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Phone: (817) 878-0575

301 Commerce St. Ste. 3500 City Center Tower II

Fort Worth, TX 76102

John Chalk Sr.


Attorney Arbitrator

Current Employer:

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC


Arbitrator since 1992 on AAA, ICDR, CPR, AHLA, and CIArb panels and member of ICC and Geneva Chamber tribunals; named as a neutral arbitrator more than 500 times since 1992. Extensive experience as chair of arbitrator panels and tribunals and as a sole neutral arbitrator.

Work History:

Partner, Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz, PLLC, Fort Worth, Texas (1986 to present)
President, Dabney Capital, Dallas, Texas (1984-86)
Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel, LaJet, Inc., Abilene, Texas (1978-1984)
Partner, Rhodes, Doscher, Chalk & Heatherly, Abilene, Texas (1973-78)


Denton Regional Medical Center v. LaCroix, 947 S.W.2d 941 (Tex.App. - Fort Worth 1997, pet. denied).

Andrews Transport, Inc. v. CNA Insurance, 166 F.Supp.2d 516 (N.D.Tex.2001); rev’d 37 Fed.Appx. 87 (5th Cir.2002); 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7657 (N.D.Tex.2002).

In re McMillan and Nycz, 66 S.W.3d 477 (Tex.App.-Dallas 2002, no pet.).

Bridges v. Andrews Transport, Inc., 88 S.W.3d 801 (Tex.App.- Beaumont 2002, pet. denied).


Managing a Successful Arbitration, AAA/CCA Seminar, New Orleans (March 14, 2013); Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration, AAA Webinar (February 27, 2013); AAnnual Meeting, College of Commercial Arbitrators, New York, New York (October 25-28, 2012); Handling Dispositive Motions and Evidentiary Objections in Arbitration, DFW Arbitration Group (October 24, 2012); Texas Law of Arbitrator Disclosures and Award Vacatur, DFW Arbitration Group, Dallas, Texas (September 19, 2012); Disclosures, Depositions and Dispositive Motions in Employment Arbitration, AAAU (ED7312011, September 12, 2012); What We Have Here, Is ... Failure to Communicate, AAA ACE Seminar, Dallas, Texas (August 16, 2012); The Final Curtain: Post-Hearing Submissions, Deliberations and Enforcement, 24th Annual ITA Workshop, Dallas, Texas (June 22, 2012); Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration: Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, (12ACE6), Dallas, Texas (April 24, 2012); ABA DR Section Annual Meeting - Arbitration Track, Washington, D.C. (April 19B20, 2012); 2012 AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference (March 9 and 10, 2012) (ACE 103, 201, 305, 405); Arbitration Clause Drafting and Practice in the Wake of AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, State Bar of Texas Webinar (07/14/11); Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, ACE57101, AAA, Dallas, Texas (12/14/10); Jackson v. Rent-A-Center Raises Unconscionability Challenges: Who Decides What, the Court or the Arbitrator, and Why Does It Matter? ABA ADR Section Teleconference (July 20, 2010); Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure, 10ACE3, AAA, Dallas, TX (July 8, 2010); Commencing an International Arbitration: Fundamentals and Strategy, ITA Workshop, Dallas, TX (June 17, 2010); U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, ALI Consultative Group, Philadelphia, PA (January 31, 2010); Arbitration for Advocates and Arbitrators, AHLA ADR Service (01/20/10); Arbitration Roundtable, State Bar of Texas ADR Council (11/07/09; 01/16/10; 02/20/10); Protecting Patient Safety & Quality Care: Embracing the Joint Commission's Leadership Standard on Conflict Management, AAAU Webinar (09/16/09); International Awards: Remedies, Damages and Interest, ICDR-105, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, San Diego, CA (02/27-28/09); Chairing the ICDR International Arbitral Tribunal, ICDR-205, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, San Diego, CA (02/27-28/09); Managing the ICDR Guidelines on Information Exchange, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, San Diego, CA (02/27-28/09); Electronic Discovery in Abitration, AAA-401, AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, San Diego, CA (02/27-28/09); Arbitrating the Mega-Case, ABA ADR Section, Los Angeles (02/08/08); Arbitrator Training, Conflict Solutions of Texas, San Antonio (09/22/07 and 10/13/07); Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, Juris Conferences, Washington, D.C. (04/30/07); Arbitration Roundtable, Fort Worth, TX (April 14, 2007); Arbitration Training Institute - Comprehensive Training in Commercial Arbitration, ABA ADR Section, New York (02/22-24/ 07); Comprehensive Guide to Arbitration Success, Texas Institute of CLE, Austin (11/20-12/01/06); AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel, Dallas, 11/2/05; AAA Neutrals Conference (ACE3; ACE4), Palm Springs, 03/04-05/05; AAA Neutrals Conference (ACE1; ACE3), San Antonio, 3/04; AHLA ADR Service, The Essentials of Arbitrating a Healthcare Dispute, Washington, D.C. 10/03; ABA-ADR Arbitration Clauses, Arbitration and Mediation Track Courses, New York, 2004, San Antonio, 2003; Arbitration Advocacy, AAA-Dallas, 2002; ITA, Technology Transfer Disputes in Arbitration, Dallas, 2002; AHLA Advanced Mediation Techniques, Scottsdale, 2002; AAA Arbitrator Update, 2001; AAA Drafting Effective Clauses, Dallas, 2001; The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Commercial Arbitration Assessment/Workshop, New Orleans, 11/01; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, Dallas, 1/01; AAA Mediator Conference, Chicago, 9/00; AAA Mediator Retreat, Denver, 3/00; The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Commercial Arbitration, Houston, 4/00; AAA Effective Employment Conflict Management Seminar, Dallas, 2/00; NAF Arbitrator Training Course, St. Paul, 11/99; Commercial Arbitrator Training, Orlando, 10/98; AAA Panels Retreat, Kerrville, 10/97; Award Drafting, AAA-Dallas, 8/97; Commercial Mediation, Int'l Ctrs for Arbitration, Santa Monica,CA, 1994; Commercial Arbitration, Int'l Ctrs for Arbitration, Bermuda, 1993; Dispute Resolution Services Mediator Training, 10/92; AAA Basic Arbitrator Training, Dallas, 6/92.


Texas since 1973; District of Columbia since 1978; U.S. Supreme Court since 1978; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals since 2001; Northern, Southern, and Western Federal District Courts of Texas.


Blackstone Award (2013), Tarrant County Bar Association.
Super Lawyer (Texas Monthly)
Power Attorney (Fort Worth Business Press)
Top Attorneys (Fort Worth Magazine)
Go-To ADR Lawyer (Texas Monthly)


American Arbitration Association
International Centre of Dispute Resolution
CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
American Health Lawyers Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


State Bar of Texas (Former Chair of ADR Section Council)
Tarrant County (Texas ) Bar Association (Former President)
American Bar Association
Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


Freed-Hardeman College, A.A. (1954)
Tennessee Tech U., B.S. (1963) and M.A. (1967).
U. of Texas School of Law, J.D. (1973)


Editor, The Arbitration Newsletter.
Numerous articles and seminar presentations on arbitration topics.


Adjunct Professor (Arbitration Advocacy and Practice), Pepperdine U. School of Law (2011 and 2013)

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