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Oklahoma’s food banks and pantries are committed to feeding our state’s hungry citizens.

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“I have been working with non-profits for more than 20 years, primarily in international relief and development,” says Cari Ogden, vice president of community initiatives for the Oklahoma City-based Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “ … I’ve witnessed desperate conditions while living and working in Eastern Europe and Africa. But it wasn’t until the path of my life led me to food banking that my eyes were opened to similar conditions here in our own country. Hunger is very real right here in Oklahoma City.” Enough food passes through the doors of the RFBO every week to feed 126,000 Oklahomans. The food bank serves as a repository for donated goods that ship out to SEPTEMBER 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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an emergency more than 1,300 charities and schools in 53 grocery pantry Oklahoma counties. The goods go to food for families in pantries, senior feeding centers, boys’ and need. girls’ clubs, and other organizations feeding “In our the state’s hungry citizens. During fiscal history, no one year 2016 alone, the Regional Food Bank of has been turned Oklahoma distributed 52 million pounds of away hungry,” supplies. Lieberman Ogden is particularly concerned about says. “Iron some of the Oklahomans that fall into the Gate’s mission limbo between qualifying for SNAP and the is simple. financial ability to realize food security. We feed the “Many Oklahomans simply make too hungry of much money to qualify for SNAP benefits, Tulsa – every but not enough money to keep food on the day. We feed people in three VOLUNTEERS PLAY table for their family,” she says. AN INTEGRAL PART IN ways: through our soup kitchen, According to Ogden, that’s where food THE CONTINUED SUCgrocery pantry and the Kids banks like the Regional Food Bank of CESS AND GROWTH OF IRON GATE. Pantry. We call those who eat at Oklahoma and their partners come in — to PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN Iron Gate our ‘guests’ because fill that gap. we invite them to eat with us. “We envision a hunger-free Oklahoma,” Our philosophy is we are all Ogden says, “where everyone has access to guests on this earth and guests food, regardless of circumstance. Oklahoma treat one another with courtesy, consistently ranks among the hungriest states in America, where one in six struggles kindness and respect.” Despite the common perception with hunger every day. The majority of that soup kitchens cater exclusively those served by the Regional Food Bank to the are chronically hungry homeless, children, seniors living Lieberman on fixed incomes and “We live in a working families who remarkable country, says this is not correct, have difficulty making yet there are still many and that the ends meet.” in every state that poverty that The Community Food Bank of Eastern simply cannot afford breeds food insecurity Oklahoma serves as a to feed themselves is much more food distributor for 24 and their families.” widespread than counties. Eileen Ryan people would like Bradshaw, executive to believe. director for the food Lieberman explains that the majority of bank, notes that the conditions that lead to guests coming to Iron Gate “have homes, hunger in Oklahoma are not unique to the apartments or stay in shelters. It is not state; they are instead intricate and more homelessness that pours through our door widespread. every day, it’s poverty and hunger.” “We live in a remarkable country, yet Ogden says that food banks need food, there are still many in every state that friends and funds on a year-round basis. simply cannot afford to feed themselves Financial distributions stretch a long and their families,” Bradshaw says. “It is way – four to five meals on the dollar, a complex issue that encompasses educaaccording to her and Bradshaw – with tion, wages, transportation and equality. the most-needed food donations being The North Texas Food Bank had a billboard canned meat; vegetables and fruit; rice that illustrated the dilemma. It showed a woman’s face with the line ‘Paycheck on the and beans; and peanut butter. “All of us know someone first, pay rent on the second, hungry on the that is hungry, even if we don’t third.’ That is the new reality for so many of To join the fight against hunger, information on how to volunteer realize it,” Bradshaw says. the working poor.” or donate can be found below. “People are often embarrassed Goods from these two food banks often • REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA to admit that they cannot afford wind up in places like Iron Gate LLC, a regionalfoodbank.org food. It is a problem that can be soup kitchen in downtown Tulsa. For two • COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA fixed – there is enough food, we hours every morning, Iron Gate’s kitchen okfoodbank.org just need to keep working on the serves hot meals to around 600 hungry • IRON GATE LLC issue. We can solve it, together.” people, says marketing coordinator Tori Liirongatetulsa.org TARA MALONE eberman. In addition, the organization runs

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Bookmarking a Century The last of the Carnegie Libraries built in Oklahoma received its grant 100 years ago.

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his year marks the 100th anniversary of the last Carnegie Library granted to Oklahoma by the Carnegie Corp. of New York – a grant program that helped fund libraries that are still in use. The state garnered 24 grants from 1899 to 1916 that totaled $464,500, more than $10 million in today’s money. The amounts of the individual grants ranged from $6,500 in Ponca City to $60,000 each in Oklahoma City and Muskogee. During this time in our nation’s history, expansion of towns and small cities throughout the country was at a peak and the interest in public libraries was vast. Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy was responsible for over 1,650 libraries built all across the United States and over 800 more worldwide. When deciding where to build the libraries, Carnegie looked at the towns themselves to find where the grants could benefit the most people.

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To qualify for a grant, towns had to meet criteria that the Scottish-American industrialist personally established. This “Carnegie formula” included a town’s need for a public library, a provided or donated building site, and paid staff to maintain and run the library. The towns in which the libraries were built also had a small series of financial commitments. These included agreements to draw money from public coffers to run the library so as not to rely strictly on private donations and to annually provide 10 percent of the cost of the library’s construction to support its operation. Of the two dozen libraries built in Oklahoma, seven no longer stand, nine have been repurposed as businesses or museums, and eight act as fully operational libraries. It is obvious by the Bartlett-Carnagie Sapulpa Public Library’s name that staffers are proud that theirs is one of those eight remaining Carnegie Libraries. It was one of the last three Carnegie Libraries built in Oklahoma, receiving a $25,000 grant in January 2016 and opening in 1917. Martha Stalker, director of the Sapulpa library, is excited to celebrate the centennial next year. She and her staff want to have a full-blown party to make “a huge painting that depicts the theme of reading and reflects children’s books and scenes of popular books during that era of time to the present.” The site of the Carnegie Library in Guthrie, Oklahoma’s original capital, still stands but is no longer a functioning library. Built in 1901, it was the second Carnegie Library built in Oklahoma. It remained a library until 1972, and was almost demolished to make way for a new building. A local philanthropist offered to fund a new building on the condition that the old one be saved. Now it is the site of the Oklahoma Territorial Museum. Historical events have also happened at this site, such as the inauguration of Oklahoma’s first governor, Charles N. Haskell, in 1907. Carnegie’s legacy lives through the buildings, and the libraries feel fortunate to have pieces of history stamped into their walls. There is even a picture of Carnegie displayed in the Sapulpa’s library. “We really appreciate him,” Stalker says. “He has done so much for so many people.” SAMANTHA ALEXANDER


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Tackling One’s Passion

Tulsa’s Threat and Oklahoma City’s Lady Force fulfill women’s dreams of playing semi-professional football.

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The Tulsa Threat is the only 11-a-side women’s football team in Oklahoma. The team travels the United States to play games in the IWFL, which has more than 30 teams. The travel ranges from Texas to Iowa. The Threat is a player-owned team, which means a lot more work for the women who play. Littlefield also mentioned it can be difficult to obtain sponsorships, which can be crucial. “Each woman helps get sponsorships and sells tickets, merchandise or apparel,” Littlefield says. “This helps with our game-day expenses as well as our travel. We also carpool to games. “We have struggled with sponsors, but we will continue to work to bring in fans and sponsors and get our name out there to be nationally known.” You will find the Tulsa Threat on the field at the Memorial High School stadium in Tulsa from April to mid-June. The schedule will become available in 2017. Nicole Gates, former owner of the Oklahoma Lady Force, agrees with Littlefield about

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hey are school teachers, stay-at-home moms, welders, sheriff’s deputies and more, but they are also football players – women fulfilling their dream to play. The mission of both the Women’s Extreme Football League (WXFL) and the Independent Women’s Football League (IFL) is to give women the opportunity to participate in fullcontact tackle football. Most female players were often told as children that girls don’t play football. According to Mindy Littlefield, general manager of the Tulsa Threat, playing the game is a goal for many. “One of our players said that she played street football growing up in her neighborhood, and when she was approached to play for the Threat, she said it was a dream come true,” Littlefield says. “She also said that the relationships that she has gained since joining the team mean the world to her. They are her family, and she has learned a lot from them on and off the field.”

women in football. The Lady Force, based in Oklahoma City, is part of the WXFL. “Women have the same passion as men do,” Gates says. “The love for football has no boundaries. It doesn’t matter what race, sex, age, religion, or nationality you are; as a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter what financial situation or personal problems you might be going through. Football is a great release of everyday life stressors. The moment you are on the field, life struggles go away, and all you can think about is getting your next touchdown or completing your next pass or punishing a quarterback.” Like the members in the IWXL, women and coaches in the WXFL have full-time jobs, which makes it difficult to find sponsorships. That doesn’t stop the league from growing. “When the league started there were only three teams, and it grew to five, and in 2017, there will be 12 teams total in the league,” Gates says. Despite the growth, Gates mentions other challenges for the teams. “The biggest challenge is finding females with experience who want to play full-contact football,” Gates says. “Also, not every female is built to play this sport. “It can also be difficult finding a home game field. There are some semi-pro men’s teams that have given semi-pro football a bad name, which has limited the amount of available football fields around the metro.” As a former player, Gates has a lot to say about women in football and why they play. It stems from a general love of the game, but it is more than that to many women.. “When I played, I played for the excitement of the game, the thrill of being down by a touchdown in the fourth quarter and making a big play that helps your team win,” she says. “I assume everyone has their reasons, but no matter the reason, for most of these men and women who play semi-pro ball, football is a big part of their lives. Women football players build lifelong friendships, not only with their teammates but often with their opponents as well. Women’s football is a unique sisterhood, a large family of women who support each other. The connections made between players are bonds that often last a lifetime.”

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Election Logistics Every vote counts.

2,000,000 ballots were printed for the general election in Oklahoma.

When registering to vote in the state of Oklahoma you can either choose a party (those recognized are Republican, Democratic and Libertarian) or you can register as Independent/No Party.

Oklahoma ballots are only offered in English.

Registered voters can get sample ballots online at www.elections.ok.gov.

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he U.S. general election of 2016, set for Nov. 8, will be the 58th time to pick a president. Presidential campaigns have evolved into a series of aggressively fought, contentious contests played out in a 24-hour news cycle. However, what most people don’t see is the process of running a presidential election in the state. “We work many months in advance to train poll workers and organize the general election,” says Bryan Dean, public information officer with the Oklahoma State Election Board. “We start the ballot printing process the weekend after the August runoff. This year’s runoff was Aug. 23, and we started the ballot generation process the weekend after.” This year, about 2 million ballots were printed for the general election, Dean says. “We print slightly more than the number of registered voters.” The number of absentee ballots mailed was slightly lower. “It varies based on the number of people who apply for absentee ballots,” Dean says. “We won’t have a final tally until after the election, as people can request absentee ballots up until the Wednesday before the election. We had about 112,000 absentee ballots cast in the 2012 election. It very well could be more this year.” No states run their elections quite the same; each has its own election rules. The Oklahoma State Election Board, established in 1907 under the state constitution, administers state elections and oversees the 77 county election boards. There are roughly 8,200 poll workers throughout the state on Election Day, Dean says. State law requires at least three workers in each polling place, with at least one from each of the two largest parties. Those three positions are inspector, judge and clerk. There may be additional workers at busier polling places. A poll worker can work more than 12 hours on Election Day and is paid a stipend. “The current stipend is $87 for judges and clerks and $97 for inspectors,” says Dean. Some workers are eligible for mileage. Poll workers must go to a one-day training session at least once every two years. SHARON MCBRIDE

Oklahoma ballots do not include a place to write in names of candidates who were neither nominated by parties nor qualified by petition. Write-in votes are not counted.

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WEATHERFORD-BASED MUSICIAN JARED DECK HAS RECEIVED NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR HIS DEBUT ALBUM.

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o many musicians and music lovers, New Orleans and Kansas City mean jazz, while Memphis will forever be the home of the blues. Depending upon a person’s age and other factors, San Francisco may bring to mind psychedelic rock, Detroit the Motown sound, Seattle grunge. Narrow the focus to our own state, and you’ll continue to find a melding of cities and styles: Tulsa with western swing and the classic ’70s Tulsa Sound, for instance, and Stillwater with Red Dirt music. However, as Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter Jared Deck – born and raised in Thomas, now residing in Weatherford – reminds us, there’s a lot of good stuff to be found outside the recognized places. “This record,” he says, referring to his new eponymously titled CD, “started out with me trying to tell the story of where I came from, because I think a lot of art gets lost between the metropolitan areas. There are songwriters, there are writers, there are visual artists who do amazing work, and they live in Gage, Oklahoma, or wherever and nobody sees it except a few friends. And there are stories,

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things that happen to people, that get forgotten. “So my goal was to kind of bring light to all of that – and then I realized that I was just telling my own story,” he concludes with a laugh. His own story certainly got the point across to Rolling Stone writer Marissa R. Mass, who praised Deck on the magazine’s website in March. Under the heading “10 New Country Acts You Need to Know” (another of whom was Deck’s fellow Okie Parker Millsap, from Purcell), she alluded to no less a figure than Bruce Springsteen, writing that Jared Deck “sounds like Greetings from Asbury Park, Oklahoma,” and adding, “Like the rest of his … self-titled debut, it deals not in some imagined, idealized version of fly-over country, but in the real life that lingers in towns much smaller than the dreams they contain – and, sometimes, constrain.” Propelled by the wry, rocking single “17 Miles” – which Mass called “one of the most rowdy odes to failure ever written” – Jared Deck spent much of this summer on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 airplay chart, exposing his songs to thousands of listeners around the world. Although the term “ironic” gets thrown around a lot these days, maybe it’s a suitable tag for the success so far experienced by the songs on Deck’s CD, which, as Rolling Stone’s Mass implies and Deck himself confirms, have a whole lot to do with just the opposite. “To me, the theme that comes across throughout the record is about dealing with failure,” he explains. “It’s not so much overcoming failure. I don’t want it to sound heroic. It’s just dealing with it. “That theme,” he adds, “is coming from all different avenues. Like feeling like a failure in faith, to that expectation you feel was put on you. I was a good kid, for the most part, and I was extremely active in church, so there were those expectations that I was going to be in some spiritual role, possibly pastoral. And then, as time moved on, I realized there was no way. So I probably haven’t fulfilled what other people’s expectations were for me. I think we grow up with this idea of who we’re supposed to be, or what kind of person we want to be. It’s, ‘Man, by the time I’m this age, I’m gonna be that kind of person. I’ll be doing this, living in this other town, hanging out with these kind of people.’ And then you hit 35 and you’re like, ‘I’m not even close.’” That sense of faded dreams, faith, and goals underpins “Grace,” one of the most affecting songs on Jared Deck. “‘Grace’ is the first song on this new batch [for the CD] that I’d written, and I had never before written a song that honest,” he notes. “In the past, I’d cover up my true feelings with


verbosity – just throw a few more words at it to kind of shield me from the outside world. But with ‘Grace,’ it felt like the paper was a mirror and I was just writing what I saw. That spurred the writing for this record.” Another standout track, “The American Dream,” was inspired by an experience Deck had at a data-storage-tape factory in Weatherford where he was employed. Good enough to win this year’s Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest, “The American Dream” musically explores, via a John Mellencamp-ish rocking arrangement, still another type of failure. “We got off work at 7 a.m., 12-hour shifts, and one day as we’re going out the door they hand us notes that say, ‘Be back here at 9:30 a.m.,’” he remembers. “And when we come back for the plant-wide meeting, they announce they’re moving two-thirds of our jobs to Juarez, Mexico. Eventually, the rest of them got moved over to Japan. It didn’t take place overnight; a lot of the folks had to train their replacements. It was pretty rough. “People talk about outsourcing a lot. You hear it on the news. But what gets left out is the feelings of the individuals who are actually there on that day, the ones who get the news. You can blame it on the company all you want – that’s the initial reaction – or

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blame it on the government, blame it on whatever. But at the end of the day, if you’re in that room, you feel like you’re not good enough. Even though it really had nothing to do with any of us, that was the feeling.” And then there’s the aforementioned “17

“Then I realized that I was just telling my own story.” Miles,” which deals with a failure to escape. “When I was a kid, I thought, ‘Oh, I’m bigger than this little bitty town. I’m going to get out of here.’ And I totally blew that,” Deck notes with a chuckle. “I got 17 miles away, to the corner of Highway 54 and Davis Road outside Weatherford, and I had a flat tire. I didn’t have a spare, nobody answered the phone when I called, so I had to get a tow.” He remains to this day in Weatherford, exactly 17 miles from his hometown of Thomas. Prior to the release of his self-titled CD, Deck had seen a reasonable amount of success as a member of bands, most recently the alt-rock outfit Green Corn Revival – he

describes it as “cowpunk” – whose resume includes a high-profile engagement backing Oklahoma rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson at the 2010 SXSW Music Festival. But the visibility he’s gotten since the release of Jared Deck leads to an obvious question: How easy is it going to be to continue writing songs about dealing with failure when its opposite seems to be heading your way? “That’s interesting,” he says. “A couple of days ago, I read a tweet from [noted singersongwriter] Jason Isbell, where he said something like, ‘Just because you’re doing well doesn’t mean there’s not tragedy all around you.’ Actually, a lot of the songs I’ve been writing have a lot to do with tragedy, with tragic events that have either happened to me or to people I’ve known through the years. I’m not saying that the whole next album will be like that, but I think my writing has matured enough that I can talk about such things and present them in a way I feel comfortable with. “The record gained some recognition and I’m thrilled with that. There’s been some great radio play out there. But,” he adds, “I am a malcontent by nature.” JOHN WOOLEY

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THE EXTERIOR OF THIS MODERN FARMHOUSE FEATURES BUSS LUDERS STONE FROM RICHBURG STONE IN DOWNTOWN OKC. A BOARD AND BATTEN STYLE IS USED NEAR THE FRONT DOOR AND COMPLEMENTS THE STANDING SEAM ROOF IN A SIMILAR PATTERN.

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by M. J. Van Deventer • Photos by David Cobb hink of a farmhouse and you probably envision a potbelly stove in the kitchen, an old-fashioned dining room, maybe even a Victorian parlor where tea is served. But this home in Edmond’s Sugar Hill has all the charm of an early day farmhouse with a modern

look. Designed by Paige Sheller and Jennifer Farrar of A-Line Designs in Edmond, this contemporary farmhouse has numerous features that enhance the country spirit the homeowners hoped to achieve. “We used a fresh, crisp color palette mixed with rustic stone on the exterior of the home and in the great room to suggest the upscale farmhouse look,” Sheller says. Sheller’s color theme features white as the foundation for almost every room, enhanced by soft greens, grays and blues. The names of the paint colors throughout the home are highly descriptive: Sea Salt, White Dove, Coastal Plain. “The colors are very calming,” she says. The entry provides the first clue to the casual country style of this home. It features floor-to-ceiling Shiplap, a popular wall finish once reserved for barns and sheds. It helps set the tone for this urban farmhouse. An entry console table was painted in a distressed fashion by Manny Rodriquez of Edmond. It hosts family portraits and mementos, creating a homespun theme for visitors. Rodriquez did all the finishes in the home. In an earlier era’s design, the kitchen would have been the star of the home. Here, the great room, kitchen and dining room are the heartbeat

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LEFT: THE WALLS IN THE ENTRY FOYER FEATURE AN OLD BARN AND FARM SHED MATERIAL, SHIPLAP, NOW BECOMING POPULAR FOR HOMES WITH A COUNTRY FEELING. HERE, IT’S USED FLOOR TO CEILING FOR A COUNTRY HOME STATEMENT. THIS PAGE: THE GREAT ROOM FIREPLACE IS FASHIONED OF ABBEY TUMBLED STONE FROM RICHBURG STONE. FURNISHINGS FROM URBAN FARMHOUSE IN OKC ARE MASCULINE AND ANCHOR THIS ROOM, WHICH IS WHERE THE FAMILY LOVES TO GATHER. ALL OF THE MILLWORK AND CASE WORK ARE PAINTED SIMPLY WHITE OC-117 BY BENJAMIN MOORE.

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of this home. The vaulted ceiling in the great room adds drama. The room overlooks a covered patio with an heirloom swing, a pool and a stone fireplace beckoning guests on cool autumn evenings. There’s a comfortable feeling in the great room, which measures 31 feet by 24 feet. Two sofas, slip covered in white linen, flank the fireplace, accented by two brown leather chairs, all resting on a cocoa brown rug. Sheller and Farrar didn’t want the television to dominate the room, so they covered it with white doors that mimic a barn door style. A similar style is used on the pantry door. The unusual globe chandelier from Restoration Hardware adds a classic touch. Early day farmhouses were not complete without a pantry and this contemporary home is no exception. But this one doesn’t hold your grandmother’s pickles or spiced peaches. This upscale pantry includes a wet bar, a wine cooler, open shelving for crystal glassware, and a chalkboard stating, “Always Be Joyful.” The master bedroom has special features, including automatic black-out shades for the sleeping hours. The suite also includes a private alcove perfect for reading or watching television. Particularly noteworthy in the home are the millwork, cabinets, crown moulding, windows, floors and custom-made doors, which Sheller and her seven-member staff at A-Line Designs chose for the project. “We do much more than choose paint, draperies and furniture,” she notes. Special stains were used on wood surfaces and the pine floors to define the setting and highlight the muted color theme. “The builder let us use all our talents on construction details and lighting in the home,” Sheller says. “Lighting makes a large impact on a room and it can make or break the look of a home. The homeowners have a very classic and casual style.” This contemporary home may not have the lineage of a 1920s farmhouse, but its functional charm surpasses anything you might find at a rustic, country home from the turn of the 19th century. TOP: THE COUNTRY-STYLE FARM TABLE IS ALSO FROM URBAN FARMHOUSE AND IS A FAVORITE GATHERING AND DINING PLACE FOR THIS FAMILY. A CENTER KITCHEN ISLAND INCLUDES A BAR ACCENTED WITH HARMON PENDANT LIGHTS IN A POLISHED NICKEL FROM RESTORATION HARDWARE. MIDDLE: THE WHITE COLOR SCHEME IN THE MASTER SUITE IS A RESTFUL HAVEN FOR THE COUPLE AND THE FAMILY DOG, WHO HAS HIS OWN BED NEAR THEIRS. THIS ROOM HAS A BEAUTIFUL VIEW OF THE POOL AND PATIO. BOTTOM LEFT: A BLACK TRAVERTINE FLOOR IS FEATURED IN THE RECTANGULAR LAUNDRY ROOM, WHICH IS PAINTED IN COASTAL PLAIN 6192 BY SHERWIN WILLIAMS. BOTTOM RIGHT: THE HOME FEATURES A SWIMMING POOL AND LOUNGING AREA FOR ENTERTAINING OR RELAXING WHEN THE WEATHER PERMITS.

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et’s face it. The holidays can be a time for making memories and recalling good times ... or the perfect backdrop for emotional turmoil, guilt and family drama. For many, the season brings another level of stress to already busy lives. If you find your blood pressure going up as “Jingle Bells” begins to play, you need help to de-stress. Dr. Scott Moseman is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who serves as medical director and attending physician for the Laureate Eating Disorders Program. He shares these tips on how to keep smiling and stay sane through the holidays. REBECCA FAST

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Schedule. You don’t have to go to every party or get-together. Set downtime and nights off. As you make your holiday plans, schedule breaks in your calendar. Exercise. Enjoying walks outside, yoga and biking can help to reduce stress. Outdoor activities in the sun can be especially important for anyone with a history of seasonal affective disorder or its symptoms. Eat mindfully. Think about your food intake. Balance the joys of your favorite holiday treats and meals with protein and fiber, which can help with satiety and energy levels. Plan. Make your list and check it twice. Being prepared for parties and presents and having help from family and friends can reduce last-minute stress. Budget. Keep your bank account in mind when buying gifts. Big bills don’t help post-holiday blues. Accept. Let family be who they will be; annoying habits are not likely to change. Try not to discuss subjects that won’t be resolved in the holiday hustle and bustle. Moseman also advises to not act as a referee or become triangulated in holiday drama, such as a sibling complaining about your mom but then asking you to say something to her about the issue. “For every large family gathering or party that you have to deal with someone whom you find challenging, schedule a smaller get-together with a small group of friends that you can relax around and truly be yourself,” Moseman says. Limit. Choose a few traditions that are difficult to mess up and don’t get wrapped up in a long list of activities that have to go exactly as you envisioned. Moseman says: “Expectations are the robbers of joy. Keep things simple and don’t overdo it. I recommend no Elf on the Shelf. Also, plan out a reasonable amount of things to do and delegate activities to friends and loved ones.” Practice joy. Express gratitude and give compliments freely. This spirit can turn normally tense situations into uplifting ones. Moseman adds that compliments and asking people about themselves help to keep people off sensitive or difficult topics. Drink moderately. Alcohol is a depressant and, in higher amounts, can increase anxiety, depression and poor sleep. Dress gaudily. And last but not least, wear an ugly Christmas sweater – the uglier the better!


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Art galleries, chocolate and shopping help make Zurich a city prime for exploration.

urich is a lakeshore stunner in Switzerland with Alpine vistas, cobbled streets and a vigorous city life. A tour of this vibrant city will expose you to farmers markets, posh department stores, lakeside bratwurst cafes, parks, landmarks and museums. The sparkling beauty of Zurich is calm and inviting. A trolley tour is highly recommended as it will take the tourist through the important architectural and historic highlights. For example, the tours will show you St. Peter’s Church, which features the largest clock face in Europe. The charm of Zurich lies in the fact that you can take either a walking tour or a trolley tour to complete your sightseeing desires.

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Zurich is a charmingly walkable city, which makes it memorable for tourists. Art galleries and fine department stores abound in this chic city. Switzerland is known for international banking, watchmaking, chocolates and being a country with many “flavors” as it borders four European countries. Because of the latter, Zurich has absorbed all the Eurofabulous uniqueness. Since one of the famous Swiss products is chocolate, a visit to the Lindt Chocolate Factory is recommended. The creativity and rebirth of west Zurich showcases studios, shops and the chocolate factory and is accessible to a stroll along Lake Zurich or a onehour sightseeing cruise (which passes under seven bridges) at the end of your tour. Bahnhofstrasse, the main downtown street embodies luxury, exclusive shopping and a pedestrian heaven. Pastry shops are a nice break in the day on what is known as one of the world’s most expensive shopping avenues. For those who like trivia, you should know that Bahnhofstrasse is reportedly the third most expensive street for retail property in Europe. Grossmunster is a must see church for architecture buffs, as it is perhaps the most identified landmark in Zurich for its Romanesque style, detailed portals and medieval columns. Lindenhofplatz is a personal favorite sightseeing spot as it provides iconic, panoramic views of Zurich. Located in the Lindenhof Hill in the heart of Zurich’s old town, this vantage point captures the mountains, Zurich Lake and the river below. It is famous for tourist and family photos. This snapshot vista of Zurich displays the beauty of the architecture, sparkling lake and pristine feel of the capital city.

Lodging

Ema House – The Zurich All Suite Hotel is located in a relaxing residential area and caters toward travelers who seek the comforts of home. Central Plaza Hotel overlooks the Limmat River and is a mere six-minute walk from Bahnhofstrasse.

Restaurants

Bratwurst stands are handy for a snack or lunch but fine dining can be found at The Armory’s Cellar or Hilti. The Armory’s Cellar is a Swiss-German restaurant on Bahnhofstrasse situated in a former 15th century arsenal displaying military memorabilia. The decor of this restaurant, combined with the food and local beer, attracts the Zurich tourist. Hilti is reportedly the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Europe, dating to 1898, and it’s a great spot to watch the locals.

Off the beaten path

A recommended side trip from the urban vibe of Zurich is to visit one of the rustic rural mountain villages. A personal recommendation is to visit Churwalden in the area of Chur where you can ride one of the longest Alpine slides in Europe, the Rodelbahn Pradaschier. The Alpine views, hikes and strolls through the charming village will find you breathing in the cool, crisp air and shopping daily in delis and bakeries known as co-ops. These co-ops are perfect for gathering ingredients for a charcuterie board in your lodging. Imagine the balcony views of the Alps, enjoying healthy deli delights and a glass of wine. Almost nowhere in the world can be quite as calm and zen as it is in Switzerland. Everything slows down in this neutral haven of Europa. GINA MICHALOPULOS KINGSLEY MIDDLE LEFT: THE SECHSELAUTEN PARADE IS HELD EVERY SPRING. BOTTOM LEFT: THE NEARBY SWISS ALPS FEATURE MANY NATURAL ATTRACTIONS. BOTTOM MIDDLE: GROSSMUNSTER CHURCH REFLECTS IN THE RIVER. BOTTOM RIGHT: SWITZERLAND IS TRULY AN IDYLLIC HAVEN. SEPTEMBER 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Dogs BY JUSTIN MARTINO

While most dogs may be VALUABLE COMPANIONS and pets, many people use SERVICE DOGS TO SAVE LIVES. Whether it’s a K-9 unit helping keep the CITY STREETS SAFE or a service dog that PROVIDES ASSISTANCE for military veterans suffering posttraumatic stress disorder WHO NEED HELP with their day-to-day routines, dogs can be IMPORTANT LIFE CHANGERS for many Oklahomans.

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Finding Help with PTSD

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A chance meeting at the Veterans Affairs hospital helped veteran Ryan Perkins gain control of his life again. A veteran of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, Perkins says he wanted to be in the military since he was a child. He joined the OKARNG in his senior year of high school and worked full time at Camp Gruber in Braggs before being promoted to sergeant, E-5. As part of his promotion, he was transferred to the 120th Combat Engineers out of Muskogee and deployed to a base in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle, near Fallujah, from February 2004 to February 2005. Perkins served as part of his unit’s convoy security team, escorting vehicles such as civilian and military supply trucks and defending them during attacks. After returning from Iraq, Perkins says symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, including a fear of crowds and being in public, made it difficult for him to lead a normal life. Counseling helped some, he says, but was unable to completely resolve the problem. While at the VA hospital, Perkins met another veteran dealing with PTSD who had received a service dog to help him recover. After some careful thought, Perkins decided to put in an application. “I pretty much lived almost like a prisoner in my own home for several years,” Perkins says. “I was afraid to go out, afraid to do anything. I was seeking something to help me get my life back. To be able to get the freedom to go back into public again.” After a lengthy application process, Perkins was paired with Ruby, a nearly 2-year-old German shepherd. He worked with Ron Miller, president of the board of directors of Therapetics in Tulsa, who was also paired with a service dog to help him with PTSD. Perkins says talks with Miller and other veterans who had been paired with a service dog encouraged him to make the step to get one of his own. “Ron was able to guide me, kind of tell me how much difference it had made in his life,” he says. “Between speaking to the different veterans that had a dog and Ron, it was pretty evident it really made a big difference.” Ruby was placed with Perkins at the end of the summer – just before he started the fall semester at the University of Oklahoma, where he’s majoring in environmental geology. He had previously attended Oklahoma City Community College and the summer semester at OU, but was nervous about the crowds at the college and large classes of the fall semester. Fortunately, he says Ruby has made an immediate impact in his life. He says he feels more comfortable going out in public, and is even able to attend a large lecture class with around 200 students. “The biggest thing that she has helped me out with is she can sense if I’m getting upset or having a panic attack,” he says. “She can pretty much sense that stuff just about every time. She’ll start nudging me with her nose under my arm. She’ll force me to pay attention to her, and basically she’ll continue to do that until I calm down. She won’t leave me alone until I calm down.” Perkins has become passionate about the use of service dogs to help treat PTSD, which is currently not offered through the VA. He says he knows many veterans who face the same difficulties he does, and he knows some of them may end up taking their own lives. “It really breaks my heart, because I wish all these people could get help,” he says. “If a dog can make a difference in saving somebody’s life, then by all means, the VA needs to be providing that.” Ruby helps Perkins not only by helping to keep him calm when necessary, but the sight of a service dog causes people to give him more room so he feels less crowded, he says. He says overall, people at OU who know about his PTSD have been very kind and accepting. He acknowledges, however, that using service dogs to treat nonphysical issues is new, and he encourages people to be accepting of that use. “Not everything is visible,” he says. “People could be hurting on the inside. It could be a lot of things, and the dog could be a huge help to them. Just be kind and courteous to people who are using them for help. They’re depending on them for their day-to-day lives.” SEPTEMBER 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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he says. “A dog can clear a building in a quarter of the time it would take a bunch of cops to do it. And that’s the fun part – searching for people. That’s what it’s all about.” Dezel is also trained to find evidence, sniff out drugs and locate people who may need help, including lost children and dementia patients. He wears a special harness when tracking people who need help, which allows him to differentiate between hunting suspects and helping people who have been lost. While Gilbert and Dezel have a strong working relationship, Gilbert says Dezel is part of his family when they’re off the clock. While each police dog is different and some may not be able to mix with other dogs when not working, Gilbert says he has been fortunate that all the dogs he has worked with are no different from a house dog when it’s time to go home. “When we’re at work, we’re partners. When we’re at home, he’s Dezel. He’s just one of the pack,” Gilbert says. “I allow him that opportunity just to be a dog, because that’s really important too. When he’s at work, he gives me 100 percent, so when he’s off duty, he’s off duty.” Unlike other pets, though, Dezel puts himself at risk alongside Gilbert every day. “It’s a partnership, and based on the job I’m asking him to do, he’s leading both of us right into potentially a very dangerous situation. If we are successful, he has taken us on a string straight to the bad guy, and the bad guy always typically has the advantage. He sees us before we’re coming. We have ballistic vests we use for our dogs, so we try to use good, sound tactics, but a lot of time tactics go out the window when you’re using a dog because he’s taking you straight to the bad guy who’s lying in wait.” Tulsa Officer Chris Butterfield of the Tulsa Police Department has been with the K-9 unit for 10 years and says the best part of the job is being able to provide support to other officers. Like Gilbert, Butterfield is often used to find people when there has been a forced entry, and says there have been several times he and his partner have found suspects that never would have been found otherwise. “It’s just amazing to see what they’re capable of,” Butterfield says. “He’s doing what we worked so hard for him to do, and it’s coming to fruition. It was a bond I wanted, and once you have it, it’s unlike anything else.”

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From Rescued to Rescuers

Tulsa firefighter and Oklahoma Task Force 1 member Adrienne Seibel jokes that Gunny, her yellow Labrador retriever who has been qualified to do search and rescue, has a less interesting story than many of the dogs on the task force. A search and rescue handler in California intended to use Gunny as a hunting dog, but Gunny had too much drive for the task – a common theme among the dogs in Oklahoma Task Force 1 that were trained by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. The foundation recruits dogs for their motivation and boldness – traits that can find the animals in a shelter for being difficult to manage. The foundation rescues suitable dogs and partners them with handlers to respond to natural disasters. Several of the dogs on the task force were rescued from kennels with days left before they were scheduled to be euthanized, Seibel says. Now the dogs work with their handlers to help save lives. Seibel got her start with the task force after talking with her cousin, who is a member of one of the search and rescue task forces in Texas. She initially worked with a dog for about a year and a half before it became clear the dog was not cut out for search and rescue work before being partnered with Gunny. The two were paired in the fall of 2012 and received their State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) Type II Certification in March 2013 – and were deployed shortly thereafter in the Moore tornado that May. Gunny received his SUSAR Type I Certification a month later. “The dogs got out of the truck ready to work, and we knew the scale of the deployment,” Seibel says. “It was gratifying just to say that we got to be there. We got to go work, and we did the job we were supposed to do.” The number of deployments the team is sent on each year depends largely on the weather,

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but Seibel says there has been one or two deployments each year since she received her certification. The Oklahoma team may also be called in to neighboring states to help out when needed. The dogs need to be kept in a state of continual readiness, however. That means the members of the task force, who come from all over the area – many of them working for police departments, fire departments and sheriff’s offices – volunteer their time for weekly training at a facility near Owasso. In addition, Seibel takes Gunny with her to work. All that time together has helped form not only a professional bond, but has helped make Gunny part of the family. “He’s definitely my partner,” she says. “Other than just training, we’re together a whole lot. We go out and do fitness together. We go to the playground and play. My son loves him, he listens to my husband. He’s part of my family.”

Hunting the Bad Guys

Master Sergeant Coy Gilbert of the Oklahoma City Police Department describes himself as a “get your hands dirty, work graveyard shifts type of cop” who enjoys hunting the bad guys. Fortunately for Gilbert, his partner, Dezel, enjoys that just as much. Gilbert has been partnered with Dezel, a six-year-old German shepherd, for nearly five years. Gilbert worked with the K-9 program at the Yukon Police Department before starting with the Oklahoma City Police Department as a patrolman. He joined the K-9 unit in Oklahoma City in 2003. The K-9 units give officers several advantages, Gilbert says. “There are businesses everywhere, and there are alarms going off all night long,”


A Trusted Partner

Tulsa resident Starr Davis, who has used a wheelchair since 2003 as a result of strokes and suffers from congestive heart failure, is quick to talk about all the ways in which Grace, her mobility dog, helps her on a daily basis – but she’s even quicker to point out what a good dog Grace is. Take, for instance, a recent visit to a restaurant. “Grace laid down, and the man who waited on us did not realize she was lying there by me, and she was in plain sight,” Davis says. “When I started to leave, I called her and she got up and gave me her leash and off we went.” Davis’s stories about Grace are tinged with a bit of sadness – Grace has been a presence in her life for five years, and will be turning 10 years old next year and will retire as a service dog. Davis adds that she has been told Grace can still come for visits even after she retires. When that day comes, Davis will be paired with another service dog by Therapetics. The organization relies on volunteer trainers to prepare the animals before partnering them with people, and Davis will have opportunities to bond with her new service dog while it is being trained. Until then, Grace will continue to help her as she has for the past five years – doing things such as helping Davis navigate through a store, taking laundry out of the dryer and opening the refrigerator. Davis has gone through a service dog transition before and still speaks LASER SURGERY • WELLNESS PROGRAMS AVAILABLE • 17 LUXURY SUITES • INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUNS • 24 PLAY YARDS • fondly of Boomer, her first service dog. While she was unsure if she LARGE & SMALL DOGGIE DAYCARE • GROOMING 7 DAYS A WEEK wanted a service dog at first, she quickly warmed to her new helper. “Boomer was a rescue, but he was a trained service dog,” she says. Woodland West Woodland West “He’d been starved, beaten. I had to put 50 pounds on him.” Pet ResoRt animal HosPital 9380 SOUTH UNION AVENUE, 9360 SOUTH UNION AVENUE, In addition to helping her with daily tasks, Boomer also would respond TULSA, OK 74132 TULSA, OK 74132 to changes in Davis’s health, waking her up one morning when she needed medical attention and even providing notice two to three days before Davis had a stroke. “My doctor just flat out told me, ‘When he alerts, let me know,’” she says. 9/30/16 11:32 AM While many people are familiar with seeing-eye dogs, there are many 22344 Woodland West Animal Hospital.indd 1 other types of service dogs. Dogs can be used as mobility assistance dogs, like Grace, and also as hearing dogs, seizure alert and response dogs, diabetic alert and response dogs and psychiatric service dogs. In all cases, the dog’s first responsibility is to its human partner. Davis says children are often excited to see Grace, but they cannot pet her while she is working. While Davis may have been initially reluctant to use a service dog, her experiences with Boomer and Grace have shown her how important the animals can be in helping lead a better quality of life. “I think service dogs are the best thing that ever happened for Located in Tulsa’s fashionable but pet sitting to accommodate all your me,” Davis says. trendy Brookside, City Veterinary pet needs. Medical services include “They’re really, reHospital, or City Vet, as it is wellness exams, vaccinations, ally special.” commonly referred, is owned by Dr. radiography, in-house laboratory/

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Comfort Foods Our State’s Great

Skillet Cookie – Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse Ooey, gooey deliciousness that will melt in your mouth. Hello, sugar high!

“Feel-good food” encompasses a whole scrumptous spectrum of quality fare, mainly because the idea of comfort food means something different to everyone. To some it’s mom’s stew, to others it may be that one diner’s fried chicken, and to you it might be a warm brownie fresh out of the oven. Regardless of your definition, the food you choose to eat on rainy days, after a breakup or just because you can offers a comfort unlike anything else. We searched far and wide across Oklahoma to find the state’s best “feelgood food,” and we found it. Oh boy, did we.

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Eat well, feel good.


Skillet Fried Chicken – Celebrity Restaurant This fried chicken is the real deal. Cooked in a cast iron skillet and seasoned to perfection, it’s a popular choice at Celebrity.

Just Got Dumped?

Turtle Brownie – Lucky’s Heaven on a plate: vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, candied pecans and a heaping chunk of delicious brownie. What’s more break-up friendly than that?

Cheescake – Deep Fork Grill Sweet, rich and comforting, the chocolate cheesecake with raspberry sauce will make your day.

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In our humble opinion, the only way to heal a broken heart is through good ol’ food therapy. Drown your sorrows in sweet and savory options that will make you forgot about you-know-who and think solely of the scrumptous sustenence in front of you.

Roasted Chicken and Mac and Cheese – Tallgrass Prairie Table Get farm-to-table perfection with this creamy carb and chicken combo. Delish!

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Fish and Chips – Picasso Cafe For a taste of the sea, the beer-battered cod, seasoned fries and caper remoulade at Picasso Cafe is just the ticket. Small yet mighty, this dish will fill you up and keep you smiling.

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Meatloaf Sliders – Lucky’s A twist on the traditional slider, these mini-burgers aim to please. Topped with jalepeno coleslaw and catsup glaze, you’ll find yourself eating all three faster than you can say “meatloaf sliders?!”

Sante Fe Chicken Sandwich – Cafe 501 This sandwich is a stunner: begin with tortilla crusted chicken, monterey jack cheese and roasted corn-avocado salsa, pile on the chipotle-mayo, then place it all on some fresh focaccia and garish with tri-colored tortilla chips.

A Quick B ite of Heaven

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A Rainy Day Menu

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Rainy days usually call for a good book and a cup of tea, but what about the food? Never fear: we’ve got the perfect culinary partner to a dreary day.

Duck Confit Jambalaya– Tallgrass Prairie Table For a comforting, warm and tasty New Orleans-style jambalaya, look no further than Tallgrass Prairie. As one of the restaurant’s favorite dishes by customers and chefs alike, this jambalaya will warm you up and calm you down.

Bread Pudding – Polo Grill Sugar, spice and everything nice: bread pudding is a dessert that will never go out of style. Polo Grill has mastered this dish to absolute perfection.

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Chicken Hominy Soup – Lucky’s Nothing says rainy day like warm, delicious soup. The chicken hominy option at Lucky’s is a menu staple that will please. With toppings like tortilla chips, avocado and sour cream, you’ll down it quick and ask for seconds.

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French Onion Soup – Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse Curl up with a cup of this french onion soup and you’ll be warm and satisfied all evening long. Cheesey and delicious, it’s the perfect pair for a rainy evening.


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Some meals are so mighty you’ll really need to suit up: roll up your sleeves, slap on a bib and don some loose-fitting pants. Trust us, you’ll need the breathing room after scarfing down these delicacies.

okmag.com Steak and Baked Potato – Junior’s For a hearty meal that will please your tastebuds, the steak at Junior’s is your ticket to paradise. Scrumptious sides include baked potato, corn on the cob, garlic mashed potatos or cottage fries.

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Applewood Smoked Bacon Duroc Pork Chop – Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse Glazed with brown maple butter and cooked to perfection, this pork chop gives you layers and layers of flavor and is the dream for any carnivore.

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Barbecue Ribs – Legacy Grill Loosen your belt for these – the ribs at Legacy Grill don’t mess around. Slathered in their own signature sauce, these ribs come with slaw and fries and certainly won’t disappoint.

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Nothing can compare to mom’s home cooking – except maybe chicken fried steak from restaurants around the state. Reminiscent of cherished family recipes and simple yet delicious fare, this cuisine was built to comfort.

Chicken Fried Steak – Polo Grill For an upscale version of a classic dish, visit Polo Grill for their delectable chicken fried steak. Slathered with gravy and served with fresh veggies, it’s a delicious delight.

Chicken Fried Steak – Evelyn’s Soul Food Nothing says “soul food” quite like a generous slab of chicken-fried steak with a heaping serving of gravy. Tasty!

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Steamed Mussels – Stonehorse Cafe Steamed in garlic and chardonnay and glazed with butter and flat leaf parsley, these mussels will keep you coming back for more.

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Seared Ahi Tuna – Picasso Cafe A simple dish that packs a punch, the seared ahi tuna from Picasso Cafe will blow you away. Layered with Picasso greens, candied garlic, rosemary olive oil and soy, this hug from Neptune is a delicious one.

Lobster Tail and Baked Potato – Junior’s Fresh, creamy, savory: the lobster tail and baked potato at Junior’s is just what the doctor ordered.

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Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you’re on a beach somewhere. Now open them and realize you’re not. Bummer. But hey, that’s okay. With mouthwatering seafood at your fingertips, curbing your blues will be easy as lobster.

Harrisa Blackened Salmon – Vast Blackened salmon from Vast is quite the culinary treat. Add yogurt, chimichurri and hazelnuts to complete the meal, and you’ll regret not trying it sooner.


After Thanksgiving and the onslaught of leftovers, the turkey burnout is very, very real. Fear not – there are plenty of turkey-free alternatives to keep your hearts – and tummies – happy and full.

Lasagna – Ti Amo Layers and layers of Italian cheeses and pasta comprise the delectable lasagna at Ti Amo. Pile on the Bolognese sauce for a timeless dish.

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Seared Scallops – Deep Fork Grill Simmered in a white wine Parmesan butter sauce with smoked tomatoes and served with flatbread, the seared scallops at Deep Fork Grill are a must-try.

Pamper Fried Catfish – Celebrity Restaurant Talk about a hearty helping! This catfish is dipped in house-made breading and fried to a perfect golden brown. Add sides like beans, mashed potatos, fries or slaw.

Shrimp Saute Linguini – Legacy Grill A traditional dish with plenty of flavor and personality, this linguini incorporates bell peppers, asparagus, shrimp and pesto sauce to create a rich and hearty meal.

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Chicken Livers – Hammett House Don’t let the intimidating name fool you – these chicken livers are served crispy, hot and extra delicious! Once you try them, you’ll gain a new appreciation for funky food choices. Ravioli – Stonehorse Cafe Housemade, the ricotta ravioli incorporates butternut squash, pumpkin seeds and brandied cherries for a unique, coloful and flavor-filled ravioli.

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An Afternoon Graze

Greek Pasta – Ti Amo For a dish that defies expectations, visit Ti Amo for its Greek pasta that includes chicken, almonds, garlic, Greek olives, bruschetta and a hint of tomato pesto.

Ginormous Meatball - Cafe 501 Yes, that’s really what it’s called. This delicious meatball comes with housemade pomodoro, provolone and handmade 501 rustic bread.

Sleep Late,

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Chicken and Waffles – Legacy Grill There’s nothing like the quirky yet classic combo of fried chicken and waffles. Add beer and green beans and you’re set!

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The perfect hangover cure or brunch delight comes in the form of heavenly breakfast food options. Combine these dishes with a hair of the dog and you’ll be more than ready to tackle another day.

Banana Bread French Toast – Viceroy A take on the traditional french toast, Viceroy’s version includes banana bread, berry compote and brulee. Fresh, sweet, salty and delicious.

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Potachos – Cafe 501 A twist on the nacho: combine kettle chips, green chile queso, delicious pulled chicken, a little pico, jalepeno, avocado and cilantro and you’ll be noshing on these all evening long.

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Viceroy Salad – Viceroy This is a super salad: baby arugula, shaved red cabbage, radish sticks, bacon lardon, toasted cumin all dressed in a shallot vinaigrette. Healthy yet mouth-watering: win-win!

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MCINTYRE LAW OKLAHOMA CITY

EMPOWERING VICTIMS THROUGH EXPERT COUNSEL The team at McIntyre Law is devoted to helping clients and their families navigate the devastating physical, financial and emotional healing processes necessary when catastrophic injury, or sadly sometimes death, occurs as the result of another’s negligent actions. With a reputation for expert representation, the lawyers at McIntyre Law prepare for every case as if it is going to trial. But the firm of McIntyre Law is about more than just litigation. “Our goal is to make our community a better place,” says firm owner Noble McIntyre. “We have a dedication and deep investment to our entire community.” In addition to annual blood drives, winter coat drives and participation in a lawyer-sponsored school backpack drive, McIntyre Law plays a leading role in the Oklahoma Lawyers Fighting Hunger program, which distributes more than 7,500 turkeys to Oklahomans in need annually. In recognition of the firm’s efforts, McIntyre has been honored to receive the 2010 Angel Food Ministries Community Spirit Award, the 2011 Oklahoma County Bar Association Community Service Award, the 2011 Tom Wallace Service Award, the 2012 Oklahoma Association for Justice Member of the Year Award, the 2013 Oklahoma Association for Justice President’s Award, the 2013 The Injury Board 10 years of Service Award, and the 2014 AAJ Trial Lawyers Care Award and the 2015 Oklahoma Association for Justices Leadership award for serving as the organizations president in 2015.

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AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2016 OKLAHOMA SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS

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Abowitz, Murray E., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City

Jackson, Douglas L., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Enid

Arnold, Shawn E., Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City

Kenney, John A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Barghols, Steven L., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City

King, Bryan N. B., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

ABOWITZ, MURRAY E. Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City

Bialick, Mark E., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Leach, William S., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

ARNOLD, SHAWN E. Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City

Blue, Rachel, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Bomhoff, Timothy J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Broussard, Steven A., Hall Estill, Tulsa Bryant, David L., GableGotwals, Tulsa Burrage, Michael, Whitten Burrage, Oklahoma City Christiansen, Mark D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Leibrock, Fred A., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City McCampbell, Robert G., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City McConnell-Corbyn, Laura, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Morse, Judy Hamilton, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Muchmore, Clyde A., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

COOPER, MARY QUINN McAfee & Taft, Tulsa CORBYN, JR., GEORGE S. Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City FARRIS, JOSEPH R. • Ranked Number Three • Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa

Neal, Kathy R., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

GUNGOLL, BRADLEY A. Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Oklahoma City

Neville, Jr., Drew, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

HOCH III, WILLIAM H. Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Court, Leonard, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Ottaway, Larry D., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City

KENNEY, JOHN A. McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Dace, Robert W., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Plumb, Charles S., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Donchin, David B., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Richards, Phil R., Richards & Connor, Tulsa

NEVILLE, JR., DREW • Ranked Number One • Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

Cooper, Mary Quinn, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Corbyn, Jr., George S., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City

Dunagan, Sidney G., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City Farris, Joseph R., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Fulkerson, Sam R., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Goodnight, Jason, Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Gordon, Kevin D., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Gungoll, Bradley A., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Oklahoma City Hampton, Joe M., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City Hermes, John N., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Hilsher, Gerald L., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Hoch III, William H., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Shields, Susan B., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Thompson, John M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Tubb, Jeremy, Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City

OTTAWAY, LARRY D. • Ranked Number Two • Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City

Tucker, John H., Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, Tulsa Walker, L. Mark, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Walters, Jay P., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City Walters, Joseph E., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City West, Terry W., The West Law Firm, Shawnee Wiggins, John, Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree, Oklahoma City Wohlgemuth, Joel L., Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa

Howard, Oliver S., GableGotwals, Tulsa

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AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE WOMEN LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2016 OKLAHOMA SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS

Ables, J. Angela, Kerr Irvine Rhodes & Ables, Oklahoma City

Martin, Linda Crook, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Scoggins, Linda G., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City

Blue, Rachel, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

McConnell-Corbyn, Laura, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

Shields, Susan B., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Morse, Judy Hamilton, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Timberlake, Sarah J., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City

Brightmire, Kristen L., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Burnett, LeAnne, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Cooper, Mary Quinn, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Denney, Cheryl Vinall, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Donovan, Erin, Erin Donovan & Associates, Tulsa Emmons, Shannon K., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Gillett, Sarah Jane, Hall Estill, Tulsa Huntsman, Susan E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

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Neal, Kathy R., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Petersen, Catherine Holland, Petersen Henson Meadows Pecore & Peot, Norman Quillin, Paula J., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Robertson, Moura A.J., Moura Robertson Family Law, Tulsa

Ternes, Mary Ellen, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Turner, Elaine R., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Tyrrell, Elizabeth D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Vincent, Leslie L., Hiltgen & Brewer, Oklahoma City Warmington, Courtney K., Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City

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PRACTICE AREA INDEX Alternative Dispute Resolution ................... S-6 Antitrust Litigation ....................................... S-6 Appellate ...................................................... S-6 Aviation & Aerospace ................................... S-6 Banking......................................................... S-6 Bankruptcy: Business ................................... S-6 Bankruptcy: Consumer................................. S-6 Business Litigation ....................................... S-6 Business/Corporate ....................................S-10 Civil Litigation: Defense ..............................S-12 Civil Litigation: Plaintiff ...............................S-14 Civil Rights ...................................................S-14 Closely Held Business .................................S-14 Construction Litigation ...............................S-14 Consumer Law.............................................S-14 Creditor Debtor Rights ................................S-14 Criminal Defense .........................................S-14 Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI........................S-14 Elder Law .....................................................S-14 Eminent Domain .........................................S-14 Employee Benefits.......................................S-16 Employment & Labor ..................................S-16 Employment Litigation: Defense ................S-16 Employment Litigation: Plaintiff ................S-18 Energy & Natural Resources .......................S-18 Environmental .............................................S-18 Environmental Litigation ............................S-18 Estate & Trust Litigation .............................S-18 Estate Planning & Probate .........................S-18 Family Law...................................................S-19 General Litigation........................................S-19 Health Care.................................................S-20 Immigration ................................................S-20 Insurance Coverage....................................S-20 Intellectual Property ..................................S-20 Intellectual Property Litigation..................S-20 Media & Advertising ...................................S-20 Mergers & Acquisitions ..............................S-20 Native American Law ..................................S-21 Personal Injury General: Defense ...............S-21 Personal Injury General: Plaintiff................S-21 Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense .................................................... S-22 Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff..................................................... S-22 Personal Injury Products: Defense ............ S-22 Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff ............. S-22 Professional Liability: Defense .................. S-22 Real Estate ................................................. S-22 Securities & Corporate Finance ................. S-22 Securities Litigation.................................... S-22 State, Local & Municipal ............................ S-22 Tax............................................................... S-22 Transportation/Maritime ........................... S-22 Utilities ........................................................ S-22

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Gilliland, Kent A., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City

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Skeith, Robert P., Wilkin McMurray, Jenks

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BANKRUPTCY: BUSINESS

Phone numbers included only for attorneys with paid Super Lawyers print advertisements.

Bratton II, Sam G., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

Bugg, Steven W., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

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Creekmore III, Thomas A., Hall Estill, Tulsa

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Hassell, Jeffrey D., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 McVay, Jr., Melvin R., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Craige, Mark A., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Elliott, Stephen W., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Finlayson, Mac D., Eller & Detrich, Tulsa Greenough, Charles, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Kirtley, Scott P., Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa

Barghols, Steven L., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Kline, Timothy D., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Gassaway, Kevin T., Gassaway Law Firm, Tulsa Holeman, Daniel E., Holeman Mediation, Tulsa Paulk, Joseph H., Dispute Resolution Consultants, Tulsa Spears, Larry M., The Spears Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Plourde, Ross A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Soule, Steven W., Hall Estill, Tulsa Swinson, Sidney K., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Trump, Timothy T., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Tubb, Jerry, Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City Turner, Andrew R., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

ANTITRUST LITIGATION Meyers, D. Kent, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

BANKRUPTCY: CONSUMER

Tolbert, Mary H., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Colpitts, Greggory T., The Colpitts Law Firm, Tulsa Gooding, Clifton, The Gooding Law Firm, Oklahoma City

APPELLATE Brightmire, Jon E., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Ellis, Jr., Harvey D., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Ford, Richard C., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Free, Matthew B., Best & Sharp, Tulsa Medina, J. Michael, Frederic Dorwart, Tulsa Muchmore, Clyde A., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Scimeca, James A., Burch George & Germany, Oklahoma City, 405-239-7711

JAMES A. SCIMECA BURCH, GEORGE & GERMANY, P.C. Oklahoma City • 405-239-7711

www.burch-george.com

BUSINESS LITIGATION Askew, Thomas M., Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa Ball, Larry G., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Balman, Steven K., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Bartz, Robert J., Barber & Bartz, Tulsa, 918-599-7755

ROBERT J. BARTZ

BARBER & BARTZ, PC Tulsa • 918-599-7755

www.barberbartz.com Bickford, Warren F., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City Bocock, Joseph H., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

AVIATION & AEROSPACE McCreary, Scott D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Polk, Frank L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Brockman, Matthew, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Bryant, David L., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Pg. S-4 Calvert, Randall K., Calvert Law Firm, Oklahoma City Carter, Lewis N., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

BANKING Betow, Gary L., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Blaney, Kevin, Blaney Tweedy & Tipton, Oklahoma City Bryant, Gary A., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS Goodman, Jimmy K., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Johnson, Brent M., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Clark, Guy, Northcutt Clark Gardner Hron & Oldfield, Ponca City

Grimm, William R., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

Johnson, William A., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

Cooper, Casey, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Hampton, Joe M., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Keglovits, David E., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4827

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Cheek, David A., Cheek & Falcone, Oklahoma City

Corbyn, Jr., George S., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Crapster, Gary C., Steidley & Neal, Tulsa Dahnke, George W., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City Davenport, Bradley E., Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City Davies, Shannon F., Spencer Fane, Edmond

Haupt, Robert J., National Litigation Law Group, Oklahoma City Hermes, John N., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Herrold, David H., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

DeMoss, Renee, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Hicks, James R., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

DeMuro, Paul, Frederic Dorwart, Tulsa

Hilsher, Gerald L., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Dunagan, Sidney G., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Pg. S-4

Hix, Richard P., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Edwards, Joe E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Hoch III, William H., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Elder, David A., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Ferguson, Tom Q., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Fitzgerald, Craig A., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Fogleman, Amelia A., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Geister III, Charles E., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Gillett, Sarah Jane, Hall Estill, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Holladay, Don G., Holladay & Chilton, Oklahoma City

King, Bryan N. B., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Kirk, James A., Kirk & Chaney, Oklahoma City Leffel, Lance E., Sweet Law Firm, Oklahoma City Leibrock, Fred A., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Leonard, Ryan T., Meyer Leonard & Edinger, Oklahoma City Love, III, R. Richard, Conner & Winters, Tulsa Luthey, Jr., Graydon D., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 McCampbell, Robert G., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 McCann, James P., McDonald McCann Metcalf & Carwile, Tulsa McClintock, Michael D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Howard, Oliver S., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Pg. S-4

McPhail, Mark R., Spradling Kennedy & McPhail, Oklahoma City

Hunsinger, II, Rodney K., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Inbody, Brian T., McNamara Inbody & Parrish, Tulsa Jackson, Gerald L., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Jeter, Jo Lynn, Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-732-1131

Merkley, Nicholas V., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Metcalfe, Gregory T., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 CONTINUED ON PAGE S-10

10 YEARS

STANDING (L TO R): Christopher T. Combs**, Carri A. Remillard**, Monty B. Bottom*, Amy Sherry Fischer*, David K. McPhail*, Andrew M. Bowman**; SEATED (L TO R): Larry D. Ottaway*†, Glen D. Huff*

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

*CHOSEN TO 2016 SUPER LAWYERS | **CHOSEN TO 2016 RISING STARS | †TOP 10

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Neuens, Chad M., Neuens Mitchell Bonds, Tulsa

Morgan, Victor E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

Nowlin, Bryan J., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Morgan III, Mack J., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

O’Connor, William W., Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101

Morse, Judy Hamilton, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Propester, Richard P., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Ramsey, Mark H., Taylor Foster Mallett Downs Ramsey & Russell, Claremore

Perri, Michael R., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Ricketts, Ronald N., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Mulinix, Russell L., Mulinix Edwards Rosell & Goerke, Oklahoma City

Pierce, Amy J., Corbyn Hampton Barghols Pierce, Oklahoma City

Robertson, Rob F., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500

Mullins, M. Richard, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Pinkerton, Laurence L., Pinkerton Law, Tulsa

Murphy, Brooke S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Pomeroy, David, Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City

Nelson, Todd A., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Tulsa

Powell, Cori D., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Honorees

Robison, Reid E., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Rother, Timila S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Rusher, James W., Albright Rusher & Hardcastle, Tulsa Russell, John D., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Sartin, Robert B., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600 Schwabe, III, G. Blaine, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Shinn Jr., Ronald T., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Silvestri, Lisa T., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Smith, Spencer F., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Standard, Matthew L., Kirk & Chaney, Oklahoma City Stanford, Ainslie, Crooks Stanford, Edmond Sturdivant, James M., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Taylor, Todd, Taylor & Strubhar, Oklahoma City, 405-470-6649 Pg. S-23 Thompson, John M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Joel L. Wohlgemuth

R. Jay Chandler

Jo Lynn Jeter

Selected to Super Lawyers 2006-2016 Top 50

Selected to Super Lawyers 2007-2016

Selected to Super Lawyers 2013-2016 Also previously selected to Rising Stars 2009

Todd, Jeff L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Tucker, John H., Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Vaughan, Randall G., Pray Walker, Tulsa, 918-581-5513 Vincent, Leslie L., Hiltgen & Brewer, Oklahoma City, 405-605-9000 Pg. S-4 Vogt, Thomas L., Jones Gotcher & Bogan, Tulsa Wagner, Kenneth E., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000 Walker, Ronald L., Tomlinson Rust McKinstry Grable, Oklahoma City Walters, Jay P., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Pg. S-4

Adrienne L. Barnett

Ryan A. Ray

David R. Ross

Selected to Super Lawyers 2014-2016 Also previously selected to Rising Stars 2013

Selected to Super Lawyers 2013-2016 Also previously selected to Rising Stars 2011-2012

Selected to Rising Stars 2011-2016

Ward, Stanley M., Ward & Glass, Norman, 405-253-4031 Pg. S-12 Webb, Drew D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Weger, James E., Jones Gotcher & Bogan, Tulsa

Since its inception more than 45 years ago, the firm has consistently achieved outstanding results in all aspects of litigation, including commercial and business litigation, energy litigation, and complex family and domestic cases, as well as white-collar and selected other criminal matters. In addition to litigation, the firm represents numerous clients in corporate, real estate and business transaction matters.

White, Jr., Richard D., Barber & Bartz, Tulsa Wilson, Ryan S., Wilson Law Firm, Oklahoma City Winter, Robert J., Pray Walker, Tulsa, 918-581-5523 Woods, Christopher B., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

BUSINESS/CORPORATE Canada, W. Deke, Hall Estill, Tulsa Chambers, Jr., Lawrence T., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Chandler, R. Jay, Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-583-7571

401 S. BOSTON AVE., 2900 MID-CONTINENT TOWER, TULSA, OK 74103 • PH: (918) 583-7571

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Fry & Elder

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

TULSA

Robert G. Fry, Jr.

Experience the Fry & Elder Difference Founded in 1932, Fry & Elder has a rich legacy of family law representation, focusing on divorce and child custody litigation, and has become one of the most decorated law firms in Oklahoma and nationally.

While Fry & Elder continues its established family law practice, the Oklahoma trial law firm has expanded to a new, larger office at 1630 South Main Street in Tulsa and offers experienced, trained representation for personal injury and criminal defense cases statewide and in Texas, where Shane Henry is licensed. The five experienced trial lawyers at Fry & Elder, with four Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees, try high-conflict family, criminal and injury cases. All five attorneys are highly rated and are regularly recognized by their peers. When you turn to Fry & Elder, you can be sure your case is handled with respect and care as the attorneys analyze your case, develop unique solutions tailored to fit your needs and work with you to prepare for trial. 1630 S. Main St. | Tulsa, OK 74119 | PH: (918) 585-1107 | fryelder.com

James R. Elder

T. Luke Barteaux** M. Shane Henry**

*Chosen to Super Lawyers 2016

Aaron D. Bundy** Robert G. Fry, Jr.*

**Chosen to Rising Stars 2016


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Dale, John D., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Denney, Cheryl Vinall, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Derrick, Gary W., Derrick & Briggs, Oklahoma City Heinen, Steven G., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Helton, Scott R., Helton Law Firm, Tulsa Larimore, James K., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City McKinney, David B., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

O’Connor, John M., Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101 Paliotta, Armand, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Ratcliff, Marcus N., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000

Rubenstein, Michael A., Rubenstein & Pitts, Edmond Smith, Dwight L., Dwight L. Smith, Tulsa Whitehill, Jr., William H., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Ray, Stephen W., Hall Estill, Tulsa

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE

Redwine, R. Kevin, Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Arnold, Shawn E., Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City, 405-235-7471 Pg. S-4

Robertson, John D., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

Baum, Jeffrey C., Baum Glass & Jayne, Tulsa

Robinett, Bruce W., Robinett King, Bartlesville

Blongewicz, Mark K., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Rockett, D. Joe, Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City

Bottom, Monty B., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8 Bowers, Brock C., Hiltgen & Brewer, Oklahoma City, 405-605-9000

10 YEARS

BROCK C. BOWERS

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

HILTGEN & BREWER, PC Oklahoma City • 405-605-9000

www.hiltgenbrewer.com

Buchan, J. Craig, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Stanley M. Ward

Cain, Timothy D., Wilson Cain & Acquaviva, Oklahoma City Deligans, R. Ryan, Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City Donnell, Bradley K., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Downs, Darrell W., Taylor Foster Mallett Downs Ramsey & Russell, Claremore Gibbs, II, James L., Goolsby Proctor Heefner & Gibbs, Oklahoma City Givens, Greg D., Givens Law Firm, Oklahoma City Woodrow K. Glass

Brent L. Neighbors Stanley M. Ward

Glass, Jason L., Baum Glass & Jayne, Tulsa Hixon, Stacie L., Steidley & Neal, Tulsa Kirkland, Nevin R., Edmonds Cole Law Firm, Oklahoma City Leach, William S., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4

FIGHTING FOR THE LITTLE GUY

Lee, David W., Collins Zorn & Wagner, Oklahoma City

For two decades, the attorneys at Ward & Glass have fought for the legal rights of the underdogs against insurance companies, health-care providers and other powerful business entities. The firm is a trusted partner and advocate for clients pursuing justice after being severely injured or wronged by another.

Martin, Timothy L., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Ward & Glass lawyers enjoy a powerful legacy of victories, relying on experienced skill in litigation and expertise in medical negligence, employment, business interference and personal injury law. Its attorneys prepare every case as if it is going to trial, while striving to resolve cases quickly and effectively through negotiation.

McDaniel, A. Scott, McDaniel Acord, Tulsa, 918-382-9200 Pg. S-23

Lipe, Larry B., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

The firm’s attorneys deftly tackle complex cases, whether they involve workplace discrimination, contractual business disputes like bad faith, surgical errors or wrongful death from a vehicle accident. Ward & Glass has won numerous multimillion-dollar awards for its clients, securing some of the biggest verdicts and settlements in Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

Mathis, Rachel C., Aston Mathis Jacobson Campbell & Tiger, Tulsa

Neal, Jr., Charles D. “Buddy”, Steidley & Neal, Tulsa Ottaway, Larry D., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-4, S-8 Paruolo, Thomas A., Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond Perrine, William D., Perrine Redemann Berry Taylor & Sloan, Tulsa Richer, John T., Hall Estill, Tulsa

WARD & GLASS LLP 1601 36th Ave. Northwest, Norman, OK 73072 PH: (405) 253-4031 • FX: (405) 360-7902

wardglasslaw.com

Tucker, Colin H., Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, Tulsa Wohlgemuth, Joel L., Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-732-1102 Pg. S-4 Woods, II, Maurice G., McAtee & Woods, Oklahoma City, 405-232-5067 Zorn, Daniel K., Collins Zorn & Wagner, Oklahoma City

2016 Super Lawyers Honorees

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PO Box 702860, Tulsa, OK 74170-2860 PH: (918) 592-7070 | FX: (918) 592-7071

staufferlaw.com

SUPER LAWYERS HONOREES Neal E. Stauffer, a partner at Stauffer & Nathan in Tulsa, is an Oklahoma attorney with over 25 years of experience in insurance law and another 10 years of experience, prior to becoming a lawyer, as an insurance agent and adjuster. With all of his experience on both sides of the aisle, it is no surprise he is a successful attorney with a focus on insurance coverage, personal injury, bad faith, class action and products liability cases. As proof of his success, there is a long list of reported cases on which he acted as lead counsel. Those cases include Wagnon v. State Farm; Lawrence v. State Farm; Travel Stop Inc. v. Alliance Gen. Ins. Co.; Weldon v. Dunn; Hale v. A. G. Ins. Co.; ANB Bankcorp v. Equitable Life Assurance; State Farm v. Van Horn; Truesdell v. State Farm; Wilson v. Glancy; and Lester v. Smith. Stauffer’s success and expertise have been acknowledged by his peers. Stauffer is a fellow of the American College of Insurance Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. He holds a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent™ rating and he was appointed a lawyer member of the Professional Responsibility Tribunal for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in 2012. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, and the Eighth and Tenth Circuit courts of appeal. Jody R. Nathan is recognized for her exceptional appellate work, with nearly 50 reported decisions, and for her practice in insurance law, including products and professional liability. Those cases include Max True Plastering Co. v. U.S. Fidelity and Guar.; First Bank of Turley v. Fidelity and Deposit Ins. Co.; Tilton v. Richardson; and Massey v. Farmers Ins. Group. She writes and lectures on insurance, personal injury, discovery, appeals and technology, and notes new insurance cases on the firm’s blog. Nathan is AV rated and received the Earl Sneed award from the Oklahoma Bar Association for outstanding contributions in the field of continuing legal education. She is licensed to practice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri; the United States Supreme Court; and the Eighth and Tenth Circuit courts of appeal.

RISING STARS HONOREE Kate D. Thompson, an associate at Stauffer & Nathan, has more than 12 years of experience in civil tort law and business litigation. Thompson began her legal career as the sole litigation attorney for a firm located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Following three successful years in Massachusetts, she returned to her family in Oklahoma and joined a litigation firm in Tulsa, where she continued her practice for five years in civil tort law and business litigation. In 2011, Thompson opened her own firm emphasizing her practice on personal injury litigation. She joined Stauffer & Nathan in May 2015 and concentrates her practice in personal injury litigation. Thompson was selected to Rising Stars in 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016. She is approved to practice in the Northern and Eastern districts of Oklahoma. Thompson is a member in good standing of the Oklahoma and Massachusetts bar associations and is a member of the Oklahoma and Tulsa County bar associations.


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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Sander, Lori A., Felker Sander & Associates, Oklahoma City

CIVIL RIGHTS Salem, Micheal, Salem Law Offices, Norman, 405-366-1234

MICHEAL SALEM SALEM LAW OFFICES Norman • 405-366-1234

www.msalemlaw.com

CLOSELY HELD BUSINESS Fisher, Eric S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Mitchell, Brian L., Neuens Mitchell Bonds, Tulsa Steele, Mark T., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000

CONSUMER LAW Humphreys, David, Humphreys Wallace Humphreys, Tulsa Wallace, Luke J., Humphreys Wallace Humphreys, Tulsa Wandres, Victor R., Paramount Law, Tulsa

Quillian, J. Patrick, J. Patrick Quillian, Oklahoma City, 405-206-3335 Pg. S-23

J. PATRICK QUILLIAN J. PATRICK QUILLIAN, P.C. Oklahoma City • 405-206-3335

www.oklahomacitylegalgroup.com Wyatt, IV, Robert L., Wyatt Law Office, Oklahoma City

CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS Vogt, James W., Reynolds Ridings Vogt & McCart, Oklahoma City

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DUI/DWI Edge, Bruce, Edge Law Firm, Tulsa Monroe, Stanley D., Monroe & Keele, Tulsa

CRIMINAL DEFENSE Brunton, Paul D., Paul Brunton Law Office, Tulsa Coyle, IV, J.W. “Billy”, Coyle Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Harper, Jr., John E., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

Coyle, III, John W., Coyle Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Hickey, John M., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Gordon, Jr., Jack E., Gordon and Gordon Lawyers, Claremore

Hoss, Henry D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Gotcher, Warren, Gotcher and Beaver, McAlester

Mathis, Stephan S., Aston Mathis Jacobson Campbell & Tiger, Tulsa

James, Gary J., Gary J. James & Associates, Oklahoma City

Metcalf, Steven K., McDonald McCann Metcalf & Carwile, Tulsa

Kane, Matthew C., Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber, Oklahoma City

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Lander, Melanie Dennis, Edge Law Firm, Tulsa Martin, Mack K., Martin Law Office, Oklahoma City

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

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Krahl, Kevin E., Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City

ELDER LAW Burke, Robbie Emery, Attorney at Law, Tulsa Neisent, Tracy Speck, Holmes Holmes & Neisent, Oklahoma City

EMINENT DOMAIN Hartley, Thomas Jot, The Hartley Law Firm, Tulsa, 918-244-0394 CONTINUED ON PAGE S-16

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THE BARKETT LAW FIRM PLLC MICHAEL BARKETT

The Barkett Law Firm: Fighting for Oklahoma People and Businesses A native Oklahoman, Michael Barkett has over 20 years experience representing Oklahoma people and businesses. Mr. Barkett has extensive jury trial experience and, most importantly, a long history of winning results for his clients. Mr. Barkett, along with the other experienced attorneys at The Barkett Law firm, are ready to fight tirelessly for you, your family or your business to obtain justice. There is no case too big or too small. The Barkett Law firm represents people and businesses from all across the State of Oklahoma. Call us today for a free consultation.

1408 S. Harvard Ave., Tulsa, OK 74112 PH: (918) 582-6900 • FX: (918) 582-6907

barkettlaw.net


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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR

Freudenrich, Bill G., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Aspan, Molly A., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Hyde, James Dudley, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Bru, Courtney, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Long, Brandon P., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Bryant, Tanya, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Nix, Richard D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Court, Leonard, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Papahronis, John A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Emmons, Shannon K., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Hurst, Amber, Hammons Gowens Hurst & Associates, Oklahoma City, 405-235-6100 Lissau, Michael J., Hall Estill, Tulsa Moore, James R., Moore & Leaman, Oklahoma City

Crawford, Rachel B., Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101

Morgan, J. Daniel, Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101

Spencer, Mark D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Deaton, Jo Anne, Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, Tulsa

Petrikin, J. Ronald, Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Stewart, Leasa M., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500

Donelson, Kevin R., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Prince, James C., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Smith, Eric S., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Plumb, Charles S., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Quillin, Paula J., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Ramsey, Natalie K., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Redman, Michael C., Neuens Mitchell Bonds, Tulsa Snapp, Randall J., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Tubb, Jeremy, Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Turner, W. Kirk, Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101 Van Dyke, Peter T., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Warta, David A., Smolen Smolen & Roytman, Tulsa Wilkes, Keith A., Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101 Witterholt, Madalene A. B., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Wood, Elizabeth Scott, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE Barrett, Gayle L., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Brightmire, Kristen L., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Broussard, Steven A., Hall Estill, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Carr, Michael L., Holden & Carr, Tulsa Childers, Adam W., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Cremin, J. Patrick, Hall Estill, Tulsa Dale, Angelyn L., Hall Estill, Tulsa Fields, Roberta B., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Fulkerson, Sam R., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Funk, Robyn M., Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon, Tulsa Hanna, Lauren Barghols, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Lauderdale, Michael F., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Lohrke, Mary L., Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon, Tulsa Love, Kimberly Lambert, Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon, Tulsa Neal, Kathy R., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Puckett, Tony G., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Redemann, Robert P., Perrine Redemann Berry Taylor & Sloan, Tulsa Ross, Paul A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City CONTINUED ON PAGE S-18

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QUALITY INTEGRITY EFFICIENCY TECHNOLOGY

CSM has built its reputation by providing rock solid legal representation to its clients while maintaining an environment that champions integrity and hard work. Congratulations to Robert Coffey and John Woodard for being named to the 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers list. 4725 East 91st Street Suite 100, Tulsa, OK 74137 » www.CSMlawgroup.com » (918) 292-8787


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Taylor, Jason S., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Timberlake, Sarah J., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Turner, Elaine R., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Warmington, Courtney K., Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Whatley, Nathan L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Zachritz, Anne E., Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Eddy, Rand C., Mulinix Edwards Rosell & Goerke, Oklahoma City

Brown, Travis, Mahaffey & Gore, Oklahoma City, 405-694-4472 Christiansen, Mark D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Cordell, David R., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Darrah, Micheal L., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City Devoll, Glenn A., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Enid Gibbens, Michael J., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

Books, Richard K., Elias Books Brown & Nelson, Oklahoma City

Walker, L. Mark, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Williams, Jr., D. K. (Ken), Hall Estill, Tulsa

Anderson, William C., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Gungoll, Bradley A., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Hayes, J. Kevin, Hall Estill, Tulsa

Noulles, Richard B., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Bomhoff, Timothy J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Vahlberg, Mia, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Griffin, Jr., John J., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Shook, Jonathan E., Shook & Johnson, Tulsa

Anderson, Pamela S., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Tisdal, Mart, Tisdal & O’Hara, Clinton

ENVIRONMENTAL

Mahaffey, Gregory L., Mahaffey & Gore, Oklahoma City, 405-236-0478

Adams, Steven J., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Stonecipher, Mark K., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Gore, Richard J., Mahaffey & Gore, Oklahoma City, 405-236-0478

Hammons, Sr., Mark E., Hammons Gowens Hurst & Associates, Oklahoma City, 405-235-6100

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Stinson, C. David, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Orlowski, D. Faith, Moyers Martin, Tulsa Ragsdale, Terry D., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Reeves, John R., Conner & Winters, Oklahoma City Schmidt, Arthur W., Mahaffey & Gore, Oklahoma City, 405-236-0478

Jantzen, Stephen L., Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber, Oklahoma City Keele, II, Garry L., Hall Estill, Tulsa Landreth, Lloyd W., Landreth Law Firm, Jenks Shandy, Donald K., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Ternes, Mary Ellen, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION Burnett, LeAnne, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Graves, Michael D., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Smith, Donald S., Pray Walker, Tulsa, 918-581-5500

Joyce, Robert J., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Smith, Michael E., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City

Martin, Linda Crook, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Pearce, Jr., Patrick R. (“Ricky”), Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber, Oklahoma City

ROD POLSTON

ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION Brown, Jack L., Jones Gotcher & Bogan, Tulsa Milton, James C., Hall Estill, Tulsa

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE Bass, A. Gabriel, Bass Law, Oklahoma City Bates, Julie, Postic & Bates, Oklahoma City Brown, III, Gary L., Brown & Associates, Enid, 580-234-6600

TA X L AW Rod Polston has established himself as the premier tax attorney for clients who owe taxes to the IRS or the state. Polston’s clients benefit from the firm’s exclusive concentration in tax law, which enables his team to focus their time on becoming deeply familiar with tax law and advocating aggressively for their clients. His firm also offers full-service accounting, bookkeeping and tax preparation services to keep clients in compliance with the IRS and state. Polston’s passion for his clients does not stop at the front door of his office. He has also formed Rod Polston’s Servant Heart Foundation, which has donated thousands of dollars to many worthy causes and provides for individuals in need. The foundation also coordinates a community service event once a quarter, and all firm employees are encouraged to participate during work hours without taking time off. Polston’s integrity, passion for justice and care for the welfare of others are the cornerstones of his firm.

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GARY L. BROWN, III

LAW OFFICES OF ROD POLSTON Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita, Norman, Edmond, Yukon, Lawton PH: (405) 801-2146 FX: (405) 801-2150 IRSHelpOklahoma.com

BROWN & ASSOCIATES, PLLC Enid • 580-234-6600

www.brownlaw-ok.com

Cole, Steven P., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Crosthwait, Jr., M. Joe, The Crosthwait Law Firm, Oklahoma City, 405-733-1683 Pg. S-23 Curnutte, Mark W., Logan & Lowry, Vinita Donovan, Erin, Erin Donovan & Associates, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Ellis, Hal Wm., Ellis & Ellis, Stillwater Feist, Philip R., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Tulsa Ketchum, II, Daniel R., Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101 McAlister, Lloyd G., McAlister McAlister Baker & Nicklas, Edmond Mee, Jr., John W., Mee Mee Hoge & Epperson, Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS Ottaway, Cynda C., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Fry, Jr., Robert G., Fry & Elder, Tulsa, 918-585-1107

Beam, Stephen D., Attorney at Law, Weatherford

Riseling, Ted M., Riseling & Rhodes, Tulsa

Gotwals, James R., James R. Gotwals and Associates, Tulsa

Buchanan, Brandon L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Grundy, Bradley A., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Burrage, Heather Hillburn, Burrage Law Firm, Durant, 580-920-0700

Shacklett, Curtis J., Barber & Bartz, Tulsa Shields, Susan B., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Sine, Amy J., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Spivey, Stacey D., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Trudgeon, Jon H., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

Hester, Jon L., Hester Schem Hester & Deason, Oklahoma City Johnson, N. Scott, N. Scott Johnson and Associates, Tulsa Little, Ronald W., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa McConnell-Corbyn, Laura, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Munn, Justin B., Smakal Munn, Tulsa

FAMILY LAW Barnett, Adrienne L., Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-583-7571

Petersen, Catherine Holland, Petersen Henson Meadows Pecore & Peot, Norman Pg. S-4

Burrage, Michael, Whitten Burrage, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Chilton, Gary S., Holladay & Chilton, Oklahoma City Dace, Robert W., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Felty, Michael C., Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City, 405-235-7471 Green, Gerald P., Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Blevins, Paul E., Blevins Law Office, Pryor

Roberts, Curtis J., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa

Christensen, Cathy M., Cathy Christensen & Associates, Oklahoma City

Robertson, Moura A.J., Moura Robertson Family Law, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Henneke, David C., Attorney at Law, Enid

Cornell, Melissa F., Cornell Law Firm, Tulsa

Schem, Charles O., Hester Schem Hester & Deason, Oklahoma City

Jackson, Douglas L., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Enid Pg. S-4

Daniel, Sam P., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa DeLacerda, Melissa, The Law Office of Melissa DeLacerda, Stillwater, 405-624-8383

Tucker, Phillip J., Tucker Law Firm, Edmond Urbach, Eric, Urbach Law Firm, Oklahoma City Wagner, II, Richard A., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Echols, M. Eileen, Echols & Associates, Oklahoma City Erbar, Maria Tully, Attorney at Law, Oklahoma City, 405-842-5015 Pg. S-23 Ford, Jon R., Jon R. Ford, Enid

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GENERAL LITIGATION Abowitz, Murray E., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Grossman, Mark S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Meek, Justin D., Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond Moore-Shrier, Pansy, Moore-Shrier Law Firm, Tulsa O’Hara, Jr., Patrick, Tisdal & O’Hara, Edmond Patton, Babette, Breathwit & Patton, Oklahoma City CONTINUED ON PAGE S-20

