Chris Bankler and Mario Dolan Accepted Into Dallas County's Leadership Arts Institute


Jackson Walker is pleased to congratulate Chris Bankler and Mario Perez Dolan on their acceptance into the Leadership Arts Institute’s Dallas Class of 2019.

Founded in 1989, the Leadership Arts Institute (LAI) is a program of the Business Council for the Arts, a nonprofit that builds business and arts partnerships to advance arts and culture in North Texas. Each year, the LAI program introduces members to speakers who are well-versed in the victories, tribulations, day-to-day management, and histories of local arts and cultural organizations. In addition, members take part in hands-on arts management through a class project.

As members of the Class of 2019-2020, Chris and Mario will help raise funds for the construction of an artwork utilizing light and design technology at the Café Momentum Service Center. To learn more about the project, visit the LAI Dallas Class Project 2019 page. In addition, they will attend a series of seminars from September 2019 through May 2020 to experience arts and cultural venues and hear from their leaders.

With their acceptance, Chris and Mario join Jackson Walker’s ever-growing list of Leadership Arts Institute participants, including Alden S. Crow, Larry E. Glasgow, L. Suzan Kedron, Brian A. Kilpatrick, Virginia Alverson Mimmack, Amy Osberg Roberts, and Stephanie Collett Sparks.

Meet Chris

Christopher R. Bankler counsels clients through the process of complex business litigation, including general business disputes, fraud claims, breach of fiduciary duty cases, and breach of contract claims. An experienced litigator, Chris has served as litigation counsel in more than 100 cases in state and federal courts, as well as FINRA and AAA arbitrations. Chris has been named to D Magazine’s “Best Lawyer in Dallas” 2019 list and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers since 2018. In addition to his practice, Chris volunteers his time with the North Texas Food Bank, the Corporate Recruiting Task Force of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Meet Mario

Mario Perez Dolan has represented both public and private companies in a broad array of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, securities matters, financing transactions, and general corporate matters. Mario was recognized among D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers Under 40” 2018 list, and he is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. In addition to his practice, Mario served as a Co-Chair of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations Dallas/Fort Worth Region and is a volunteer of the Texas C-Bar.