Education

  • Rhodes College (Bachelor of Arts in political science, 1999, magna cum laude) 
    • Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Abe Fortas Award for Excellence in Legal Studies, Captain of the National Runner-Up Rhodes College Mock Trial Team
  • Harvard Law School (Juris Doctor, 2002)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Experience

  • Associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field in the Washington, D.C., office (2002-2005)
  • Significant experience before state and federal administrative bodies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Successfully tried numerous lawsuits to verdict in both state and federal courts
  • Successfully argued before state and federal appellate courts
  • Successfully litigated complex arbitration matters under the rules of the American Arbitration Association

Professional Organizations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Luther L. Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII – former barrister
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation – fellow

Honors, Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America – Litigation-Environmental and Oil & Gas Law (2012-2019)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation (2013-2018) and “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2008-2012) 
  • Achievers Under 40, The Journal Record (2009)
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Journal Record (2009)

News, Articles & Publications

  • As a research assistant for Professor Arthur R. Miller at Harvard Law, he reorganized, edited and drafted new sections for the revised Federal Practice and Procedure treatise, volumes 4 and 4a, covering Rules 1-6 of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Updated and revised the chapter on personal jurisdiction and drafted a new section on Internet and personal jurisdiction for Cound, Friedenthal, Miller, and Sexton Civil Procedure Casebook

Community Involvement

  • Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors 
  • Casady School Alumni Board – former member and past president
  • Oklahoma City Downtown Club – member
  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children – volunteer attorney