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Experience

George Chapman focuses his practice on general and commercial litigation, complex litigation, probate litigation, eminent domain litigation, and arbitration.

Representative Matters

  • Represented City of Arlington in real property acquisition for Dallas Cowboys Stadium
  • Represented Highland Park Independent School District in condemning numerous tracts for the McCullough Middle School; in a jury trial following appeal of the Commissioner’s Award, the jury found for the school district, and the court ordered the property owner to return money to the school district
  • Represented property owners in the settlement of several suits brought by entities with eminent domain power
  • Represented a manufacturer in trade secret litigation where multimillion dollar claims were made for misappropriation of confidential and proprietary information; the matter was settled for a modest amount
  • Represented three cardiologists in defending claims of conspiracy, antitrust, and interference with a contractual relationship; summary judgment was subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Represented trustees of a charity and major hospitals and their executives in a multimillion-dollar suit alleging conspiracy, interference with contractual relationships, and antitrust claims; summary judgment was affirmed by the Texas Supreme Court’s denial of a Petition for Review
  • Obtained summary judgment for a major manufacturer in a class action suit in which plaintiff was seeking certification of a class of owners of home gas heaters throughout the United States and Canada
  • Obtained summary judgment in consolidated suits for declaratory judgment involving alleged breach of a real estate contract
  • Court of Appeals reversed a trial court judgment granting injunctive relief against a professional association
  • Represented a law school foundation in a trial seeking a declaratory judgment in the probate court; after taking the matter under advisement and requesting briefs, the court found in favor of the law school foundation
  • Defended two companies in a suit in federal court in Sherman, Texas, brought by a former officer; the case was ultimately settled through a recovery on our counterclaim and cross-claim
  • Defended a medical school in a suit brought by trustees of a trust seeking a declaratory judgment in the probate court; this was a sizable estate which was settled on very favorable terms
  • Obtained summary judgment for a charity that was a beneficiary of a trust in a suit for declaratory judgment
  • Obtained a favorable ruling for four trade associations in a suit in the federal court in Dallas
  • Represented an attorney to recover legal fees and defend legal malpractice claims in a lengthy arbitration proceeding; a very favorable award was obtained, which has now been affirmed by a federal court judgment

Honors & Affiliations

Distinctions/Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation); 1983-2019
    • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation, General Litigation, Personal Injury Defense: General); 2003-2011
    • Lifetime Achievement Award, The University of Texas School of Law, 2009
    • Morris Harrell Professionalism Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2008
    • Heath Award, Dallas County Medical Society, 2007
    • Who’s Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited (Commercial Litigation); 2007
  • “ICFM Leading Lawyers 500,” InterContinental Finance magazine; 2013

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; State Bar Board of Directors, 1988-1991; Nominee for President Elect of State Bar of Texas, 1994; Executive Committee, 1988-1991; Chairman of Appeals Committee, 1989-1990; Nominating and Fact Finding Committee, 1988-1990; Administrative Advisory Committee, 1989-1990; Federal Judiciary Appointments Committee, Chairman, 1986-1991; Former Member of Administration of Justice Committee; Former Member of Selections, Compensation and Tenure of State Judges Committee; Former Member of Task Force for Non-Partisan Selection of State Judiciary; Former Chairman, Statewide Junior Bar Moot Court Competition; State Bar Convention Committee for 1985 and 1989; Chairman of Committee for Distinguished Guests, 1985 State Bar of Texas Convention
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; President, 1987; Board of Directors, 1981-1987; Board Chairman, 1983; Vice President of Administration, 1984; Vice President of Activities, 1985; Chairman, Finance Committee, 1982-1985; Judiciary Committee; Public Relations Committee; Chairman “Ask Your Lawyer Program” on KRLD; Entertainment Committee; Chairman, Reorganizing Federal Court Appointment List for Indigent Defendants; Bar Convention Committee; SMU Law School Counseling Committee; Centennial Committee; Chairman, Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, 2006
  • Member, American Bar Association; Litigation Section, Antitrust Section, Tort, and Insurance Practice Section
  • Past Membership Chairman, North Texas U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; State Committee, 1993-1997; Chairman, Professionalism Committee, 1999-2001; Chairman, Samuel E. Gates Award Committee, 2009-2010
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Trustee, 1999-2001
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Trustee, Dallas Bar Foundation, Secretary-Treasurer, 1991-1992; Chairman, 1993-1994
  • Member, Texas Law Review Association; President, 1985
  • Trustee, The Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwestern Legal Foundation), Development Committee, 1995-2006; Planning Committee, 2009-2010
  • Honorary Trustee, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, 2009-present; Trustee, 1998-2008
  • Trustee, Redman Foundation, 1998-2008
  • Trustee, University of Texas Law School Foundation, Chairman Public Relations Committee, 1995-1996; Donor Recognition Committee, 1994-1997; Chairman, Insurance Committee, 2002-2005
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Dallas Association of Defense Counsel (previously Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary)
  • Reviewing Attorney for Shepherd’s Texas Law Locater
  • Chairman, Committee for Qualified Judiciary, 1997-2008
  • Master, The Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court
  • Former President, First Vice-President and Treasurer of University of Texas Exes of Dallas
  • Member, University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association; former Regional Vice President; member of Executive Committee; Chairman, Volunteer Leadership Committee; member, Awards Committee; and Chairman, Regional Vice Presidents’ Task Force
  • Member, University of Texas School of Law Executive Board
  • Member, University of Texas School of Law Alumni Association; Member of Placement Committee; Regional Chairman, Foundation Centennial Drive
  • Member, University of Texas Dads’ Association; Member of Executive Committee 1980; Vice President 1981-1982, 1983-1984; and President 1985
  • Member, Chancellor’s Council, The University of Texas System, Executive Committee, 1995-2008
  • Member, Study Commission on Role of Fraternal Organizations at The University of Texas
  • Volunteer for United Way Fund campaigns, working in the Attorney Section
  • Coach for Youth Football and Basketball, YMCA
  • Co-Chairman for Establishing Foundation Scholarship at The University of Texas School of Law for Class Member of 1962
  • Member, Central Area Council of Young Life
  • Co-Chairman of Hockaday Parents Fund Drive
  • Member, Development Committee and Special Division, St. Mark’s Parents Fund Drive
  • Life Member, Salesmanship Club of Dallas, former Chairman, Legal Committee; Nominating Committee, 1995
  • Member, Park Cities Presbyterian Church; Elder 1996-2008, Clerk of Session 1998-2000, President, Men of the Church, 1993-1994
  • Recipient of Baird Community Spirit Board, 1994-1995

Education & Admissions

Education

  • LL.B., 1962, with honors, The University of Texas School of Law; Editor-in-Chief, Texas Law Review; Herbert L. Smith Administrative Law Award recipient; Texas Association of Plaintiffs’ Counsel Award; Ford Foundation Scholarship recipient; Clerk Phi Delta Phi honorary legal fraternity; permanent Class Agent of 1962 Class; Friars
  • B.B.A., 1959, The University of Texas at Austin; President, Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity; Texas Cowboys

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.