Areas of Practice
Oil and Gas Law
Oil and Gas Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Ad Valorem Tax Litigation
U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
J.D. - 1976
University of Oklahoma
B.A. - 1970
Environmental Law Handbook (Update), published by The Environmental Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association, 1995 (contributing author)
Common Evidentiary and Damage Issues, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Oil and Gas Royalties on Non-Federal Lands, Mineral Law Series, Vol. 1993, No. 3
Spoke at 2018 Oklahoma Oil & Gas, Mineral and Land Conferences, Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
Spoke at Continuing legal education seminars relating to oil and gas law for the Oklahoma Bar Association; University of Oklahoma College of Law; Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law and Policy; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico; American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, San Diego, California; The Western States Land Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Conference on Consumer Finance Law; Boiling Springs Legal Institute; The Sovereignty Symposium; Inaugural Conference on Wind Energy sponsored by the State of Oklahoma, Department of Environment; Oklahoma Mineral Owners Association
Spoke at Adult Continuing Education Seminar on Oil Law & Water Law; Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Honors and Awards
Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2019.
Best Lawyers in America. Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year, Oil & Gas Law, 2017.
Best Lawyers in America. Oklahoma Lawyer of the Year, Oil & Gas Law, 2011 and 2013.
Best Lawyers in America. Oklahoma Lawyer of the Year. Mass Tort Litigation- Plaintiffs, 2012
Eugene Kuntz Award recipient, 2013; Presented at the Eugene Kuntz Conference on Natural Resources Law & Policy, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma College of Law
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.
Oklahoma Bar Association, Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award, 1999
Oklahoma Bar Association, President’s Award, 1999
Oklahoma Super Lawyers 2008-2012, 2014-2019.
Oklahoma's Top Rated Lawyers, receiving an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
Professional Associations and Memberships
Custer County Bar Association, President, 1986
Oklahoma Bar Association, Professional Responsibility Commission, 1988-1990, 1998-1999 (Chairman - 1990)
Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, 1996-2004, (President - 2003)
Oklahoma Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1992 - 1994
Oklahoma Bar Association, Vice President, 1999
Judge, Temporary Court of Appeals Division IV, 1992
Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company, Board of Directors 1995-Present (Chairman 2015)
Board of Visitors, University of Oklahoma College of Law (2004-Present)
State of Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, Commissioner, (Chairman, 2010)
American Bar Association
Oklahoma Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Hearing Examiner, State Treasurer of Oklahoma
U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society
Past Employment Positions
U.S. Army Field Artillery, ILT, active duty, 1971 - 1973
Other Interests & Memberships
The Nature Conservancy
The Grand National Quail Club