NORMAN — Alan Curtis Durbin, 70, of Norman, died peacefully Friday, March 1, 2013, of complications related to cancer.
Services will be held as a celebration of Alan’s life at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 220 S. Webster Ave. in Norman. A reception at the church will follow.
Alan was born on July 29, 1942, in Bartlesville. As a child, he lived in Oklahoma and Michigan and graduated from high school in Clawson, Mich., in 1960. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he participated in the OU band, various honor societies and student government. Alan earned his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in political science from OU. From 1966 through 1969, he taught political science at Macomb County Community College in Warren, Mich., and co-authored the textbook “Contemporary International Relations.”
In 1972, Alan received his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law and began his legal career at the Andrews Davis law firm in Oklahoma City, where he practiced law until his death. He specialized in real property, particularly commercial real estate, as well as aircraft and aviation and general business law. He is well known nationally and internationally for his experience with large, multi-state commercial real estate transactions. He authored several books, including “Oklahoma Real Estate Forms — Practice” (3 vol.), Lexis Law Publishing, and also contributed the chapter on Oklahoma law appearing in the two-volume work “Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law,” published by John Wiley & Sons Inc. He also authored legal articles and for many years, he presented frequent legal education seminars sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Alan was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was also a long-term member of the Title Standards and Legislative Liaison committees of the Real Property Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He was named in Best Lawyers of the Year for many consecutive years and was named as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year in the area of Equipment Finance Law and Real Estate. In addition, he was named in Who’s Who in American Law and received an AV Pre-eminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.