Carolyn Chinn Maly
Carolyn Chinn Maly practices in ad valorem property tax litigation, representing primarily commercial property owners throughout the State of Texas. In her practice, Mrs. Maly works tirelessly to achieve results in the form of reduced tax liability for taxpayer clients.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from the University of Georgia at Athens, Georgia in 2000. Upon graduation, Mrs. Maly worked for King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia on multi-district litigation representing manufacturers. Mrs. Maly clerked for the firm again while she attended law school at Florida State University – College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida.
During her third year of law school, Mrs. Maly served as a Fellow to the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Mrs. Maly graduated from FSU and was licensed to practice law in Florida in 2004 where she went on to serve as an attorney on the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee. As an attorney for the Judiciary Committee she was responsible for analyzing legislation for potential constitutional issues affecting citizens’ rights and responding to constituent inquiries.
Mrs. Maly obtained her license to practice law in Texas in 2007. Through her work at Geary, Porter, & Donovan representing the taxpayers of Texas, Mrs. Maly continues to stand up for the rights of property owners.
Areas of Practice
State of Texas, 2007
State of Florida, 2004
Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2004 (Juris Doctor)
College of William and Mary School of Law, Madrid Spain, 2002 (Summer Abroad Program)
University of Georgia, Grady College of Journalism, Athens, Georgia 2000 (Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Minor in Political Science)
Awards & Honors
National Diversity Council Dallas Top 50 Women in Law - 2017
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Presidential Award of MeritIn Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Politically Aware Committee – 2016
Bookman’s Award“Corporations & Political Process” – Spring 2004
Pro Bono CertificateService to Veterans, Research for Court Appointed Special Advocates – 2004
Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Florida Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors – Out-of-State Delegate (2007, 2008)
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – DAYL Leadership Class (2008), Co-Chair Socials Committee (2009 – 2010), and Co-Chair for the Politically Aware Committee (2016)
Member, Institute for Professionals in Taxation (IPT)
Member, Texas Association of Assessing Officers (TAAO)
Member, Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals (TAPTP)
Member, Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (2003-2007) – Director, Board of Directors (2005-2007)
Articles and Publications
“Implementation of the Unified Family Court Model,” Florida Senate, Interim Project Report, 2007-113
“Legal Issues & Policy Considerations Raised by the Challenge to the Opportunity Scholarship Program,” Florida Senate, Interim Project Report, 2006-139
Member, Dallas Museum of Art Junior Associates Circle – Steering Committee (2012-2015), Membership Co-Chair (2013-2014), An Affair of the Art Planning Committee (2011, 2012, 2013)
Member, Young Texans Against Cancer
Member, Lee Park Junior Conservancy (2008-2010)
Member, Élan Circle of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League (2008-2011), Hospitality Chair (2009-2011)
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