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.
|OK||Authorized to Practice Law||1999||07/10/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Citizen's Academy Graduate||Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation||2006|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Oklahoma City University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Law School Lunch||Law Students Have A place in Politics||2010|
|Rulemaking Liaisons||Oklahoma Administrative Law Procedures||2004|
|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|
|ODOT v Garcia||Favorable outcome for the Department of Transportation|
|Choctaw Nation v State of Oklahoma||Settled|
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