With more than 40 years’ experience, Bob West has become known as a problem-solver and a deal closer. He particularly enjoys using his experience to help clients effectively resolve unexpected problems that arise on pending transactions. Bob loves dealing with people, and he appreciates that Whitaker Chalk is a confederation of lawyers who are always ready to collaborate and share in their specific expertise.
Bob has extensive experience in business, real estate, and oil and gas transactions, as well as general representation of businesses, partnerships, water districts and non-profit entities in transactions and litigation. He has served as lead attorney for borrowers on multi-state secured loan transactions. He also serves as general legal counsel for municipal utility districts and property owner associations. He also has handled civil litigation and mediation on business and real estate disputes, including serving as lead attorney on trials in state and federal courts.
Awards & Recognitions
Selected as one of twelve “2010 Power Attorneys” by the Fort Worth Business Press.
Named a “ Texas Super Lawyer ” for Real Estate for the years 2003-2018. “Super Lawyers” is a Thomson-Reuters service printed in Texas Monthly.
Named a “Top Attorney” in Real Estate law by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Recognized as a Top Attorney by 360West Magazine 2018
AV-Rated Martindale-Hubbell : Preeminent
Represented multi-state hospital group in purchase, financing, and later sale of hospitals and medical office buildings in several states.
Represented multi-state hospital group in $100 million refinancing transaction for hospitals, medical office buildings, and related medical facilities in eight states.
Represented group of nursing homes with purchase and financing of physical facilities and existing operating businesses, and later sale of those facilities and businesses.
Represented aviation related company with negotiation of ground leases and construction and remodeling of hangar facilities at municipal airport.
Represented road and street construction company with multiple contracts and disputes with customers and subcontractors.
Publications & Presentations
Robert G. “Bob” West spoke on “Current Oil & Gas Legal Issues 2015: Leasing, Drilling, Pipelines, Nuisance Claims & Royalty Di$pute$” at the City Club Fort Worth’s monthly Lunch and Learn series on August 13, 2015.
Author/Presenter, “Oil, Gas, and Mineral Lease Issues from the Surface Owner’s Perspective,” State Bar of Texas, 36th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, July 11, 2014
Author/Presenter, Barnett Shale Legal Update 2014: Leasing, Drilling Pipelines, Royalties & Nuisance Claims, City Club Fort Worth, June 12, 2014
Author/Speaker, “Ethics for Landmen,” Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen, November 14, 2013
Author/Presenter, “Pipeline Easements from the Landowner’s Perspective,” State Bar of Texas, 24th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, (03/08/2013)
Author: Tips for Neighborhoods Negotiating Gas Leases. (2007)
Author: Testimony to the Texas House Natural Resources Committee on Municipal Utility Districts. (08/2006)
American Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation; Tarrant Bar Foundation.
Associations & Memberships
Tarrant County Bar Association President (2016)
Tarrant County Bar Association, Director (2010 - 2012), Secretary - Treasurer (2013 - 2014), Vice President (2014 - 2015)
The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth
Association of Water Board Directors - Texas, Member
Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Member
The College of the State Bar of Texas
American Association of Professional Landmen
Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen
American Bar Association
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