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OKLAHOMA
Local litigation firms      Local litigation stars                                 Anton Rupert
                                                                                   Crowe & Dunlevy
                                                                                   Personal Injury
Highly recommended          Ed Abel
                            Abel Law Firm                                          Patrick Ryan
Brewster & De Angelis       Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product          Ryan Whaley Coldiron Shandy
                            Liability                                              Civil
Crowe & Dunlevy
                            Clark Brewster                                         Ted Sherwood
Pinkerton & Finn            Brewster & De Angelis                                  Sherwood & McCormick
                            Commercial, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury       Personal Injury
The Tawwater Law Firm
                            Steven Clark                                           Larry Tawwater
Recommended                 Clark & Mitchell                                       The Tawwater Law Firm
                            Personal Injury                                        Class Action, Personal Injury
Abel Law Firm
                            E. Terrill Corley                                      Terry West
Corley & Associates
                            Corley & Associates                                    The West Law Firm
                            Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury                   Personal Injury
Frasier Frasier & Hickman
                            Jennifer De Angelis                                    John Zelbst
Norman & Edem
                            Brewster & De Angelis                                  Zelbst Holmes & Butler
Sherwood & McCormick        Personal Injury                                        Personal Injury

                            David Donchin
                            Durbin Larimore & Bialick
                            Employment, Medical Malpractice

                            Judith Finn
                            Pinkerton & Finn
                            Antitrust, Commercial, Intellectual Property

                            James Frasier
                            Frasier Frasier & Hickman
                            Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

                            Daniel Graves
                            Graves McLain
                            Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

                            Duke Halley
                            Halley & Talbot
                            Personal Injury

                            Gary Homsey
                            Homsey Cooper Hill & Carson
                            Personal Injury

                            Tony Laizure
                            Laizure & Thetford
                            Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice

                            Mack J. Morgan III.
                            Crowe & Dunlevy
                            Commercial

                            Judy Hamilton Morse
                            Crowe & Dunlevy
                            Commercial

                            John Norman
                            Norman & Edem
                            Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

                            Laurence Pinkerton
                            Pinkerton & Finn
                            Antitrust, Commercial, Intellectual Property




