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John Spencer Bryan

John Spencer Bryan

also known as Spencer Bryan, Brian Spencer

Practice areas:

Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Discrimination, DUI & DWI, Wrongful Death

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About Me

Mr. Bryan represents clients in Oklahoma state and federal courts, at the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Bryan is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubble.  His arguments to the Oklahoma Supreme Court resulted in the seminal decision in Bosh v. Cherokee County Governmental Building Authority, 305 P.3d 994 (Okla. 2013).


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2002

  1. Civil Rights: 40%
    12 years, 100 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    12 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    12 years, 10 cases
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
    4 years
  5. Discrimination: 10%
    12 years, 50 cases


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Aaron Alan Herbert

    Spencer is one of the most knowledgeable and zealous advocates for his clients. He is the first attorney in Oklahoma to successfully argue for civil rights under the state constitution. I can endorse Spencer for all types of civil rights and criminal cases, sexual harassment, sexual abuse and gender discrimination, employment discrimination, and cases involving police misconduct and excessive force, and all types of personal injury cases, including car accidents, premises liability, cases involving traumatic injuries. If you're looking for an attorney in or around Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Muskogee, Grove, Okmulgee, Norman, or Oklahoma City, you should call Spencer.


    Aaron Herbert Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Steven Terrill

    Spencer is one of the leading civil rights litigators in Oklahoma. Mr. Bryan has taken his years as a civil rights defense attorney and utilized that experience and knowledge to advocate and advance the claims of those who have had their civil rights ignored or trampled upon. While a leader in the civil rights arena, Spencer is adept at handling a variety of claims. If you are looking for an attorney that will go the extra mile and shepherd your case from beginning to end, Spencer should be at the top of your list.


    Steven Terrill Civil Rights Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Bryan & Terrill Law, PLLC

9 East 4th Street.
Suite 307
Tulsa, OK, 74103


OKAuthorized to practice law200212/13/2012

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarsSuperLawyers2014
Tulsa Power AttorneysTulsa Business and Legal News2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Rising StarsSuperLawyers2013
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBryan & Terrill Law, PLLC2011 - Present
AttorneyPaul Law Firm2008 - 2011
AttorneyBest and Sharp2002 - 2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Oklahoma Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
American Association for JusticeExecutive Committee Member, Civil RightsN/A
Oklahoma Association for JusticeN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Shero v. City of Grove, Okla., 510 F.3d 1196 (10th Cir. 2007)N/A
Torres v. Corrections, Corp. of America, 372 F.Supp.2d 1258 (N.D.Okla. 2005)N/A
Bosh v. Cherokee Governmental Building Authority, 305 P.3d 994 (Okla. 2013)N/A

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Publication NameTitleDate
The New YorkerSarah Stillman, “Get Out of Jail, Inc.”2014
Defense Research Institute (DRI)Section 1983 Claims – Deliberate Indifference to Serious Medical Needs2007

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oklahoma College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
AIDS Coalition of TulsaAIDS and HIV Discrimination2011
Introductory LectureCivil Rights Litigation2006