Richard T. Chapman, Jr., Partner
Mr. Chapman was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1954, was graduated from the University of Texas in 1975, and the University of Texas Law School in 1978, and was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1979. He is currently a member of the Victoria County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Chapman is Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has served on the Boards of Hospice of Victoria, the South Texas Zoological Society, Trinity Episcopal School and First Christian Church. He is the past District Chairman of Ducks Unlimited and past chair of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 11C. His principal areas of practice are commercial law, secured transactions, bankruptcy and creditor rights.
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, estate planning and probate law, corporate and business law, and elder law. He is a member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the College of the State Bar of Texas.
In 2012 and 2013, he served 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, the Mid Coast Baylor Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Victoria and the Deleon District of the Boy Scouts of America, along with serving as a director on various charitable boards in Victoria.
Travis G. Edwards, Partner
Mr. Edwards was born in Victoria, Texas in 1969, graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1987, received his B.A. from the University of Houston-Victoria in 1992, and graduated form St. Mary's School of Law in 1995. Travis is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specilization. Travis was recognized by Texas Monthly Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Travis joined Anderson, Smith, Null & Stofer, LLP in August 2013. He practices primarily in the areas of oil and gas transactions and litigation and all areas of commercial transactions and litigation.
Blake H. Newton, Associate
Mr. Newton was born in Midland, Texas in 1989. He graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Finance degree in 2010 and from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 2013. Mr. Newton was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 2013. He is a member of the Texas State Bar and the Victoria County Bar Association.
Sonya N. Rikhye, Associate
Ms. Rikhye was born in Victoria, Texas in 1987. She graduated Magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literature and a Minor in Political Science and from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2012. She was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2012 and to the State Bar of Texas in May 2014. Ms. Rikhye is a member of the Texas State Bar Association, the Victoria County Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar Association. She Practices primarily in corporate and business law, real estate law, banking law and estate planning.
James N. Stofer, of Counsel
Mr. Stofer was born in Victoria, Texas in 1937, attended Washington and Lee University and graduated from the University of Texas in 1959, and the University of Texas School of Law in 1962. Mr. Stofer was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1962. He served as Assistant Attorney General of Texas from 1963 to 1964 when he joined the firm. He is a member of the Victoria County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Texas Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. He is primarily a personal injury and civil trial attorney, including condemnation.
N. Scott Kimball, III, of Counsel
Mr. Kimball was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1956. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1978 and from South Texas College of Law in 1981. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1982. In addition, he is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is a member of the Northside Rotary Club of Victoria, Ducks Unlimited, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Kimball practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation.