Richard Shawn Oliphant


Richard Shawn  Oliphant
  • Biography


    Founding Partner

    R. Shawn Oliphant is a founding partner of the firm Fahrendorf, Viloria, Oliphant & Oster L.L.P., and is the head of the firm's Civil Litigation, Business Litigation, and Financial Institution groups.

    Mr. Oliphant represents developers, land owners, contractors, engineers and architects in all aspects of real estate and construction law from property entitlements, contract formation, property disputes, to mechanic lien foreclosures. Mr. Oliphant regularly represents design professionals in complex multi-million dollar construction cases and serves as panel counsel for a large number of insurance companies for construction defect and professional negligence claims. Mr. Oliphant also represents Homeowner Associations in all aspects of common interest community matters and represents the largest HOA in Northern Nevada. Mr. Oliphant’s leadership in development and construction is reflected in the firm’s clients, which make up the who’s who in Northern Nevada’s real property development and design professional industry. Mr. Oliphant has served as a key note speaker and lecturer on a variety of construction law topics for the Builders Association of Northern Nevada, the American Institute of Architects, and the Nevada Association of Land Surveyors.

    Mr. Oliphant leads the firm’s business litigation group and routinely handles complex business litigation matters. Mr. Oliphant also helps his business clients with drafting contracts, collecting on unpaid accounts, and resolving disputes with other businesses. His efforts with his business clients make him a critical component to many successful businesses in Nevada.

    Mr. Oliphant has vast experience in collection matters for contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals. He has put his experience in debt collection to work for his clients and has recovered millions of dollars in unpaid invoices and collection of judgments. The firm utilizes internal investigation and external bank account searches and private investigators to track down and collect unpaid invoices and judgements on behalf of his clients.

    Mr. Oliphant has successfully represented community financial institutions through complex foreclosure and collection cases, often securing multi-million dollar deficiency judgements following foreclosure. Examples of claims Mr. Oliphant has represented financial institutions on include actions for breach of loan agreements, commercial collections, foreclosures, creditors’ rights in bankruptcy, loan participation disputes, construction loan disputes, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, lenders liability claims, breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, mechanic’s liens and priority issues and loan workouts. Mr. Oliphant has also successfully represented community financial institutions in prosecuting claims against title insurance and escrow companies who have failed to perform their duties to the financial institution.

    Mr. Oliphant is a native norther Nevadan and received his bachelor degree in Business Administration with distinction from the University of Nevada. Mr. Oliphant attended law school at the University of Arizona where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, and served on the Law Review Editorial Board. Mr. Oliphant’s law review Note encouraging the legalization of gaming advertisements was published in the University of Arizona Law review and has been cited and followed in United States Supreme Court cases and law review articles.

  • Education


    • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • University of Nevada
    • B.B.A.
    • Honors: With Distinction
  • Awards & Recognitions

    Awards & Recognitions

    • National Registry of Who's Who in America
    • Order of the Coif
    • Goldenkey National Honors Society
    • Phi Beta Kappa National Business Honors Society
    • Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education Award for Nevada, Army
  • Professional Memberships

    Professional Memberships

    Bar Admissions

    • Nevada
    • U.S. District Court District of Nevada
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • ABA Construction Industry Forum, Member
    • Builders Association of Northern Nevada, Member