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Joseph, Michael E., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Pickens, Travis A., Meyer Leonard & Edinger, Oklahoma City, 405-702-9900

Loomis, Cori H., Christensen Law Group, Oklahoma City Rieger, Karen S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

TRAVIS A. PICKENS

Rogers, Patricia A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

MEYER, LEONARD & EDINGER, PLLC Oklahoma City • 405-702-9900

www.mleattorneys.com

Ray, Ryan A., Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-583-7571 Robinett, Tracy W., Robinett Swartz & Aycock, Tulsa

Taylor, Stratton, Taylor Foster Mallett Downs Ramsey & Russell, Claremore Thomas, Terry M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Walters, Joseph E., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 White, Amy D., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Whitten, Reggie N., Whitten Burrage, Oklahoma City

Green, Jr., James E., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Haskins, III, Walter D., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa

Scoggins, Linda G., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Loy, Katherine Taylor, Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Smith, Barry L., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

McGrew, Michael D., McGrew McGrew & Associates, Oklahoma City

Tyrrell, Elizabeth D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Rule, John H., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Shephard, C. Eric, Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Givens, Keith F., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Oklahoma City

Nathan, Jody R., Stauffer & Nathan, Tulsa, 918-592-7070 Nelson, Robert W., Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond

IMMIGRATION Stump, T. Douglas, Stump & Associates, Oklahoma City

INSURANCE COVERAGE Ables, J. Angela, Kerr Irvine Rhodes & Ables, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Acquaviva, Jr., Joseph T., Wilson Cain & Acquaviva, Oklahoma City

Richards, Phil R., Richards & Connor, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Stauffer, Neal E., Stauffer & Nathan, Tulsa, 918-592-7070 Welch, Mort G., Welch & Smith, Oklahoma City

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Blue, Rachel, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Butler, Jr., Roger N., Secrest Hill Butler & Secrest, Tulsa

Brockhaus, Marc A., Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City

Cathcart, William R., Cathcart & Dooley, Oklahoma City

Dougherty, III, Clifford C., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Glass, Robert S., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Cole, Kenneth G., Mansell Engel & Cole, Oklahoma City

LaBrie, Michael J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Gordon, Kevin D., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Dooley, Cary D., Cathcart & Dooley, Oklahoma City, 405-524-1110

HEALTH CARE Dunitz Brennan, Elise, Conner & Winters, Tulsa Frogge, S. Gregory, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Brown, Dennis D., Brown Patent Law, Broken Arrow

McCarthy, Randall K., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Rader, Jenna, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Rahhal, Anthony L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Rouse, Nicholas D., Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City Sorocco, Douglas J., Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City Sullivan, David M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City White, Edward L., Edward L. White, Edmond

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION Breedlove, Roy C., Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Tulsa

Jacob W. Biby

Free, Jr., Phillip L., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City

Scott R. Jackson

Kenney, John A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

MEDIA & ADVERTISING K Blankenship Photography

Martin Jean & Jackson congratulates Scott Jackson and Jacob Biby on being named to the 2016 Super Lawyers list. Scott, Jacob and all the attorneys at Martin Jean & Jackson devote their practice to the representation of individuals injured through no fault of their own. The firm is proud to have attorneys recognized for their effectiveness in protecting the rights of injured Oklahomans.

Dodd, S. Douglas, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Epstein, Jon A., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Nelon, Robert D., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Cooke, Michael D., Hall Estill, Tulsa Cooper, H. Wayne, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

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Curry, Robert A., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Davis, Steven C., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Lees, C. Ray, Porter Hedges, Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS Bisher, Rick W., Ryan Bisher Ryan Phillips & Simons, Oklahoma City

Jackson, Scott R., Martin Jean & Jackson, Ponca City, 580-765-9967

Bonner, Mark, Norman & Edem, Oklahoma City

Jones, Mike, Mike Jones, Bristow

Brewster, Clark O., Brewster & De Angelis, Tulsa

Laird, Greg, Attorney at Law, Tulsa

McBride III, D. Michael, Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

Bryan, J. Spencer, Bryan & Terrill Law, Tulsa

McGuire, Kent R., McGuire Law Firm, Edmond

Vaughn, Christina M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

Burch, Derek K., Burch George & Germany, Oklahoma City

McIntyre, Noble K., McIntyre Law, Oklahoma City, 405-917-5200 Pg. S-3

Burrage, David, Burrage Law Firm, Durant, 580-920-0700

McLain, William “Chad”, Graves McLain, Tulsa, 918-359-6600

Buxton, Jim, Buxton Law Group, Oklahoma City, 405-604-5577

Nix, Glendell D., Maples Nix & Diesselhorst, Edmond, 405-509-2000

Carson, Joe, Warhawk Legal, Oklahoma City

Norman, John W., Norman & Edem, Oklahoma City

MICHAEL W. BREWER

Diesselhorst, Jacob, Maples Nix & Diesselhorst, Edmond, 800-539-0652

Riggs, M. David, Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa

www.hiltgenbrewer.com

Durbin, II, Gerald E., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Self, Jr., James F., Self and Associates, Oklahoma City

Buchan, Sarah, Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa

Edem, Emmanuel E., Norman & Edem, Oklahoma City

Tawwater, Larry A., Tawwater Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Coffey, Jr., Robert P., Coffey Senger & McDaniel, Tulsa, 918-292-8787

Ganem, Thomas F., The Ganem Law Firm, Tulsa, 918-745-9200 Pg. S-23

Toon, Rich, Toon and Company, Tulsa

Davis, J. Christopher, Johnson & Jones, Tulsa

Gorospe, Anthony, Gorospe & Smith Law Firm, Tulsa, 918-582-7775 Pg. S-23

NATIVE AMERICAN LAW Huntsman, Susan E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Pg. S-4 Kickingbird, Kirke, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, Oklahoma City

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE Beeler, Jeff R., Jeff R. Beeler, Oklahoma City Brewer, Michael W., Hiltgen & Brewer, Oklahoma City, 405-605-9000 HILTGEN & BREWER, PC Oklahoma City • 405-605-9000

Donchin, David B., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Dreyer, Mark E., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Halley, Duke, Halley Talbot & Smithton, Oklahoma City

Ferguson, Jr., Thomas G., Walker Ferguson & Ferguson, Oklahoma City

Handley, Jr., Fletcher Dal, The Handley Law Center, El Reno

Folluo, Dan S., Rhodes Hieronymus Jones Tucker & Gable, Tulsa

Homsey, Gary B., Homsey Law Center, Oklahoma City, 405-843-9923 Pg. S-23

Spencer, J. Shawn, The West Law Firm, Shawnee

Vitali, John E., Hornbeek Vitali & Braun, Oklahoma City Weddle, III, Charles C., White & Weddle, Oklahoma City West, Bradley C., The West Law Firm, Shawnee West, Terry W., The West Law Firm, Shawnee Pg. S-4 White, Jr., Joe E., White & Weddle, Oklahoma City CONTINUED ON PAGE S-22

Johnson, J. Logan, Miller & Johnson, Oklahoma City Latham, Jr., Bobby L., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000 Looney, Jr., Robert D., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Mullins, Glen, Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City Pickard, Joe, Sweet Law Firm, Tulsa Pignato, Gerard F., Pignato Cooper Kolker & Roberson, Oklahoma City Starr, Jon D., McGivern & Gilliard, Tulsa Steidley, Jr., W.G. “Gil”, Steidley & Neal, Tulsa

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF Abel, Ed, Abel Law Firm, Oklahoma City Atkins, Jeffrey R., Atkins & Markoff, Oklahoma City Bachman, Gary C., Holloway Dobson & Bachman, Oklahoma City Barkett, Michael L., The Barkett Law Firm, Tulsa, 918-582-6900 Belote, James A., Stipe & Belote, Oklahoma City Bernstein, David, Bernstein Law Firm, Norman, 405-329-1484

DAVID BERNSTEIN

BERNSTEIN LAW FIRM Norman • 405-329-1484

www.USASafetyLawyer.com Bialick, Mark E., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4 Biby, Jacob W., Martin Jean & Jackson, Tulsa, 918-743-4000 SUPERLAWYERS.COM

LYTLE SOULÉ & CURLEE, P.C.

10 YEARS

SELECTED TO Super Lawyers

congratulates its attorneys selected to Oklahoma Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Michael C. Felty

LEFT TO RIGHT

MATTHEW J.G. MCDEVITT selected to Rising Stars for his third year

MATTHEW K. FELTY selected to Rising Stars for his first year

MICHAEL C. FELTY

selected to Super Lawyers for his tenth year

STACEY S. CHUBBUCK selected to Rising Stars for her second year

SHAWN E. ARNOLD

selected to Super Lawyers for his seventh year Top 10 list for his second year

L, S & C recognizes senior partners Michael Felty and Shawn Arnold (Top 10) for their repeated selection to Oklahoma Super Lawyers. Both rated AV Preeminent, their practices focus on all areas of civil litigation. Congratulations also to Matthew McDevitt, Stacey Chubbuck and Matthew Felty for their selection to Rising Stars. Founded as Shartel & Wells in 1902, Lytle, Soulé & Curlee, P.C., has a long history of serving client needs in an ever-changing legal and business environment. That tradition continues well into a second century as the firm provides quality and cost-effective representation in a variety of practice areas, including civil trial practice, product safety and liability, aircraft title and transactions, bankruptcy and creditor rights, energy law, estates and probate, commercial law, and patent and trademark enforcement. Learn more about our firm and our attorneys selected to Super Lawyers at lytlesoule.net. 1200 Robinson Renaissance, 119 North Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 • Phone: (405) 235-7471 • Telecopier: (405) 232-3852

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Wicker, Brad W., Fred Boettcher Law Group, Ponca City

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: DEFENSE

Eagleton, IV, William L., Pray Walker, Tulsa, 918-581-5511 Garbrecht, Robert L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Yaffe, S. Alex, Foshee & Yaffe, Oklahoma City

Alexander, Jr., Robert H., The Law Office of Robert H. Alexander Jr., Oklahoma City

Zelbst, John P., Zelbst Holmes & Butler, Lawton, 580-248-4844 Pg. S-23

Cook, Rodney L., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Hasenfratz, Sally A., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Cooper, Mary Quinn, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Hastie, John D., Phillips Murrah, Norman

Curran, Jeffrey, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500

Hill, Frank D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Fischer, Amy Sherry, Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8

Latham, Myrna Schack, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE Annis, Jennifer R., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa Best, Timothy G., Best & Sharp, Tulsa Callahan, Karen L., Rodolf & Todd, Tulsa Clarke, Margaret M., Hall Estill, Tulsa Connor, Jr., James W., Richards & Connor, Tulsa

Hiltgen, Cary E., Hiltgen & Brewer, Oklahoma City, 405-605-9000

CARY E. HILTGEN

HILTGEN & BREWER, PC Oklahoma City • 405-605-9000

www.hiltgenbrewer.com

Hardin, Jr., Lloyd T., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Laird, Michael S., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Nordin, J. Michael, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Rawlinson, Gary C., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Riggs, Richard A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Rosser IV, Malcolm E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Schuller, Stephen A., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Fiasco, William A., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa

Jennings, III, James A., Jennings Teague, Oklahoma City

Hendrickson, Russell L., Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Richardson, Andrew L., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Singhal, Vani, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

SECURITIES & CORPORATE FINANCE

Huff, Glen D., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8

Smith, Michael F., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Melgaard, Robert J., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Steichen, Thomas E., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Newsome, Jr., P. David, Hall Estill, Tulsa

Teague, J. Derrick, Jennings Teague, Oklahoma City, 405-609-6000

Waddel, Patrick O., Jones Gotcher & Bogan, Tulsa

Matlock, Malinda S., Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City McKee, Sean H., Best & Sharp, Tulsa McPhail, David K., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8 Ogletree, L. Earl, Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree, Oklahoma City Paul, John R., Paul & Lackey, Tulsa Rodolf, Stephen J., Rodolf & Todd, Tulsa

J. DERRICK TEAGUE

JENNINGS TEAGUE, PC Oklahoma City • 405-609-6000

www.jenningsteague.com

SECURITIES LITIGATION Day, Bruce W., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Whitmire, Lyndon W., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Neville, Jr., Drew, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Wolfe, Thomas G., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Patton, Jr., C. Raymond, Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Sharpe, G. Calvin, Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Woodard, III, John R., Coffey Senger & McDaniel, Tulsa, 918-292-8787

Wiggins, John, Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree, Oklahoma City Pg. S-4

Zschiesche, Raymond E., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

STATE, LOCAL & MUNICIPAL Lester, Andrew W., Spencer Fane, Edmond

Zuckerman, Harold C., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF Berry III, Howard K, Berry Law Firm, Oklahoma City Brooks, Gary L., The Brooks Law Firm, Oklahoma City Butts, Benjamin J., Butts & Marrs, Oklahoma City Clark, Steven E., Clark & Mitchell, Oklahoma City Edwards, Mark, Edwards Law Firm, Tulsa Glass, Woodrow K., Ward & Glass, Norman, 405-360-9700 Pg. S-12 Graves, Daniel B., Graves McLain, Tulsa, 918-359-6600

TAX PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF

Callahan, Jennifer H., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Atkinson, Michael P., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa

Farrior, William E., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE

Holloway, Alan G., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Hill, W. Michael, Secrest Hill Butler & Secrest, Tulsa

Ledgerwood, Steven T., Steven Ledgerwood, Oklahoma City

McKenna, Bruce A., McKenna & Prescott, Tulsa

REAL ESTATE

Maples, II, L. Ray, Maples Nix & Diesselhorst, Edmond, 405-478-3737

Allen, Zachary W., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Batchelor, Leslie V., Center for Economic Development Law, Oklahoma City Beasley, Bradley K., Boesche McDermott, Tulsa

Riggs, Lisa R., Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa

Berry, Jennifer Ivester, Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Sherwood, Ted, Sherwood McCormick & Robert, Tulsa

Coutant, Kevin C., Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Thiessen, Guy A., GT Law Firm, Tulsa

Cox, Jr., B. Kenneth, Hall Estill, Tulsa

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Larason, Timothy M., Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City

Polston, Roderick H., The Law Offices of Roderick H. Polston, Norman, 405-801-2146 Pg. S-18

Luther, Gregg W., Gregg W. Luther, Oklahoma City

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Holloman, Jr., James H., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Farris, Joseph R., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Pg. S-4

Horton, Steven T., Horton Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Neighbors, Brent L., Ward & Glass, Norman, 405-360-9700 Pg. S-12

Craig, Richard D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME Goodnight, Jason, Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Pg. S-4

UTILITIES Long, Curtis M., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

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OKLAHOMA 2016 SUPER LAWYERS

SORTED ALPHABETICALLY

M. JOE CROSTHWAIT, JR. THE CROSTHWAIT LAW FIRM 1384 South Douglas Boulevard Oklahoma City, OK 73130 Tel: 405-733-1683 Fax: 405-741-1688 joe@crosthwaitlaw.com www.crosthwaitlaw.com

MARIA TULLY ERBAR MARIA TULLY ERBAR, ATTORNEY AT LAW, P.C. 2601 Northwest Expressway Suite 1025W Oklahoma City, OK 73112 Tel: 405-842-5015 Fax: 405-842-5017 maria@erbarlaw.com www.erbarlawoffice.com

THOMAS F. GANEM THE GANEM LAW FIRM 7715 East 111th Street Suite 109 Tulsa, OK 74133 Tel: 918-745-9200 Fax: 918-394-9406 tom@tganemlaw.com www.tganemlaw.com

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE ESTATE RELATED LITIGATION & GUARDIANSHIPS REAL PROPERTY & CONSTRUCTION RELATED LITIGATION

FAMILY LAW GENERAL LITIGATION ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF

President of Oklahoma County Bar Association (1995), Oklahoma Bar Association (2000), and National Conference of Bar Presidents (2009); State Delegate to ABA (Delegate for 18 years); Past Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firms; Past Member, ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security; Past President, OCULaw Alumni Association and long-time member of OCULaw Executive Council; Member of the American Law Institute, elected 2010; Oklahoma Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, elected 1999; Distinguished Alumnus, OCULaw (2002); CFP since 1993; Municipal Judge, City of Midwest City, 1986-1998; Member, Oklahoma Temporary Court of Appeals, 1994-1995; ABA Small Firm Merit Award, 1999; Member, OBA Professional Responsibility Tribunal, 2013-2019.

For over 30 years Maria Tully Erbar has litigated a variety of civil cases, with a focus on family law, guardianship, and probate and trusts. She is a member of the OBA Family Law and Estate Planning, Probate and Trust sections, and is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Canadian County Bar Association. Ms. Erbar has been a CLE presenter on family law practice. She is honored to have attained the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction award going to fewer than one percent of lawyers based on client ratings for communications ability, client responsiveness, quality of service and value for service. She has participated in Leadership Canadian County and has been a board member of the Canadian County Child Abuse Advisory Committee.

Does Tom Ganem have a law degree from the University of Tulsa? Yes. Was he president of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association? Yes. Does he have more than forty years of experience in personal injury law? Yes. Has he been awarded more than $60 million in verdicts and settlements? Yes. Is “My Cousin Vinny” his favorite movie? Yes, that’s where he gets his best material. Tom Ganem has a recognized track record prosecuting serious claims for individuals who have experienced personal injury or wrongful death. His main concern is to give his clients the peace of mind they deserve.

ANTHONY GOROSPE

GARY B. HOMSEY

A. SCOTT MCDANIEL

1825 East 15th Street Tulsa, OK 74104 Tel: 918-582-7775 Fax: 918-960-6023 anthony@greencountrylaw.com www.greencountrylaw.com

4816 North Classen Boulevard Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Tel: 405-843-9923 Fax: 405-848-4223 gbh@homseylawcenter.com www.homseylawcenter.com

9343 East 95th Court Tulsa, OK 74133 Tel: 918-382-9200 Fax: 918-382-9282 smcdaniel@ok-counsel.com www.ok-counsel.com

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF INSURANCE COVERAGE

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE

Mr. Gorospe was born and raised in Tulsa. He began his legal career as a prosecutor for the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. Thereafter, Mr. Gorospe was an attorney for an insurance defense law firm. In 2007, Mr. Gorospe started Gorospe & Smith Law Firm with his law partner, Zach Smith. He focuses his practice on helping people who were injured through no fault of their own. He also helps families that have lost loved ones due to another’s negligence. He understands that insurance companies may not have an injured person’s best interests in mind. He has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in cases such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and insurance disputes. Initial consultations are free, and Mr. Gorospe is always available to his clients.

Gary B. Homsey is founder and partner of Homsey Law Center. His practice areas are consultation and representation in claims, civil litigation and trials for complex and catastrophic losses from personal injuries, wrongful deaths, oil rig injuries, 18-wheeler accidents and deaths, and all insurance claims. AV-rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Executive Committee, Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1987-present; Past-President, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Oklahoma City University; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Oklahoma City University, 2012; American Board of Trial Advocates, President, Oklahoma Chapter 2015.

Scott McDaniel brought his eleven years of experience as a professional engineer and business owner to the practice of law. In the years since, he has distinguished himself as one of Oklahoma’s top civil litigators, representing individuals and business clients in a wide array of matters, including complex, class action, and multiparty lawsuits. He focuses his practice on the areas of environmental and toxic tort litigation, design professional defense, construction defects, and general commercial litigation. Scott is a Certified Mediator and serves as an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the USDC for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

J. PATRICK QUILLIAN

TODD TAYLOR

JOHN P. ZELBST

1900 Northwest Expressway Suite 602 Oklahoma City, OK 73118 Tel: 405-206-3335 Fax: 405-260-9573 jpatrickquillianpc@gmail.com www.oklahomacitylegalgroup.com

5761 Northwest 132nd Oklahoma City, OK 73142 Tel: 405-470-6649 Fax: 405-470-6643 taylor@ttrslaw.com www.ttrslaw.com

411 Southwest 6th Street PO Box 365 Lawton, OK 73502 Tel: 580-248-4844 Fax: 580-248-6916 zelbst@zelbst.com www.zelbst.com

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

BUSINESS LITIGATION BANKING CLOSELY HELD BUSINESS

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Patrick Quillian’s practice focuses on criminal defense in federal and state court. He has represented defendants in large-scale white collar and drug conspiracy cases as well as a broad range of misdemeanor and felony charges in state court. He began his career as a prosecutor in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, then moved to an Oklahoma City firm specializing in the representation of financial institutions before starting his own practice. Mr. Quillian is licensed to practice in the Western, Northern and Eastern districts of Oklahoma and is a member of numerous professional associations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court.

Todd Taylor has practiced law in Oklahoma for over 30 years, and his practice has focused primarily on the areas of business and commercial litigation, trust and estate litigation, banking, and general corporate litigation. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous matters in various federal and state courts. His clients include banks, hospitals, physicians, attorneys, trust companies, oil-and-gas companies, and individuals. He has represented clients in numerous cases that have been tried to verdict and in over 100 arbitration matters. Todd is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Great Plains National Bank. He also acts as Chairman of the Board of Great Plains Bancshares, Inc.

