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Best thing about being a lawyer: It’s always a good feeling to help fix someone’s problem.
If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be? Any major league baseball player. I’d love to play just one game.
The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: Work hard and lucky just comes. – my dad
Born/Age: July 28, 1964 (age 50)
Family: Single Dad of 17 y/o girl and 11 y/o boy
Areas of practice: Construction Law, Real Estate/Real Property; Estate Planning/Probate
Education: B.S. in Management Studies, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY – 1987; J.D., South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX – 2002
Bet you didn’t know: I’ve played in a semi-professional bluegrass band
Another little known fact: I shoot competitive Cowboy Action Shooting with my 2 kids
Likes: Love Baseball
Bad habit: I watch too much baseball
Doesn’t: “do” sushi
Is not good at: Remembering names (I do pretty well on faces)
Culinary talent: My best meals come off the grill – steaks or lemon pepper pork chops
What kind of car do you drive? An old diesel truck with 296k and counting
Community Involvement: Coach baseball
Heroes: When I was a boy, my hero was Johnny Bench.
Most important career lesson: When to keep my mouth shut (and I’m still learning it).
Latest pursuit: Happiness?
Current Project: Lots of construction contracts
Favorite quote: “It’s all mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” — my former drill sergeant
Pet peeve: Simple grammar mistakes/misspellings
When they do the film about you, what actor should portray you? Probably someone very boring…
Secret for staying young: “Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money.” — Tom T. Hall
Favorite plays: Haven’t seen many, but I enjoyed an off-Broadway presentation of “Romeo & Juliet” some years ago.
Favorite TV program: Any baseball game (but I am a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan)
Favorite artist: Tony Rice
Favorite composers: Composers?
Favorite album: Back In Black – AC/DC
Favorite music: I like classic rock and bluegrass, but I enjoy just about everything short of Rap
Favorite place to find albums: If I’m looking for vinyl, GoJohnny.com
Favorite movie: “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”
The last movie I saw was: Fury
Favorite magazine: Texas Bar Journal ;)
Favorite sport: Baseball
Favorite food: Steak or seafood
Favorite restaurant: Pat’s of Henderson – Lake Charles, LA
Where to be found on a Saturday night: On the sofa or in front of the computer
Talents (besides law): I play guitar
Hobbies: Competitive Shooting, Golf
Generally likes to read: War Accounts/Non-Fiction; Spy Novels, Techno-Thrillers, Murder/Mystery Novels
Memorable vacation: Vacation? What’s that?
My favorite weekend retreats are: Lake, beach
If I had more time, I would: Take my kids to Europe
Biggest misconception about me: Everyone in my small town thinks just because I’m a lawyer, I have every rule, ordinance, regulation and statute committed to memory.
What most people don’t know about me: I didn’t get a license to practice until age 38.
The part of my job I do best is: Work with people.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing attorneys today? Stress and burn out.
Who is your favorite on-screen or literary attorney, and why? I don’t watch legal shows or movies.
If you weren’t an attorney, what profession do you think you would be in? I’d love to teach college level history.
What’s the turning point that made you decide to become an attorney? Leaving the Army.
When you are not practicing law, what do you like to do? Compete in Cowboy Action Shooting with my kids.
Who are the people you admire most, and why? I admire soldiers (or service people in general) because I understand the demands of volunteering to defend our nation.
What has changed the most technologically or practice wise since you have been licensed? Connectivity.
How do you think the practice will change in the next 15 years? Less paper, more electronic files.
Any words of wisdom or advice for the new president of the State Bar of Texas? I wouldn’t presume to have any clue how to do that job.
Chuck works at The Kibler Law Firm in Silsbee.
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