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Dallas Bar Association

Brad Weber to be Inaugurated

as DBA's 106th President

Carlyle H. Chapman to Receive

2015 MLK Justice Award

    Bradley C. Weber will be inau-
gurated as the 106th President of
the Dallas Bar Association on Janu-
ary 17, 2015. For Brad, Co-Leader
of Locke Lord LLP's Antitrust Prac-
tice Group, the position will be the
culmination of years of dedicated
service to the Dallas Bar Associa-
tion and legal community.
    But to others, it seemed pre-
ordained. With Brad, it was never
a question of 'if' he'd be Dallas Bar
President, but 'when,' Frank Ste-
venson, II, also of Locke Lord and
a former DBA President himself,
noted. He has been the 'go-to'
person to whom DBA presidents
have instinctively turned to handle
challenging projects or crucial ini-
tiatives. He has performed every
task the Dallas Bar assigned, and
performed each splendidly. We'll
be proud to have Brad as our presi-
dent. Immediate past DBA Presi-
dent Scott McElhaney, a litiga-
tor at Jackson Walker LLP, agrees,
Brad has a broad depth of experi-
ence, and I am confident he will
make a great president.
    After growing up in Iowa and
studying   engineering  science  at
Iowa State University, Brad decided
to pursue his Juris Doctorate and
enrolled at the University of Michi-
gan Law School. Upon graduation,
he joined Rain Harrell Emery Young
& Doke, which quickly became,
through merger, Locke Purnell Rain
Harrell. He credits former Locke
Lord attorney and Dallas Court of
Appeals Justice Jim Moseley and
Lock Lord attorney C. Paul Rogers,
III, former dean and current profes-
sor of law at SMU's Dedman School
of Law, with roping him into anti-
trust cases, which has since blos-
somed into a full-service antitrust
    Brad is a superb attorney, and
has the respect of his colleagues
here at Locke Lord, as well as of
attorneys in the antitrust legal com-
munity and the clients he serves,
said Mr. Stevenson. Locke Lord
Executive Committee member and
litigator Thomas G. Yoxall added,
Brad's a brilliant guy and tremen-
dous antitrust lawyer with an inter-
esting and unique antitrust prac-
tice that includes litigation and
counseling aspects. While Brad
focuses his antitrust practice on
litigation, government investiga-
tions and antitrust compliance, he
too provides transactional counsel-

Bradley C. Weber
ing about the antitrust implications
of proposed acquisitions and other
business activities.
   Working with Brad is an abso-
lute pleasure, effuses one of Brad's
clients, Dan Yanagihara, General
Counsel at Pacific Coast Compa-
nies, Inc., who communicates with
Brad almost daily in connection
with a case pending in Philadel-
phia. Brad's vast expertise in anti-
trust matters and his ability to draw
on prior experiences provides my
company with comfort that we are
in excellent hands. My only com-
plaint is Brad dodges all my golf
invitations using some Dallas Bar
event as his last excuse!
   In addition to praising Locke
Lord's platform for his antitrust
practice, Brad also credits Locke's
bar-service culture as being inte-
gral to his involvement. He quickly
ticked off seven former DBA presi-
dents with whom he has practiced
during his tenure at Locke Lord
and credits them with encouraging
his involvement in various bar and
young lawyer associations. Mr. Ste-
venson praised Brad's commitment
to get involved early, He has been
deeply engaged in bar service from
the very start of his legal career. All
of us at Locke Lord are proud to
have Brad continue this firm's tradi-
tion of providing Dallas Bar presi-
   Brad apparently took the mes-
sage to heart. He served as President
of the Dallas Association of Young
Lawyers in 1998, was Co-Chair of
the American Bar Association, Sec-
tion of Litigation's Antitrust Litiga-
tion Committee from 2008 to 2011,
and serves on the Council of the

