Prior to his retirement in January 2018, Jim Sharrock’s broad-based business transactions practice encompassed the areas of real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, business entity and joint venture 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 wth its Outstanding Service to the Public award. In 2008 and again in 2015, Jim was honored with the The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award, which recognizes legal professionals for their professional and civic contributions to the state. He was also the 2005 recipient of the Rotary International’s Four Avenues of Service Citation. He 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 in 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. In 2017, he was elected to the boards of directors of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma and Quail Creek Golf and Country Club.
Prior to joining McAfee & Taft in 1985, Jim practiced law in Texas for 12 years, focusing on the representation of 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.