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providing the “reality factor” in legal services | by George Snyder The Kingery Law Firm is a fairly new addition to Ada’s legal community, having opened its doors in September 2013, but Ada native Bryan Kingery has more than 20 years of legal experience as an Ada-based attorney, 17 years of which he was vice president of Wyatt, Austin, Kingery & Hale (WAK&H), a highly regarded statewide law firm practicing in the field of worker’s compensation, Social Security, personal injury, and other fields of law. Kingery, is an OU and OU Law School graduate who completed his legal internship at the Pontotoc County District Attorney’s office, worked as an associate at a local general practice law firm, and had his own private practice firm prior to joining WAK&H. He says his work with WAK&H was always stimulating, but with the dissolving of the firm—and as he completed his second decade as an attorney—Kingery decided to act on a growing conviction to strike out on his own and create a general service law firm that would reflect his personal perspective on the practice of law. “I’m a realist and I’ve always practiced law in a practical, realistic and client-focused manner,” Kingery said. Whether it’s personal injury, estate planning, family and domestic law, “workers comp” or other legal issues, Kingery and his six-person staff utilize what he calls the “Reality Factor,” which includes being practical, efficient, cost-effective and results-oriented. And it starts at the front door and at the first meeting. “When we meet with a potential client, after listening to their concerns, my first question is always,
does this person actually need a lawyer for what they are trying to achieve,” he said. If there is a need for legal service, the Kingery Law Firm works diligently to provide the best possible outcome for the client, whether it’s a core legal service, negotiating with another party or even going to trial. But in some cases Kingery counsels against a legal approach when the issue can be resolved by other means or when it’s not a legal issue at all. From a practical perspective, Kingery says legal services are like tools that should be used for their proper purpose. Hammers are good for driving nails, but useless for sawing wood. “This approach is at the heart of the “Reality Factor” and I’ve always found it to be beneficial in the practice of law and now as a core principle of our business,” Kingery said. Legal Administrator Bill Willett has been instrumental in bringing the “Reality Factor” into the firm’s business management systems and he also serves as a key ally in business expansion. For Kingery, an added benefit of leading his own firm is the opportunity to focus much of his practice in his hometown of Ada, a community which he says has given him so much over the years. At the same time, after many years of legal practice for a statewide law firm, Kingery has represented clients in nearly every county in the state of Oklahoma. Kingery sees this breath of experience and statewide practice as one of the key competitive benefits his firm offers to clients, whether in Ada or other areas in the state. “We’ll continue to work with clients in key markets like Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” Kingery said. “We’ve also seen a great demand for legal service needs among Hispanic workers, especially in areas such as Guymon.” Mr. Kingery’s staff includes a legal assistant fluent in Spanish language and customs, who manages the firm’s relations with this growing demographic segment in Oklahoma. Kingery staff members include: Julie Howard, Tracey Keeling, Jenny Peralta, Chrystie Roebuck and Karen York. “Certainly one of the key assets of this firm is the staff. They not only believe in the ‘Reality Factor,’ but they often inspire me with new ways to utilize it for the benefit of our clients and our firm,” Kingery said. In addition to being a member of Southwest Church of Christ, Kingery somehow finds time for a surprising array of other personal pursuits. He has a remarkable grasp of American history, is an accomplished horticulturist, a Fran Tarkenton jersey toting Vikings fan and he is fluent in everything from Elvis (his favorite) to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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The free forum is being offered to the community as of adults and eighty percent of youth needing help for substance abuse part of the statewide Communities of Care initiative. problems, Oklahoma communities must work together for the sake of Communities of Care representative, Bonnie Keeley, Projthe children and the future. ect Director of Pontotoc Systems of Care explains the purpose Further statistics show that for eastern Oklahoma, in 2013, more of the forum is to raise awareness of the number of community children entered foster care than there were approved beds. With only families struggling through traumatic events. These events 1,761 approved beds, 2,217 children were removed from their homes often weaken the family structure and end with children being and placed into the system. This startling statistic represents twentytaken into the foster care system. Helping these families on one percent of the total number of children in Oklahoma removed from the front end is an investment that results in stronger comtheir family and is a twenty-three percent increase over 2012. munities. Because children entering state custody, untreated mental illness “Working together, we can build stronger, healthier comand substance abuse and other traumatic events affect the entire communities. We want our friends and neighbors to join us Friday munity, several local resource agencies and businesses have joined toand gain a better understanding of what community services gether to sponsor the event. The partners represent all sectors of the are available and how even the smallest commitment of time community and include businesses, faith-based organizations, tribes, and resources can help strengthen our community,” says Keecommunity partners and families. Organizations partnering in the ley. event include Multi-County Counseling, Seminole & Pontotoc Systems The free event will include food, prize drawings, guest of Care, Ada City Schools, Ada Regional United Way, Seminole Nation, speakers, and information about local community services. Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Department of HuFamilies are the most basic building block of any community man Services, Oklahoma Parents as Teachers, Mental Health Services and the statistics in eastern Oklahoma indicate there are high of Southern Oklahoma Systems of Care, Smart Start South Central, numbers of children and families at risk for experiencing some Oklahoma Family Network, Office of Juvenile Affairs, 1-1-1 Project, and type of stress that often leads to undesirable outcomes such Oklahoma Federation of Families, just to name a few. as divorce, incarceration, or children entering state custody. 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Music has the power to inspire, break down barriers and bring about positive change. Anything is possible when tapping your toe or singing along with a live band. There’s simply no room for discord when music fills the air. Happyland Music Alliance (HMA), a new Ada-based business, “seeks to promote live music in a spirit of cooperation among musicians, venues, and fans”. David and Deanna Piercy, long-time Ada residents and passionate music lovers, recognized the potential for a thriving music scene in our community and decided to do something about it. HMA booked their first official performance at The FieldHouse on March 8th where Mandala Faulkner and Thomas Rand drew an impressive first night crowd. In just a few short weeks, HMA has grown from a dream to a flourishing enterprise. HMA currently represents about a dozen bands/musicians and books shows on a regular basis for The FieldHouse, Ada Rib Crib, Papa Gjorgjo’s North Lounge and Vintage 22. The response has been enthusiastic and the potential for growth is promising. HMA is not just a business. When discussing possible names for the company, one of the founding members suggested “alliance” and all agreed that was perfect. HMA encourages the musicians to support one another rather than compete. As Lindsay Shane Oliver of Rowdy Folk put it, “It just seems like everywhere I look, people are stepping on other people to get a leg up, rather than realizing that shining a light on somebody else doesn’t dim your own light.” That is part of what is unique about HMA—everyone works together in the spirit of “all for one and one for all”. Musicians are invited to join “The Alliance” based upon their musical talent as well as their willingness to work as a team. At any given show there will be other HMA musicians in the audience enjoying the music and lending their support. They all share one another’s events via social media and word of mouth. Recently, when a musician had to cancel a show due to illness, another band stepped in to
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