Chris Nickelson

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  • Law Office Of Gary L. Nickelson, 2008

Location:

Fort Worth, Texas

Phone:

Fax:

817-735-1480

Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice Group
  • Litigation
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 1999
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    • B.A. - 1996

Published Works

  • Impacts at Trial: Saving Your Trial from Mistakes, Author, Annual Family Law on the Front Lines, UT CLE, San Antonio, Texas, July, 2010
  • Finalizing the Deal: Rule 11 Agreements, Mediated Settlement Agreements, and Why Its So Important to Get Orders Timely Signed, Author, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, San Antonio, Texas, 2010
  • Professionalism, Co-Author, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August, 2008
  • Maintaining the Chain of Electronic Evidence and Spoliation of Electronic Evidence, Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, August, 2008
  • Appellate Advocacy: From the Judge's Perspective, Co-Author, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, Austin, 2005
  • Preservation of Error for Discovery Issues, Co-Author, Brown Bag Seminar for Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section, 2005
  • Appellate Advocate - Substantive Court of Appeals Update, Co-Author, The Appellate Advocate, 2001-2005
  • Relief is Just an Appeal Away: Drafting With Appeal, Author, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2003
  • Puttin' on the Writs: Mandamus, Prohibition and Habeas Corpus, Author, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2002

Representative Cases

  • In re C.F.M., --- S.W.3d ----, 2012 WL 252127, 2012, Tex.App.-Dallas
  • In re McCray, 324 S.W.3d 685, 2010, Tex.App.-Dallas, orig. proceeding
  • Johnson v. State Farm Lloyds, 290 S.W.3d 886, 2009, Tex.
  • Johnson v. State Farm Lloyds, 204 S.W.3d 897, aff'd, 290 S.W.3d 886 (Tex. 2009), 2006, Tex.App.-Dallas
  • In re Vesta Ins. Group, Inc., 192 S.W.3d 759, 2006, Tex.
  • Etheredge v. Hidden Valley Airpark Ass'n, 169 S.W.3d 378, 2005, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, pet. denied
  • Old American Cty. Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Michael D. Renfrow, et al, 130 S.W.3d 70, 2004, Tex.
  • Citizens Nat'l Bank v. Allen Rae Investments, Inc., 142 S.W.3d 459, 2004, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • Loaiza v. Loaiza, 130 S.W.3d 894, 2004, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • Boyd v. Boyd, 131 S.W.3d 605, 2004, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • U.S. Restaurant Properties Operating L.P. v. Motel Enterp. Inc., 104 S.W.3d 284, 2003, Tex.App.-Beaumont, pet. denied
  • Old American Cty. Mut. Fire lns. Co. v. Michael D. Renfrow, et al, 90 S.W.3d 810, rev'd by,130 S.W.3d 70 (Tex.2004), 2002, Tex.App.-Fort Worth
  • In re McCray, 2011 WL 6152191, 2011, Tex.App.-Dallas, orig. proceeding
  • In re Pemmaraju, 2011 WL 1601234, 2011, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, orig. proceeding
  • Game Systems, Inc. v. Forbes Hutton Leasing, Inc., 2011 WL 2119672, 2011, Tex. App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • Betti v. Betti, 2010 WL 3788056, 2010, Tex.App.-Dallas, no pet.
  • Holloway v. Land, 2010 WL 2555238, 2010, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • Barnard v. Western Strategic Advisors, LLC, 2008 WL 281549, 2008, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, no pet.
  • In re Desa Heating, L.L.C., 2006 WL 1713489, 2006, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, orig. proceeding
  • In re Richardson, 2006 WL 1494638, 2006, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, orig. proceeding
  • A-1 Systems, Inc. v. Seay, 2002 WL 32341843 at *3, 2002, Tex. App.-Eastland, pet. denied

Classes/Seminars

  • Post-Trial Drafting Issues, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Drafting Course, Dallas, Texas, 2011
  • Trying a Case with Appeal in Mind, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, 2011
  • Running a Law Office for Fun And Profit, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Soaking Up Some CLE Seminar, South Padre, Texas, 2011
  • The Basics: Procedural Concerns, Author and Presenter, Parent-Child Relationships Seminar, UT CLE, Houston, Texas, 2011
  • Appellate CYA, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, Austin, Texas, 2011
  • Strategies for Proving Best Interest, Author and Co-Presenter, Parent-Child Relationships Seminar, UT CLE, Houston, Texas, 2011
  • Using Summary Judgment Procedure in Family Law Cases, Co-Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, Houston, Texas, 2010
  • Appellate Practice From Every Angle, Co-Author and Co-Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2010
  • Proving Separate Property: An Argument for More Use of Summary Judgment Practice in Family Law Cases, Co-Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2010
  • Preservation of Error (Including Making and Meeting Objections), Co-Author and Presenter, Trial of Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation Cases, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2009
  • Equitable Remedies: Getting Out of Traps, Messes, and Other Problems to which You or Your Client May Have Unintentionally Agreed, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2009
  • Course Director for the 2009 Boot Camp prior to the State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course
  • Appealing Your Family Law Case, Author and Presenter, 23rd Annual Family Law Conference, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Family Law Essentials, Moderator, San Angelo, Texas, 2008
  • "When Reasonable Minds Cannot Disagree: Summary Judgment Practice in Texas", Moderator, Brown Bag Seminar, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2008
  • Course Director of Family Law Essentials Seminar, San Angelo, Texas, 2008
  • Brief Writing that Appeals to Your Audience, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, 2008
  • "When Reasonable Minds Cannot Disagree: Summary, Judgment Practice in Texas," Course Director, Brown Bag Seminar for Tarrant County Bar Association, 2008
  • Extraordinary Writs: When Ordinary Relief Just Won't Do, Co-Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, El Paso, 2007
  • Like Skeet and Sporting Clay: Direct and Collateral Attacks on Judgments, Co-Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law
  • Rising Star, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Family Law Council, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, Member, 2010 to Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Appellate Section, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Board of Directors, Director, 2008 to 2009
  • Tarrant County Bar Association Appellate Section, Chair, 2008 to 2009
  • Tarrant County Appellate Section, Vice-President, 2007 to 2008
  • Tarrant County Appellate Section, Secretary, 2006 to 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P., Partner, 2005 to 2007
  • Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, L.L.P., Associate, 2001 to 2004
  • Eighth District Court of Appeals in El Paso, Texas (Justice David Chew), Staff Attorney, 2000 to 2000
  • Eighth District Court of Appeals in El Paso, Texas (Justice Ann McClure), Law Clerk, 1999 to 2000