Robert Melgaard’s primary areas of practice are securities law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Melgaard has more than 20 years experience representing issuers in the areas of public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, including initial public offerings and Rule 144A offerings, compliance with public company reporting and proxy solicitation requirements, Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters, public disclosure matters, corporate governance matters, stock exchange matters, insider trading matters, employee benefit plan securities law matters, and insider securities ownership reporting and short-swing profit liability.  He has guided numerous companies on the public offering process and the business and regulatory aspects of being a publicly-traded company.  His experience includes transactional and planning work for clients involving mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations, including the purchase and sale of public companies and going private transactions.  Mr. Melgaard has worked with many national and regional investment banking firms and their counsel.

Mr. Melgaard recently represented a public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange in its sale to another public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange for approximately $4.0 billion in stock and cash.  Over the years, he represented this public company in five public equity offerings, including its initial public offering, two public debt offerings and three Rule 144A private debt offerings, all of which raised aggregate net proceeds of approximately $1.2 billion.  Mr. Melgaard has also completed numerous other public and Rule 144A offerings for other clients listed on the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.

A graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (with Honors) in 1982, Mr. Melgaard received his juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska (with Distinction) in 1985, where he was an Executive Editor of the Nebraska Law Review.  Mr. Melgaard is a member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association.  Mr. Melgaard is a past Chairperson of the Business and Corporate Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Corporate Counsel Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities law category as well as Oklahoma Super Lawyers in the securities and corporate finance and business/corporate categories.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

2018 Corporate Compliance Law Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Tulsa

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Securities Law

Tulsa County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section Former Chairperson, 1994-1995

Oklahoma Bar Association Business and Corporate Law Section Chairperson 1998

Nebraska Law Review Executive Editor 1984 - 1985 and Member 1983 - 1985

Order of the Coif

Beta Gamma Sigma

Community & Professional

Tulsa County Bar Association

Oklahoma Bar Association

American Bar Association



University of Nebraska, J.D., with distinction, 1985

Montana State University, B.S., with honors, 1982


  • Oklahoma - 1985
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