Prior to his retirement in January 2018, Jim Sharrock’s business transactions practice encompassed real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, business entity formation and restructuring, low income housing tax credit development, professional employer organization operations, and other commercial transactions. His achievements earned him inclusion in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of real estate law and in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of business organizations law.
Jim was recognized by the Oklahoma Bar Association in 2009 with its Outstanding Service to the Public Award. In 2008 and again in 2015, Jim was honored with The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award, which recognizes legal professionals for their professional and civic contributions to the state. He was the 2005 recipient of Rotary International’s Four Avenues of Service Citation. Jim received Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award for exemplary service to the community in 1998 and the organization’s Zach D. Taylor Award Servant Leadership Award in 2017.
Over the years, Jim’s numerous contributions to the community have included serving as president of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Leadership Oklahoma City, Rotary Club 29 Foundation, Youth Leadership Exchange, Rebuilding Together, and the Edmond Public Schools Foundation. He has also previously served as vice president of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club.
Jim is currently board chair of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma and a member of the boards of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transportation Network, the organization responsible for setting policy and managing the allocation of organs for transplant throughout the U.S., and the United Network for Organ Sharing, the organization that manages the OPTN. He also serves as the representative for Region 4 (Oklahoma and Texas) to the Patient Affairs Committee of OPTN and is a member of the Corporate Affairs Committee of UNOS.
Prior to joining McAfee & Taft in 1985, Jim practiced law in Texas for 12 years, representing a large independent commercial bank in commercial lending, commercial property owners in real estate development, and agribusinesses in commercial cattle feeding. During a three-year period immediately prior to returning to Oklahoma, he served as partner and general counsel in a real estate development firm engaged in development of multi-family, resort, office, retail and residential condominium properties in Texas and Colorado.
Jim’s career experience also includes serving in the U.S. Army Reserve as an artillery officer from 1970-1978.