearances before state and federal regulatory agencies and accreditation bodies. He assists clients with project and corporate finance, business entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, domestically and internationally. Five arbitral institutions (domestic and international) include Chalk on their neutrals' panels and have appointed him as either mediator or arbitrator in hundreds of ADR proceedings involving business entities, health care, employment, insurance, franchise, real estate, oil and gas, alternative energy, petroleum refining and marketing, aviation, intellectual property, and other disputes.

Recent News
•John Allen Chalk was a presenter on a State Bar of Texas webcast to Texas lawyers on September 23, 2014 on “New Arbitration Rules & Procedures You Need to Know.
•John Allen Chalk has developed and will present a webinar for the American Arbitration Association on “Arbitrator Disclosures” that will be broadcast November 11, 2014. This program will be initially webcast at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on November 11, 2014.
•Named a Texas Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute resolution for 2014. Super Lawyers is a Thompson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.

•John Allen Chalk has received the 2012-2013 Blackstone Award, an annual honor bestowed on one lawyer each year by the Tarrant County Bar Association.
•John Allen Chalk spoke to the Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court of East Texas on July 24, 2014. Chalk had been asked by this Inn of Court to speak on The History and Development of the English Inns of Court and Their Relationship to the American Inns of Court.
•John Allen Chalk, the President of the Mahon Inn of Court for Inn Year 2013-2014, has announced that the American Inns of Court on July 29, 2014, made the following announcement:

The Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court has been awarded the Achieving Excellence Platinum designation for the 2013-2014 Inn year. Your hard work and dedication has distinguished your Inn as a model of American Inn of Court best practices.
•John Allen Chalk has been elected a member-at-large of the Mahon Inn of Court Executive Committee for the Inn Year 2014-2015. Chalk has also been designated an Emeritus Master of the Mahon Inn of Court.
•John Allen Chalk has been appointed to the 2014-2015 Dispute Resolution Service Council by the President of the American Health Laywers Association (AHLA). The Dispute Resolution Service Council is composed of eight members, all experienced ADR professionals and AHLA members, who advise the AHLA ADR Service and make recommendations to the AHLA Board of Directors regarding the policies and operations of the AHLA ADR Service.
•John Allen Chalk will speak to the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants' Young Emerging Professionals Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 6, 2014, on The Art and Science of Negotiation.
•John Allen Chalk will present the Keynote presentation to the U.S. Department of Education's Legion VI Advisory Council on March 16, 2014, in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Chalk's keynote address will discuss Current Risk Management Issues for Career Schools and Colleges. Mr. Chalk has represented post-secondary career schools and colleges at all levels of regulatory compliance - federal, state and accreditation - and general corporate and litigation matters since 1986.
•John Allen Chalk spoke to the Louisiana Association of Private Colleges and Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 17, 2014 on The Rogue Employee and Related Challenges Facing Post-Secondary Career Colleges and Schools. Mr. Chalk has represented post-secondary career colleges and schools since 1986.
•John Allen Chalk gave a presentation on December 4, 2013, in Dallas, Texas, to the DFW Arbitration Group on “Evident Partiality.” Mr. Chalk has served as a neutral arbitrator in all kinds of business, commercial, and employment arbitrations since 1992.
•December 6, 2013 Mr. Chalk spoke on Handling Your First (or Next) Arbitration - The Award, State Bar of Texas Seminar, MCLE Course No. 901272997, Austin, Texas
•October 16, 2013 Mr. Chalk presented Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, American Arbitration Association, 13ACE60408, Dallas, Texas.
•October 16, 2013 Mr. Chalk presented Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, American Arbitration Association, 13 ACE70406, Dallas, Texas.
•October 16, 2013 Mr. Chalk presented Status of U.S. Dept. of Education 'Gainful Employment' Negotiated Rulemaking, Metroplex Association of Career Schools, Dallas, Texas.
•John Allen Chalk served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the College of Commercial Arbitrators for 2012-2013. The CCA Legislative Committee monitors and responds to proposed state and federal arbitration legislation.
•John Allen Chalk has been appointed to serve another term on the ADR Service Task Force by the American Health Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C. The ADR Service Task Force is a special committee of ADR professionals that advises AHLA on the operations and services provided to AHLA members by the association's ADR Service.
•John Allen Chalk has been named a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
•Named a Texas Super Lawyer every year from 2003 to present. Super Lawyers is a Thompson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.
•Named a Top Attorney each year from 2003 to present by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine.

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Areas of Law

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Domestic & International Arbitration/Mediation
  • Administrative Law
  • State & Federal Regulatory Law
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Commerical Litigation
  • Project and Corporate Finance Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Post Secondary Education Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Refining
  • Alternative Energy
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • School Law


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Admitted in 1973, Texas
1974, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
1977, District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court
1979, Temporary Emergency Court of Appeals of the United States
2003, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

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  • Law School Attended

    University of Texas School of Law
    Class of 1973

    University Attended

    Tennessee Tech University
    Class of 1962

    Tennessee Tech University
    Class of 1967

    Special Agencies

    U.S. Department of Education; Texas Workforce Commission; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Texas Education Agency.

    Associations & Memberships

    Professional Associations
    •President (2013-2014), Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, American Inns of Court
    •Director, Treasurer, Vice-President, President, T... More

    Bar Fellowship

    of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. • Named a "Texas Super Lawyer " for 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. "Super Lawyers" is a Thompson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly. • Named a Top Attorney in Alternative Dispute Resolution 2010; Business & ... More

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    John Allen Chalk
     301 Commerce Street, Suite 3500,
    Fort Worth, TX 76102-4186


    Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC (Fort Worth, Texas)

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