Charles B. Milliken

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Sound Advice, Satisfied Clients

Business & Corporate
  • Represent numerous manufacturing and distribution companies as general outside counsel for all legal matters. Assist entity clients with formation documents, corporate governance, buy/sell agreement, employment and employee benefit issues and contract review.

Succession Planning
  • Counsels with owners of family and closely held companies to assist with business and family succession planning and estate planning. Assist business clients with revocable trusts, wills, generational planning and wealth transfers.

Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Represents sellers and buyers of privately held companies. Recently assisted in the sale of a professional employee leasing company for a publicly traded company.


In addition to being an experienced business lawyer, Chuck was the managing partner of the Decker Jones firm for over 20 years. Chuck understands what it is like to run a business and is uniquely suited to advise business clients from the perspective of both attorney and business owner/operator. Chuck often acts as general counsel to his business clients, advising on a wide range of issues and coordinating with other Decker Jones attorneys when specific expertise is required. Chuck works tirelessly to insure his clients get the timely, thoughtful legal advice needed to address both the day to day as well as the unexpected issues which arise in running a business in today’s complicated legal and regulatory environment.

For 40 years, Chuck has maintained an active practice of assisting clients with their estate planning needs.  Chuck has experience in all matters of wills and trusts for clients with small, medium or large estates.  Providing clients with advice on federal estate and generation skipping tax compliance is a significant portion of Chuck’s practice.

Outside of the office, Chuck serves on numerous charitable and civic boards and committees, donating countless hours to causes such as the United Way and the North Texas Community Foundation. Chuck learned from his mentor Robert Decker that giving back to the community was not just an obligation, but a privilege as well.

  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Top Attorneys” by 360 West Magazine (2023)
    • “Super lawyers – Mergers and Acquisitions” by Thomson Reuters, (2005 – 2023)
    • “Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2023)
    • “Power Attorney” by The Fort Worth Business Press, (2008)
    • “Professional Advisor of the Year” Recipient awarded by North Texas Community Foundation, (2015)
  • Community Involvement
    • North Texas Community Foundation: Board of Directors (2018 – 2024) Treasurer (2023)
    • Trinity Habitat for Humanities:  Board of Directors (2020 – Present); Board President (2023)
    • Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.: Board of Directors (2008 – 2024)
    • United Way of Tarrant County: Board of Directors, (1998 – 2004 and  2008 – 2014); Finance Committee, (1997 – 2022)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth: Finance Committee, (2011 – 2022)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth Endowment, Inc.: Board of Directors, (2012 – 2016); Chairman, (2012 – 2016)
    • Child Study Center, Fort Worth, Texas: Board of Directors, (1997 – 2005), Chairman, (2002 – 2003)
    • Child Study Center Foundation; Board of Directors (2006 – 2011); Endowment Campaign Co-Chair, (2005 – 2006)
    • James L. West Alzheimer Center: Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
  • Education
    • University of Texas at Austin, (B.B.A. Accounting, 1980)
    • Baylor University School of Law, (J.D., 1983)
  • Licenses
    • Admitted to Supreme Court of Texas, (1983)
    • Certified Public Accountant, Texas, (1985)
  • Memberships
    • The Fort Worth Club, Member
    • Ridglea Country Club, Fort Worth, Member
    • Fort Worth Chapter Legatus, Member (2006-Present-President 2009-2010)
Gary Moates & Chuck Milliken Chuck awarding Gary Moates 20 years of service crystal vase.