   The Dallas Bar Association will present the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Justice Award to Carlyle
H. Chapman, Jr. on January 19, 2015. The award is
presented annually to local leaders whose lives and
practice exemplify the principles embod-
ied by Dr. King's leadership. Carlyle's rec-
ognition comes after over 40 years (and
counting) of his leadership in the Dallas
Bar Association and the greater com-
munity, where he has practiced with the
utmost commitment to the letter and
spirit of the law and his clients' rights.
   Carlyle knew the value of a solid
education as his parents, Carlyle H.
Chapman, Sr. and Gloria Dix Chap-
man, were respected educators in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. His mother held a     Carlyle H.
Masters in both Education and English and was the
first African-American principal in a major High
School; his father was a professor of agricultural sci-
ence at Southern University and ultimately served
as registrar.
   Carlyle initially enrolled as a freshman at South-
ern University in Baton Rouge, where he was elected
President of his Class. After making a crowd-moving
speech to the student body regarding the concept
of separate but unequal, he transferred to Indiana
University, which had existed as an integrated uni-
versity for a number of years, rather than Louisiana
State University, which was experiencing its initial
year of integrated education. It was in Indiana that he
met his wife and life partner, Gloria Ogelsby Chap-
   Carlyle is a 1973 graduate of The University of
Michigan Law School, and immediately thereafter
began practicing law in Dallas. He became board
certified in personal injury trial law by 1980, but his
trial experience includes a number of areas, including
labor and employment, business commercial litiga-
tion, civil rights and workers' compensation.
   He initially worked with Mullinax Wells Mauzy
& Baab, P.C., where he later became a named part-
ner. In 1980, along with Foster Reese, he became a
founding partner of the first minority-owned law
firm in Dallas, Chapman & Reese, P.C. The Honor-
able Fred Tinsley, Judge of the 195th District Court
was also a founding partner in this firm (at that time
Chapman, Tinsley & Reese) until his ascension to
the bench. Foster Reese said Carlyle was an out-
standing partner for 15 years, an ultimate professional
and, above all, a great trial lawyer. Chapman &
Reese was among the first 10 law firms to participate
in the Minority Counsel Demonstration Program
established by the American Bar Association. The
firm was chosen because of its ability to handle com-
plex civil matters at a high and sophisticated level.
   In 1995, Locke Purnell Rain Harrell LLP (now
Locke Lord LLP) approached Carlyle about joining
the firm as a Senior Shareholder. Carlyle had many
connections with the firm both personal and profes-
sional. He accepted based on his knowledge of not
only the quality of their work, but also the ethics and
civility practiced by the firm. He practiced there until
his recent retirement. Carlyle led teams of lawyers
servicing clients in both complex commercial litiga-


tion and labor and employment matters.
    At Locke Lord, Carlyle was committed to the
achievement of young lawyers, particularly young
African-American lawyers. As a young lawyer who
benefited from Carlyle's presence, mentoring, and
example, I saw firsthand the impact he made. Since
           2006, Locke Lord has promoted five
           African-American lawyers (in the Dal-
           las office alone) to partner, four of whom
           started as summer law clerks. The firm has
           recruited, retained and promoted count-
           less others who have all become success-
           ful members of the legal community.
              African-American    lawyers   from
           Locke Lord have fond memories of the
           Get-to-Gathers that Carlyle, and his
           wife, Gloria, hosted in their home for
           the purpose of building community and
hapman, Jr. navigating life in the Big Firm. Carlyle
made a point to gain firsthand knowledge of work
product and provide meaningful comments and criti-
cism when needed in evaluative processes. He did
not hesitate to ensure and instill the level of excel-
lence and professionalism commensurate with his
leadership by example.
    When asked about his reaction to receiving the
MLK Award, Carlyle shared his surprise and honor.
While a surprise to him, it is no surprise to the com-
munity. A trailblazer of advocacy, he has been a
member of The American Board of Trial Advocates
since 1999, where he has served as the first African-
American President of both the Dallas Chapter and
Texas Region; the first African-American Vice Presi-
dent of the National ABOTA Foundation; and will
serve as the first African-American President of the
ABOTA Foundation in 2016.
    Carlyle has also been a trailblazer in the com-
munity. His board service spans the arts, education,
church and media. He served on the Police Advi-
sory Board, created in the early 1980s, after a His-
panic child was shot by police. The citizens of Dal-
las insisted on a police review board to review the
actions of the Dallas Police Department and make
recommendations. Once again Carlyle proved to be
a great resource to the community.
    Carlyle's pride and legacy continues through the
success of his children his son, Carlyle H. Chap-
man III, a graduate of The St. Mark's School of Texas
and The University of Michigan, and his daughter,
Erin D. Chapman, Ph. D., who is a graduate of The
Hockaday School, Stanford University and Yale
University, where she obtained her doctorate. Dr.
Chapman, a published author working on her second
book, is now a tenured professor at George Washing-
ton University, teaching African-American History
and Women's Studies.
    People respect Carlyle because he is smart, hard-
working, and above all professional, said DBA Presi-
dent Brad Weber. He is the type of person who leads
by example.
    Carlyle's exemplary leadership is demonstrated by
the individuals that he has mentored, including law-
yers of all genders and races, and the impact he has
made on the bar and greater community.       H N

A. Shonn Brown is a partner at Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank and can be
reached at sbrown@ghihlaw.xom.

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