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Janis L. Scott, Partner

Mrs. Scott was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1953. She earned a B.A. from Goucher College and was graduated with honors in 1975. Mrs. Scott earned her M.S. from Texas A & M University in 1979 and received her J.D. from the University of Houston in 1981. She was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Mrs. Scott was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1982. She is a member of the Victoria County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas. She has served on the Session and Board of Deacons and various other church committees, as well as other civic, cultural, and real estate related associations. Mrs. Scott is Board Certified in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. For 15 years, she has served as a City of Victoria Planning Commissioner, serving as secretary from 1990 to 1992 and chairperson from 1992 to 2005. In 2002, she garnered statewide recognition by receiving the Planning Commissioner award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association. She is currently a board member of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation and Vice-President of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Board.  She also serves on several other community organization boards. Mrs. Scott is primarily involved in the practice of real estate and commercial transactions, as well as banking law.

J. Milton Chapman, Partner

J. Milton Chapman was born in 1962 and was raised in Olney, Illinois. He graduated as class valedictorian of East Richland High School in Olney, Illinois in 1980 and received his B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1984. He received his J. D. degree from the law school in 1986. Mr. Chapman was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1986.

Mr. Chapman joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1998. He is Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and his principal areas of practice are real estate law, commercial transactions, estate planning and probate law, corporate and business law, and oil & gas law. He is a member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas.

In 2012 and 2013, he is serving as Chairman of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce.  He has additionally served as President of the Victoria Rotary Club, the Victoria Jaycees, the Victoria Estate Planning Council of Victoria, the Mid Coast Baylor Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Victoria and the Deleon District of the Boys Scouts of America, along with serving as a director on various charitable boards in Victoria.