John P. Zelbst specializes in plaintiffs’ civil damage cases including medical malpractice, personal injuries, product design defects, and other related areas. He has obtained many record verdicts in Oklahoma, including the largest recorded verdict for personal injury in the amount of $24 million and the largest verdict in Oklahoma against the U.S. government, in the amount of $7  million. He practices in many state and federal courts, lectures, and teaches. He is a former President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Board Member and Senior Faculty for Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, a member of ABOTA, and a member of various other legal and civil boards.

GOROSPE & SMITH LAW FIRM

J. PATRICK QUILLIAN, P.C.

SUPERLAWYERS.COM

HOMSEY LAW CENTER

TAYLOR & STRUBHAR, PLLC

MCDANIEL ACORD, PLLC

ZELBST HOLMES & BUTLER

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OKLAHOMA 2016 RISING STARS

THE LIST BY PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE The list was finalized as of April 26, 2016. Any updates to the list (for example, status changes or disqualifying events) will be reflected on superlawyers.com. Names and page numbers in RED indicate a profile on the specified page.

Burden, Jared, Frederic Dorwart, Tulsa

Deckard, Kari A., Johnson & Jones, Tulsa

Carsey, Daniel V., Rischard & Carsey, Oklahoma City, 405-231-0908

Grace, Danae, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Hetrick, Stephen M., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

DANIEL V. CARSEY

Hunt, Sean S., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

www.rischardlaw.com

Hutchison, Thomas J., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

RISCHARD & CARSEY, PLLC Oklahoma City • 405-231-0908

Christian, Jennifer K., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Jones, Nicholas M., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600

Claypole, Clint A., Long Claypole & Blakley Law, Enid

Nelson, Jared, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Dishman, Jodi W., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Schauer, Kirk, Schauer & Fettkether Law, Tulsa

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Doverspike, Adam, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Wantland, Russell A., Resolution Legal Group, Oklahoma City

Hendricks, Anthony, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Evans, Kyle D., Sweet Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Warren, Rick L., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

APPELLATE

George, Lysbeth, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE

Brooks, Michael L., The Brooks Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Gomez, Daniel E., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Adams, Ellen A., GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500

Phone numbers included only for attorneys with paid Rising Stars print advertisements. Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

Cartledge, Jonathan “Jon” D., Johnson & Jones, Tulsa Inman, Brandy L., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000 Rughani, Melanie Wilson, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Felty, Matthew K., Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City, 405-235-7471

Hall, Adam C., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Irby, Jerrick, Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101 Jett, Travis, Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City Johnson, Crystal A., Conner & Winters, Oklahoma City

Benson, Sheila R., Givens Law Firm, Oklahoma City Blassingame, Johnny R., Kerr Irvine Rhodes & Ables, Oklahoma City Bowman, Andrew M., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8 Boyer, Jared, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

AVIATION & AEROSPACE

Kindelt, Mary E., McDonald McCann Metcalf & Carwile, Tulsa

Brown, J. Andrew, Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa

Damnjanoska, Irena, Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Krattiger, John M. “Jake”, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-568-3301

Calhoun, Miranda, McDaniel Acord, Tulsa, 918-382-9200 Pg. S-29

Lindsey, Zachariah, Lindsey Firm, Tulsa

Christians, Melanie, Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond

BANKING

Mathew, Jamie A., Barber & Bartz, Tulsa

Ellis, J. Barrett, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Olsen, Ryan, Logan & Lowry, Vinita

Kreth, Jason M., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Powell, Courtney D., Spencer Fane, Edmond

Randolph, David S., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Price, Elizabeth A., Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville, Oklahoma City

BANKRUPTCY: BUSINESS Curran, J. Dillon, Conner & Winters, Oklahoma City Staine, Christopher M., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

BUSINESS LITIGATION Anderson, Elliot P., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Atkinson, Brendon S., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Enid Avery, Michael, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Berkson, Howard, Boston Avenue Law, Tulsa, 539-777-1287 Pg. S-29 Bickle, Brandon C., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Billings, Wayne, Fellers Snider Blankenship Bailey & Tippens, Oklahoma City

Robert, Hugh M., Sherwood McCormick & Robert, Tulsa Rogers, Timothy L., Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600 Ross, David R., Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray, Tulsa, 918-583-7571 Scaperlanda, Christopher M., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Schwabe, A. Grant, Kivell Rayment and Francis, Tulsa Shelton, Paige N., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Sturdivant, David, Barrow & Grimm, Tulsa, 918-584-1600 Wheeler, Shannon P., Titus Hillis Reynolds Love Dickman & McCalmon, Tulsa

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

Buettner, Jeremiah, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Austin, Jonathan B., McAlister McAlister Baker & Nicklas, Edmond

Bunting, John M., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City

Brown, Matt, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

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Colvin, Patrick G., Jones Gotcher & Bogan, Tulsa Combs, Christopher T., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8 Cooper, Cody J., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Dickerson, Jessica L., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Eakens, Laura L., Jennings Teague, Oklahoma City Evans, Kristen, Hall Estill, Tulsa Fleury, David, Wilburn Masterson & Fleury, Tulsa Fort, Reagan Madison, Perrine Redemann Berry Taylor & Sloan, Tulsa Grubb, Benjamin R., Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond Hopper, Hailey, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City Hughes, Michon Hastings, Hastings Hughes & Associates, Tulsa, 918-582-7336 Pg. S-29 Hullum, Patrick L., Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City Jones, C. Scott, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City Landgraf, Justin R., Hisey & Landgraf, Ardmore, 580-226-6277 Landrum, Thomas H., The Firm on Baltimore, Tulsa McDevitt, Matthew, Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City, 405-235-7471

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OKLAHOMA 2016 RISING STARS McNeer, Carrie, Best & Sharp, Tulsa

Palfreyman, Kirsten, Palfreyman Law, Tulsa

Morris, Andrew J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Smolen, Daniel E., Smolen Smolen & Roytman, Tulsa

Moschovidis, Barbara, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800 Pearce, Colby, Aston Mathis Jacobson Campbell & Tiger, Tulsa Pebsworth, J. Wesley, GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS Marcussen, Carin L., Federman & Sherwood, Oklahoma City

CRIMINAL DEFENSE Anthony, Luke A., Anthony Law Firm, Stillwater Blau, Ed, Blau Law Firm, Oklahoma City, 405-232-2528 Caldwell, Andre’ B., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Crawford, Elliott C., Law Office of Elliott C. Crawford, Oklahoma City

Pipinich, Jake, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Tulsa

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

Edge, Jason, Edge Law Firm, Tulsa

Reed, Benjamin, Best & Sharp, Tulsa

Bryan, N. Lance, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

Fields, Misty, Attorney at Law, Pryor

Rooney, Erin, Pignato Cooper Kolker & Roberson, Oklahoma City

Jackson, Cheryl A., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000

Trojan, Kaci L., Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Cunningham, Kevin, Denton Law Firm, Mustang Houts, Mark B., Munson & Ritter, Edmond

CIVIL RIGHTS Dark, Jessica L., Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Lee, Stephen W., Attorney at Law, Tulsa

Saunier, Benjamin, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Mulinix, Riley W., Mulinix Edwards Rosell & Goerke, Oklahoma City

CONSUMER LAW

Phillips, Dustin S., Phillips and Associates, Oklahoma City, 405-418-8888

Catalano, Paul, Humphreys Wallace Humphreys, Tulsa

Stevenson, Jarrod Heath, Stevenson Law Firm, Oklahoma City, 800-419-7416

Robey, Bart Jay, Chubbuck Duncan & Robey, Oklahoma City, 405-236-8282 Pg. S-29

Worden, Andrea L., Worden Law Firm, Norman

Verret, Alison A., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF

Gillett, Ryan E., Banks Gilbert & Gillett PLLC., Oklahoma City

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DUI/DWI CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS Grauberger, Harvey C., Drummond Law, Tulsa

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OKLAHOMA 2016 RISING STARS CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR

Solberg, Joshua W., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Addison, Ruth J., Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa

Stanglein, Rebecca, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE

Klepper, Barbara, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Avey, Leah M., Rubenstein & Pitts, Edmond

Patel, Alison McCalla, McCalla Brown Patel, Chickasha

Hutson, Allen L., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR

Reilly, Greg, Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101

Bowersox, Elizabeth, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Bruce, Philip, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Good, Paige Hoster, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Hancock, Nicholaus A., Holden & Carr, Tulsa Haskins, Nathaniel T., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Mazaheri-Franze, Katherine, Mazaheri Law Firm, Oklahoma City, 405-414-2222 Pg. S-28 Panach, Matt, Fuller Tubb Bickford & Krahl, Oklahoma City Reese, Jason A., Meyer Leonard & Edinger, Oklahoma City Simpsen, Kristin M., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Marshall, Samanthia, Newton O’Connor Turner & Ketchum, Tulsa, 918-587-0101

Williams, Paula, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF

Huddleston, Eric, Elias Books Brown & Nelson, Oklahoma City James, William B., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Oklahoma City Lenaire, Lewis, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Long, Laura J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City McLemore, Evan, Levinson Smith & Huffman, Tulsa McPherson, Cody J., Mahaffey & Gore, Oklahoma City, 405-236-0478 Money, Eric C., Gungoll Jackson Box & Devoll, Oklahoma City Muckala, Elisabeth E., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Pittman, Ryan A., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

Vaught, Charles C., Armstrong & Vaught, Tulsa Vizcaino, Christine C., Mazaheri Law Firm, Oklahoma City

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

ENVIRONMENTAL Paque, Matthew A., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Phillips, Krystina, Indian and Environmental Law Group, Ada

Cole, Jodi C., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Ebrite, E. Talitha, GableGotwals, Oklahoma City, 405-235-5500 Gray, Trae, LandownerFirm.com, Coalgate, 888-HEY-GRAY Pg. S-29

ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION Burke, Taylor A., Barber & Bartz, Tulsa Greuel, Kara, Greuel Law Firm, Tulsa Stinson, Sheila D., Stinson Law Group, Edmond

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE Chapman, Stephanie, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Farris, Matthew S., Rogers and Bell, Tulsa Ottaway, Lauren, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Robben, Kendra, Robben & Associates, Oklahoma City Thompson, Gene, Stinnett Law, Sapulpa Will, Bryon J., Law Office of Bryon J. Will, Oklahoma City

FAMILY LAW

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JEFFREY A. HENSLEY FAMILY LAW / DIVORCE (918) 398-5692 hensleylegalservices@gmail.com hensleylegalservices.com

Aycock, Benjamin D., James R. Gotwals and Associates, Tulsa Barnard, Christian D., Cordell & Cordell, Tulsa Barnett, James Travis, Hood and Barnett, Tulsa Barteaux, Luke, Fry & Elder, Tulsa, 918-633-5615 Bennett, John P., Bennett Law, Tulsa Brock, Amber M., Kirk & Chaney, Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA 2016 RISING STARS Bullard, James, Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, Tulsa Bundy, Aaron D., Fry & Elder, Tulsa, 918-585-1107 Cunningham, Brad K., Conner & Winters, Tulsa Didier, Kara, Cordell & Cordell, Oklahoma City Dow, Allyson, Petersen Henson Meadows Pecore & Peot, Norman Echols, Jonathan D., Echols & Associates, Oklahoma City Gile, Matthew R., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City Graves, Tiffany N., Law Office of Tiffany N. Graves, Tulsa, 918-619-6558 Pg. S-29 Henry, M. Shane, Fry & Elder, Tulsa, 918-585-1107 Hensley, Jeffrey A., Hensley Legal Services, Tulsa, 918-398-5692 Pg. S-29 Keele, Ann E., Monroe & Keele, Tulsa Luelling, Carrie M., Carrie M. Luelling, Tulsa, 918-609-0575

Keim, Christopher B., Christopher B. Keim, Norman Parten, Terra Lord, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Velandia, Hilary L., Conner & Winters, Tulsa

Rossler, Paul E., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4800

INSURANCE COVERAGE

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

Battson, Jessica, Richards & Connor, Tulsa

Hobson, D. Ward, Blaney Tweedy & Tipton, Oklahoma City

Coble, Tyler J., Cheek Law Firm, Oklahoma City

John Bowman, Jessica, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

Fulda, Ryan J., Schaffer Herring, Tulsa

Palmer, Drew T., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

Hampton, Amy E., Wilburn Masterson & Fleury, Tulsa

LAND USE/ZONING

Neathery, Amy Steele, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Shank, Andrew, Eller & Detrich, Tulsa

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Smith, Joshua D., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

Behles, John M., Lexigent, Tulsa Beling, Sasha L., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

NATIVE AMERICAN LAW

Magill, Keith, Magill & Magill, Oklahoma City

Campbell, Emily E., Dunlap Codding, Oklahoma City

McCord, Patrick H., N. Scott Johnson and Associates, Tulsa

Chaffin, Ross, Tomlinson Rust McKinstry Grable, Oklahoma City

McGill, LeAnne, McGill & Rodgers, Edmond Mettry, Julia Mills, Cindy Allen & Associates, Norman Reaves, Ryan J., Mullins Martinez Sexton & Reaves, Oklahoma City

Mantooth, Tyler J., Hall Estill Hardwick Gable Golden & Nelson, Oklahoma City

Dellegar, Shawn, Crowe & Dunlevy, Tulsa Edwards, Alicia J., GableGotwals, Tulsa, 918-595-4809

Proctor, Amanda S., Shield Law Group, Jenks

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE Carter, Brian L., Latham Wagner Steele & Lehman, Tulsa, 918-970-2000 CONTINUED ON PAGE S-28

Rodgers, Faye C., McGill & Rodgers, Edmond

S. RACHEL PAPPY,

Smith, Michelle K., Attorney at Law, Oklahoma City Wilson, Allison J., Wilson Law Group, Stillwater

PARTNER

GENERAL LITIGATION Austin, Julie J., Attorney at Law, Ardmore Brandes, J. Brian, Brandes & Yancy, Tulsa Dean, Ryan L., Nelson Terry Morton DeWitt & Paruolo, Edmond Loney, Jaclynn R., The Loney Law Firm, Broken Arrow Messenger, Jason C., Richardson Richardson Boudreaux, Tulsa O’Malley, Michael, Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa Pemberton, Trevor, Hall & Ludlam, Oklahoma City Perry, Dustin, Hall Estill, Tulsa Rush, Jason, Rodolf & Todd, Tulsa Sayne, Sheila, Neuens Mitchell Bonds, Tulsa Smith, Christopher D., Smith Simmons, Oklahoma City Thomas, Curtis J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Vincent, Evan G.E., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City

HEALTH CARE

TA X L AW Rachel Pappy has been working in the accounting field since 1999, and was working as an accountant when she made the decision to go to law school to pursue the practice of tax law. Pappy is currently the partner and vice president at Roderick H. Polston, P.C., a growing firm currently employing 80-plus individuals with seven offices in two states. The firm fights on behalf of taxpayers who owe money to the IRS or state and negotiates a reasonable agreement for their outstanding taxes. Pappy appears every month on TV and is often a radio guest to provide viewers and listeners with helpful and relevant tax advice that they can apply to a variety of situations. Pappy is also a best-selling author for her contribution to the book “Get in the Game.” When she is not at work, there is nothing Pappy loves more than spending time with her family.

LAW OFFICES OF RODERICK H. POLSTON, P.C. 2424 Springer Drive, Suite 100 Norman, OK 73069 PH: (405) 801-2146 FX: (405) 801-2150 Rachel@irshelpok.com IRSHelpOklahoma.com

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Franseen, Derek, Walsh & Walsh, Oklahoma City

Chubbuck, Stacey, Lytle Soule & Curlee, Oklahoma City, 405-235-7471

Garrett, Amber Peckio, Garrett Law Center, Tulsa

Clark, Eric L., Edmonds Cole Law Firm, Tulsa

Gusman, Rachel, Graves McLain, Tulsa, 918-359-6600

Hughes, Trevor L., Johnson & Jones, Tulsa

Hill, Mike, Burton Law Group, Oklahoma City

Neal, Lane, Durbin Larimore & Bialick, Oklahoma City

Kitch, Emily Nash, Clemens Blair Kitch, Oklahoma City

Skrapka, Marty, Jennings Teague, Oklahoma City

Rowe, Jacob L., Fulmer Group, Oklahoma City

Wakeman, Andrew G., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa

Sacra, Damon E., Sacra Law, Tulsa

Lindaman, Meredith D., Atkinson Haskins Nellis Brittingham Gladd & Fiasco, Tulsa Ludiker, Emily Jones, Rodolf & Todd, Tulsa Nesser, Mary Elizabeth, Richards & Connor, Tulsa Remillard, Carri A., Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom, Oklahoma City, 405-232-4633 Pg. S-8 Stevens, Kimberly A., Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Teasdale, David L., Foshee & Yaffe, Oklahoma City

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

Thompson, Kate D., Stauffer & Nathan, Tulsa, 918-592-7070

Housley, Spencer B., Housley & Couch, Oklahoma City

Abel, Luke, Abel Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Waddell, Jason, Jason Wadell, Oklahoma City

Potter, Nancy, The Potter Firm, Oklahoma City

Barron, Zachary T., The Barron Law Firm, Claremore

Wandres, Brandy L., Wandres Law, Tulsa

Templeton, Katie L., Clark & Mitchell, Oklahoma City

Branum, John, Branum Law Firm, Oklahoma City Campbell, Andy J., Maples Nix & Diesselhorst, Edmond, 405-478-3737

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE

Cavett, Eric J., Foshee & Yaffe, Oklahoma City

Bickham, Shannon Elizabeth, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

Compton, Dustin L., Compton Law, Hinton, 405-542-2529

Comarda, Kelly C., Hall Estill, Tulsa

Denton, Robert S., The Denton Law Firm, Tulsa

Dewberry, Curt, Sweet Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Durbin, II, Ronald E., Durbin Law Firm, Tulsa

Hubbard, Naureen, Sweet Law Firm, Oklahoma City

Fettkether, Jesse L., Schauer & Fettkether Law, Tulsa

Krieger, Lane O., Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree, Oklahoma City

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: DEFENSE McVicker, Jason, McAfee & Taft, Tulsa Tran, Kim, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City Ward, Jeremy K., Franden | Farris | Quillin | Goodnight + Roberts, Tulsa

REAL ESTATE Cross, Nathan S., Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, Tulsa

KATHERINE R. MAZAHERI-FRANZE

Dill, Jacquelyn, The Dill Law Firm, Oklahoma City

EMPLOYMENT AND LABOR LAW FAMILY LAW

Marshall, H. Cole, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Molina, Isai, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Ross, Briana J., Law Office of Briana J. Ross, Tulsa

Katherine Mazaheri-Franze is a dedicated attorney who focuses her practice on providing straightforward legal services with compassion. In 2008, she opened the Mazaheri Law Firm, which has become a burgeoning law firm with multiple skilled attorneys and legal assistants, gaining a powerful reputation for fighting various social injustices in cases of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon race, gender, national origin, sexual stereotyping, age, disability and pregnancy. As a business owner herself, she is able to assist others in avoiding the pitfalls of hiring, termination and discipline of employees. Mazaheri-Franze’s true passion is her love of family, in particular children. She is a board member of Edmond Mothers of Multiples and has dedicated support toward assisting children’s needs/rights organizations. She assists families suffering financial strain from uncontrollable circumstances through Oklahoma Lawyers for Heroes and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children. She also has worked tirelessly for families, helping with the adoption process for many Oklahomans. It’s a process she’s familiar with, having added a little brother and cousin to her own family. She also takes on other family law and immigration cases, and her experience includes years as a real estate associate to clerking for a national insurance company and assisting in contract legal work for commercial properties.

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SECURITIES & CORPORATE FINANCE Dias da Silva, Wagner R., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City

TAX Bunting, Emily Wilson, McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Chapel, Jesse C., Andrews Davis, Oklahoma City Gonzalez, Bonner J., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City Hickey, Matthew B., Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma City Pappy, S. Rachel, The Law Offices of Roderick H. Polston, Norman, 405-801-2146 Pg. S-27 Peters, Keith E., McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City MAZAHERI LAW FIRM, PLLC 3445 W. Memorial Road Suite H Oklahoma City, OK 73134 PH: (405) 414-2222 FX: (405) 607-4358 katherine@mazaherilaw.com

Spring, David M., McAfee & Taft, Tulsa

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Sommer Lee, Katherine, Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, Oklahoma City

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SORTED ALPHABETICALLY

HOWARD BERKSON

MIRANDA CALHOUN

401 South Boston Suite 500 Tulsa, OK 74103 Tel: 539-777-1287 Fax: 405-509-7100 howard@bostonavenuelaw.com www.bostonavenuelaw.com

9343 East 95th Court Tulsa, OK 74133 Tel: 918-382-9200 Fax: 918-382-9282 mcalhoun@ok-counsel.com www.ok-counsel.com

BUSINESS LITIGATION EMPLOYMENT & LABOR PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE

FAMILY LAW

Howard focuses on business and employment law, contract enforcement, judgment enforcement, collections, and personal injury. Berkson is a dedicated, practical, and detail-oriented attorney licensed to practice in every state court of Oklahoma and the United States Northern and Eastern District Courts. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law with Honors. While there, he received awards for highest grade in trial practice, legal research, and civil procedure. He was also the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Energy Law Journal, the official journal of the Energy Bar Association in Washington, D.C. The Energy Law Journal is one of the few peer reviewed journals in the legal profession.

