Charles B. Milliken

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


In addition to being an experienced business lawyer, Chuck served as the managing partner of the Decker Jones firm for over 20 years. Chuck understands what is it like to run a business and is uniquely suited to advise business clients from the perspective of both attorney and business owner/operator. He 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 over 20 years, Chuck has also maintained an active practice of assisting clients in buying, selling and recapitalizing businesses. Chuck is one of the area’s pre-eminent M & A attorneys, having been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters in the Mergers and Acquisitions category for 14 consecutive years. Much of the Firm’s M & A business comes from repeat referrals from CPAs and Investment Bankers who know that Chuck and the Decker Jones team will deliver the type of advice and protection their clients need, in a timely manner and at a reasonable costs.

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 Catholic Charities. Chuck learned from his mentor Robert Decker that giving back to the community is not just an obligation, it is a privilege as well.

  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Super lawyers – Mergers and Acquisitions” by Thomson Reuters, (2005 – 2018)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2018)
    • “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 – Present)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Inc.: Finance Committee, (2011 – Present)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth Endowment, Inc.: Board of Directors, (2012 – 2016); Chairman, (2012 – 2016)
    • United Way Of Tarrant County: Board of Directors, (1998 – 2004 and  2008 – 2014); Finance Committee, (1997-Present)
    • Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.: Board of Directors (2008 – 2018)
    • 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.