Chris Wilmoth

Chris WIlmoth | Farrow-Gillespie & Heath LLP

Probate Litigation
Guardianship Litigation
Probate Proceedings
Special Judge

Partner
Former Statutory Probate Judge

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Partner Chris Wilmoth focuses on probate, guardianship and trust litigation. He also conducts mediations and accepts appointments as a special judge. Mr. Wilmoth served as Judge of Dallas County Probate Court Number 2 from 2011 through 2014.

As presiding judge of a statutory probate court, Chris Wilmoth conducted over 6000 hearings and held numerous bench and jury trials. He earned a reputation as a fair, compassionate, and pragmatic judge. In the 2013 Dallas Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Poll, Judge Wilmoth received over 90% approval for his impartiality, preparedness, and timely decisions. His overall approval rating of 87% was the highest for a newly elected statutory probate judge in over 20 years. Chris is a member of the faculty of the Texas College of Probate Judges and has taught judges from across the state about monitoring guardianships since June 2013. He is also a member of the Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission’s Guardianship Certification Board.

Before being elected to the bench, Chris Wilmoth practiced litigation at Baker Botts, L.L.P., including substantial work in the areas of probate, corporate bankruptcy, and employment law.  He previously served as law clerk to Hon. Jorge A. Solis, United States District court, Northern District of Texas; as extern at the Securities and Trade Commission; and as law clerk at the Federal Trade Commission.

Mr. Wilmoth is a lifetime member of the National College of Probate Judges. He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a lifetime fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, and a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the board of trustees of the DAYL Foundation and the board of directors of the Wesley-Rankin Community Center. He regularly speaks to the legal bar and community organizations about probate and guardianship issues.

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Practice Areas

  • Probate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Administrations, Guardianships, and Receiverships

Former Experience

  • Judge, Probate Court No. 2, Dallas County, 2011-2014
  • Litigation Associate, Baker Botts, L.L.P., 2003-2010
  • Law Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, United States District Judge, 2002-03

Education

  • J.D., SMU Dedman School of Law, 2002
    • Associate Editor, SMU Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • M.A. (English), Southern Methodist University, 1993
  • B.A. (English, Economics), Southern Methodist University, 1991

Organizations

  • State Bar of Texas (2002 – present)
  • Dallas Bar Association (2003 – present)
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (2008-10, 2013 – present)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers  (2003-3007)
  • DAYL Foundation, Sustaining Lifetime Fellow (2005 – present)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas (2005 – present)
  • National College of Probate Judges (2011 – present)
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Faculty (2013 – present)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow (2013 – present)
  • Dallas Democratic Forum (1996 – present)

Community Activities

  • Wesley-Rankin Community Center – member of board of directors since 2010
  • DAYL Foundation – member of board of trustees since 2012
  • Exchange Club of Lake Highlands – member since 2010
  • Senior Source Pegasus Society – member since 2013
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #71 – member since 2013
  • Good Legal Clinics – volunteer since 2009
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program – volunteer attorney (2003-10)
  • Northaven United Methodist Church – member since 2001
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church – former member (1994-2001)
  • Legacy Founders Cottage – volunteer (1996–98)

Presentations and Publications

  • Texas Association of Counties, 2015 Spring Judicial Education Session, Monitoring Guardianships, March 25, 2015
  • Texas Association of Counties, Judicial Orientation for New County Judges, Guardianship, February 5, 2015
  • Dallas Bar Association Bench Bar Conference, Ad Litems: A Necessity or a Curse? Panel, October 23, 2014
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Elder Law Committee Heirship Prove-Up Workshop, September 18, 2014
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Practical Aspects of Guardianship Law, September 4, 2014
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Practical Aspects of Guardianship Law, June 5, 2014
  • Irving Sunrise Rotary Club, What Happens in Probate Court, May 29, 2014
  • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Guardian Ad Litem Course, Judges Panel, May 27, 2014
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Practical Aspects of Guardianship Law, March 13, 2014
  • Garland Bar Association, Introduction to the New Texas Estates Code, February 13, 2014
  • Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, What You Should Know About Probate & Guardianship, December 10, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association, Transition to Law Program, What to Expect in Probate Court, December 2, 2013
  • “An Overview of the New Texas Estates Code,” TYLA eNews, November 2013
  • 2013 DVAP/DAYL Probate Symposium, Judges’ Panel, October 2, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association Bench-Bar Conference, Come On In, The Water’s Fine–Young Lawyer Q&A with the Judges, Panelist, September 26, 2013
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Practical Aspects of Guardianship Law, September 6, 2013
  • DAYL Coffee with the Courts, What Every Young Lawyer Should Know About Probate, August 15, 2013
  • Texas College of Probate Judges, Practical Aspects of Guardianship Law, June 6, 2013
  • 2013 DVAP Guardian Ad Litem Course, Judges Panel, May 28, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association, Mock Voir Dire, Volunteer Judge, April 12, 2013
  • Dallas Minority Attorney Program, Civil Judges Panel April 12, 2013
  • Dallas Bar Association Probate Trust & Estate Section Meeting, Probate Judges Panel, October 23, 2012
  • Dallas Bar Association Judiciary Committee Meeting, Litigating Your Fiduciary Case, Panelist, August 2, 2012
  • “Probating a Will – Tips for the Nonspecialist,” Headnotes, vol. 37, no. 6 at 12 (June 2012)
  • 2012 DVAP Guardian Ad Litem Course, Judges Panel, May 22, 2012
  • Dallas Bar Association, Mock Voir Dire, Volunteer Judge, April 2012
  • Mesquite Bar Association, New Policies in Probate Court No. 2, March 21, 2012
  • Garland Bar Association, New Policies in Probate Court No. 2, March 1, 2012
  • Dallas Bar Association 2011 Ethics Fest, Judges Panel, May 12, 2011
  • Dallas Bar Association ADR Section, Role & Policies for ADR in the Courtroom, Panelist, May 9, 2011
  • Dallas Bar Association Probate Trust & Estate Section, Probate Judges Panel, May 5, 2011
  • Baker Botts Trial Section, “Federal Pleading Practice After Twombly,” December 2007
  • “Casenote – Southwestern Bell Tel. L.P. v. Accutel of Tex., L.P., No. 05-0292 (July 11, 2005 – Kaplan, Mag. J.),” Dallas Federal Casenotes, vol. 10, no. 6 at 59-60 (July 11-Aug. 5, 2005)
  • “Casenote – Lentz v. Citadel Sec. Software, Inc., No. 05-0100 (May 25, 2005 – Fitzwater, J.),” Dallas Federal Casenotes, vol. 10, no. 4 at 46 (May 9 – June 3, 2005)
  • “Casenote – Miller v. Am. Int’l Group, Inc., No. 04-1417 (May 9, 2005 – Solis, J.),” Dallas Federal Casenotes, vol. 10, no. 4 at 43-44 (May 9 – June 3, 2005)
  • “Casenote – Wightman-Cervantes v. Texas, No. 03-3025 (Apr. 6, 2005 – Fitzwater, J.),” Dallas Federal Casenotes, vol. 10, no. 2 at 24-25 (March 14-April 8, 2005)
  • “Casenote – Kessell v. Mega Life & Health Ins. Co., No. 03-2788 (Feb. 15, 2005 – Godbey, J.),” Dallas Federal Casenotes, vol. 10, no. 1 at 12 (April 2005)
  • “Toward a Congruent and Proportional Patent Law: Redressing State Patent Infringement After Florida Prepaid v. College Savings Bank,” SMU Law Review, 2002