Education

  • Oklahoma State University (Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics and accounting, 1980)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1983) 
    • Order of the Coif, Nathan Scarritt Prize (for graduating first in the class academically), S.T. Bledsoe Memorial Prize, F.C. Love Memorial Scholarship, American Judicature Society Award, Welcome D. Pierson Memorial Award, Earl Appleton Brown Memorial Award, Prentice-Hall Tax Award, Robert B. Looper Memorial Scholarship (for overall academic achievement), two-term note editor of the Oklahoma Law Review

Admissions 

  • United States Tax Court
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Professional Organizations & Memberships 

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association: Taxation Section – former chairman
  • Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants 
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Honors, Awards & Rankings 

  • Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, and Nonprofit/Charities Law
  • Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers – Mergers & Acquisitions/Tax 
  • Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers 2011 Lawyer of the Year, Oklahoma City – Non-Profit & Charities
  • Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • American Heart Association, Oklahoma Affiliate: Board of Directors – former chairman, secretary, treasurer and board member
  • Oklahoma City Community Foundation: Board of Trustees – former chairman and investment committee member
  • Southwest Bancorp.: Board of Directors – former chairman, First Commercial Bank