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“We are deeply grateful for your dedication and hard work…I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and tenacity through this process, even more so as you continued to persevere without fail as you experienced contractions during final arguments.”

John Leshinski, Raymond Corp.

Overview

As a litigator, Chalon brings clear-eyed objectivity to clients’ cases and works hard to get to the right results.

Representing clients across industries before state and federal courts and on appeal, Chalon produces powerfully persuasive briefs based on strong research and writing skills, and presents well-balanced, reasoned arguments to judges and juries. Whether dealing with finance, corporate or employment matters, clients benefit from her strong advocacy and nuanced strategies. Clients turn to Chalon for counsel and strategic defense on issues of:

  • Contract disputes (healthcare transactions, real property, vendors, employment)
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Contract and lease risk mitigation
  • Construction
  • Products liability
  • Life insurance claims and disputes
  • Collection-related matters
  • Foreclosures
  • Fraud
  • Banking
  • Partnership
  • Real property
  • Mortgage and commercial lending
  • Brokerage/securities

Chalon also represents clients in employment-related lawsuits, including claims related to discrimination, noncompete matters and theft of trade secrets.

“We are deeply grateful for your dedication and hard work…I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and tenacity through this process, even more so as you continued to persevere without fail as you experienced contractions during final arguments.”

John Leshinski, Raymond Corp.

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Dallas Business Journal, Women in Business Award, 2021
  • Lawyers of Color, Nation’s Best, 2020
  • Texas Monthly, Top Women Attorneys in Texas, 2020-2021
  • Dallas Business Journal, Minority Business Leader, 2019
  • D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas, 2018-2020; Best Lawyers Under 40, 2018-2019
  • Women Empowered to Lead, 2018 (Inaugural Class)
  • Presidential Citation, Dallas Bar Association, 2018
  • Who’s Who in Black Dallas, 2017, 2019
  • National Diversity Council, Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2019
  • National Diversity Council, Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers in Dallas, 2017
  • The Network Journal, Forty Under 40, 2017
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2019-2021; Rising Star, 2014-2016
  • Lawyers of Color, Hot List, 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Leadership Class, 2012-2013
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Leadership Class, 2012-2013

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
    • The Review of Litigation
    • Texas Journal of Women and the Law, Articles Editor
    • Recipient of the Presidential Scholarship in Law; Texas Leaders Scholarship; and Marion Boner Scholarship
  • B.B.A., University of Houston
    • Finance
    • cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • Committee for a Qualified Judiciary, Panel Chair, 2018, 2020
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Co-Chair, Judicial Internship Committee, Judiciary Committee, 2013-2016
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2018-2020; Judiciary Committee, 2013; Minority Participation Committee, 2013-2015; Bench-Bar Committee, 2013-present
  • Dallas Black Women Attorneys Association, Co-Chair, 2011; Chair, 2012
  • Dallas Women Lawyer Association, Mentor, 2017
  • Federal Bar Association, Dallas Executive Committee 2017-present
  • Federal Court Advisory Committee, Northern District of Texas
  • JL Turner Legal Association, Mentorship Program Mentor, 2012-2016
  • Network Empowering Women Roundtable, Founding Member; Vice President 2021, Secretary 2018-2020, Treasurer, 2015-2018
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Associate, 2012; Barrister, 2014-2017
  • State Bar of Texas, CLE Committee, 2012-2014
  • Texas Bar Association, CLE Committee, 2012-2014
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • The University of Texas School of Law Recruiting Committee
  • William “Mac” Taylor Jr. American Inn of Court, Barrister

Clerkship

The Hon. Jerry Buchmeyer, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Languages

  • Spanish, fluent
Experience
  • Secured $1.45 million jury verdict in accounting malpractice case claiming negligent misrepresentation on financial statements; affirmed on appeal.
  • Avoided $7.5 million claim and class action certification, winning motion for summary judgment in federal court in case alleging tortious interference and violations of the Texas Optometry Act. The result was a take-nothing judgment for plaintiff.
  • Avoided $2.3 million jury verdict on breach of fiduciary duty claim in partnership dispute.
  • Disposed of more than 200 mortgage defense cases via summary judgment, including award of attorney fees, based on wrongful foreclosure, fraud and breach of contract.
  • Avoided $15 million product liability claim in jury trial resulting in a take-nothing judgment for plaintiff.
  • Avoided $15 million product defect claim in jury trial resulting in a take-nothing judgment for plaintiff.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict for international manufacturing client and avoided $14 million claim in product liability matter including failure to warn and defective product design.
  • Achieved victory at Texas Supreme Court for staffing company against temporary workers' claims that they did not electronically execute an arbitration agreement despite comprehensive evidence of the staffing company's onboarding system. The ruling is meaningful for all companies doing business in Texas holding that a claimant's simple denial that they did not electronically execute an agreement is insufficient.
News Releases | October 14, 2019
National Diversity Council to Recognize Chalon Clark and Katharine David as "Top 50 Women Lawyers"

The National Diversity Counsel seeks to recognize women in the legal field who have overcome barriers and made it more possible for others to follow in their footsteps.

News Releases | September 03, 2019
Nine Husch Blackwell Lawyers Named to 2019 Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers

Covering more than 70 practice areas, Super Lawyers is a directory of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

News Releases | February 14, 2019
Chalon Clark Named to 2019 Who's Who in Black Dallas

Husch Blackwell's Chalon Clark was named to the fifth edition of Who’s Who in Black Dallas.

News Releases | January 24, 2019
Chalon Clark Named to D Magazine's BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Under 40 for 2019

Husch Blackwell's Chalon Clark has been named to D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 for the second year in a row.

News Releases | December 31, 2018
Chalon Clark Named 2019 Minority Business Leader in Dallas

Dallas Business Journal has recognized Husch Blackwell partner Chalon Clark as a 2019 Minority Business Leader.

Outside the Office

Chalon and her husband have three baby girls – one she delivered the day after presenting final arguments in a trial. The couple also owns a chain of Jamaican restaurants in Dallas called The Island Spot. Chalon enjoys interior design and works with her husband designing and decorating the restaurants, remodeling residences, and rehabbing homes for sale. With family roots in the Bahamas and Jamaica, they travel throughout the Caribbean and on their bucket list is a plan to visit every Caribbean island. Chalon is also a writer and is completing her first book.

Community Leadership
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mentor, 2009-2012
  • Big Thought, Host Committee, Fair Park Live Presenter, 2012, 2013, 2017
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow, Scholarship Committee, 2017-present
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow; Bar None Show, Cast Member
  • KERA, Board of Directors
  • Delta Sigma Theta public service sorority, 2000-2018

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