Austin Birnie is a litigator who has represented clients in a variety of industries including banking, energy, real estate, and transportation. He has broad experience in federal and state courts in cases involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, UCC remedies and enforcement, fraud, contests for corporate control, collections, and foreclosures. He has successfully litigated several trust and estates disputes that have centered on contested interpretations of the Oklahoma Trust Act, and has also represented both creditors and debtors in a range of bankruptcy matters. In addition, he has worked with American Indian Tribes and Tribal Nations in litigation on a number of issues such as contract disputes and the enforcement of trust and fiduciary obligations.
Mr. Birnie received his Juris Doctor degree from Duke University School of Law in 2014, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2009. As a law student, Mr. Birnie was a lead editor for the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law.
During law school, Mr. Birnie served as an intern for the Honorable Sam Glasscock, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, and was a summer associate for a boutique firm that specialized in corporate and commercial litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and Delaware Supreme Court.
Honors & Leadership
Honors & Recognitions
Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, Lead Editor (2013-2014) and Staff Editor (2012-2013)
Community & Professional
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2014
The University of Chicago, A.B. in Economics and Philosophy, cum laude, 2009
- Oklahoma – 2014
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma – 2015
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma – 2015
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma – 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit – 2017