Miranda Calhoun is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation. Ms. Calhoun represents individuals and corporations dealing with a broad spectrum of issues, including design professional liability defense, environmental and toxic tort defense, commercial disputes, products liability, and family law litigation. She has valuable experience in both the courtroom and alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotiation. Ms. Calhoun is admitted to the state bar of Oklahoma and all federal courts in Oklahoma and the Western District of Michigan and is a member of the Tulsa County and Cherokee Nation Bar Associations.

Tiffany N. Graves focuses her practice on the area of family law, including divorce, child custody and paternity cases. She is committed to providing honest, aggressive and professional representation and treats clients the way she would want to be treated. Ms.  Graves believes that everyone is entitled to adequate representation and prides herself on providing individualized guidance that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, as well as several tribal courts.

TRAE GRAY

JEFFREY A. HENSLEY

MICHON HASTINGS HUGHES

BOSTON AVENUE LAW

LANDOWNERFIRM.COM RR 5 Box 305 Coalgate, OK 74538 Tel: 888-HEY-GRAY Fax: 888-789-4729 tg@LandownerFirm.com www.LandownerFirm.com

MCDANIEL ACORD, PLLC

HENSLEY LEGAL SERVICES, PLLC 427 South Boston Suite 402 Tulsa, OK 74103 Tel: 918-398-5692 Fax: 918-794-6699 hensleylegalservices@gmail.com www.hensleylegalservices.com

TIFFANY N. GRAVES LAW OFFICE OF TIFFANY N. GRAVES

5200 South Yale Avenue Suite 200 Tulsa, OK 74135 Tel: 918-619-6558 Fax: 918-794-3954 tiffanygraveslaw@gmail.com www.tiffanygraveslaw.com

HASTINGS HUGHES & ASSOCIATES, PLLC

1634 South Denver Avenue Tulsa, OK 74119 Tel: 918-582-7336 Fax: 918-532-6244 mhughes@millerhugheslaw.com www.hastingshugheslaw.com

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS

FAMILY LAW

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE FAMILY LAW CRIMINAL DEFENSE

The Founder of LandownerFirm.com, Trae Gray maintains a nationwide practice (as both a trial lawyer and mediator) from his ranch in Coal County, Oklahoma. He holds a B.S. degree in Ag Econ from OSU; M.B.A. and J.D. degrees from OCU; and his LL.M. degree from OU, where he wrote his thesis on pore space. He is a frequent speaker on legal ethics, ADR, eminent domain, oil and gas, surface damages, and other environmental and natural resource law matters. He is licensed in the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Courts of Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, and numerous other federal courts.

After any family law case like divorce or paternity, no one’s life is ever the same. The entire process and its related issues can cause tremendous confusion and turmoil. If you are facing any of these issues in Tulsa or elsewhere in Northeast Oklahoma, it is critical to work with an attorney who will explain your rights and options, help you understand the process, and provide you with the solutions you need to obtain a favorable outcome. At Hensley Legal Services, PLLC, we represent clients in a range of family-related matters. Our founding attorney, Jeffrey A. Hensley, Esq. is a dedicated legal advocate with a thorough understanding of the law and processes involved with divorce, as well as an unwavering commitment to helping clients obtain their goals.

Michon Hughes, a native Tulsan and graduate of TU School of Law, was named 2011 Domestic Violence Prosecutor of the Year for the State of Oklahoma. She currently serves the general public as a private attorney. In 2014,  she, along with co-coach Clinton  C. Hastings, coached Holland Hall’s High School Mock Trial team to the Oklahoma State Championship. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001 summa cum laude and won second place in the National ABA Negotiations competition in law school. Michon is passionate about helping clients through the most difficult times in their lives.

BART JAY ROBEY

CHUBBUCK DUNCAN & ROBEY, P.C. 100 North Broadway Suite 2300 Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Tel: 405-236-8282 Fax: 405-236-2828 bjrobey@chubbucklaw.com www.chubbucklaw.com CONSUMER LAW CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE

Bart Jay Robey is a local attorney with an active commercial litigation practice in both state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration forums. His practice concentrates on insurance defense, products liability, and bad faith defense. Bart’s broad range of experience includes pre-litigation claims advice, counseling, and coordination through negotiated resolutions processes, trial, and appeal. Bart graduated from The George Washington University Law School. While in law school, Bart clerked for the late Justice Marian Opala of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Bart is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (Oklahoma Chapter, President 2016), the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, the Federal Bar Association, and the Oklahoma Bar Association.

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hen Billy Collins first started writing poetry, he didn’t know he was allowed to be funny, as funny meant you wrote “light verse.” “Not until I discovered poets who had figured out how to be funny and serious at the same time did I dare include the sense of humor I had been repressing,” says Collins, who is the winner of the Tulsa Library Trust’s 2016 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. “Now, I’m habitually trying to ride a thin line in a poem between the silly and the pathetic. That line is called irony, and the balancing act of it means avoiding falling to either side, becoming a stand-up comedian or a case of poetic morbidity.” Known for his witty, approachable, conversational style, Collins is the author of 14 volumes of poetry, including his new collection, The Rain in Portugal, just released this fall. When asked about the story behind the title of his new book, Collins says it “was meant as an ironic admission that I’m not much of a rhyming poet. Some people have found it hilarious, or at least amusing. Most people draw a blank.” Though he may not be a rhyming poet, he is a national phenomenon as no poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His works frequently are best-sellers, and his readings normally are standing-room only. A native of New York City, Collins was drawn to poetry at a young age. “All children are poets and painters, singers and dancers. We are born artists. But then adolescence arrives and we seize up with self-consciousness,” he says. “No one needs to explain poetry to children. You just read some good ones to them and they’re in. The real challenge for parents and teachers is to save this natural love of word-play from the psychic ravages of adolescence.”

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Apparently, Collins’ parents saved him from just that as his love for poetry blossomed, and he wrote his first poem at age 12. Collins fondly remembers his childhood as being a happy time. “I was a late only child, which sums me up pretty well,” he says. “They say people who claim to have happy childhoods are just good at repressing, but mine was pretty sweet. Just the three of us, and there never seemed to be a need for another, like a fifth person at the bridge table. I was a loner, a bookish kid, an altar boy, a paper boy and a really unambitious Boy Scout with only two merit badges to his name. They didn’t have one in poetry. What was up with that?” Though he didn’t earn a badge for poetry, years later he did receive a much bigger prize – he was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2001 to 2003. “Being U.S. Poet Laureate is a big deal, needless to say,” says Collins, who also served as New York State Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006. “That’s the upside. For a couple of years, you are the lead dog with all the other poets barking behind you. After it’s over, you resume your usual position in the pack. The downside is that you are dragged from your cubby into public life, with the result that little time is left for writing poems. For a while there I thought I was going to be the first Christian martyr to be interviewed to death.” As the winner of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, Collins says he feels particularly special as the first poet to receive the prize. “Let’s just say that I am as humbled as an old child can be! And I look forward to the festivities in Tulsa.” JACKIE HILL


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Get a good international calendar. The trickiest part of working from Bali has been the 12-hour AMANDA FRANCES time difference. However, once I was able to effectively block times for meetings, sessions and live streams at times that worked for me, my clients, students and followers in America, things got much easier. Set a schedule that works for your business and your life. While traveling throughout Asia, I worked in the morning (night in America) and then again at night (morning in America), leaving the middle of the day free to explore. I never felt like I was missing out on where I was, nor neglecting my business. I'm now heading to Europe and creating a schedule that allows for the same. Like anything else in life and business, if you want it bad enough, you’ll figure it out. Traveling is my biggest nonnegotiable. I started an online business so that I could earn a solid income, be a service to others and see the world. I’m not lucky. And it’s not an accident. We can design our lives and businesses however we desire.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY I’ve developed heel pain during marathon training. What may be going on and can therapy help? Generally, medical providers will diagnose this as plantar fasciitis, however, other muscles and soft tissue may be involved. The typical approach to care is oral anti-inflammatory medication, TIM MINNICK, PT injections, ice, stretching, arch supports, shoes that minimize pronation and ankle strengthening exercise. This approach may help solve the problem some of the time, but I often see patients who continue to have pain even after this course of care. I certainly use some of these treatments, but often include a more aggressive approach including dry needling and ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Mobilization), especially if the problem is chronic in nature.

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he setting sun shines off her long jet-black hair and picks out highlights in her chic black dress, ruby-red lipstick and rhinestone earrings as she walks toward the battered, beige building, down the basement steps and into the bar. She looks like the femme fatale from a hundred 1940s movies, and the room, dimly lit with the bartender wielding a huge cocktail shaker, looks like the perfect setting for film noir. You want to say something and know you’ll earn a classic cinematic riposte like, “You’re not too bright, are you? I like that in a man.” But you’ve got it completely wrong; she’s Nico Albert, one of the most talented chefs in Oklahoma, and she’s on her way back to the kitchen at MixCo in downtown Tulsa. So let her be and linger by the bar. The room you’re in does look like it’s from a bygone decade, but as imagined by David Lynch. Art Deco meets Eraserhead. The ceiling is copper tiles, the chairs and tables, carefully selected and put together, look like 1960s castoffs, and the luridly lit, long, half-moon bar has egg yolk yellow tiles that shine like an alien space ship. The menu has more than a hundred whiskeys and almost as many craft beers, as well as eye-catching craft cocktails with throwback names like Beverly Crusher (sherry, barrel-aged gin, cardamaro, vanilla and lemon). It looks trendy, sophisticated; the kind of place that won’t let you past the door unless you can define the word postmodern. “Oh God, no,” says owner Jared Jordan, who looks quite dapper

himself in a dark gray suit jacket with a high waist and narrow lapels in the early 1960s style that’s now the latest in fashion. (He’s been seen, incidentally, dressed very differently at heavy metal concerts.) “I’ve always hated the pretense that seems to go along with going out, and especially the phony stuffiness of craft cocktail bars. I want this to be a place for everyone, not just suits.” Albert, who has strolled over to join us, adds: “You can come in cutoffs straight from the lake or in black tie straight from an evening wedding. We have businessmen, workers, journalists, oil guys, young college kids. Everyone feels welcome.” The most interesting people in the room may be the bartenders and staff. “Half of our staff are in a band [Nuns],” says Jordan, noting that the musicians spend half their time on tour in Chicago or Montreal. “We have a resident beer nerd, students, a bunch of people who are really into their craft.” Craft cocktails? No, Jordan says. “Of course the ability to make the perfect cocktail is a given, but I’m talking about the craft of making people happy, of making guests feel welcome despite everything. When I go to a bar, it’s not because of what they serve. It’s because I like the people serving me and the people around me. “On a weekend night, we have to be adaptable. We might have country music fans from the BOK Center next door or people in black tie from a benefit at the Cox Business Center. There are usually 19 different scenes going on. But by the end of the night it’s one big party and melting pot, and you’ll often see people who would never SEPTEMBER 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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normally say a word to each other sitting outside smoking cigars.” Albert says: “We’re a family here. The whole staff is very close, and we want our customers to be part of the family.” The chef walks back to the kitchen to do prep work. “Whenever I eat Nico’s food,” Jordan says, “I feel better about myself.” She’s been cooking since childhood. (“My mom spent all day cooking meals, and I helped,” she says. “Cooking meals and eating together was a big part of what it’s like to be in my family.”) Working at Lucky’s, she was sometimes allowed by Chef Matt Kelley to create her own entrees, and they were complex, earthy triumphs of haute cuisine. (Once she spent 10 hours making a Oaxacan mole negro to flavor one vegetable.) The menu is different at MixCo, which added its kitchen this year. “I hate the phrase ‘upscale bar food,’ but that’s what it is,” Jordan says. Calls out Albert, “Not upscale but inventive.”

CHEF NICO ALBERT BRINGS EARTHY, EXOTIC TASTES TO BURGERS, APPETIZERS AND TACOS. PHOTOS BY CHRIS HUMPHREY PHOTOGRAPHER

“Whenever I eat Nico’s food, I feel better about myself.” She’s right, though the presentation is indeed upscale. A bright, sprightly tuna nicoise, each component shining, looks like a cover model for a food magazine. Meaty lamb “lollipops” are given a strange, delicious twist with a yogurt sauce and Middle Eastern spices. A dip sandwich gains another dimension thanks to a chile-orange rub. The tacos are full of surprises. Onions marinated in cloves accent the filling of cochinita pibil, a traditional dish from the Yucatan made of pork marinated in orange juice, seasoned with annatto seeds and steamed while wrapped in a banana leaf. As you eat, some of the after-work crowd filters in. Three women and two men, probably lawyers from the nearby courthouse, all looking downcast, sit at a nearby table. But as your meal goes on, their feelings change and you can hear them laugh and laugh and laugh. BRIAN SCHWARTZ

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As the newest dining spot and only Mexican food offering in Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City, the taco-slingers at Cultivar aim to please. While many of the favorite offerings cater to carnivores – think lamb adobo with mint chimichurri and lime crema – there are plenty of options to make vegetarians salivate as well, including the vegan taco with crispy chickpeas and turmeric tofu, or the herb-roasted mushroom taco with goat cheese crema. Fans of frutti di mare (sorry to intrude in Italian) can opt for the crispy catfish, grilled shrimp or seasonal tuna poke. Not feeling tacos? Shazam any of the toppings into a burrito bowl. Wash it all down with a drink from the Maine Root soda fountain or, if you’re feeling frisky, some

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thing stouter. The focus is on authenticity and freshness, says Gary Goldman, president and co-founder of Cultivar. “We are known for using premium ingredients, and we make our corn tortillas for the tacos fresh, cooked and freshly ground in-house on a daily basis using GMO-free organic heirloom corn from the southern region of Mexico,” Goldman says. “We have the same culinary passion for our full-service bar program, making all syrups and mixes fresh in-house as well.” The loving attention to detail pays off with every bite. There are myriad opportunities to please your mouth at Cultivar, but in the end, let’s be honest: they had us at bacon tacos. TARA MALONE


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or Chef James Shrader of Tulsa’s Palace Cafe, what began as a necessity evolved into a lifelong passion and career. “My mom was a single mom with three boys and a full-time job. So if I wanted something to eat, I had to figure it out,” Shrader says. “I was probably more curious about food than the average kid. That being said, I was a little more adventurous in the kitchen.” His interest in and curiosity about food led Shrader from his Seattle, Washington, home to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After a culinary externship at 15th Street Grill in Tulsa and a few stints at hotels and casinos, Shrader realized corporate chef positions weren’t for him. “I knew I wanted my own space where I could create food that reflects my personal style and share it with my customers,” Shrader says. He opened Palace Cafe at the corner of 15th Street and Peoria in 2002. “Having my own restaurant allows for more of a connection with the community, and that’s what inspires me,” he says. Embracing the area, Shrader has participated in the Cherry Street Farmer’s Market for 12 years, developing connections for seasonal, Oklahoma-grown products. He uses local purveyors to source ingredients whenever possible, but it’s his travels that provide the strongest influences in his dishes. Each year, Shrader and his wife, Brooke, return to Seattle and experience new, interesting restaurants. The duo also visits close friends in San Francisco often to explore the Bay City and Northern Coast’s thriving food scene. These West Coast influences shine through in Palace Cafe’s menu, which Shrader refreshes seasonally. Bento appetizer options such as the shrimp-shiitake pot sticker or mini filet are small, individual bites of delight to whet the appetite. A standout entree is the seafood tagliatelle – housemade ribbons of pasta featuring lobster, shrimp, scallop and fish in a creamy pesto-pernod sauce. The restaurant boasts one of the area’s best vegetarian menus (yes, a complete, separate menu of meat-free fare). And yet, it still offers a wood-grilled tenderloin that will make any carnivore beam. Because ultimately, making people happy is what fuels Shrader. “I love when a customer has a great experience in my restaurant or at an event I’m catering,” he says. “It makes my day.”


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uring the early ’70s in southern California, kids began racing bikes on dirt tracks just for fun. From there, the humble beginnings of the activity known as bicycle motocross escalated into a serious sport at a rapid pace; by 1974 the National Bicycle League had formed, and by 1978 the NBL was a national sanctioning body for BMX. To see this sport in action, visit the BMX Grand Nationals, which will conclude its year-long competition at the River Spirit Expo in Tulsa on Nov. 25. This competition has been ending its national rides in Tulsa for nearly 20 years. “The Grands is the 29th national event of the series, but a rider does not need to race at all of those. To be up for a national title, we count a racer’s best 10 scores in five weekends of racing,” says Craig Barrette, chief communications officer at USA BMX. “But still, there are plenty of hardcore BMX fami-

lies who will often race more than just five of our races.” Competitors will race on a 1,100 footlong course, filled with obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty along with steeped bank dirt turns for an entertaining spectator experience. Up to eight athletes will take to the track at one time. Although it’s still relatively young in the sports family, BMX has grown exponentially over time and has become uniquely familyoriented as racers of varying ages and skill levels can compete. “USA BMX has age classes from as young as 2 years old up to 65 and over, and it’s not unusual these days to find three generations of a family racing, with grandparents being some of the original BMXers from the ’70s,” says Barrette. The city of Tulsa is about to embrace BMX culture on a whole new level, as a state-ofthe-art venue will soon be built to host a slew of the sport’s competitions and activities.

“After the City of Tulsa voted yes on the project this past April as part of the Vision 2025 extension, plans are underway for the building of an ultimate BMX venue where the old Driller Stadium currently resides,” says Barrette. “It will be an Olympic-caliber facility, with a dual-hill track so that it can host major events such as the Pro Championship Finals, the U.S. Olympic Trials and a UCI World Championships.” BMX headquarters will also make the move to Tulsa, creating new jobs and a booming economic impact on the city. “USA BMX headquarters will be a part of the project as well, with a complete renovation of the existing structure next to Driller Stadium,” says Barrette. “USA BMX is looking forward to the completion of this project, which will take the sport of BMX to the next level.” For details on Grand Nationals and the upcoming additions in Tulsa, visit usabmx.com. MARY WILLA ALLEN

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Light It Up

It’s common knowledge that the moment a Thanksgiving meal ends, Christmas season begins. After awakening from your food coma, get into the Christmas spirit by heading out to one of many lights shows across the state. In Tulsa, Lights On at Utica Square has been ringing in the holidays on Thanksgiving Day for over 40 years. With hot chocolate, carols and a ceremonial countdown to the lighting of 700,000 bulbs on over 150 trees, it’s the perfect start to the season of giving. “This year, Grady Nichols and friends will be performing along with the Tulsa Children’s Chorus,” says Jessica Barr, Utica Square property manager. “It’s a great way to end your family Thanksgiving celebration.” In Oklahoma City, Downtown in December hosts a wide range of holiday-themed events and activities, like the Devon ice rink, holiday pop-up shops and a Santa Run. The Automobile Alley Light Display will begin on Nov. 25 with over 180,000 colorful LED lights lining the district. The Enid Lights Up the Plains event will take place on Main Street in Enid on Nov. 25, with fireworks, food trucks, musicians and, of course, a spectacular lights show. For more information on these events, visit uticasquare.com, downtownindecember.com or mainstreetenid.org.

