Class Notes - January 2011

Saturday, January 01, 2011


Tom Whalen and his wife, Claire, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September 2010 by renewing their marriage vows at St. Henry Church in Owasso. The Whalens have nine grandchildren. Tom retired from the practice of law in 1999.


Randal Buckendorf has been named the managing attorney for BP’s oil and gas operations in Alaska. His practice is focused on environmental, oil and gas, regulated utilities, and public affairs. Buckendorf has been with ARCO, ConocoPhillips and BP since 1997. He also has been the Alaska oil and gas reporter for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation since 2004 and an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska since 1996.


Patrick Green has joined the Tulsa firm Heroux & Helton PLLC as an associate. Green’s practice is focused on assisting clients in the areas of business law, environmental litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Josh D. Lee presented “Advanced DUI Defense” at the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association seminar recently. He also presented “Demystifying Gas Chromatography” at the 2010 Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting.


Joshua W. Bugeja recently passed the Arkansas Bar Exam and has opened a general law practice in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Travis Powers has joined Fafinski Mark & Johnson, P.A., in Minneapolis. Powers will provide counsel in the bankruptcy and insolvency practice area.

Lauren Waits has joined the Tulsa firm Heroux & Helton PLLC as an associate. Waits is focused on assisting clients in the area of general litigation, including personal injury, family law, construction, and contractual disputes.

In Memoriam


Martin Edward Wyatt passed away on November 27, 2010. Wyatt practiced law, assisted with his father’s insurance company, and had other jobs until semi-retiring. He was a Senior Member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and had a Lifetime Certificate of Senior Membership to the Tulsa County Bar Association.


Bradley Allen Jackson passed away on November 26, 2010, after a five-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. Jackson practiced law for 18 years. He was a past president of Oklahoma Association of Defense Council and chosen to be a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Scott Been