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John D. Russell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 918-595-4800

John D. Russell is an experienced commercial litigatior who has handled cases across a variety of business industries. John has represented clients before trial in appellate courts as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. He has tried cases to a decision on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants before juries, arbitrators and judges in forums ranging from state administrative agencies, state courts, three-judge arbitrations, and federal courts. He has substantial experience in commercial litigation, including securities, fraud, class action, insurance, and antitrust matters, and has particular experience in representing companies in civil litigation arising out of government investigations. John also represents companies and individuals under investigation by state and federal grand juries and governmental entities and works for boards of directors conducting internal corporate investigations.

John is a former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He has extensive experience in personally investigating, charging, and trying to decision a wide range of white-collar criminal cases in the courts and before state and federal investigative and regulatory authorities. He was the Appellate Coordinator for the Criminal Division from 1998 through 2000. He is also a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and was honored with an Outstanding Attorney award in 1992.

He frequently represents clients before the United States Department of Justice, the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, the Securities and exchange Commission, the Oklahoma Securities Department, and other federal and state agencies. In addition, he has conducted internal investigations for a variety of private and public companies on matters including corporate and accounting fraud, securities fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, lending practice violations, environmental violations, and public corruption.

John was a term master with the American Inns of Court, Council Oak Chapter. He represents indigent defendants in federal court as an attorney with the Court's Criminal Justice Act Panel.

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Areas of Concentration

Administrative & Regulatory Law

Appellate Law

Health Care

Insurance Law

Litigation (State & Federal)

White Collar Criminal Defense & Corporate Investigations

Oklahoma State UniversityBS 1985University of Oklahoma College of LawJ.D. 1988
Oklahoma Independent Petroleum AssociationLitigation Counsel of America

Case History

Recent Experience

Represented majority shareholder of a publicly-traded oil and gas company in securities class action lawsuits.  Obtained complete dismissals of two of the lawsuits.

Represented an international oil field services and supply company and obtained dismissal of an antitrust case in the Northern District of Oklahoma, which was affirmed after appeal to the 10th Circuit.

Represented business interests in negotiation and litigation with treasury and tax authorities regarding unclaimed property, severance, and property taxes.

Represented a health insurer in a class-action lawsuit and related litigation over alleged misrepresentations by the insurer's agents.

Represented a senior bank executive in civil conspiracy, fraud, and aiding and abetting securities fraud lawsuit.

Represented a property and casualty insurer in a number of breach of contract and bad faith lawsuits, two of which were decided favorably by juries.

Obtained dismissal of breach of contract and fraud claims against a foreign airline for alleged failure to pay a 35% commission on warranty claims (totaling $278 million) to aircraft manufacturers.

Client Comments

"John is a very thorough attorney. He works hard and is very concerned for his client."

"I have found John Russell very helpful in litigation matters, bringing a combination of commitment and capability with a strong sense of responsibility for the client's interests. The hours charged are reasonable and the advice is sound and practical."

-Michael Moore
C. H. Guernsey & Company

Office Location

ONEOK Plaza, Suite 1100
100 West Fifth Street
Tulsa, OK 74103-4217
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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