Class Notes – January 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Charles Chapel has announced plans to retire. Chapel said that he will step down on Feb. 28 and will practice on a limited basis with Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Lewis & Orbison in Tulsa, which he helped found almost 40 years ago.
Eric Grimshaw has joined the board of directors at Broken Arrow based XETA Technologies, Inc. Grimshaw will serve on the board’s nominating and governance committee. He is currently vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary of ONEOK.
Kathy R. Neal has joined McAfee & Taft in the firm’s Tulsa office. Neal’s practice will focus on the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law.
David Humphrey along with Luke Wallace (JD ’94) presented a program on the topic, “Jury Trial of a Telephone Abuse Debt Collection Case,” as a part of the National Consumer Law Center’s Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Philadelphia. The presentation focused on the trial of Fausto v. Credigy Services from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Robert J. Joyce has joined the Tulsa office of McAfee & Taft. Joyce focuses his practice on complex environmental, toxic tort, and regulatory matters. He has experience in the refining, aviation/aerospace, mining, petroleum, and manufacturing industries.
David M. Winfrey has joined the Tulsa office of McAfee & Taft. Winfrey brings experience in the areas of environmental, occupational health and safety, and transportation law.
Margaret Millikin gave a presentation on intellectual property, patents, and trademarks at the general office of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma in Tulsa in December. The seminar, “Sharpen your Skills,” was offered by the Society of Women Engineers and designed to help start-up companies by offering strategies, advice, and tools necessary for meeting their needs in today’s market.
John A. Couch has joined the Houston office of Baker & McKenzie LLP as an International Tax Partner. Couch represents and counsels multinational corporate clients engaged in a variety of cross-border transactions, corporate tax planning, organization, reorganizations, and finance. He has experience in over 50 tax jurisdictions in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, and Australasia. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie LLP, he most recently served in the Dubai office of Bracewell & Giuliani and prior to that as co-manager of the Caspian practice in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he was engaged in matters related to cross-border transactions, financing, and taxation.
Judge King Fifer was named Trial Judge of the Year for 2009 by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Dallas Chapter. Judge Fifer presides over Dallas County Court at Law 2, which handles civil matters.
Luke Wallace along with David Humphrey (JD ’87) presented a program on the topic, “Jury Trial of a Telephone Abuse Debt Collection Case,” as a part of the National Consumer Law Center’s Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference in Philadelphia. The presentation focused on the trial of Fausto v. Credigy Services from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Gregory Zini has been promoted to partnership with the firm Damon & Morey in Buffalo, N.Y. Zini will focus on commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation.
Jonathan Stewart took the position of risk manager for John Muir Medical Center in Concord, California, after completing an M.S. in health policy nursing from the University of California at San Francisco.
Brett D. Cable was presented the inaugural Roger Scott Memorial Award by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Cable is an attorney with the firm of Steidley & Neal in McAlester. The award honors a recipient who best exemplifies Scott’s dedication to the OBF. Cable has recruited more than 50 new fellows to the program.
Daniel Carsey has been named a senior associate in the Oklahoma City office of Conner & Winters. Carsey’s practice will focus on environmental energy and business matters.
Joe and Cara Wells, who both received a TU JD in 2005, announced the birth of their second child, Alton Albright Wells. Alton was born on December 22, 2009, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces.
Sharolyn C. Whiting-Ralston has joined the Tulsa office of McAfee & Taft. Whiting-Ralston is a trial lawyer who represents employers in all phases of labor and employment law, including litigation before state and federal courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and arbitration panels.
Wendee Grady has joined the law firm Crowe & Dunlevy as an associate in the Tulsa office. Grady’s practice includes financial institutions and finance, commercial real estate, corporate and securities, and Indian law and gaming.
Geoffrey H. Beeson has joined the Francy Law Firm as an associate in its Broken Arrow office. Beeson previously held a position as a state’s attorney with Oklahoma Child Support Services and is a trained mediator.
Chris K. Miller has joined the Tulsa office of McAfee & Taft. Miller is a registered patent attorney whose practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law.
Kimberly A. Jantz has joined the Francy Law Firm as an associate in its Broken Arrow office. Jantz previously worked as an intern for the Tulsa County public defender’s office in the juvenile division.
Jared K. Nelson has joined the firm of GlassWilkin PC as an associate attorney in its Tulsa office. His practice areas include business formations and transactions, general civil litigation, health care, construction, real estate, banking, and energy.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Craig Andrews passed away on January 1, 2010. He was 58 years old. Lieutenant Colonel Andrews served in the United States Army as an infantry officer and later as a Judge Advocate. He was a member of the 31st Judge Advocate Officer Graduate Course. He served in Operation Desert Storm. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Army Commendation (with Oak Leaf Cluster), and Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 3 Bronze Stars).
Frank Walwer died on December 31, 2009 after a traffic accident near his home in Bradenton, Fla. He was 79. Walwer was the dean of the TU College of Law from 1980 to 1991. He left TU in 1994 to help start the new Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, where he was the dean. Before serving at TU, he was an associate dean at Columbia University School of Law in New York.