Focus Areas of Practice

  • Adoptions – finalized over 100 adoptions representing adoptive parents through all aspects of adoption, from termination of parental rights through finalization.

  • Family Law – represent individuals in divorce, child custody, support modification and other domestic proceedings.

  • Guardianship – represent clients seeking guardianship of minor children, elderly parents, special needs children entering adulthood and other incapacitated individuals to safeguard their person and property.

  • General Civil Litigation – represent individuals and businesses of all sizes in all manner of business and liability claims, including automobile claims, personal injury claims, premises and product claims, contract disputes and other tort and business claims.

Professional Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® rating
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • OBA Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 2016
  • OBA Family Law Practice Manual Editor
  • Leadership Jenks, 2013-14
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy 2010
  • The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 award, 2008
  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation National Radio Broadcast News Championship award winner, 1997

Professional Organizations

  • Founder and Chairman of OBA Adoption Section
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance -- Member
  • Defense Research Institute -- Member
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel – current Member; former Board Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association – Member of the Law-Related Education and Women in Law committees and the Family Law section
  • Tulsa County Bar Association – member of the Lawyers in the Classroom committee

Speaking Engagements

  • "Adoption Beyond the Statutes" - Tulsa County Bar Association, December 2017
  • "The Legal Process" - Crisis Pregnancy Outreach, Inc., Speaker for Adoptive Families Waiting Placement, June 2014, November 2014, June 2015, November 2016, June 2017
  • Adoption Panel Speaker at OBA Family Law Spring CLE, April 2017
  • Speaker on the Adoption Process to Tulsa County Adoption Advocates, October 2016
  • As Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation – National Business Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2013 – Panel Moderator
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act – Choctaw Nation Headstart In-Service Training, 2007
  • The Best Interest of the Child: Making the Most of the IEP Meeting – Lorman Education Services, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2007
  • On to Adulthood – Oklahoma Bar Association, lecture to high school students at various public schools, 2007
  • Legal Issues Facing Small Business – National Association of Women Business Owners, Tulsa Chapter, 2006
  • The E-Waste Challenge – The Environmental Federation of Oklahoma Annual Meeting, 2005

Publications

  • Editor / Writer for OBA Family Law Practice Manual
  • Oklahoma Claims Handling Guidelines – Claims & Litigation Management Alliance state-by-state claims handling wiki accessible for members, wiki.theclm.org

Community Leadership

  • Judge for High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Resonance Center for Women, Inc. – former Board Member and Legal Counsel
  • Co-Chair of the "Art for the Soul" Fundraising event for Resonance, 2008
  • National Association of Women Business Owners – former Member and Board Member
  • LifeChurch.tv Jenks volunteer emcee for Konnect, 1st-4th grade childrens’ services
  • KOSU Radio, former host of the Legal Lowdown business law segment

Education

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Oklahoma, 2000
    • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
    • Several American Jurisprudence Awards for top grade in class
    • Licensed Legal Intern
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Broadcasting, Oklahoma State University, 1996
    • Majored in Broadcast Journalism