I know the ins and outs and ups and downs of Ozarks real estate.You can benefit from my experience with hundreds of real estate transactions.I provide legal services tailored to small towns.
After decades of representing clients, primarily in real estate matters, my focus has shifited to mediation of disputes. My primary interests as a lawyer have involved sales of businesses, property tax contests, natural resources, commercial real estate, lending transactions, and local government. I am not taking new litigation cases, but am interested in meditating real estate and business disputes.
My firm works on complicated problems involving troubled real estate projects, including several timeshare projects. We have a lot of experience working for developers, lenders and municipalities on issues related to land use and infrastructure. We have prepared declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions for more than 100 subdivisions and more than 40 condominiums. Our primary service area is the part of Missouri south and west of Springfield, including Branson, Springfield, the Table Rock Lake area and Joplin and Neosho.
Through my blog, Ozarks Law & Economy, I present information about how court decisions and legislation affect life and business in the Ozarks.
For several years, I was the program chair for the Missouri Bar's Annual Real Estate Institute, which is a continuing education program for lawyers. I have spoken on many real estate law topics--condominium law, easements, zoning, and laws relating to streams and lakes, for example. I am a past chair of the Property Law committee of the Missouri Bar Association.
I am often requested to speak at professional meetings. In 2016, I spoke to the Christian County Bar Association on legal ethics and practice management and to the Missouri State Assessors Association about interpretation of difficult real estate deeds. I have spoken multiple times to the Missouri Association of Professional Surveyors.
|MO||Good Standing, Active||1999||09/21/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2010 Business Blog of the Year||Springfield Bloggers Association||2010|
|General Counsel||Christian County Library District||2018 - Present|
|General Counsel||Ozarks Water Watch||2017 - Present|
|City Attorney||City of Branson West||2003 - Present|
|partner||Styron & Shilling||1999 - Present|
|City Attorney||City of Reeds Spring||2015 - 2018|
|City Attorney||City of Sparta||2013 - 2017|
|Village Attorney||Village of Indian Point||2011 - 2018|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Missouri Municipal Lawyers Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Christian County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Missouri Bar, Local Government Law Committee||Member||N/A|
|Missouri Bar, Property Law Committee||Chair||2010 - 2013|
|Law Practice Today||Small Town Lawyering||2009|
|Law Practice Today||The Art of Time Entries||2006|
|Oklahoma Bar Journal||Construction Trust Funds in State Courts and Bankruptcy Courts||1986|
|University of Tulsa College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|University of Missouri, Columbia||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Annual meeting||Water Law for Surveyors||2017|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Law of Streams and Lakes||2010|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Essential Elements of Real Estate Documents||2009|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Troubled Real Estate||2008|
|Plat and Subdivision Law||Plat Review and Subdivision Approvals||2008|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Client Relationships in Real Estate Practice||2007|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Surveys and Plats||2007|
|Annual Real Estate Institute||Condominium Conversions||2006|
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