When things look really bad, you may not be seeing the entire picture. That's what I tried to depict in the 1st two (amateur) photos above.
I pick and choose my clients and cases - trying hard to be sure that I am representing the Right party. That's probably why I can't afford an expensive car or Armani suits. I refuse to tell you what you want to hear - just to get you to write me a retainer check. Expect me to be direct and honest in my assessment of your legal goals.
I am proud to be Court appointed as an independent outsider without "local boy" connections - to serve on Osage Tribal and Pawnee District and Tribal Courts
I also serve as President of the Pawnee County Bar Association and Vice President of the Osage Nation Bar Association.
Osage Tribal Court appointed as: guardian ad litem, attorney for indigent, public defender & interim prosecutor
Pawnee Tribal Court appointed as: attorney for indigent, public defender and guardian ad litem
Pawnee County District Court: serving as Court-appointed attorney in criminal, and deprived (D.H.S.) matters as public defender, attorney for indigent & guardian ad litem.
Oklahoma Certified Divorce and Family Law Mediator.
Court appointed to serve as Parenting Coordinator.
I go to jails and actually meet with clients when they are incarcerated. They tell me this is unusual for a criminal defense attorney. When clients are guilty, I negotiate the best deal I can. When they're innocent, we prepare for trial.
My office is usually open - (by appointment Only) - until 7 PM to serve working people who can't afford to take off work to meet with a lawyer. Covering numerous District, Tribal and Municipal courts in six counties, I'm rarely in my office. It may take two or three days for me to respond to all the messages on my answering machine.
I sometimes offer no interest payment plans, but I expect you to Match my best efforts to solve Your problems - by honoring your payment plans.
And I Do check your credit records. So if you have reneged on your other financial obligatons, I must require cash in advance.
Nobody calls me because they're having a good day.
I expect that.
Solving problems is my job.
Normally, as a sole practitioner, I'm out of the office and in one of 6 counties and 14 courts until about 4 PM. If you want to talk to me instead of my answerinng machine, please call after 4 PM central time. If you do leave a message, please give me your full legal name - First, Middle and Last - case number & County (if you have it) & a Call back number. Please Maintain your minutes. Set up your voice mail Please, so I can at least leave a message or text if you don't answer. Otherwise, how can you know that I returned your call ?
I'm a lawyer during the week. A novice rancher, amateur horseman, & avid motorcyclist (30+ years) on the weekends. Interests include science fiction, writing, firearms, Bushido, muscle cars & our extended family of cattle, quarterhorses, & dogs & cats. I'm a Florida transplant married to a lady born & raised in Oklahoma ( she's also an attorney and veterinarian.)
I'll probably never ride, rope, shoot, cook, or generate an Excel spreadsheet as well as she does. But I'm working on that.
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|OK||Authorized to practice law||2000||10/29/2009|
|Public Defender, guardian ad litem & Attorney for the Indigent||Tribal Court of the Pawnee Nation||2007 - Present|
|Guardian ad litem, Interim prosecutor, Public defender||Tribal Court of the Osage Nation||2007 - Present|
|Public Defender & Attorney for the Indigent||Pawnee County District Court||2006 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pawnee County Bar Association||President||2014 - Present|
|Osage Nation Bar Association||Vice President||2009 - Present|
|Justin Davis v. Shanna Stone Case No.: DF- 107582||Trial Court's verdict Sustained on Appeal|
|State of Oklahoma v. Amanda Smith||Loss at trial was reversed upon appeal|
|See all legal cases|
|University of Miami School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Miami||Marketing||M.B.A.||1983|
|C.L.E.E.T. training for reserve officers||Legal subject areas of C.L.E.E.T. exam||2009|