Class Notes - September/October 2011

Thursday, October 06, 2011


Jon B. Comstock was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to serve as Benton County Circuit Court Judge. Comstock was previously in-house counsel for Wal-Mart. He has also been elected secretary of the American Judicature Society.


Gary Barnett was appointed Director of the Division of Swap Dealer & Intermediary Oversight for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Barnett heads the U.S. Derivatives and Structured Finance Practice Group at Linklaters, LLP in New York, NY.

The Honorable Scott J. Silverman will receive the Justice Award from The League of Prosecutors of Florida on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Judge Silverman will celebrate his 21st year on the bench in Miami-Dade County this January. He currently serves as a circuit court judge, family division, for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.


Patrick Boulden was appointed by the City of Bixby to serve as City Attorney and City Prosecutor. Boulden previously worked for the City of Tulsa as the division manager of real property and zoning.


Daniel E. Vineyard joined the firm of Jackson Walker, L.L.P. as a partner. Vineyard will practice in the Environmental & Legislative group in the Houston office.


Mike Wilson’s firm of Slusser Wilson & Partridge, L.L.P. joined the Houston based firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Wilson worked as a research engineer in petroleum refining for six years prior to seeking his law degree from The University of Tulsa. He then spent two years working as a patent lawyer for ExxonMobil. Wilson has represented clients in patent infringement, breach of patent license, trade secret misappropriation, toxic tort and trademark infringement matters.


Daren Fristoe was named chairman of Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.

Daniel W. Munley of the Scranton, Pennsylvania trucking litigation law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., was named the chair of the American Association for Justice's Trucking Litigation Group (TLG). Munley has created a petition designed to address trucking safety that he plans to present to Congress once enough signatures are obtained.


Cathy Taylor was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Board of Osteopathic Examiners. Taylor is an attorney and partner at the Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry and Taylor law firm.


Ron W. Little is now in the Tulsa office of Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP. He has nearly 20 years of expertise in family law litigation in Oklahoma and Texas. Prior to earning his law degree with honors from TU, he earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Texas A&M in 1986.


David Youll was named Special District Judge for the Tulsa County Veterans Court effective July 1. He recently retired from the Missouri National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. Veterans Court is a conduit between the veteran and the different agencies that have been established to help them as defendants.


Chad Greer has joined the Tulsa law firm of Graham Allen & Brown. Greer formerly served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, earning the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Superior Performance in 2004. Since leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he has been defending criminal cases in state and federal courts.

John Olivier was recently named a vice president at Williams and Dame Development. He has served as legal counsel to a number of financial institutions and real estate developers and has experience in acquisition, development and financing. He is not actively practicing law but he continues to maintain his law license in Oregon, Florida, and Missouri.


David H. Herrold recently joined the Tulsa office of Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson LLP. He brings 15 years of experience in commercial litigation banking, lender liability and commercial law, creditor’s rights and bankruptcy law.


Christopher Siegle, a wealth advisor for JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. in Scottsdale, Arizona, was awarded the Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College. Chris is also a Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve component.


Richard B. Risk, Jr. of the Risk Law Firm recently bestowed a generous gift of $100,000 to the College of Law to establish The Richard B. Risk, Jr. Practicum Endowment Fund. The annual income of this endowment will fund an annual practicum in the College on a variety of subjects, including settlement planning.


Jonathan Stewart was appointed to the California Society of Healthcare Risk Management Board of Directors. In addition to working as Risk Manager for a health system in the San Francisco Bay Area, he is now an adjunct professor at California State University, East Bay, where he teaches health law and ethics.


Heather O’Banion recently joined Heroux & Helton PLLC in Tulsa with a focus on business planning and transactions, oil & gas and energy law and commercial real estate. She will use her extensive previous experience in drafting loan documentation and assisting large and small business with labor and employment compliance issues.


Jonathan M. Duncan is the founder and principal attorney at Duncan Law, P.C. in Salt Lake City, Utah. His firm recently opened a new office to serve its bankruptcy clients in the Salt Lake City area. Duncan Law helps consumers in Salt Lake and three other counties file for bankruptcy protection.

Jaclynn R. Loney has joined Heroux & Helton PLLC in Tulsa working primarily in general litigation. Loney’s areas of expertise include personal injury, auto accidents/insurance claims, insurance bad faith, construction and contractual disputes for businesses and individuals.


Alicia Edwards has joined the firm of Gable Gotwals. Edwards' practice areas will include environmental law and intellectual property. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Oklahoma School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, a master's degree in environmental management from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from The University of Tulsa.


Rachel Gusman received the 2010-11 Outstanding Tulsa County Young Lawyers Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association, along with fellow 2008 alum Timothy Rogers. Gusman is an associate with Graves, McLain, PLLC.

Timothy Rogers received the 2010-11 Outstanding Tulsa County Young Lawyers Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association, along with fellow 2008 alum Rachel Gusman. Rogers is an associate with Barrow & Grimm, P.C.

In Memoriam


Edwin Carden passed away on Monday, July 11, at his home in Tulsa at the age of 80. Carden served in the Air Force with the 80th Fighter Bomber Squadron during the Korean War. He then worked in aviation in Tulsa and went to night school to receive both his undergraduate and law degree from The University of Tulsa. He practiced law in Claremore before becoming Assistant District Attorney in 1966. He served as Associate District Judge for the 12th Judicial District of Oklahoma from 1972 until his retirement in 1991. Carden was a member of the First Baptist Church of Claremore for more than 40 years.


The Honorable James D. Goodpaster passed away on August 20, 2011, at the age of 70. Judge Goodpaster became the District Judge for Mayes, Rogers, and Craig Counties in 1990 and served in that role until 2008. A Vinita native who lived in Big Cabin, Judge Goodpaster also served as Assistant City Attorney for Tulsa and Tulsa County Special Judge. He also worked in private practice for many years. During the 1960s, he worked as a bailiff in Tulsa County District Court by day and attended the TU College of Law at night.


Thomas Fuller Golden passed away on August 12, 2011. Golden was a partner with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson P.C. from 1968-2004. He represented the Williams Company as an international pipeline negotiator and spent his time on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (Alyeska) and projects throughout South America and the Middle East. He later transitioned to real estate development projects. In 2001 Golden returned to his pipeline-industry roots by joining his wife Beverly's family business, Midwesco Industries, Inc. as President. Golden loved golf, Tulsa Ballet, horseracing, traveling, cross-Atlantic cruises, and Pensacola Beach.


John R. O’Connor passed away on July 6, 2011. O’Connor earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University. He is survived by his children, Sean and Seamus. A beloved father, uncle, cousin and friend, O’Connor helped many people, both during his career as an attorney and after his retirement.


Jody Harris Wolff passed away July 31, 2011. Wolff lived in St. Louis where she established her own practice in family law. She worked in this capacity for 21 years and was truly committed to serving her clients.


Paul Bryan Harmon passed away on August 13, 2011. Harmon was a graduate of Holland Hall High School. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in 1992.

Scott Been