EXPERIENCE:

  • Admitted to Practice in the State Courts in Oklahoma on October 16, 1985
  • PRIVATE PRACTICE, President of Central Law Office, P.C., July, 1995 until present.
  • Counsel for Women and Hispanic Farmers vs. USDA.
  • Counsel for Oklahoma Black Farmers in Pigford Class Action in Oklahoma.
  • Counsel for Oklahoma Farmers Union 2001 to present.
  • UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS SCHOOL OF LAW, Law School Legal Clinic, Visiting Assistant Professor, Legal Services Corporation teaching Sabbatical August, 1994 – May, 1995
  • Farm Law Project for Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, Inc., November 1987 to 1994; Responsible to represent farm owners in all State, Federal and Administrative proceedings.
  • General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for the Insurance Company of the Prairie States, May 1985 to November 1987

EDUCATION:

  • University of Oklahoma; Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Adminitration, 1985
  • University of Oklahoma; Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981

COURTS WHERE ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:

  • Admitted to practice in State Courts in Oklahoma on October 16, 1985
  • Admitted to practice in the following United States District Courts: Western District of Oklahoma on June 29, 1988 Eastern District of Oklahoma on July 11, 1989
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas on September 9, 1994
  • Northern District of Oklahoma, December 1, 1995.
  • Eastern District of Texas, December 20, 1995.
  • Northern District of Texas, January 4, 1999.
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, April 23, 1996.
  • Supreme Court of the U.S., May 4, 1998.
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, February 1, 1999.
  • Chairman of the OBA Agriculture Law Association, 1994-1995

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Loss of Contract Farm Contracts. Russellville, AR., University of Arkansas, August 2002.
  • Farm and Ranch Law Seminar – “Bankruptcy Reform”, September 2001.
  • Quoted in Progressive Farmer, March 2001; “The Loss of Farming’s Bankruptcy Law”.
  • Farm and Ranch Law Seminar – “Farm Program Payments”, OCU, OKC, OK. September 2000.
  • Basic Chapter 12 Bankruptcy Seminar – OBA – OKC, OK, October 1999.
  • Survival Under the New FmHA Rules, Clearinghouse Review, August, 1992, at 406.
  • The Farmer, The Lawyer and Farmers Home Administration, O.B.J., June 15, 1991 at 1837.
  • Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, Relief to the Farm Debtor, O.B.J., January 16, 1988 at 110.

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS:

  • Jan. 1995 – University of Arkansas – Speaker – USDA Reorganization – Miami, OK., Fayetteville, AR, and Harrison, AR.
  • July 1994 – Oklahoma Agriculture Mediation Project – Speaker – Empowerment of Farm Debtors, Sentinel, Oklahoma.
  • June 1994 – Agriculture Law Section of OBA – Speaker – Debtor’s Rights Durant, Oklahoma.
  • May 1994 – Oklahoma Educational Television Authority – Panelist – Loan Fraud in Rural Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • April 1994 – Agriculture Law Section of OBA – Speaker – Debtor’s Rights, Lawton, Oklahoma.
  • Mar. 1994 – Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma, Inc. – Speaker – Farm Owner Rights, Idabel, Oklahoma.
  • Feb. 1994 – Oklahoma Bar Association Farm Crisis Task Force – Speaker – Administrative Rights with Farmers Home Administration, Miami, Oklahoma.
  • Jan. 1994 – Agriculture Law Section of OBA – Speaker – Debtor’s Rights, Pryor, Oklahoma.
  • Sept. 1993 – Oklahoma Farmers Union – Speaker/Panelist – Seminar on Rural Mental Health, Woodward, Oklahoma.
  • April 1993 – Oklahoma City University – Speaker – The Agriculture Credit Act of 1987, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Feb 1993 – Legal Aid of Western Okla., Inc. – Speaker – Debt Restructuring, Idabel, Oklahoma.
  • Sept 1992 – Arkansas Legal Services – Speaker – “How to represent farm owners.”, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • July 1992 – Oklahoma Farmers Union – Speaker – Debt Restructuring with FmHa -Meetings in Kingfisher, Pryor, Idabel, Guymon, Lawton, Durant, McAlester, Grandfield and Ardmore, Oklahoma.
  • Oct. 1991 – Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office – Speaker – Farm Credit, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,.
  • July 1988 – Oklahoma Conference of Churches – Speaker – Counseling Farmers Meetings in Muskogee, Tulsa, Idabel, Guymon, Ardmore and Muskogee.
  • June 1988 – Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office – Speaker – The Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.