Education

  • University of Oklahoma (Bachelor of Business Administration, 1989, with distinction)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1992, with highest honors) 
    • Second in law class academically, Order of the Coif, assistant article editor of the Oklahoma Law Review

Admissions

  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • United States Tax Court

Experience

  • Appointed by Gov. Brad Henry as a commissioner on the Oklahoma Securities Commission (commissioner, 2005-2012; chairperson, 2009-2010)
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law – adjunct professor of law in Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporations, Securities Regulations, Agency and Unincorporated Business Associations, and Business Planning Law 
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law – adjunct professor of law in Business Entities 
  • Frequent speaker and author on various corporate, tax and securities law matters at professional and continuing legal education seminars

Professional Organizations & Memberships 

  • Oklahoma Bar Association: Business and Corporate Law Section – chairperson (2017-2018)
  • The Business Owner – editorial board

Honors, Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America – Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law
  • Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Securities/Capital Markets Law 
  • Best Lawyers 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Mergers and Acquisitions Law 
  • Best Lawyers 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Corporate Governance Law 
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Corporate Law 
  • Best Lawyers 2011 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Securities
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers – Business, Corporate Law 
  • Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers
  • Achievers Under 40, The Journal Record (2006)

News, Articles & Publications

  • What Do You Need to Know about Oklahoma’s New Education Lottery?, 76 Oklahoma Bar Journal (January 15, 2005)
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 73 Oklahoma Bar Journal (December 14, 2002)
  • Oklahoma Adopts Statutes Permitting Conversions of Business Entities to Limited Companies, 73 Oklahoma Bar Journal (May 11, 2002)
  • IRS Adopts New Safe Harbor for Reserve-Starker Like Kind Exchanges, 72 Oklahoma Bar Journal (February 10, 2001)
  • Jurisdiction: Burnham v. Superior Court: Adding Confusion to Transient Jurisdiction, 44 Okla. L. Rev. 551 (1991)

Community Involvement

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church – member