IN TULSA CABARET Nov. 3-6 TULSA PAC Set in 1930s Berlin with the rise of Nazi power as a backdrop, this multiple Tony-winning musical is centered on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles. – tulsapac.com WILL ROGERS DAYS Nov. 3-6 WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL MUSEUM This is one of the biggest events in northeast Oklahoma celebrating the birthday of Will Rogers. Community events occur all weekend long with a parade on Sunday. – willrogers. com DAVE BARRY Nov. 4 TULSA TOWN HALL Elected “Class Clown” of his high school, Dave Barry capitalized on his keen sense of humor to become “the funniest man in America,” according to the New York Times. For 22 years, Barry’s weekly column appeared in over 500 newspapers with “laugh-out-loud” commentaries on all aspects of life. – tulsatownhall.com SPOTLIGHT ON SAN MIGUEL: DANCING WITH THE TULSA STARS Nov. 5 COX BUSINESS CENTER Come out for a spectacular Hollywood style evening of cocktails, dining, entertainment, competitive dancing and voting for your favorite dancer. Then take to the dance floor and move to vocals by Ayngel and John after the winners have been announced. – coxcentertulsa.com

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TSO: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Nov. 5 TULSA PAC The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before. Relive the magic on the silver screen with the original great adventure - Raiders of the Lost Ark - with John Williams’ epic score performed live to picture by a full symphony orchestra. – tulsasymphony.org BLACK SABBATH Nov. 8 BOK CENTER Nearly five years ago, the legendary Black Sabbath announced it would be re-forming. The band will make a stop at BOK Center on Nov. 8 on its 2016 The End World Tour. – bokcenter.com BEN FOLDS AND A PIANO Nov. 9 BROKEN ARROW PAC Beginning this fall, Ben Folds will be back to pound pianos again with cross-country solo touring reminiscent of his earliest solo tours, where he defied skeptics by delivering a high-energy rock performance using the intimacy of just a piano. – brokenarrowpac.com BILLY JOEL Nov. 11 BOK CENTER Music legend Billy Joel will rock BOK Center on November 11 as one of only four arena shows outside of NYC this year. – bokcenter.com

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH GATHERING Nov. 12 GLENPOOL CONFERENCE CENTER Join together to honor the impact of First Nations people in art, music and culture. Doors open at noon on Nov. 12. – glenpoolconferencecenter.com SWITCHFOOT & RELIENT K Nov. 12 MABEE CENTER Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band that first gained mainstream recognition in 2002. Relient K has been making records since 1997, when Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes formed the band in high school. The bands will be dropping in the Mabee Center for a joint concert Nov. 12. – mabeecenter.com ROCK ‘N’ FOLK ‘N’ CHILI COOK-OFF Nov. 12 CAIN’S BALLROOM Admission to this cook-off includes all-you-can-eat chili (while supplies last) from some of Tulsa’s finest restaurants and from some of Tulsa’s favorite musicians. Donate a non-perishable food item to benefit Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma or donate a coat for those in need at the door and receive $15 admission and a free raffle entry. – cainsballroom.com

MODIGLIANI QUARTET Nov. 11-13 CHAMBER MUSIC TULSA This will be the Modigliani Quartet’s second appearance on Chamber Music Tulsa’s series with their immense talent and delightful music. – chambermusictulsa.org DVORAK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY Nov. 12 TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE Dvorák’s New World Symphony is considered to be one of the most admired

DREAM THEATER PRESENTS: THE ASTONISHING LIVE Nov. 12 BRADY THEATER The legion of fiercely devoted Dream Theater diehards around the world expect nothing less than a smart, fully immersive, experiential journey through otherworldly soundscapes from each and every live performance, full-length album and song. Rightfully so, given the band’s three decades of continually redefining the parameters of

symphonies of all time. It accompanied the maiden voyage of the Apollo 11 in 1969. – signaturesymphony.org


S K Y WA R D

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Watch ’Em Fly For those with a love for all things aviation, the World’s Oldest Free Fly-In & Air Show takes place Nov. 12 in Fairview. During the fly-in, pilots across Oklahoma and beyond land at Fairview Municipal Airport to watch a breathtaking air show. And for those without the luxury of a personal aircraft, feel free to drive in. “We have had up to 305 airplanes fly in, but now we average about 100 to 160 airplanes and approximately 1,500 drive-ins,” says Teresa Regier, owner of Regier Flying Service LLC. As a show that has “world’s oldest” in its title, the Fairview Fly-In has a rich history

hard rock and progressive heavy metal. – bradytheater.com ELF THE MUSICAL Nov. 15-20 TULSA PAC Elf the Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Eventually, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making skills cause him to realize that he’s not an elf after all. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father. – tulsapac.com AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART Nov. 18 TULSA EXPO SQUARE Premiering in 1995, Heart of Tulsa has grown into a unique marketplace where local and national crafters, artisans, boutique owners and collectors can share and sell their products with the general public. – exposquare.com WILLIAMS ROUTE 66 MARATHON Nov. 19-20 GUTHRIE GREEN The marathon has been voted

with iconic performances from worldrenowned pilots. “We have had numerous big name performers through the years, like Harold Krier, Gene Soucy, Jim Franklin and Bobby Younkin.” Beyond the air show, parachute jumpers and fly-in, another perk (and quirk) for pilots is a free turkey awarded to every 10th aircraft to land at the airport. “You would be surprised at how many will fly in just to try and get a free turkey.” The fly-in will begin at 7 a.m., and the air show will begin at 12:30 p.m. For a full schedule, visit regierflyingservicellc.com. first place in North America for 2011 Finisher’s Medal in Marathon & Beyond. Voted Best Half Marathon, Best Finishers Shirt, Best Post Race Party, and Best Medal in Oklahoma. Certified by the Counsel for Responsible Sports, an optional detour (on the marathon course only) and a rockin’ good time for you. – route66marathon.com YOUNG THUG Nov. 22 CAIN’S BALLROOM Jeffrey Williams, better known by his stage name Young Thug, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. Thug grew to prominence in 2013 after releasing his mixtape 1017 Thug to positive critical reception. He has collaborated with artists such as Gucci Mane, Young Scooter, Rich Homie Quan and Waka Flocka Flame. – cainsballroom.com ANNIE Nov. 29 BROKEN ARROW PAC Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production

of Annie is a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award-winning original. – brokenarrowpac.com CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE Nov. 29-30 TULSA PAC Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza, Cirque Dreams Holidaze – a new Cirque show, Broadway musical and family Christmas spectacular all in one. – tulsapac.com

IN OKC THE COMEDY GET DOWN Nov. 4 CHESPEAKE ENERGY ARENA Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. They will stop in at the Chesapeake Arena on Nov. 4. – chesapeakearena.com LYRIC’S BROADWAY BALL Nov. 4 EMBASSY SUITES Come revel in the stunning theme-inspired fashions and join in the fun with your own regal attire, take in the beauty and artistry of Lyric’s most exquisite costumes on display exclusively for this event, and be entertained as you enjoy a performance from some of Lyric’s musical theatre royalty. – lyrictheatreokc.com WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER HORSE SHOW Nov. 4-9 STATE FAIR PARK The American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse owners and exhibitors around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes. – okstatefair.com

MUSIC

The Queen of Country

Actress, singer, producer, author: Reba McEntire does it all. For a chance to see her live, head to the Choctaw Grand Theater on Nov. 26, where McEntire will play old favorites and tunes from her most recent record, 2015’s Love Somebody. McEntire was born and raised in Oklahoma and began her career performing in high school bands and at local rodeos. After being discovered while singing at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City, her recognition and fame continued to grow. As of 2016, she has won numerous Academy of Country Music and American Music awards like Favorite Country Female Artist and Top Female Vocalist. She also has been nominated for 49 CMA Awards, the record among female artists. Also notable is her transition into television and theatre. Her TV show Reba received critical acclaim, as did her performances in several musicals like Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific, proving McEntire can truly do it all. For more information on her performance at Choctaw Grand Theater, visit choctawcasinos.com. SEPTEMBER 2016 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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IN CONCERT

A Cappella Craze Public opinion of a cappella bands has recently undergone a major change – what was once deemed a niche industry is now sweeping the world as a trendy alternative to run-of-the-mill instrumental bands. A prime example of a cappella talent is the quintet Pentatonix, who will be coming to Chesapeake Energy Area on Nov. 19. After winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, the members of Pentatonix have risen to commercial success through their combination of vocal riffing, percussion bass lines and beatboxing with zero band accompaniment. Among other shows this month at Chesapeake are Oklahoma’s own Carrie Underwood on Nov. 23 and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Nov. 27. For details, head to chesapeakearena.com.

NATIONAL WEATHER FESTIVAL Nov. 5 NATIONAL WEATHER CENTER, NORMAN The annual National Weather Festival highlights the many weatherrelated organizations and activities in central Oklahoma. Visitors can view the National Weather Center’s premier facilities including National Weather Service forecast operation areas. – nwf.nwc.ou.edu OKLAHOMA WINE WALK Nov. 5 BROOKHAVEN VILLAGE The festival will again take place under tents throughout the shopping district of Brookhaven Village in Norman. It will showcase 13 Oklahoma wineries and a number of merchants. New this year will be the addition of Oklahoma craft beer tastings. – oktourism.com/winewalk REPTILE & EXOTIC ANIMAL CONVENTION Nov. 5-6 STATE FAIR PARK Repticon tours the nation annually, filling arenas with regional and national vendors of reptiles, amphibians and exotic animals. This festival usually takes place over two scaly days and includes raffles of reptile supplies and merchandise. – okstatefair.com SMALL WORKS, GREAT WONDERS Nov. 11 OKC MUSEUM OF ART Small Works, Great Wonders

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features a fusion of traditional and contemporary sculptures and paintings at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists. – okcmoa.com CELIA SANDYS Nov. 17 OKC TOWN HALL Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, has published five books on various aspects of his life. These combine intensive historical research with personal anecdotes recalled from time spent with him in England and abroad. – okctownhall. com SECOND CITY HITS HOME Nov. 18 HUDSON PERFORMANCE HALL Doing what they do best, The Second City finds laughs in everything from your city’s history, events and hot-button issues to headlines from your hometown newspaper and mixes these with a generous portion of classic Chicago-style sketch and improv. – hudsonperformancehall.com COLLECTIVE SOUL Nov. 19 RIVERWIND CASINO Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” They will stop in at Riverwind Casino on Nov. 19. – riverwind.com RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL Nov. 21 OKC CIVIC CENTER MUSIC HALL The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. – okcciviccenter.com MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Nov. 25 OKC BALLET The biggest Christmas experience of the year – the original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60-foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. – okcballet.com A TERRITORIAL CHRISTMAS Nov. 25-Dec. 23 POLLARD THEATRE This Pollard Theatre original, now in its 28th year, never fails to delight enthusiastic Oklahoma audiences. Adapted by gifted Oklahoma playwright Stephen P. Scott, this version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and brotherly love is set in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run. – thepollard.org ELECTRIC AVENUE Nov. 26 NEWCASTLE CASINO Electric Avenue is a talented ensemble of veteran musicians joined together to create

AROUND THE STATE JUNK HIPPY ROADSHOW Nov. 3 SOUTHEAST EXPO CENTER The Junk Hippy Roadshow is a new traveling show coming to McAlester. With an eclectic selection from over 100 vendors, you are sure to find something you love. – junkhippy.com CENTRAL DASH 5K & MARKET AND CRAFT FAIR Nov. 5 YUKON The annual Central DASH 5K & Market and Craft Fair in Yukon is a fun way to get fit and find handmade crafts all in one place. – centraldash.com COTTON FESTIVAL & CHILI COOK-OFF Nov. 5 TILLMAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE Come to the Cotton Festival & Chili Cook-Off in Frederick and celebrate the town’s strong farming history. This annual community event will feature cotton crafts, cotton spinning, weaving, cotton displays, local cotton gin tours, antique farm equipment and tractors as well as a variety of educational displays. – frederickokchamber.org VETERANS DAY PARADE Nov. 5 MAIN STREET, DUNCAN Visit downtown Duncan on Saturday, Nov. 5 for the annual Veterans Parade. This patriotic tribute commemorates all service men and women and their families who have served our country. – duncancalendar.com ART ON THE HILL Nov. 5-6 ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY Rogers State University’s Art on the Hill Festival showcases high quality art works by established artisans, rising talents and junior and high school students from throughout northeastern Oklahoma. – rsu.edu THANKSGIVING MASHUP ROLLER DERBY Nov. 6 SOUTHEAST EXPO CENTER The seventh annual Thanksgiving Mashup at the Southeast Expo Center will feature a pie-eating contest, canned food drive, chuck-a-duck, t-shirt give-aways, raffles and more! – southcentralrollergirls.com WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY Nov. 11 WINSTAR WORLD CASINO Join the Winstar World Casino for a legendary night as Willie Nelson & Family put on a show to remember in the Global Event Center on Friday, Nov. 11. Labeled by many as “the outlaw” of country music, Willie Nelson appeals to rock and country fans alike. – winstarworldcasino.com HALL & OATES Nov. 11 CHOCTAW CASINO & RESORT Pop rock legends Hall & Oates blended R&B, soul and new wave influences to fabulous effect in the ’80s, resulting in some of the decade’s most iconic and beloved songs. They’ll be at the Choctaw Casino & Resort on Nov. 11. – choctawcasinos.com LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 62 Nov. 11 FIRELAKE ARENA Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion companies in the world. Legacy 62 will be the promotion’s first event in Oklahoma City with more than 10 bouts scheduled, including a title defense from Oklahoma City’s own Rafael Lovato. – firelakearena.com


O N T H E S TA G E

Bah, Humbug!

PHOTO BY KO RINEARSON – PHOTOART STUDIOS COURTESY LYRIC THEATRE

Everyone knows the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge – the greedy shut-in who, after several visits from celestial prophets, transforms into a philanthropic and beloved patriarch in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The story will come to Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre for its sixth year running this holiday season. “A Christmas Carol stands the test of time as the greatest holiday story in the modern English language,” says Michael Baron, the producing artistic director at Lyric Theatre. “The power and joy that this production shares is evident in the thousands of families that attend each year.” The show will bring many beloved Oklahoma actors to the stage, including Broadway’s Dirk Lumbard as Scrooge. “[Lumbard] played Fagin in Lyric’s pro-

CULTURE

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

The belief is the spirit of those who have died will see this altar and spend the day with their families, which brings a spark of joy into loss. This festival also creates a cultural connection for those who have not heard of or celebrated the holiday before. “We are building a bridge of understanding between the Latino and non-Latino communities through the solemnness of death and the celebration of life,” Liggett says. Other spectacles include the performance art group Sur Oeste Arte Estancio, a Dance of the Skeletons, and the Tortilla Oracle Jorge Rojas, who reads tortillas as a form of divination. Beneath these spectacles, at its core, the festival utilizes art forms to celebrate the endless cycle of life and death. “Since nothing ever completely dies, we should not fear Death, but dance with Death and … make friends with Death since we will all meet him/her eventually!” Liggett says. The festival will run Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Brady Arts District. For details, visit livingarts. org. PHOTO COURTESY LIVING ARTS OF TULSA

Dia de los Muertos, a holiday that honors and celebrates lost loved ones, falls on Nov. 1. Although it is most widely celebrated in Mexico, the tradition comes to Tulsa thanks to Living Arts and its Day of the Dead Festival. “The event started out by asking artists to build ofrendas [offerings] to their relatives – it was simply an exhibit similar to the one I saw in Oaxaca, Mexico, the year before,” says Steve Liggett, artist director at Living Arts. “Over the years, it has evolved into a festival with performances, food, drink and a children’s area. We now allow anyone who would like to honor a loved one to build an altar to them.”

duction of Oliver! a few years ago, and he’s the perfect actor to take Scrooge’s journey from greed to redemption,” says Baron. New to the set this year are technical advancements like a revolving stage, flying ghosts and other theatrical tricks that will enhance the experience for viewers. But the core of the production – the ideas of personal growth and new beginnings – remains the same. “We take this show to heart and know how important this story is to the community,” says Baron. “I believe in the story of Scrooge’s redemption and look forward each year to sharing it with audiences.” The show will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 24. For details and tickets information, head to lyrictheatreokc.com.

KOOL CARS IN KINGFISHER Nov. 12 MAC BUILDING, KINGFISHER This is the last great car show of the year! Bring your family out to see these amazing cars, enjoy the music, have some great food and while at the fairgrounds, check out the Holiday Craft & Gift Show at the MAC Building. – kingfisher.org 2 HIP CHICKS ROADSHOW Nov. 12 CRAIG COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, VINITA 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow will have tons of vendors with booths offering goods in styles like up-cycled, salvaged, vintage, shabby chic, re-purposed, antique, good ol’ junk and lots more! – 2hipchicksroadshow.com CAMPFIRES, CATTLE & COWBOYS GATHERING Nov. 18 CHISHOLM TRAIL HERITAGE CENTER Join the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center under the stars in the brisk fall air, 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Bring your blanket and bring your lawn chairs, kick back and listen to the cowboy poets. If you’re a cowboy poet, be sure to join in the Story Swap (open mic session). Oklahoma cowboy poet/author Jay Snider will lead as the emcee. – onthechisholmtrail.com AMY SCHUMER Nov. 19 CHOCTAW CASINO & RESORT Amy Schumer has killed her way to the top with an unapologetic and unabashed brand of humor. Schumer will be embarking on a world tour of more than 50 cities and is the first female stand-up comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden. Catch her at Choctaw Casino & Resort Nov. 19. – amyschumer.com LIGHTS ON THE ISLAND Nov. 20-Dec. 25 QUARRY ISLAND Lights on the Island is an annual drive through light display held during the month of December each year. Located on Quarry Island at Wister Lake State Park, the display is sponsored by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and organizations. Donations are accepted and help to improve the display by adding new lights. – poteauchamber.com

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Holiday Greats Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food – sit back and enjoy a show.

At Home

The Criterion Collection comes through once again this month, releasing DVDs of two of the prickliest, best comedies of our young century. Punch-Drunk Love and The Squid and the Whale both start with wellworn premises (the joys of new love and the struggles of teenage life, respectively) but take these ideas in acerbic, unexpected directions. Punch-Drunk Love features Adam Sandler in a bold, revelatory role (no, really) while The Squid and the Whale was one of Jesse Eisenberg’s first substantial roles. Directors Paul Thomas Anderson (PunchDrunk Love) and Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) are among the most exciting directors working today, and they bring sure hands and eccentric touches to their material. In particular, The Squid and the Whale, in part a semi-autobiographical rumination on Baumbach’s own childhood, aches with pathos and real feeling. At once cuttingly specific and universally recognizable, Eisenberg’s reluctant navigation of the adult world, which both seduces and frightens him, will make you wince while you laugh.

PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE

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Around Town

If you live near either of Oklahoma’s major metro areas, November presents a good chance to catch a few comedy classics on the big screen. If you are in the Oklahoma City area, be sure to make it out to the screening of Kind Hearts and Coronets on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. One of the greatest dark comedies ever filmed, Kind Hearts’ tale of murder is buoyed by a bravura performance by Alec Guinness as eight different members of the same aristocratic family. Those in Tulsa, meanwhile, will want to make time for Circle Cinema’s silent screening again this month, as it runs a double feature of Laurel & Hardy mayhem. The great comic duo will be featured in two short films, Double Whoopee and Wrong Again, the latter of which was directed by frequent collaborator Leo McCarey, one of the finest comic directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Pipe organ music by Bill Rowland will accompany both shorts, and the screening also includes a bonus Felix the Cat cartoon.

KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS PHOTO COURTESY RIALTO PICTURES

THE BIRTH OF A NATION

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In Theaters

Oscar season has started in earnest, and the new Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation appears to be a bona fide awards contender. It’s a bit reductive to call the film an American Braveheart, but there’s a certain resonance with that previous Best Picture winner: historical setting, inspirational uprising story (here the tale of a brief but symbolically rich Virginia slave revolt), and a mix of melodrama and high violence. The two films also feature actors starring in their own directorial debuts. At this stage, like Mel Gibson in 1995, Nate Parker is a better actor than director. His performance as Nat Turner anchors his film, giving it weight and pathos. His directing is less sure, as it often falls back on clichéd dramatic flourishes, often prompted by the pedestrian script (also penned by Parker). Still, the film has moments of real power that make it worthwhile, especially when it embraces the fever-dream qualities of Nat’s prophetic visions. The film’s not perfect, but its good qualities make it worth seeking out. ASHER GELZER-GOVATOS


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CLOSING THOUGHTS

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Ryan Dirteater

ulbert native Ryan Dirteater has been having a banner year in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series in 2016 – he has three first-place finishes this season and ranks eighth in the world as of press time. The 27 year old has been riding bulls since he was a child, and he started riding in the PBR in 2008, making the finals in his rookie season. We recently caught up with Dirteater and got his thoughts on…

… his year so far.

I think just all my preparation and hard work is just paying off. I’m drawing good bulls, and I’m getting done. It’s all falling into place.

… how he started bullriding.

My dad rode bulls, and I grew up around the rodeo lifestyle. I roped since I could walk, and we were just at the roping pen one day when I was nine or ten years old, and I decided I wanted to get on a steer. I knew I wanted to do it, and I loved it. It was something I dreamed about doing. I watched PBR at that age on that TV and wanted to be at that level.

… what it takes to prepare for an event.

It’s just like every other sport. You want to stay in good physical shape and mentally prepare for your event, watch films just like a football or baseball player. They’re watching films, they’re getting

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ready to go out, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re just getting ready to ride bulls.

… the amount of time he spends training.

If you’re a bull rider, you’re doing it full time, and if you’re one of the top 35 bull riders in the world, that’s all you’re doing. There are thousands of other guys trying to get your spot, but usually once you get at that level and you’ve proven you’re going to stay there, you’re doing bull riding full time at the Built Ford Tough level. You don’t have time to have another job, and you’re making a good living at it.

… his career goals.

If you can make it 10 years to the PBR finals, you’re a legend in the sport. You’ve got a lot of guys that make it a handful of times, and then that’s it. You don’t see them again. But if you can put in a good 10 years in the PBR finals, that’s great. Retirement age is about 30-35. There are a few guys that are about 37, 36 or 37, but I won’t be riding when I’m that old. I’m going to be riding until I’m 30. 30 or 31.

… advice for starting bull riders.

If you’re going to do it, dedicate yourself to the sport and put in the work and you’ll get back what you put into it. There is a lot of money, and that money don’t last forever. Get it while you’re young and get out of it.


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