Charles B. Milliken

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Sound Advice, Satisfied Clients

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.

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.


In addition to being an experienced business lawyer, Charles B. Milliken was the managing partner of the Decker Jones firm for over 20 years. Charles B. Milliken 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. Mr. Milliken works tirelessly to ensure 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, Mr. Milliken has maintained an active practice of assisting clients in buying, selling and recapitalizing businesses. He is one of the areas pre-eminent Mergers & Acquisitions attorneys, having been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters in the Mergers and Acquisitions category for 14 consecutive years. CPAs and Investment Bankers routinely refer clients to the Decker Jones team, who knowing that Mr. Milliken and the Decker Jones team will deliver the type of advice and protection necessary, in a timely manner and at reasonable costs.

Outside of the office, Mr. Milliken serves on numerous charitable and civic boards and committees, donating countless hours to causes such as the United Way and Catholic Charities. He learned from his mentor Robert Decker that giving back to the community is not simply just an obligation, but a privilege as well.

  • Awards & Recognition
    • “Top Attorneys” by 360 West Magazine (2020, 2021)
    • “Super lawyers – Mergers and Acquisitions” by Thomson Reuters, (2005 – 2021)
    • “Tarrant County Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2015)
    • “Power Attorney” by The Fort Worth Business Press, (2008)
    • “Professional Advisor of the Year” Recipient awarded by North Texas Community Foundation, (2015)
  • Community Involvement
    • 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 – 2019)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth, Inc.: Finance Committee, (2011 – Present)
    • Trinity Habitat for Humanity; Board of Directors (2020)
    • North Texas Community Foundation: Board of Directors (2018 – Present)
    • Catholic Charities Fort Worth Endowment, Inc.: Board of Directors, (2012 – 2016); Chairman, (2012 – 2016)
    • 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)
    • Child Study Center, Fort Worth, Texas: Board of Directors, (1997 – 2005), Chairman, (2002 – 2003)


  • 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.