Background

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 2003-2015. “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, and 2014.

AV-Rated Martindale-Hubbell®: Preeminent™

Areas of Practice

Administrative Law

Condemnation & Eminent Domain

Contract Disputes

General Business & Corporate Law

Oil & Gas Law

Real Estate

Water Districts

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

Career Highlights

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)

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Education

  • JD University of Texas School of Law (1972) with honors
  • BA Midwestern University (1969) magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Texas Bar (1972)
  • US District Court of Northern District of Texas (1976)
  • US Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit (1981)
9/26/16

13 of 34 Whitaker Chalk Attorneys Selected as 2016 Super Lawyers

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC proudly announces 13 of our 34 attorneys have been selected as 2016 Super Lawyers...
5/3/16

Robert G. West named 2016 Tarrant County Bar Association President

Robert G. "Bob" West has been named the 2016 Tarrant County Bar Association President.
9/21/15

11 Attorneys Named to 2015 Super Lawyers

Whitaker Chalk has 11 named to 2015 Super Lawyers List. Congratulations to John Allen Chalk, David Flowers, Charles Gunter, Tim...
7/14/15

Bob West installed as President-Elect of Tarrant County Bar Association

Robert G. “Bob” West was installed as President-Elect of the Tarrant County Bar Association at the Association’s membership lunch on...
10/1/14

Whitaker Chalk has Seven Attorneys Recognized by Thomson-Reuters as Super Lawyers for 2014

Whitaker Chalk has seven attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers for 2014: John Allen Chalk - Alternative Dispute Resolution Charles Gunter...
10/1/14

Robert G. “Bob” West has been Recognized as a Super Lawyer for 2014 by Thomson-Reuters

Robert G. "Bob" West has been named a Super Lawyer in  Real Estate by Thomson-Reuters. Super Lawyers is a Thomson-Reuters service...
7/11/14

Bob West Speaks at the 36th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course

Bob West spoke to over 400 real estate attorneys on “Oil, Gas, and Mineral Lease Issues from the Surface Owner’s...
7/8/14

Bob West Sworn into Office as Vice President of the Tarrant County Bar Association for 2014 – 2015

Bob West has been sworn into Office as Vice President of the Tarrant County Bar Association for 2014 – 2015.
6/12/14

Bob West Speaks to the Whitaker Chalk / City Club Luncheon

Bob West spoke to the Whitaker Chalk / City Club Luncheon on “Barnett Shale Legal Update 2014: Leases, Drilling, Pipelines,...
11/14/13

Bob West Spoke to the Fort Worth Association of Professional Landmen

Bob West spoke on the topic “Ethics for Landmen” to over 100 landmen at a luncheon meeting of the Fort...
7/9/13

Bob West Sworn in as Secretary-Treasurer of the Tarrant County Bar Association

Bob West was sworn in as Secretary-Treasurer of the Tarrant County Bar Association.
3/8/13

Bob West Spoke at the 24th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course

Bob West spoke to over 125 real estate attorneys on “Pipeline Easements from the Landowner’s Perspective,” at the 24th Annual...