Chris Nickelson

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817-735-1480

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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

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Family Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Honors and Awards

  • 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

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 to 2011
  • Trying a Case with Appeal in Mind, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, San Antonio, Texas, 2011 to 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 to 2011
  • The Basics: Procedural Concerns, Author and Presenter, Parent-Child Relationships Seminar, UT CLE, Houston, Texas, 2011 to 2011
  • Appellate CYA, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, Austin, Texas, 2011 to 2011
  • Strategies for Proving Best Interest, Author and Co-Presenter, Parent-Child Relationships Seminar, UT CLE, Houston, Texas, 2011 to 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 to 2010
  • Appellate Practice From Every Angle, Co-Author and Co-Presenter, State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course, 2010 to 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 to 2010
  • Preservation of Error (Including Making and Meeting Objections), Co-Author and Presenter, Trial of Breach of Fiduciary Duty Litigation Cases, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2009 to 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 to 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, 2009 to 2009
  • Family Law Essentials, Moderator, San Angelo, Texas, 2008 to 2008
  • "When Reasonable Minds Cannot Disagree: Summary Judgment Practice in Texas", Moderator, Brown Bag Seminar, Tarrant County Bar Association, 2008 to 2008
  • Course Director of Family Law Essentials Seminar, San Angelo, Texas, 2008 to 2008
  • Brief Writing that Appeals to Your Audience, Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, 2008 to 2008
  • "When Reasonable Minds Cannot Disagree: Summary, Judgment Practice in Texas," Course Director, Brown Bag Seminar for Tarrant County Bar Association, 2008 to 2008
  • Extraordinary Writs: When Ordinary Relief Just Won't Do, Co-Author and Presenter, State Bar of Texas Marriage Dissolution Course, El Paso, 2007 to 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 to 2005

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