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Director presents on real estate surveying skills

Robert N. Sheets is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters.

Robert N. Sheets is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters.

Director Robert N. Sheets will give a presentation on “Surveying Skills for the Real Estate Attorney” for Continuing Education professionals.

Sheets will present at 11:15 a.m. on June 8 at the National Business Institute’s seminar titled “Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions Seminar.”

“The purpose of the seminar is legal matters involved in real estate transactions,” Sheets said. “I will be talking on things to look for in surveys and how they can affect the transaction.”

His presentation will cover a variety of elements of surveying including different types of surveys, potential issues, impacts on title, the review process, and preparation.

Those interested in registering can get more information at www.nbi-sems.com. Attendees receive CLE credit for participating.

Director Bob Sheets featured in article about nursing home arbitration

Robert N. Sheets is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters.

Robert N. Sheets is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters.

Phillips Murrah Director Bob Sheets featured in the media as a source in a story by Oklahoma Watch investigative journalist, M. Scott Carter.

The story, titled “Price of Admission to Nursing Homes: No Lawsuits,” is about nursing homes in Oklahoma that require arbitration agreements as part of the admission process.

From the article:

Oklahoma City attorney Robert Sheets, who specializes in business litigation, said arbitration agreements prevent most appeals from going to courts and can prove less expensive for both parties.

“The idea is to have a method of resolving disputes that is not as formal as the court and not as expensive,” he said. “The theory is there won’t be as much discovery, which can be more expensive, and once an arbitrator makes a decision, it’s usually final. There is no appeal.”

Originally published on the Oklahoma Watch website, the article was picked up by both Oklahoma metro’s daily newspapers and by the Norman-based NPR station. See below for links:

Oklahoma Watch 
The Oklahoman
Tulsa World
KGOU/NPR

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PM Director Bob Sheets discusses fracking ban on NPR

Phillips Murrah Director Robert N. Sheets participated in a broadcast interview with StateImpact Oklahoma / KGOU reporter Joe Wertz regarding using local referendums to ban hydraulic fracturing.

This interview was broadcast in early November, 2014 and can be seen in its entirety at the StateImpact Oklahoma website.

To listen, click on the player below:

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Property Rights

In Oklahoma, local officials have the authority to regulate and restrict oil and gas activity within city limits, an ordinance that enforced a fracking ban would likely draw an immediate legal challenge, says Robert Sheets, a land-use and natural resources attorney at the Phillips Murrah law firm in Oklahoma City.

“That’s what the cities are going to have to look at: Are they taking a property right from an individual by saying, ‘You cannot drill, you cannot frack on this property.’”

The energy industry has deep roots in Oklahoma, and many of the property laws themselves were written with oil and gas interests in mind. Sheets says the justification for an outright ban would have to be steep and defendable in court, especially if royalty owners argue that fracking is necessary to produce their oil and gas property.

“You’re probably going to end up with that rational basis test,” Sheets says. “Is there a rational basis for what they’re doing?”

Bob is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters. You can view his attorney profile page HERE.

About StateImpact: StateImpact seeks to inform and engage local communities with broadcast and online news focused on how state government decisions affect your lives.

 

Leadership in Law profile: Robert Sheets

From The Journal Record
Published: May 2, 2008
Click to see full story – Leadership in Law profile: Robert Sheets

Robert N. Sheets is a commercial litigator, director and one of the firm’s founders. He represents construction and energy industry clients in a broad range of real estate, land use and business litigation matters.

Robert Sheets’ personal philosophy in life, passed on to him at an early age by his mother, is to treat people with respect and always do the right thing.

“It is easy in modern society to look only to the rules and the law for boundaries. The most enduring boundaries, however, are those placed there by the individual, because the individual knows what is right and what is wrong and follows those rules because it is right not because it is legal,” Sheets said.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Sheets has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University. He earned his juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and began his legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Fred Daugherty.

“He taught me that law is too important to just be a business,” Sheets said.

Sheets entered private practice as an associate and later served as partner with the law firm now known as Kornfeld Franklin & Phillips. From 1981 to 1986, he also served as an adjunct law professor at Oklahoma City University. In 1986, he co-founded Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah. Today he remains a shareholder in the firm’s litigation department and a member of its natural resources practice group. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, real estate and oil and gas. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, all districts of the U.S. District Court of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arizona, U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, serving in various capacities throughout the years including board member of its Voices of Children Committee. He also is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, Oklahoma City Society of Title Attorneys Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Sheets’ honors include being listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers in Business Litigation and receiving the 2007 Outstanding Law Review Alumni Award from the OCU School of Law. In addition, he is a past recipient of the Boy Scouts Award of Merit and Boss of the Year award from the Oklahoma City Legal Secretaries Association.

His civic and nonprofit affiliations include serving on the fundraising committee for Legal Aid of Oklahoma and chairing the Voices for Children committee where he read to children each month at the Carver-Mark Twain Head Start. He also currently serves as a youth volunteer and chairman of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee at Wesley United Methodist Church.