I respond to my clients’ needs in a very personable, professional way, placing myself in their position and dealing with their issues from that perspective. I try to view their issues through my personal experience, and I take their cases very personally. Clear communication and collaboration are essential on all matters. When litigation takes us into the courtroom I always seek to present the client’s case from a strategic advantage perspective and advocate vigorously for them.
Primary Practice: Commercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy
In his national practice, Robin Cheatham advises clients in all aspects of bankruptcy transactions and litigation, including commercial litigation, oil and gas matters, construction law, asset acquisitions, general business counseling and complex commercial financial transactions.
Additionally, Robin works on energy and environmental matters and has experience in various aspects of oil and gas transactions, including owner disputes, preparation of royalty agreements, farm in/out agreements, litigation of lien interests under state oil lien acts, executory contract issues, federal and state royalty and regulatory issues and ranking of state lien and security documents.
On the transactional side, Robin handles contractual disputes and interpretation, bond claims, construction defects, additional compensation claims, fraudulent conveyances, voidable preferences, lien ranking, stay violations, enforcement of state lien provisions and executory contracts. He also advises clients with their issues related to covenants against competition, unfair trade practices and breach of contracts.
Robin particularly enjoys the complex, unique and challenging issues stemming from bankruptcy cases in the energy and oil and gas sectors. In the offshore arena, for example, oil wells no longer in use must be plugged and decommissioned, and pipelines must be buried or removed, structures such as platforms must be dismantled. From these actions, interesting legal questions and conflicts surface because there is no standard method of dealing with them and the courts disagree as to how these claims should be treated in bankruptcy.
Always striving to bring about expedient resolutions in the most economic manner, Robin balances those goals with the understanding that some issues require very detailed in-depth analysis and high-level preparation and involvement in legal proceedings. He willingly walks this tightrope to deliver optimal outcomes to his clients.