Chris received a Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University School of Law; a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota; and a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University. As a law student, Chris won top honors in moot court trial competition and competed in a number of regional ABA court competitions, again receiving honors.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Green Light Team Leader and Company Commander in the United States and Germany. During his service, he earned Air Assault wings and was awarded two Army Achievement Medals. After returning to civilian life and completing graduate business school, he was recruited by Miles Biotechnology and later BASF. Chris worked in a series of progressive positions with a primary emphasis on business evaluation and development of emerging technologies in the specialty chemical industry. Having achieved his corporate goals, he left BASF and founded the firm that bears his name today.
In addition to his skills as an attorney, Chris has over 20 years of experience in business development, project management, business valuation, and business negotiations. He has excelled and trained others in these vital business skills both in the U.S. and abroad.
Chris practices business and estate law including asset protection, commercial and business litigation, contracts, intellectual property, corporations, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and probate.
Tracy received a Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University School of Law; and Bachelor of Arts in Public Justice and Political Science at St. Mary’s University.
After graduating law school Tracy became an associate attorney for a Dallas firm providing complex trust and estate counsel. She later accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Denton County District Attorney’s office, where she maintained a heavy caseload prosecuting a wide variety of civil and criminal cases.
Tracy has extensive trial experience in both civil and criminal law and is experienced in handling complex trust and estate matters. She possesses strong transactional and litigation skills and is a vital member of the firm.
Tracy practices business and estate law including asset protection, commercial and business litigation, contracts, intellectual property, corporations, employment law, trust, and probate.
Robert received a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the SMU Dedman School of Law; a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Albion College. As a law student, Robert was awarded Order of the Coif and served as CLE Editor for the SMU Law Review.
Robert has over 30 years of experience in business analysis, business negotiations, and program management. He was the lead finance negotiator in a successful $3B outsourcing of IT services for a multinational corporation and has received several awards for his high levels of customer service.
Mark Zimmermann is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
Mark serves as of counsel to our firm. Mark attended law school at the University of Missouri where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a University Scholar. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia. Mark is AV rated by Martindale-Hubble the highest rating that can be given to an attorney. Mark is also board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mark began his career as counsel for the Office of General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. He later served as the Assistant General Counsel for Real Estate at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in Washington, D.C. and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri. He has represented the United States in numerous civil and criminal cases, appearing frequently in federal district court and before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mark left the U.S. Attorneys office in 1984 to accept a position with Shank, Irwin, & Conant in Dallas, Texas, and later litigation director at Baker, Glast & Middleton, P.C., also in Dallas, Texas. Mark co-founded Turner, Dealey & Zimmermann in Dallas in 1992 and remains a partner concentrating on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation to this day.
Mark has served as an instructor at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., and as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. He is presently an Adjunct Professor of Law for Trial Advocacy at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, and is an instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in Dallas, Texas. Mark was nominated by Texas A&M University School of Law for the Roscoe Pound Foundation Award, and received the Texas A&M Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year Award in 2003.
Mark is licensed to practice before the Northern District of Texas, Western District of Missouri, Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. His bar memberships include the Dallas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Missouri and District of Columbia Bar.
Mark’s published writings include “Why It’s Not Called D’hUD,” Case and Comment, 1979; “The Prosecutor’s Blue Suit,” Case and Comment, 1983; “Pink Eggs,” Dallas Morning News Magazine, 1985; and “The Collateral Source Rule – Yea or Nay,” Texas Lawyer, December 1996.
Mark practices commercial and business litigation.
Teresa adds to our team as a faithful Legal Assistant.
Julie works as our Client Service director and is the first face you’ll see as you work with us.
Chris is who you want "on your side" if the S hits the fan, but even better, if you follow Chris' advise, you likely will avoid legal quagmires altogether.
If you are involved in a lawsuit and need great counsel, Vickers Kempf attorneys are outstanding. If you need an attorney for general business advice, contracts and other business related areas, Vickers Kempf are unbeatable.
I had a very difficult estate issue and other lawyers told me there no solution. Chris figured it out quickly. If you need legal help, this is the team to use.
The legal counsel we received at Vickers Kempf while establishing our LLC has proved to be invaluable, and has saved us so much hassle over and over again. I trust them with all of my business and estate concerns. They are truly top notch!
Chris and team are not only highly skilled professionals, but also attentive to needs with extraordinary kindness and customer service.
Chris and the rest of the team at Vickers Kempf, PLLC are extremely easy to work with, fair, honest and well qualified. Vickers Kempf, PLLC exemplifies what a legal firm should be.
Chris Vickers was a pleasure to work with. He did an excellent job on our estate plan several years ago.