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      Oklahoma                                                                                                 own motto, attorneys “represent the people of
                                                                                                               Oklahoma and never big business, insurance
                                                                                                               companies or those who injure fellow
                                                                                                               Oklahomans.” Additionally, the firm
                                                                                                               emphasizes its focused client attention and a
                                                                                                               willingness to “go the extra mile” and build
      Highly recommended firms                              gaming, real estate, intellectual property,        cases with a combination of cutting-edge
                                                            personal injury and product liability. One of      technology and a support staff of skilled
      Brewster & De Angelis                                 the most notable cases of recent years is the      professionals. The firm has extensive experience
      Tulsa-based Brewster & De Angelis is a highly         firm’s representation of a class of contract       taking on medical institutions and major US
      respected team of eight attorneys specializing in     chicken growers alleging unfair business           companies, in the process winning numerous
      civil litigation, criminal defense and the            practices by OK Industries. In 2008, a jury        settlements and verdicts of note. Examples
      prosecution of medical malpractice and personal       awarded a $21 million verdict for the chicken      include a $12 million verdict in a case involving
      injury claims. The firm also maintains an active      farmers. The amount was reduced to $14.5           a defective tractor trailer; a $4 million
      civil rights practice, particularly in the areas of   million, but later, after successfully opposing    settlement in a class action against a health
      wrongful incarceration and police misconduct.         appeals, the firm obtained a final judgment in     insurer that overcharged for services; and a
      With its “focus on comprehensive preparation,”        2011 in excess of $15 million. The case            head-turning $30 million settlement in a class-
      Brewster & De Angelis emphasizes a                    reportedly represented the first known             action case against workers’ compensation
      personalized approach to client relations and a       successful class action under Section 202(a) of    carriers, requiring them to pay back premiums.
      commitment to seeing cases through to either          the Packers and Stockyards Act. Mack J.            Larry Tawwater is a roundly praised litigator
      settlement or verdict. The firm has obtained          Morgan III, recently named Benchmark               who has extensive experience successfully trying
      numerous verdicts and settlements of note in          Litigation’s 2012 Oklahoma Litigator of the        class actions against insurance companies.
      recent years, including a combined $66.8              Year, played a leading role in the                 Outside of insurance bad faith he concentrates
      million verdict against Shell Oil Co. stemming        aforementioned chicken grower’s case. Judy         his practice on personal injury, product liability,
      from allegations of false representation,             Hamilton Morse is chair of the firm’s litigation   medical malpractice and aircraft accidents.
      nondisclosure or concealment, deceit and breach       practice and represents both plaintiffs and
      of fiduciary duty. In another instance, attorneys     defendants in a range of business litigation.      Recommended firms
      successfully settled a product liability lawsuit      Anton Rupert has been a member of the firm
      against Ford Motor Co. on behalf of the family        for over 20 years and currently chairs the         Abel Law Firm
      of a teenager who died in a rollover crash. The       product liability group. His practice also         The personal injury lawyers comprising the
      suit alleged the vehicle in question – a 1995 Ford    emphasizes construction project disputes,          Abel Law Firm have extensive experience
      Explorer Sport – was constructed with                 commercial disputes and toxic tort litigation.     representing plaintiffs with claims involving
      inadequate roof-crush tolerance. Clark Brewster       One recent client says Rupert brings an “in-       auto and motorcycle accidents, construction
      is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who           depth approach” to his representation. On          accidents, nursing home abuse, product
      focuses his practice on medical malpractice,          three separate occasions he has obtained a jury    liability, wrongful death, premises liability,
      personal injury and criminal defense litigation.      verdict exceeding $1 million.                      insurance disputes and more. The Oklahoma
      In his representation of plaintiffs, Brewster is                                                         City-based firm has achieved numerous
      well known for his abilities to negotiate             Pinkerton & Finn                                   verdicts and settlements of note over the years.
      multimillion-dollar settlements prior to trial,       Located in downtown Tulsa, the two-person          These include $12.8 million for a client who
      and when necessary, argue cases persuasively          law firm of Pinkerton & Finn takes a focused       sustained injuries resulting from a defective
      before jurors. One Oklahoma peer describes            approach to litgation, only accepting a select     Black and Decker product; $5.2 million for a
      him as “the premier personal injury guy in the        number of cases each year in order to dedicate     double fatality accident case; $3 million to the
      state.” Jennifer De Angelis concentrates her          the time and attention necessary for success.      family of a child killed in a truck accident; and
      practice almost exclusively on medical                Attorneys bring nearly 50 years of combined        $5.19 million for a client who sustained severe
      malpractice litigation. She is known for a            legal experience along with an impressive          injuries after an entanglement with a post-hole
      willingness to dive into complex medical details      record of winning multimillion-dollar verdicts     digger. Senior partner Ed Abel is frequently
      in order to build the best possible case for her      and settlements. Representing Tubular              mentioned by his peers for his work in personal
      clients. She has obtained numerous                    Corporation of America in a breach of contract     injury and medical negligence ligation. He is a
      multimillion-dollar jury verdicts.                    and fraudulent conveyance claim, the firm          past president and chairman of the Oklahoma
                                                            obtained a $23 million jury verdict in Tulsa       Trial Lawyers Association.
      Crowe & Dunlevy                                       County District Court. In another instance,
      The law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy is one of the         Pinkerton & Finn obtained a $3.5 million           Frasier Frasier & Hickman
      largest in Oklahoma, maintaining offices in           verdict in a fraudulent transfer case in US        Frasier Frasier & Hickman has been providing
      Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma City. Founded              District Court in Arkansas. Laurence Pinkerton     high-quality legal services to individuals in
      in 1902, the firm currently employs more than         is noted for his talent handling civil,            Oklahoma for more than 50 years. Today, the
      125 lawyers who handle a wide range of                commercial, securities and intellectual property   firm employs a team of eight attorneys and
      litigation matters on both sides of the aisle.        cases. Judith Finn touts a long résumé of          specializes in personal injury plaintiffs’
      Although the majority of the firm’s litigation        professional as well as academic achievements,     litigation. The firm handles a range of other
      involves defense representation, attorneys            including a Ph.D from Texas A&M University         civil matters including employment, product
      frequently prosecute claims on behalf of              in addition to her law degree. Her practice        liability and wrongful death litigation. One of
      plaintiffs – particularly when it comes to high-      encompasses commercial litigation, securities,     the defining characteristics of the firm is its
      stakes commercial litigation. One recent client       disability, mental disability, guardianship,       long history of supporting the labor movement,
      says, “I couldn’t have asked for anybody to do        aging, employment and health care litigation.      representing unions in contract arbitration and
      a better job or fight any harder. I know they are                                                        litigation. Additionally, attorneys practice in
      ordinarily on the other side but I sure wouldn’t      The Tawwater Law Firm                              probate and estate planning, family law and
      want them against me.” Crowe & Dunlevy’s              For more than 36 years The Tawwater Law            criminal defense. James Frasier is recognized by
      litigators also have extensive experience             Firm has represented individuals who suffer        peers for his litigation experience in personal
      handling matters involving energy and natural         physical or financial harm as a result of the      injury, automobile accidents and product
      resources, labor and employment, Indian law,          negligence of others. According to the firm’s      liability.

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