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Appellate and Complex Litigation Attorney, In-House Counsel

Dallas, Texas, United States
December 02, 2017

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214-***-**** 3460 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205 Experienced attorney with exceptional research, writing and persuasive skills. Enthusiastic, positive team player able to work well with a variety of personalities. Self-motivated, fast and productive worker, able to read, process and analyze large amounts of information and draft clear and concise legal documents about complex issues. Excellent negotiation, communication, advocacy, collaboration and leadership skills. EDUCATION

Southern Methodist

University Dedman School

of Law

May 1986

Juris Doctor

• Hatton W. Sumners Scholar

• Assistant Managing Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce Texas Christian University

May 1983

B.A. in Political Science and English, Summa Cum Laude

• Phi Beta Kappa

• Mortar Board

• Phi Beta Kappa Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Liberal Arts

• TCU Outstanding Student Leadership Award


Court of Appeals, Second

District of Texas at

Fort Worth

November 2017 - Present


Assisted Justice Sue Walker in the research and writing of appellate opinions. 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Formerly

The Southland Corporation),


Practice Group

1990 – 1998


Worked with Franchise and International Department in a variety of legal matters related to franchise and licensing agreements for 7-Eleven stores. Assisted Market Managers nationwide with managing and settling franchisee disputes and enforcing contractual provisions. Supervised franchise litigation and negotiated and drafted settlement agreements. Worked extensively with Franchise Department to write Food Safety Manual for franchised stores. Assisted with preparation and drafting of Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars. Drafted and negotiated License Agreements. Strasburger & Price,

Product Liability, Insurance,

and Appellate Sections

1987 – 1989


Researched and drafted complex motions and briefs for multi-million dollar lawsuits. Court of Appeals, Fifth

District of Texas at Dallas

1986 – 1987


Assisted the Honorable Justice Joseph A. Devany, including researching law, reviewing and summarizing briefing, and drafting opinions. EXPERIENCE – NON-PROFIT PRACTICE

Law Office of

Michelle Chadwick


Attorney and Registered Agent June 2016 – Present

Formed and advised Texas non-profit corporation for the restoration and ongoing operation of the historic Savoy Methodist Church in Savoy, Texas, including preparation and filing of corporate documents, preparation and negotiation of new lease for church congregation, preparation and filing of complex 1023 application for tax-exempt status, and ongoing counsel regarding all legal matters. Received approval as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in less than six months. Law Office of

Michelle Chadwick (Con’t.)


Texas Attorney 2013 – 2016

Advised Arizona limited liability corporation on doing business in Texas, including filing Texas sales tax and franchise tax, developing fundraisers, preparing facilities rental agreement, and strategic planning, including decision to form Texas non-profit corporation to preserve historic church.


Various News Outlets Freelance Writer 2005 – Present Frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News and Miami Herald. Created and published opinion pieces with a unique viewpoint, transcending traditional party lines and emphasizing respect, reconciliation and justice; several of which have been picked up and distributed nationally by the Tribune wire service. SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS

Chadwick, “Gag Orders: Controlling Publicity in Sensational Criminal Trials by Restraining the Speech of Trial Participants,” 17 VOICE for the Defense 5 (April-Sept. 1988)

Daniel, “From Blood Feud to Jury System: the Metamorphosis of Cherokee Indian Law from 1750-1840,” 11 AMERICAN INDIAN QUARTERLY 97 (Spring 1987)

Comment, “Air Transportation of Animals: Passengers or Property?” 51 J. AIR L & COM. 497 (1986) PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section

Global Collaborative Law Council

Dallas Bar Association, Sections: ADR, Collaborative Law, Appellate Christian Legal Society, St. Thomas More Society, Dallas Chapters COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Co-Chair, Savoy Sanctuary LLC Advisory Board 2013 - 2016 Co-chair of volunteer advisory board supporting the restoration and revival of an historic Methodist church property in Savoy, Texas.

Father Barras Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, St. Rita Catholic School 2008 The Father Barras Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to the St. Rita Catholic School community, exemplifying effective communication between faculty, administration and parents, exceptional volunteer support, and enrichment of programs for parents and students.

Various Volunteer & Leadership Positions 1998-2015 Held various positions at St. Rita Catholic Community, St. Rita Catholic School, Ursuline Academy, Cistercian Preparatory School and Boy Scout Troop No. 838, St. Rita Catholic Community

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