Texas Oil & Gas Leasing Handbook Available

Friends of the firm, Tiffany Dowell Lashmet and Shannon Ferrell recently conducted a seminar in College Station, Texas, focusing on landowner issues regarding oil and gas production on agricultural lands. A fantastic handbook, for the landowner, is now published and available free online through Texas AgriLife Extension Services. SGDA attorney, James Decker, assisted in the development of the handbook. Click here to view/download the reference!

Visit Tiffany’s blog for more information on the seminar and a link for the free handbook download!

Guevara Decker Arrott Law Firm Welcomes Many Changes

Guevara Decker Arrott Law Firm Welcomes Many Changes
Gary Shahan of Abilene, Texas and Nicole Burns of Cedar Park, Texas join Shahan Guevara Decker Arrott Law Firm

Mike Guevara, James Decker, and Nick Arrott are pleased to announce the growth and expansion of their law firm with a new name, Shahan Guevara Decker Arrott, and by adding Gary H. Shahan as a Partner and Nicole Burns as Associate Attorney.

As Partner, Shahan’s addition to the firm brings a relationship with Centennial Title, LLC in Abilene, Texas.

“We are thrilled about the continued growth of our firm,” said SGDA president, James M. Decker. “Gary brings vast experience and wisdom to our firm’s real estate practice.”

Since 1978, Shahan has been practicing law in the Abilene, Texas area. His extensive background experience in real estate, title insurance, probate and general business law will be a valuable asset to the firm. He has owned Centennial Title in Abilene, Texas since 1990 and currently serves as president and escrow officer.

Nicole Burns
Also joining the SGDA firm is Nicole Burns. After serving in the United States Navy for five years, Burns received her juris doctorate degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. While in the Navy, Burns received honors including the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and United States Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal.

“Because of Nicole’s diverse background and experiences, particularly in prosecution and investigations,” said Decker, “SGDA will better serve our current and future clients through a wide variety of practice areas.”

Burns is currently based out of SGDA’s Cedar Park office. She aids SGDA’s attorneys in representing municipal, probate, real estate, and oil and gas clients. She comes to SGDA from the Office of Inspector General in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and brings experience in criminal defense and prosecution.

Founded in 2011, Shahan Guevara Decker Arrott is a full-­‐service law firm with offices in Abilene, Cedar Park, Stamford, and Bronte. The firm provides legal services to individuals, businesses, and public entities in real estate, agriculture, oil and gas, estate/probate, and municipal matters. For more information visit www.sgdalawtx.com.

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Shahan Guevara Decker & Arrott Opens a New Satellite Office

Decker & Arrott P.C. Opens A New Satellite Office in Bronte, Texas

Decker & Arrott P.C. has opened a new satellite office in downtown Bronte, Texas, in a historic building known as the Cumbie Building. This office is located in the back of the Cumbie Building, which was originally bought in 1904 by attorney Nick Arrott’s great-great-grandfather, Reverend R.M. Cumbie (the first pastor ever of the First Baptist Church in Bronte), in order to open and operate a dry goods store in it. The Cumbie Building is built out of rock quarried from an old quarry located somwhere around nearby Tennyson, Texas. Also, Decker & Arrott P.C.’s office in the back of the Cumbie Building is the same “back office” used by Reverend Cumbie, his son R.E. Cumbie, R.E.’s son-in-law J.B. Mackey, and R.E.’s granddaughter (and Nick’s mom) Susan Cumbie Williams in their operation of the dry goods store from around 1904 until 1996, which includes four generations spanning 92 years.

Now, despite about a seventeen year hiatus, a fifth Cumbie generation (Nick) is back in the building doing business! Come visit Nick and see how he and his mother renovated the Cumbie Building, including the awesome store front where local Bronte entrepreneur, Tammy Boyce (who helped a lot with the renovation as well), has opened Bronte’s General Store, complete with antiques, a coffee “saloon style” bar, and skylight! Nick will be at Decker & Arrott P.C.’s satellite Bronte office every first and fourth Thursday of every month from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Bronte office’s address is 119 West Main Street, Bronte, Texas 76993 (rear parking and entry).