Education

  • Oklahoma Baptist University (Bachelor of Science in biology, 1983, magna cum laude)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1987, with highest honors) 
    • Order of the Coif, Corpus Juris Secundum Award, Oklahoma Law Review

Admissions 

  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • United States District Courts of the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Organizations & Memberships 

  • Oklahoma Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law; Family Law
  • American Bar Association – Labor and Employment Law; Family Law; Litigation
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association – past president; Bench and Bar Committee 
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – fellow; Oklahoma Chapter – past president
  • American Bar Foundation – fellow
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation – fellow

Honors, Awards & Rankings 

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers – Top 25 Female (2006-2016), Top 50 Attorneys (2009-2016), Family Law
  • Best Lawyers in America – Family Law
  • Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Family Law
  • Best Lawyers 2017 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Family Law
  • Best Lawyers 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Family Law
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Family Law
  • Best Lawyers 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Family Law
  • Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers
  • Benchmark Top Business Litigators
  • Oklahoma Bar Association William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award Recipient (2010)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award Recipient (2010)
  • Profile in Excellence, Oklahoma Baptist University (2010)
  • Cross and Flame Award, United Methodist Men for Service to Youth of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
  • COALA Attorney of the Year (2007)
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Journal Record (2006)

News, Articles & Publications

  • deSilva v. Pitts, 481 F.3d 1279 (10th Cir. 2007)
  • Robinson v. City of Edmond, 160 F.3d 1275 (10th Cir. 1998)
  • Robinson v. City of Edmond, 68 F.3d 1226 (10th Cir. 1995)
  • Crysco Oilfield Services, Inc. v. Hutchinson-Hayes International, 913 F.2d 850 (10th Cir. 1990)
  • Smith v. Speligene, 1999 OK CIV APP 95, 990 P.2d 312
  • Horton v. State of Oklahoma, 1996 OK 137, 915 P.2d 352
  • Dorn v. Heritage Trust Co., 2001 OK CIV APP 64, 24 P.3d 886
  • In the Matter of the Adoption of CDM, 2001 OK 103, 39 P.3d 802
  • Myers v. Lashley, 2002 OK 4, 44 P.3d 553
  • Smith v. Smith, 2003 OK CIV APP 28, 67 P.3d 351
  • Kerby v. Kerby, 2007 OK 36, 164 P.3d 1053
  • Kerby v. Kerby, 2007 OK 35, 164 P.3d 1049
  • Redmond v. Cauthen, 2009 OK CIV APP 46, 211 P.3d 233
  • Starcevich v. Starcevich, 2014 OK CIV APP 100, 352 P.3d 1250
  • The Margaret Blair Trust v. Blair, 2016 OK CIV APP 47, 378 P.3d 65

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Oklahoma Class XVI
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma – board of directors; Oklahoma County Fundraising Committee