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Charles G. White

Charles G. White
Biographical Background

Charles G. White graduated from high School in Muleshoe, Texas, in 1959, and graduated from Texas Tech University three years later in 1962. To help pay his way through college, he became a licensed journeyman electrician. In 1964 he became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas. Athough he has maintained his license as a CPA, he has not practiced accounting since becoming an attorney in 1971. "I just hire them or cross-examine them."

Prior to being licensed as an attorney, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and subsequently attended the Army Officer's Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the Jungle Operations Course in Panama. He later served as a 1Lt. in the DMZ area of Vietnam during calendar year 1968.

After completion of his active military service in 1968, he resumed his attendance at law school at Southern Methodist University where he graduated first in his December 1970 class, receiving a JD degree with honors. He was licensed to practice law in Texas in April, 1971, and in 1978 he became Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Since 1971 he has been engaged continuously in the practice of law, and has tried a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts, examples of which include litigation involving business disputes, land disputes, civil rights, products liability, patent, wills and estates, building construction, personal injury, professional liability, Federal Tort Claims Act, employment, tax, election law, and numerous other subjects.

Quotes, Observations, Queries, Peeves and Prejudices

Ethics: "Live every day so that you can, with a clear conscience, look all men in their eyes, and tell them to go to hell." [Source: Short-hand rendition of William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis" adapted by William Meade Griffin, former Texas Supreme Court Justice].

Character: We often find that a person's true character is inversely proportional to his ostensible piety level.

Trees: Our parents always told us that money does not grow on trees. However, we all know that one's ability to understand this concept is inversely proportional to his educational level and his Proximity to Washington, DC.

Judgment: One effective means of developing "good judgment" is to remember the times when we exercised "bad judgment."

Litigation Expense: The time and effort required for litigation frequently is inversely proportional to the economic value of the matter in dispute.

Confidence: To be successful, one must have confidence in himself -- He must approach all tasks as if he is the smartest, meanest, and toughest of all -- but if he truly believes all of this, he is a fool." [Source: Charles G. White]

Don't Sweat the Small stuff: Don't worry about the incoming artillery. If the round does not have your name on it, it will never get you. On the other hand, if the round has your name on it, you cannot get away from it anyway. [Source - My favorite angel from the past: SFC Angel R. De Jesus - DMZ South Vietnam 1968]

Humility: When one views himself as better than another, he always should be mindful that he and the other are destined to be room mates at a nursing home someday, at which time society shall categorize them as equals. Therefore, it is never too late to sow the seeds of friendship with those whom you may discover are to be your last and final friends. [Source: Charles G. White]

Principal: When the client tells his lawyer "I am not filing this lawsuit for the money. I am filing it only for the principal of the matter," the lawyer should take care to avoid becoming the principal. [Source: All lawyers who have been around for awhile]

Queries: Why do many clients think that the general IQ of a professional is higher if he lives in a larger city? Why do many folks believe that an expert is more qualified if he lives far away from home? Perhaps these beliefs have a Biblical basis. Matthew 13:57.

Hobby: Backpacking in the wilderness. I was backpacking before the hippies, during the heyday of the hippies, and after they departed the wilderness.

Pet Peeves: Lawyers who do not return telephone calls timely.

Prejudices: Hippies, Dopers,and Ne'er-Do-Wells. However, my attitude towards the hippies of the 60's and 70's has softened since they have become amusing antiques from the past.

Inspirational Quotes:

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one is watching.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.
I'm so excited.
I just can't hide it.
I'm about to lose control,
And I think I like it.
I realize that on the sea of life, I can't control the weather,
But I can adjust my sails.
Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. -Edgar Allan Poe.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined. -Henry David Thoreau.