Chuck Herring is an Austin attorney and a partner in Herring & Panzer, L.L.P. For more than 35 years, his practice has emphasized the “law of lawyering”—cases and issues involving legal malpractice, legal ethics, attorney discipline, and licensure of attorneys. He has represented clients with claims and grievances against lawyers, and he has defended lawyers in litigation and administrative settings. Additionally, he has advised and taught many lawyers and law firms across the state to anticipate, avoid, and, when necessary, resolve ethical, disciplinary, and liability issues.
Since 1990, Chuck has authored and updated twenty-one editions of his treatise, Texas Legal Malpractice & Lawyer Discipline. He currently co-authors the treatise with Jason Panzer and Leah Turner. For several years, he has taught courses for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism. He also is co-author with Lauren Ross of the West Practice volume Handbook on Texas Discovery Practice, which they update annually. He is co-author with Jason Panzer of the Texas Guide to Lawyer Disqualification. The Texas Supreme Court has repeatedly appointed Chuck to advise the Court on important issues. He served two terms on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee. The Texas Supreme Court also appointed him to serve as Chair of the Statewide Task Force on Sanctions.
In 2010, the Court appointed him to serve on its Grievance Oversight Committee, which reviews the operations of the Texas disciplinary system, including grievance panels, the Client-Attorney Assistance Program, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
Chuck is ranked “AV” by Martindale Hubbell.
- B.A. with Highest Honors, University of Texas
- J.D. with Honors, University of Texas School of Law
- Recipient, First Annual Professionalism Award, from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism and the Travis County Bar Association (2000)
- Presidential Citation for Service as Chairman, State Bar of Texas Committee for the Prevention of Legal Malpractice
- Recipient, Ray Gill Award for Access to Justice, Texas Civil Rights Project (2009)
- State Bar of Texas
- Austin Bar Association
- Texas Supreme Court’s Grievance Oversight Committee, 2014
- Coauthor with Jason Panzer, Ethics in Negotiation, Advanced Trial Strategies, State Bar of Texas, February 2016.
- Author, Ethics and Barratry in Business Tort Case, 3rd Annual Business Torts Institute 2011, State Bar of Texas, October, 2011
- Author, Lessons From the Debacle: How Not to Write Rules or Run a Referendum, The Advocate, Vol. 55, Summer 2011.
- Author, Proposed Disciplinary Rules: Selected Issues, Changing Face of Water Rights Course, State Bar of Texas, February 24-25, 2011.
- Author, Commentary: Disciplinary Rule Referendum: Vote No, Texas Lawyer, January 17, 2011
- Author, Commentary on State Bar of Texas Referendum 2011: Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct — How Would You Advise A Texas Lawyer To Vote?, 74 Tex. B.J. 60, January, 2011
- Author, Motions to Compel, Discovery Sanctions, and Ethical Considerations in Discovery, Advanced Evidence & Discovery Law Course, State Bar of Texas, April – May, 2009.
- Author, Year End Review 2008 – Substantive Law: Legal Malpractice: Arbitration and Self Interest, Texas Lawyer, December 22, 2008.
- Author, Discovery Sanctions and Ethical Considerations in Discovery, Advanced Evidence & Discovery Law Course, State Bar of Texas, April – May, 2008.
- Author, Ethical Issues in Jay Brandon’s “Executive Privilege,” Travis County Women Lawyers Association, July, 2007.
- Author, Discovery Sanctions and Ethical Considerations in Discovery, Advanced Evidence & Discovery Law Course, State Bar of Texas, April – May, 2007.
- Author, Discovery Sanctions and Ethical Considerations in Discovery, Advanced Evidence & Discovery Law Course, State Bar of Texas, April – May, 2006.
- Author, Legal Malpractice in Texas – Recent Developments, 21st Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, State Bar of Texas, July and August, 2005.
- Author, The Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers: An Overview and Recent Texas Case Law, Annual Legal Ethics Committee Seminar, Dallas Bar Association, April 10, 2003.
- Author, Client Conflicts, Texas Disciplinary System: Lawyer Regulation in Texas–2000 Style, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, November 17, 2000.
- Co-author with Tim Sims, Claims Against Lawyers for Negligent Misrepresentation and Failure to Warn, Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law 1999, State Bar of Texas, September 23-24, 1999.