- University of Oklahoma, B.A. 1973
- University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A. 1978
- University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D. 1982
Admitted To Practice
- Oklahoma 1982
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 1984
- Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association
- Deacon, Orthodox Church in America
- Member of Board of Directors of the Orthodox Christian Schools Association
- Adjunct Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law
- Hebrew & Latin Teacher, Augustine Christian Academy
Reared in Waco and Bartlesville, I graduated twelfth in my high school class, as an Eagle Scout, sophomore and junior class president and vice president, and “Best Actor”. Entering college as a Merit Scholar, I earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in history and literature, French and philosophy and took my first professional job teaching English in Rouen, France. Back home after 3 years, I served evangelist T. L. Osborne as French interpreter before attending the University of Pittsburgh for an MBA in finance and accounting.
Knowing a just rule of law is a pillar of society fostering the common good, I returned to Tulsa for law school, while working as a credit analyst and Manager of Loan Review at First National Bank. After admission to the bar in 1982, I spent twelve years as counsel to Bank of Oklahoma, joining Barber & Bartz in 1995.
My wife, Lenora, and I are blessed with 4 children and 10 grands: one a young violinist, following her aunt and uncle, who performed with Tulsa Opera, Tulsa Boy Singers and Tulsa Pipes & Drums. A long-time adjunct at the University of Tulsa Law School, Oral Roberts and Langston Universities, I have taught Professional Responsibility, French, Business Law, Money & Banking, Finance, and Business Strategy. Once an avid youth soccer coach, for the last 18 years I have enjoyed teaching Hebrew and Latin to middle and upper schoolers. Formerly, a Reformed Episcopal priest, I am now a Deacon at Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, amidst growing and enthusiastic young families. When there is “free” time I may be found at the piano, singing, walking, or reading Touchstone, First Things or Crisis magazines, spiritual and theological classics, or associated books and blogs.