Richard J. Gognat has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Of General Counsel of Meritage Midstream Services II, LLC, in Golden, Colorado.  (Source: Meritage Midstream Services II, LLC, press release, 2012)


The Honorable Kyle Haskins resigned effective June 1 from the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court in Tahlequah to pursue other interests during his upcoming retirement.  He is a former partner in the law firm of Crawford, Crow, Bainbridge & Haskins.  He began serving as a juvenile court referee in 1997 and as a state court special judge in 1999.  He describes himself as Cherokee by blood and by heart, and said the greatest honor of his life has been to serve the Cherokee people. (Source: Cherokee Phoenix, 2012)


The Honorable Sheila A. Condren has announced her candidacy for District Judge of Rogers, Mayes, and Craig counties in Oklahoma.  Condren has served as a judge in the 12th Judicial District since 2000.  (Source: Claremore Progress, 2013)

Lynn E. Frame, M.D. was awarded the Ed L. Calhoun, MD Award by the Oklahoma State Medical Association. The award is given in recognition of distinguished leadership and service to organized medicine.


Scott R. Rowland has been named to GableGotwals 2014 board of directors.

Patrick Keaney has been selected by the judges of the Eastern District of Oklahoma to serve as clerk of court.  Keaney was sworn in as court clerk in March, 2013.  His term begins April 8, 2013.  Keaney began his career as law clerk for Frank H. Seay, where he served for 28 years.  (Source:  Muskogee Phoenix, 2013) 


Larry V. Simmons has announced the opening of his private practice in Tulsa.  His practice areas include municipal law, civil rights and discrimination, labor and employment, personal injury and wrongful death, and criminal law.

Daniel Vineyard, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of the “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” guide.  The guide identifies leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers across the US and their clients.  Criteria for selection include recommendations by clients, the attorney’s visibility in his or her area of law, and the volume, complexity and size of the work undertaken.  Vineyard maintains a strong Superfund practice and he is ranked in the guide in the “environmental” category  in Texas. (Source: Jackson Walker LLP press release)


Sheryl Bussell, District Court Trustee for Kansas’ 29th Judicial District, spoke recently to the Kansas Women’s Attorney’s Association.  Her presentation, entitled “Digging for Buried Treasure,” regarded the Kansas Fraudulent Transfer Act and Kansas Execution and Attachment.  Bussell previously served for nine years as a juvenile prosecutor in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.  She has also served a term as county attorney in Neosho County and prior to that was in private practice in Iola from 1983 until 1993. (Source: The Kansas Women Attorney’s Association, 2012)

Michael T. Glascott, a partner in Goldberg Segalla's Global Insurance Services Practice Group, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) and received the organization's John Alan Appleman Award in recognition of his work as Chair of its Insurance Coverage section. (Source: Goldberg Segalla press release)

Susan Johnson has served the past 21 years on the Kentucky District Court bench.  Johnson is the past President, Vice President and Secretary of the Kentucky District Judges Association and has served as chair of the District Judges Legislative Committee, as well as a member of the District Judges Education Committee.  Johnson is currently serving as the District Court representative on the Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission, the disciplining body for all judges in Kentucky, and as one of the Kentucky Chief Justice's appointees on the Kentucky Technology Governance Committee.  She is the proud grandmother of five grandsons.

David Tracy is a practicing family law attorney at his firm, the Tulsa Family Law Center, PLLC.  David is a Fellow in the American of Matrimonial Lawyers.  His practice focuses on family law litigation, mediation and collaborative practice.


Steve Holcombe recently served as a keynote speaker at the Smart AgriMatics 2012 International Conference in Paris, France. The conference, funded by the European Commission, focused on the future use of ICT and robotics in the agri-food sector.   Holcombe has had a varied legal career, prosecuting a murder as a state prosecutor, representing commercial and banking clients and defending an oilfield service company on a lawsuit brought by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  Holcombe’s work with the oilfield service case led him to become involved in advanced information technology and in 2001 he co-invented an informational object authorization and distribution system. Since 2003, Holcombe has led Pardalis, Inc, where he developed advanced software for the US beef supply chain for depositing, sharing and tracking data assets.  He formed the Whole Chain Traceability Consortium between Pardalis and four major U.S. land grant universities.  He lives in Stillwater.  (Sources:  smaratagrimatics.eu; Partnership for European Environmental Research website, 2012)


Jim Richardson, a founding partner with Richardson+Burgess LLP in Austin, Texas, has been named a 2013 Texas Super Lawer and one of the "Top 50 Super Lawyers in the Central and West Texas Region," as recognized by Thomson Reuters in its "Best of the Best" Annual List.  Richardson is consistently recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Commercial Litigation.  A Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Richardson serves nationally on the Advisory Committee of the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Boston, Massachusetts and is a State Coordinator for Texas.  (Source:  Richardson+Burgess press release, 2013)

Scott J. Silverman has retired from the bench after nearly 22 years of honorable service as a circuit and county judge in Miami's Eleventh Judicial Circuit.  He now serves as a mediator and arbitrator in Miami with JAMS, the largest provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide.

James "Jim" Strawn has joined the Fort Worth Office of Winstead PC, Of Counsel in the energy group.  Strawn's practice is focused on oil and gas.  (Source: Winstead PC press release, 2013)

Edward J. Page, a shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa,has been named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in Florida by the Florida Super Lawyers Best of the Best for 2013. Ed practices civil and criminal law in Tampa and was Tampa's first Florida Bar board certified criminal trial lawyer in Tampa in 1987 and Tampa's first lawyer to be both certified in crminal trial law by both The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.


Sidney K. Swinson has been named GableGotwals 2014 president of the board.

Chad Smith, former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, has released a new book, Leadership Lessons of the Cherokee Nation: Learn From All I Observe.  (Source: McGraw-Hill Professional press release, 2013)

In Memoriam

The Honorable Donnita Weinkauf Wynn ('82)

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