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Stephen Cortes

Estate planning Attorney at Oklahoma City, OK

5.0   2 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OK
    Acquired 1999
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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Our estate planning philosophy is to: • Develop long-term relationships with our clients and their team of financial professionals • Fully understand our clients’ circumstances, needs, goals and anxieties • Stay abreast of new developments in the law and how those developments affect clients • Use the most appropriate, efficient and cost-effective strategies to accomplish our client’s objectives • Provide clients the peace of mind that they have hired the be

    21 years

  2. Litigation
    From the very start, we prepare every case for trial. The Firm has a reputation for preparation. You will have the confidence of knowing that you have hired an experienced, driven and effective law firm.

    21 years

  3. Personal injury

    17 years

  4. Probate

    21 years

Stephen Cortes is an Oklahoma City attorney with over 17 years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors.

Stephen is passionate about helping individuals, families, and business owners achieve peace of mind by developing and implementing creative cost effective plans tailored for each client. He believes that effective estate planning is critical to the financial and physical well-being of his clients. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved in the process,” he says.

As part of the estate planning process, Stephen prepares documents for clients and works to educate them on the importance of titling assets to ensure their estate planning documents work the way they intend. His goal is to make this process as accessible, efficient and streamlined as possible so that individuals are more motivated to develop and complete their plan, and families do not have to deal with the fallout from a lack of planning.

Stephen is an active member of WealthCounsel, a national community of top estate planning professionals committed to the highest standard of practice excellence.

With over 17 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors, Stephen has served in leadership roles as General Counsel for Governor Brad Henry, and Referee of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Citizens’ Academy, a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association and is a Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Member.

Stephen’s commitment to helping others includes volunteering and serving as a Board Member of the Oklahoma City Rescue Mission. In addition, he hosts an annual charity event that, over the last 10 years, has raised over $200,000 for children’s charities.

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Stephen Cortes
5801 Broadway Extension, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK, 73118


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Posted by Joyce | November 1, 2016
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Super Attorney
He was very thorough, always returned calls when necessary and in a timely and professional manner. He won the case! He did a fantastic job. I have recommended him to many others.
Posted by Frank | October 22, 2016
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The Best of the Best
Stephen Cortes is an excellent attorney. I am a business owner and have used Mr. Cortes for drafting contracts, legal questions and small claims issues that have arose from clients non payment. He is very professional, polite and precise. I would recommend him to anyone including friends and family.


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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Cortes Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Governor of Oklahoma
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis, PC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Governor of Oklahoma
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Referee Attorney
  • Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals
  • 1999 - 2002
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  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • ODOT v H&L
  • Eminent Domain matter, represented the Department of Transportation; Defendants have appealed
  • ODOT v Harmon
  • Favorable outcome for the Department of Transportation
  • ODOT v H&L
  • Favorable outcome for the Department of Transportation
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  • Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • WealthCounsel Estate Planning
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Oklahoma City Rescue Mission
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States District Court for Northern District of Oklahoma
  • 2008 - Present
  • Leadership Oklahoma
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 1999 - Present
  • United States District Court for Western District of Oklahoma
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Citizen's Academy Graduate
  • Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
  • 2006

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Oklahoma City Estate planning Lawyer Stephen Cortes
Stephen Cortes
Estate planning Attorney
Oklahoma City, OK
Licensed for 24 years