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About Mr. Champlin

I believe people ought to know as much as possible about the lawyer they are considering to represent them.  They should ask questions and "qualify" the lawyer, just like the lawyer asks them questions to "qualify" them as clients.  My usual practice is to give folks the following background summary to review before they hire me to be their lawyer.  I want you to have the information you otherwise might not ask for.  So, please look it over and call me to discuss your needs.  


Professional History


Licensed Texas Attorney April 1973, State Bar No. 04086500 (AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and In Good Standing)


Law, Snakard & Gambill, P.C., Fort Worth, Texas February 1973 - February 1991 (Associate Attorney, 1973-77; Shareholder/Partner, 1977-91)


RadioShack (formerly Tandy) Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas February 1991 – August 2001 (Staff Attorney, 1991-93; General Corporate Counsel and Manager of Corporate Law Section, 1993-98; Director, Year 2000 Readiness Project, 1998-2000; Senior Director, Corporate Compliance & Risk Management Department, 2000-01)


Champlin Law Firm, Fort Worth, Texas September 2001 – Present (Solo Practitioner)


Selected Examples of Legal/Business Experience (By Area)


Personal Estates:  Wills and Trusts, Including Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, and Related Planning Documents.  Probate (Including Independent Administration and Muniment of Title).  Heirship Determinations. Guardianship.


General Business Law and Transactions:  Business Entity Formation, Governance and Successor Planning.  OEM Agreements.  Vendor/Reseller, Supply and Service Contract Negotiation and Drafting.  Employment Agreements.  Commercial Real Estate.  Construction Contracts.    Insurance Company, Broker and Agent Transactions.  Texas Land Title Insurance, Incl. Defense.  UCC.  State and Federal Litigation.  Personal Injury Insurance Defense (Automobile Policies).


Complex Business Transactions and Projects:  Divestitures.  Acquisitions.  New Business Ventures and Startups.  Strategic Alliances.  International Distributorship Agreements.  Enterprise-Wide Project Planning, Creation, Implementation.


Regulated Business Affairs:  Internet and Mail Order Sales.  Product Safety.  Advertising, Marketing and Warranty Issues.  Environmental Health and Safety Issues, Including Audits.  Federal and State Trade Regulation.  Dealer and Distributorship Agreements and Issues.  Hart Scott Rodino Merger Analysis and Filings.


Corporate Compliance:  Identification of Director and Officer Responsibilities.  Assessment of Legal and Ethical Risks.  Drafting of Legal and Ethical Business Conduct Policies.  Program Formation.  Program Implementation Including Education, Training and Monitoring.


Risk Management:  Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance.  Loss Prevention, Control, and Response.  Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning.


Professional Education


J.D. with Honors (Law Review, Order of the Coif) 1972, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas


B.A. English 1970, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas



Special Business and Professional Development

Certified Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem under Texas Probate Code, State Bar of Texas 
4 Roles of Leadership (Principle-Centered Leadership), Covey Institute


Retail Store Manager Training Program Certificate, In-House Corporate University


Risk Management, Claims Management, and Fundamentals of Insurance Training, Risk and Insurance Managers Society


Atticus and Texas Bar Association Professional Law Practice Management Programs


Professional and Community Memberships


Texas, Tarrant County, and Tarrant County Probate Bar Associations


Tarrant Bar Foundation and Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow


College of the State Bar of Texas


Leadership Fort Worth


Board of Trustees, Fort Worth Police Officers Awards Foundation (Ret’d May 2008; 20 Years’ Service)


Board of Trustees and Elder, St. Stephen Presbyterian Church


Moslah Shrine Temple, Supporting Shriner’s Hospitals for Children




U.S. Army 1967-1969 (Infantry Staff Sergeant; Decorated Combat Service in Vietnam with 1st Infantry Division; Honorable Discharge)


Thank you.


Marvin Champlin