- University of Tulsa, B.S. 1967
- University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D. 1979
Admitted To Practice
- Oklahoma 1979
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 1980
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Tulsa County Bar Association, Probate, Estate Planning, and Elder Law Section
- Tulsa Title & Probate Lawyers Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Past Director of Tulsa Estate Planning Forum
- Past Director of Tulsa Title & Probate Lawyer Association
- Past Chairman of the Probate, Trust, & Elder Law Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association
- Past Chairman of the National Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)
- Current Chairman, past President, and Co-Founder of the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Oklahoma
- Oklahoma Super Lawyer since 2008
- The Best Lawyers in America
- Best Lawyers
- Oklahoma’s Best Laywers
- Rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 by Martindale Hubbell
- Peer Rated 5.0 out of 5 by Lawyers.com
- Oklahoma’s Top Rated Lawyers
- Tulsa’s Top Lawyers
- Listed in Tulsa People Magazine
- Founded the Oklahoma Association of Special Needs Trust Administrators
I was born in Jackson, Mississippi and grew up in Tulsa. I attended public schools and thereafter attended and graduated from the University of Tulsa, where I met my wife, Marion. We were married in 1967 and have two adult sons, Jonathan and James. Our oldest, Jonathan, has a rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome. I also have two grandchildren.
Prior to entering law practice in 1979, I served for two years with Campus Crusade for Christ seeking to minister to college students at Vanderbilt University and other state colleges in Tennessee. Thereafter, for four years I was a school teacher in Fort Lauderdale, Florida teaching and coaching children with various learning disabilities.
My personal interests include reading, skeet and pistol shooting, and bird hunting. My wife and I enjoy leading marriage enrichment courses associated with our church and are involved with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, a state authorized program to promote the welfare of marriage and families in Oklahoma. My wife and I also enjoy providing biblically based pre-marriage coaching to engaged and courting couples and enjoy mentoring newly married couples.
I find great satisfaction helping families plan for and deal with life transitions, including helping elderly parents or their concerned adult children cope with issues related to health care planning, planning for the life care of their disabled family members, guardianship matters and passing their accumulated wealth in a wise manner for the benefit of their loved ones.
Please visit my blog, The Special Needs Trust Advisor, which provides useful information and guidance for parents and guardians of special needs children, as well as those acting as trustees of special needs trusts.