After 45 years representing clients primarily in litigation disputes, Mr. Lipe has restricted his practice to counseling and litigation management for clients in the Propane and Natural Gas industries, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), primarily as a mediator in disputes within those industries he has serviced during his career. 

In the propane and natural gas industries, he provided litigation services for propane wholesalers, retailers, midstream suppliers, the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Energy Education & Research and was the founding president of the Propane Gas Defense Association. He has acted as primary defense counsel in gas related litigation in over 200 cases in more than 25 states, and managed additional litigation as outside consulting counsel.

Although Mr. Lipe has participated in ADR proceedings in a wide variety of types of disputes, both as an advocate and as a neutral, his 40 years of litigation experience has been primarily in four areas of practice: Energy, Tort/Product Liability, Insurance, and Construction.

As a mediator, he views his role as not only facilitating communication between the parties in a privileged atmosphere but also reducing the obstacles to communication and maximize the exploration of alternatives to enable the parties to reach a voluntary and agreeable resolution of their dispute. Mr. Lipe also believes his role includes offering a mediator’s assessment of the parties' position when it will promote or assist them in evaluating their issues.

As an arbitrator, his goal is to ensure that each party has the opportunity to effectively present their case while managing the process in a manner that is consistent with the party-selected dispute resolution method of arbitration by having an expedited time frame and expense sensitive process.

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ADR – Experience and Training

Served as a mediator in private mediations, as well as an adjunct settlement judge in court-ordered settlement conferences

Participated in a week-long American Arbitration Association workshop on Essential Mediation Skills, as well as participated in the 2015 ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference and the 2015 ABA Construction ADR Summit

Participated in over 110 hours of ADR training and CLE over the past 3 years

Acted as an advocate in over 100 mediations and arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions

Current vice chairman of the ADR Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association

Energy Law and Litigation – Experience and Training

Served for 20 years as primary outside general counsel for a multi-state midstream company, and served 7 years as a member of its board of directors and as national trial counsel

In the propane and natural gas industries, he provided contract and litigation services for propane wholesalers, retailers, midstream suppliers, the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Energy Education & Research, and was the founding president of the Propane Gas Defense Association

Handled disputes between energy-related companies concerning joint ventures, operator/drilling contracts, breach of operating agreements, gas processing plant agreements, terminal operating agreements, force majeure and economic out clauses, and supply agreements

Tort and Product Liability Litigation – Experience and Training

Acted as lead counsel in a variety of tort and product liability litigation in Oklahoma and multiple courts outside Oklahoma

Acted as national defense counsel for product manufacturers and gas companies in product liability defense, gas explosion litigation and litigation arising out of catastrophic accidents in the defense of over 250 personal injury suits in over 25 states

Served as national litigation counsel for the largest propane tank manufacturer in the United States and a midstream energy distribution company, and as national counsel for crane, oilfield and industrial equipment suppliers

Insurance Law – Experience and Training

Provided counseling and litigation services to both insureds and insurers in coverage disputes involving D&O coverage, large property losses, business interruption losses, extra expense claims, and general liability claims

Acted as primary outside counsel for the risk management department of a Forbes 200 publicly-traded energy company

Provided legal services and advice to the risk management department of a midstream energy company, and acted as outside risk manager during the company’s search for a replacement risk manager

Primary counsel in declaratory judgment actions and bad faith litigation for both insureds and insurers

Construction Law – Experience and Training

Acted as primary outside counsel to one of the two largest construction companies in Oklahoma, as well as a construction company that performs infrastructure construction throughout the Southwest and Midwest primarily for the energy industry

Represented owners, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties in construction and insurance and bond disputes

Acted as an advocate in both mediations and arbitrations under the AAA Construction Industry Rules

Negotiated contracts for owners, general contractors and subcontractors under a variety of industry contract formats, as well as contracts for construction with Native American nations and entities

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (2011-2020)

Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

Oklahoma Super Lawyers (multiple years)

Top Attorneys in Oklahoma (multiple years)

Propane Gas Defense Association (former President and Chairman of Board of Directors)

Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law (Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers)

Journal Record Leadership in Law Award (2009)

Tulsa County Bar Association “Golden Rule” Professionalism and Ethics Award (initial recipient)

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. (past president, capital campaign chairman, and inductee into the Hall of Fame)

Community & Professional

Oklahoma Bar Association (current vice chairman of the ADR Section, and served twice as chairman of the Litigation section)

American Bar Association (member of Dispute Resolution, Forum on Construction Law, and the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice sections)

American Inns of Court (Master Emeritus, Hudson-Hall-Wheaton Chapter)

Propane Gas Defense Association (founder, past president, and past chairman of the board)

Natural Gas Claims and Litigation Association


Alerts & Publications


Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1976

  • Leading Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce

University of Arkansas, B.S., 1973


  • Arkansas, 1976
  • Oklahoma, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1981
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