Charles J. “Chad” Muller was born in San Antonio in 1942. He earned a BA in political science from St. Mary’s University, a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. In 1973, he began working as Assistant United States District Attorney in the Department of Justice Criminal Tax Division. In 1976, Muller left the DOJ and returned to San Antonio to begin private practice specializing in the defense of business tort and white collar crime cases. In 1990, he opened and served as the first managing partner of Strasburger & Price’s office in San Antonio. In 2012, Muller opened San Antonio office of Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Muller remains the partner-in-charge of Chamberlain’s San Antonio office and has grown it to 10 attorneys.
The legal profession is constantly evolving and that evolution only seems to have accelerated in recent years. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the profession during your career?
Early in my career, clients would engage a law firm to handle essentially all legal issues that a client may face. As such, business became centered around larger law firms, with the attorneys having to be general practitioners in many respects. Now, the trend is for a client to hire an individual attorney based upon the particular legal issue the client is facing, which has necessitated attorneys to focus on particular specialties, handling a single or only a handful of issues, as opposed to maintaining a general practice.
What is one thing about the profession that has remained unchanged over the years?
A constant throughout my profession is that people seeking legal representation continue to want quality, attentive legal services from their attorneys. Clients want their attorneys to be responsive and available.
What is one piece of advice you would give someone entering into the profession that you wish you had as a young lawyer?
Develop personal relationships. In my experience, the most successful attorneys constantly work at developing and maintaining close personal relationships with their clients, attorneys within and outside their own firm, and professionals within their community.