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Michael A. Risley

Michael A. Risley

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About Me

Michael Risley received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. As an undergraduate, Mr. Risley spent seven months in northeastern Thailand doing human rights work, where he learned the value of doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity. 

In 2008, at the University of Tulsa College of Law, Mr. Risley was awarded the American Bar Association's Curtin Fellowship for his work in alternative sentencing for homeless defendants.

Unable to refuse the call of home, Mr. Risley returned to O.U. in 2009, where he did pro bono criminal defense work for low- and no-income clients at the O.U. College of Law's Criminal Defense Clinic. He was awarded his J.D in 2010 and admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in the same year. 

Mr. Risley was born in Singapore to his Norwegian mother and American father, and split his childhood between England and Oklahoma. His out-of-the-ordinary life experience has instilled in him a long standing respect for diversity and a commitment to serving others, which he puts at the forefront of his legal practice.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Expungement: 100%
    6 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Jason Sansone

    Mr. Risley is one of the top criminal expungement and pardon attorney's I know in Oklahoma. I gladly endorse this attorney.


    Jason Sansone Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Sara W. McFall

    Michael is incredibly smart and a tireless researcher. He will always find the most relevant authority to prove a clients' case and has quickly established himself as an expert in certain areas of law. Despite being a recent member of the Bar, I consider him a great resource as well as a committed colleague who works to find the very best outcome for his clients. He conducts himself with integrity and cares deeply about helping people achieve their legal goals.


    Sara McFall Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

3700 Classen Blvd
Suite 150
Oklahoma City, OK, 73118



OKAuthorized to practice law201005/25/2012

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Two Time Dean's Honor RollUniversity of Oklahoma2010
Robert T. Rennie ScholarUniversity of Oklahoma2009
The Curtin FellowshipThe American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty2008
Three Time Dean's Honor RollUniversity of Tulsa2008
University Fund ScholarUniversity of Tulsa College of Law2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMichael A. Risley, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC2010 - Present
Criminal Defense ClinicianUniversity Of Oklahoma Law School2009 - 2010
Deputy MarshallCity of Norman Municipal Court2009 - 2010
Research Assistant to Professor HollingsworthUniversity of Tulsa College of Law2008 - 2009
Curtin FellowAmerican Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty2008 - 2009
Law ClerkLegal Aid Services of Oklahoma2007 - 2008
Americorps MemberRegional Food Bank of Oklahoma2006 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oklahoma County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Cleveland County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oklahoma Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Phi Delta Phi Honors FraternityMember2008 - 2010
University of Oklahoma Alumni AssociationMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Oklahoma v. [Client]Expunged
State of Oklahoma v. [Client]Expunged
[Client] v. State of OklahomaExpunged

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Publication NameTitleDate
Avvo.comOklahoma Expungements after November 1st, 20122012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJuris Doctor2010
University of OklahomaAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker SeriesClinical Experience - Yes or No?2014
Francis Tuttle T.O.P. ProgramErasing Criminal Records: Expungements, Pardons, & Modification2013
University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker SeriesHow to Start Your Own Law Practice2011