Charles R. Willing

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Education

  • University of Oklahoma, B.S. in Petroleum Engineering 1985
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, J.D., cum laude 1993

Admitted To Practice

  • Oklahoma 1993
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma 1993
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 2002
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit 1994

Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Energy and Natural Resources, Enviornmental Law and Litigation Sections
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court (1998-2002)
  • Counil Oak/Jonson Sontag American Inn of Court

Accomplishments

  • Governer's Condemnation (2002)
  • Outstanding Associate, Ruth Bader Ginsbur American Inn of Court (2001)

Biography

Charles Willing’s practice focuses on general civil and complex business litigation, and regulatory matters involving oil and gas, energy, and the environment. His litigation practice includes oil and gas, environmental, contracts, construction defects (including EIFS-related claims), real estate, trusts and estates, and bad faith insurance defense. His regulatory practice incorporates all oil and gas conservation matters before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, including spacing, pooling, location exception, increased density, unitization, and enforcement matters.

Prior to joining Barber & Bartz, Mr. Willing practiced over 15 years with Fellers Snider in general civil and complex business litigation, and regulatory matters involving oil and gas, energy, and the environment. He also served five years as a Senior Administrative Law Judge with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. At the Corporation Commission, he presided over complex administrative trials related to oil and gas conservation, reimbursement under the Petroleum Storage Tank Release Environmental Cleanup Indemnity Fund, and remediation of oil-field pollution. Prior to law school, Mr. Willing served as a Production Engineer for seven years with Conoco, Inc., in its Oklahoma City Exploration and Production Division, where he worked various petroleum engineering-related assignments on oil and gas fields in Oklahoma, Texas, and California.

In addition, Mr. Willing served as an adjunct professor in the Master of Energy Business Program at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business from 2013 through 2017, where he taught a course entitled the Legal and Regulatory Environment of the Energy Industry.