Valerie V. Hatami Joins Conner & Winters’ Oklahoma City Office

Conner & Winters is proud to welcome Valerie V. Hatami to the firm’s Oklahoma City office.  Ms. Hatami practices in the firm’s litigation section, representing corporate clients in complex oil and gas litigation matters. Prior to joining Conner & Winters, she served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Ms. Hatami graduated summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she was a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review and a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship. While in law school, Ms. Hatami focused on oil and gas law, earning a Certificate in Energy and Natural Resources Law. In the summer of 2014, her article on the regulatory aspects and science behind hydraulic fracturing was published in the Oklahoma City University Law Review.

Conner & Winters Welcomes Michael D. Sutton to its Northwest Arkansas Office

Michael D. Sutton has joined the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office as an associate.  Mr. Sutton focuses his practice on complex commercial and business litigation as well as health care compliance, administration, and transactions. He has experience litigating in both federal and state courts and has addressed a broad array of issues including environment regulations, contract disputes, products liability, intellectual property rights, and trade secrets. Michael also has experience with general civil litigation, real estate transactions, and business formation matters.

Prior to joining Conner & Winters, Michael attended the University of Arkansas School of Law where he graduated first in his class. During law school, Michael also clerked for the Honorable Judge Brad Karren, the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, and for several law firms throughout Arkansas. He also served as an Articles Editor for the Arkansas Law Review, a Teaching Assistant for introductory Property Law courses, and on the Board of Advocates. Michael remains active in the law school community by volunteering as a judge for moot court and trial competitions.


Vic Albert Presented at Elected Prosecuting Attorney/District Attorney Joint Training Conference

Conner & Winters attorney Vic Albert was invited by the District Attorneys Council to give a seminar presentation at a recent meeting in Oklahoma City.  Mr. Albert presented on the topic “Social Media and Government Entities”.  The attendees were District Attorneys from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.


Conner & Winters Recognized in 2016 Chambers USA Guide

Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to announce that 18 of the firm’s attorneys and five practice areas are included in the 2016 Chambers USA Guide.  Congratulations to: Vic Albert, Gary Betow, Elise Brennan, Teresa Burkett, David Cordell, Bob Curry, John Elrod, Jared Giddens, Robert Melgaard, Randall Mock, Lynn Moore, Ron Petrikin, Kiran Phansalkar, Kevin Redwine, Gentra Sorem, Hilary Velandia, Steve Ward and John Williams.  Conner & Winters practice groups are recognized in the areas of: Corporate/Commercial, Energy, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial and Native American Law.

The Chambers guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990 and now cover 185 jurisdictions throughout the world. Chambers ranks lawyers and law firms based on the research of its 150 full-time editors and researchers, as well as information submitted by law firms and in-depth telephone interviews with attorneys and firms.  The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities most valued by the client.


Conner & Winters Brings in Two Partners

Conner & Winters is proud to welcome Curtis M. Long  and Brad K. Cunningham to the firm’s Tulsa office.

Mr. Long’s practice is focused on energy, environmental and natural resources administrative and regulatory issues, and telecommunications.  He has 40 years of experience representing clients in state and federal courts and before regulatory commissions.  Mr. Long has achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Oklahoma Super Lawyers®.

Mr. Cunningham’s practice is exclusively focused on family law and domestic relations matters.  A 2006 graduate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, he has achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubble and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Oklahoma Super Lawyers®.


Conner & Winters Names Three New Partners

Conner & Winters has named three attorneys as partners: Kathryn S. Burnett, Caryn M. Campbell and Amanda M. Swain.  Ms. Burnett works in the firm’s Tulsa office and focuses her practice on health care compliance, provider reimbursement, and physician employment.  Ms. Campbell works in the firm’s Dallas office and focuses her practice on employee benefits, assisting employers with various retirement and welfare benefit plan issues, HIPAA compliance and executive compensation arrangements.  Ms. Swain works in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and focuses her practice on taxes and trusts and estates, representing clients in business transactions, estate planning and tax matters.


56 Attorneys from Conner & Winters Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Conner & Winters is proud to announce that 56 of the firm’s lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.  Congratulations to: Victor F. Albert, Mark D. Berman, Gary L. Betow, Debbie L. Blackwell, Paul E. Braden, Elise Dunitz Brennan, Teresa Meinders Burkett, David R. Cordell, Katherine G. Coyle, Robert A. Curry, Mark E. Dreyer, John R. Elrod, Robin F. Fields, Melodie Freeman-Burney, John W. Funk, Jared D. Giddens, Kevin H. Good, James E. Green, Jr., Bradley R. Grundy, P. Scott Hathaway, Tony W. Haynie, John W. Ingraham, Robert L. Jones, III, Todd P. Lewis, Larry B. Lipe, R. Richard Love, III, Steven W. McGrath, Robert J. Melgaard, G. Daniel Miller, Randall D. Mock, Lynnwood R. Moore, Jr., C. Raymond Patton, Jr., J. Ronald Petrikin, Kiran A. Phansalkar, Douglas M. Rather, R. Kevin Redwine, John R. Reeves, Greg S. Scharlau, John M. Scott, Douglas M. Selwyn, Eric S. Smith, Terral J. Smith, Gentra Abbey Sorem, Irwin H. Steinhorn, Robert J. Stokes, Anne B. Sublett, Jason S. Taylor, Jeanette C. Timmons, Timothy T. Trump, Andrew R. Turner, Nancy E. Vaughn, Stephen R. Ward, Henry G. Will, Martin R. Wing and G. Alan Wooten.


Jewelie Grape Joins Conner & Winters

Jewelie Grape has joined Conner & Winters as a partner.  She focuses her practice on executive compensation and employee benefits. She advises clients on a wide range of compensation and benefits issues such as ERISA compliance, health care reform and other benefits-related state and federal laws, including HIPAA. Ms. Grape helps clients design, implement and maintain defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, stock option plans, health plans and cafeteria plans.

She has extensive experience with benefits plans not governed by ERISA and advises church benefit and other organizations on a variety of board governance, general corporate, tax, and employee benefit (including 403(b) and 457(b) and (f) plan) issues. Ms. Grape has acquired valuable business counseling skills while serving as in-house counsel for nine years managing day-to-day legal issues and overseeing complex litigation matters.