On May 4, Patricia Chamblin became the 2007-2008 president of the Jefferson County Bar Association at the group's annual Law Day meeting.
Chamblin brings more than 20 years of legal experience to her role with the local bar association, including expertise defending health care providers, railroads, appellate work and mediation.
Chamblin graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978 and then began practicing at Mehaffy Weber in Beaumont. She became a shareholder in the firm in 1982 and currently serves on the Management Committee.
Chamblin is licensed to practice by the State Bar of Texas, in the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit and before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law.
According to her profile on the Mehaffy Weber Web site, her health care work involves defending hospitals, physicians and other health care providers in medical malpractice and other health care liability and premises claims. She also provides legal counsel to hospitals on a wide variety of matters including medical staff and patient care issues. Chamblin has been listed in the Health Care Law section of The Best Lawyers in America since 1991.
Throughout her career, Chamblin has defended railroads in a variety of claims including Federal Employer Liability Act claims and grade crossing claims.
Chamblin was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation. She was named Outstanding Young Lawyer for Jefferson County in 1990. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.
Chamblin has served on the Board as a Trustee of the Jefferson County Bar Association as a member of the District 3A Grievance Committee, as board member and officer of the Mediation Center of Southeast Texas and as Director at Large of the TADC.
She is also a past president of the Michelle Mehaffy Inns of Court and is chair of the District III-A Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Chamblin was named Jefferson County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2004.
Chamblin has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America since 1991 and Texas Monthly magazine as a "Super Lawyer" since 2003. She received an AV Peer Review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.