J. Ryan Sacra Profiled in THE TULSA WORLD
Conner & Winters partner J. Ryan Sacra was profiled in the October 22nd edition of THE TULSA WORLD. The article discusses how Sacra and his two brothers practice law in Tulsa in diverse environments. Read article
Teresa Meinders Burkett Honored at Woman of the Year Gala and
Inducted into The Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence
Conner & Winters partner Teresa Meinders Burkett was honored at a black tie gala in Oklahoma City as she was recognized by The Journal Record for leadership in business and service to the community. As a three-time honoree of The Journal Record’s Fifty Making a Difference program, Burkett is a 2013 inductee into the program’s Circle of Excellence. Click here to read The Journal Record’s profile piece on Burkett and the article about the gala.
Donn Meindertsma Speaks at ABA Annual Conference
on Whistleblower Defense
Washington, D.C. Conner & Winters partner Donn Meindertsma was recently featured as a panelist at the 2013 ABA Annual Conference in San Francisco. He offered insights into defense perspectives on whistleblower litigation, joining fellow speakers in a session entitled, Ever-Expanding Federal Whistleblower Protections: Increasing Rewards, Growing Risks, presented on August 8 to the ABA Labor and Employment Section. A copy of Mr. Meindertsma’s paper for the conference, Defense Perspectives on Whistleblower Litigation, is available on request.
Daniel E. Gomez Named “Young Attorney of the Year”
Conner & Winters attorney Daniel E. Gomez was recognized as “Young Attorney of the Year” by the Tulsa County Bar Association during the TCBA/TCBF Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on August 22, 2013. Gomez practices in the litigation group with an emphasis in the areas of civil and business litigation, insurance coverage, insurance defense, bankruptcy, insolvency, American Indian – Native American law and gaming law.
Conner & Winters Welcomes Four New Attorneys
Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to welcome four new attorneys to the firm’s Oklahoma City office. Randall D. Mock and John R. Reeves have joined as partners, and Amanda M. Swain and Matthew J. Allen have joined as associates. Mock and Reeves were founding members of the Oklahoma City law firm Mock, Schwabe, Waldo, Elder, Reeves & Bryant. The addition of these new attorneys expands the firm’s tax, trust and estates and energy practice areas. Click here to read article from THE OKLAHOMAN
AVIATION EMPLOYER ALERT: FARs Do Not Give Union a Cause of Action for Pilot’s Termination
A Federal Aviation Regulation, FAR 91.3, gives the pilot in command of an aircraft “the final authority” for the operation of the aircraft. This regulation complicates the process for holding a pilot accountable for judgments with which flight management disagrees, and carriers who discipline pilots when judgments differ do so with a notable degree of risk. Click here to read Alert
Conner & Winters Welcomes Angela L. Smoot
Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to welcome Angela L. Smoot as an associate in the firm’s Tulsa office. A 2004 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, Ms. Smoot practices in the area of family law and health care litigation.
CLIENT ALERT: DOMA Ruling Impacts Employee Benefits Plans
On June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”), announced two decisions affecting same-sex marriages. One case, United States v. Windsor, is expected to have a substantial impact on most employee benefit plans and many other programs maintained by employers. Click here to read Alert
Conner & Winters Welcomes Bradley A. Grundy
Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to welcome Bradley A. Grundy as a partner in the firm’s Tulsa office. Grundy, whose practice focuses on family law, received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is also included on the recognition lists published by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Erica L. Summers Featured Speaker for American Bar Association Teleconference
Conner & Winters attorney Erica L. Summers was a featured speaker for the American Bar Association’s teleconference on June 19th focusing on the features and requirements of retirement plans sponsored by governmental and church-related employers. The teleconference served as both a refresher for the more experienced practitioner and as an introduction for the practitioner beginning to work in this area. Click here to purchase a podcast of the teleconference.
Beverly K. Smith Named President of University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association
Conner & Winters partner Beverly K. Smith has taken the reins of the University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association. Smith will work with the executive committee over the summer to develop plans to present to the board members in the fall. She explains, “I want to have programs that will support Dean Janet Levit and help the law school continue to improve. That will make our graduates’ Juris Doctorate degrees worth more.”
Conner & Winters Attorneys Named as “Leaders In Their Field” by Chambers USA
Sixteen Conner & Winters attorneys have been named as “Leaders in their Field” in the 2013 Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Attorneys recognized are: Victor F. Albert (Labor & Employment), Gary L. Betow (Corporate/Commercial), Elise Dunitz Brennan (Corporate/Commercial: Health Care), Teresa Meinders Burkett (Corporate/Commercial: Health Care), David R. Cordell (Labor & Employment), Robert A. Curry (Corporate/Commercial), John R. Elrod (Litigation: General Commercial), Jared D. Giddens (Litigation: General Commercial), James E. Green, Jr. (Litigation: General Commercial), Robert J. Melgaard (Corporate/Commercial), Lynnwood R. Moore, Jr. (Corporate/Commercial), J. Ronald Petrikin (Labor & Employment), Kiran A. Phansalkar (Litigation: General Commercial), R. Kevin Redwine (Energy & Natural Resources), Nancy E. Vaughn (Labor & Employment) and Stephen R. Ward (Native American).