Norman Personal Injury – Plaintiff Lawyer
I am originally from Ardmore, OK, where I was a four-time state champion in the discus and shot put in track and field from 2005 to 2008. I then attended Stanford University, where I was a two time All-American and the 2011 PAC-10 champion in the discus. I received my Bachelors of Arts in both history and political science from Stanford in 2013, and returned home to Oklahoma to attend law school. I earned my J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2016. I enjoy litigation because it has many similarities to sports. Just like competing at the highest levels of a sport, litigation requires preparation, hard work, and patience. I often apply the principles and lessons I learned over the years competing at the highest levels of track and field to my law practice. In 2020, I was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” attorneys in Oklahoma by The National Trial Lawyers publication.
I live in Norman with my wife, Elaine. I enjoy doing all kinds of exercise, going to OU football games, watching sports, and reading. I also enjoy coaching young athletes in my spare time. My father, Phil, and uncle, Paul, played football at OU and were members of the 1975 national championship team. They both went on to play in the NFL. I also come from a long line of farmers and stockmen in Oklahoma. Several members of my family run black angus cattle and work in pecan farming. Needless to say, I am proud to be an Oklahoman and to be practicing law here.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
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- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.