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Biography

Robert has more than 25 years of corporate counsel and business transactional experience representing a diverse group of clients in the amusement and entertainment business, as well as in the oil and gas industry. He currently serves as outside general counsel for the State Fair of Texas, a position he has held since 2004. Through his long-standing representation of the State Fair of Texas, Robert has an extensive background covering a wide variety of related areas of the law, including corporate governance, nonprofit and tax-exempt issues, public venues, sports and leisure, entertainment, amusement rides, insurance and business transactions.

His diverse practice and business background have also led to more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry guiding clients through all aspects of their business cycles, including entity formation, acquisitions, due diligence, contracts and sale transactions.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Represents largest fair in North America for over 25 years

Serves as outside general counsel for State Fair of Texas

Broad-based transactional experience for companies in the entertainment and amusement industry

Provides legal counsel to companies that provide management and operations for athletic, leisure, public assembly, entertainment, amusement and recreational facilities

Broad-based experience in corporate sponsorships

Frequent speaker for the amusement, fair and special events industry

Experienced in the organization, operation, and termination of nonprofit corporations, including obtaining and maintaining tax exemptions for these organizations.

Experienced in representing nonprofit entities in corporate governance issues

Broad-based experience in all types of oil & gas transactions

Negotiated and drafted long term lease agreement between State Fair of Texas and City of Dallas for lease of Fair Park for the annual State Fair of Texas event

Negotiated and drafted long term game agreement between State Fair of Texas, University of Texas at Austin and University of Oklahoma for the annual TX-OU Football Game held in the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park

Negotiated and drafted numerous athletic event agreements with major college athletic programs (University of Texas, University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Texas A&M College Station, United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy, Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State University)

Negotiated and drafted numerous location agreements, materials releases, intellectual property license agreements and appearance releases with a variety of entertainment programs (NFL Films, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Conan O’Brien Show, Queen of the South, Real Housewives of Dallas, Dude Perfect, Giant America, Chopped, Ridiculous Cakes, Carnival Kings, Deep Fried Masters, Shipping Wars, Carnival Eats, Little Women: Dallas)

Prevailed in major constitutional case Darrel Rundus v. City of Dallas; State Fair of Texas, decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Provided legal counsel for numerous transactions involving the acquisition and divestiture of oil & gas properties (working interest, royalty and mineral interest)

Education

Law School

University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1992

Undergraduate School 

Baylor University, BBA, Finance, 1989

Bar Membership

Robert is licensed to practice in the following state:

Texas, 1993

Courts

Robert is admitted to practice before the following courts:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Courts of the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association – Entertainment, Art & Sports Law Section

International Association of Fairs & Expositions

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association

ASTM International

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Salesmanship Club of Dallas

Tournament Chairman – PGA Tour’s 2012 Byron Nelson Championship

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas