Class Notes - May 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010


M. David “Pete” Riggs was awarded the 2010 John Hess Award for Outstanding Citizenship for his service to the city of Sand Springs, Okla. The Hess Award is dedicated to the late John M. Hess, who served as Mayor of Sand Springs in the 1960s and continued his community service for many decades after that. It is awarded annually by the City Council of Sand Springs and is the highest form of recognition that is bestowed by the city.


David Mendelson, of the Mendelson Law Firm in Memphis, Tenn., was elected as a representative for the Board of Governors Young Members' Section of the Commercial Law League of America. 


Dick Risk, of the Risk Law Firm in Tulsa, Okla., won a plaintiffs’ class action suit against the insurance and investment company The Hartford for $72.5 million. The company reached an agreement in principle to settle the case stemming from structured settlement transactions involving the company’s P&C and Life operations. Risk brought the theory of recovery and found the three class representative plaintiffs. Three other firms eventually became involved.

In Memoriam


Spiros “Spike” J. Sakelaris (B.A. ’51, J.D. ’60) passed away on May 2, 2010. Spike practiced family law in downtown Tulsa for decades. He was a loving and kind husband and father and a person full of energy, excited about life. He was a great dancer and loved music, wine, fine meals, Red Sox baseball, and good friends.


Steven Lee Hunt (B.A. ’75, J.D. ’79) passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010, following a long illness. A native Tulsan, Steve was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandpa. He is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley, sister, Mary, three daughters, four stepchildren, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Heather Rahhal