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.
Licensed since 2010
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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.
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|OK||Authorized to practice law||2010||05/25/2012|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Two Time Dean's Honor Roll||University of Oklahoma||2010|
|Robert T. Rennie Scholar||University of Oklahoma||2009|
|The Curtin Fellowship||The American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty||2008|
|Three Time Dean's Honor Roll||University of Tulsa||2008|
|University Fund Scholar||University of Tulsa College of Law||2008|
|Owner||Michael A. Risley, Attorney & Counselor at Law, PLLC||2010 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Clinician||University Of Oklahoma Law School||2009 - 2010|
|Deputy Marshall||City of Norman Municipal Court||2009 - 2010|
|Research Assistant to Professor Hollingsworth||University of Tulsa College of Law||2008 - 2009|
|Curtin Fellow||American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty||2008 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma||2007 - 2008|
|Americorps Member||Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma||2006 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Oklahoma County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Cleveland County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Oklahoma Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Phi Delta Phi Honors Fraternity||Member||2008 - 2010|
|University of Oklahoma Alumni Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Oklahoma||Anthropology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker Series||Clinical Experience - Yes or No?||2014|
|Francis Tuttle T.O.P. Program||Erasing Criminal Records: Expungements, Pardons, & Modification||2013|
|University of Oklahoma College of Law Guest Speaker Series||How to Start Your Own Law Practice||2011|