Kevin R. Donelson - Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens, P.C.

Kevin R. Donelson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 405-232-0621

Mr. Donelson practices in the areas of labor and employment law and civil and commercial litigation. 

He has represented clients in defense of cases arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. He has handled cases involving retaliation under various federal and state laws relating to employee discipline. Mr. Donelson has provided compliance advice regarding day-to-day employment issues, as well as issues related to discipline and discharge. He has also successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the employer. 

Mr. Donelson has represented financial institutions, corporations and individuals in a wide range of matters, including claims for unfair competition, slander, fraud, fiduciary obligations and business disputes.

In addition to practicing before the state courts of Oklahoma, Mr. Donelson is admitted to practice before:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States


University of OklahomaJ.D. 1988Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityBA 1984
Oklahoma Bar FoundationOklahoma Bar FoundationOklahoma Fellows of the American Bar FoundationOklahoma County Bar AssociationFellows of the American Bar Foundation

Case History

In re Sturgeon, 496 B.R. 215 (B.A.P. 10th Cir. 2013)In this bankruptcy case, Mr. Donelson represented the creditor, who had determined that the debtor engaged in fraudulent conduct. This finding was upheld by the 10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appeals Panel.
Oklahoma Public Employees Association v. State of Oklahoma ex rel. the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management and Oklahoma Office of State Finance, et al, 2011 OK 68, 267 P.3d 838 — Mr. Donelson argued that employees' birth dates and employee identification numbers are not subject to disclosure under the Open Records Act.
Sanchez v. Nitro-Lift Techs., LLC, 2014 BL 220924, 10th Cir., No. 12-7046, Aug. 8, 2014 — Case regarding scope of an employee/employer arbitration clause.
Nitro-Lift Technologies, L.L.C v. Howard, __ U.S. __, 133 S. Ct. 500 (2012). — employee/employer agreement
Oklahoma Public Employees Association v Oklahoma Military Dept., 2014 OK 48, __ P.3d __. — employee classifications (permanent or probationary)

Client Comments

"This firm has represented our company for over 20 years with Mr. Donelson as the lead attorney. His expertise in employee/employment relations is second to none, and his professional and personal reputation is above reproach. Mr. Donelson is not only always ready to assist our company in any and all corporate affairs, but on more than one occasion has volunteered to assist employees with their personal legal problems many times on a pro bono basis. Any organization would not only benefit by his vast experience and legal knowledge, but would also receive forthright and veracious representation."

-Bill B. Marshall
President, Retired
Reliant Living Centers of Oklahoma, Inc.

"Over the past nine years, I have had the opportunity to work with Kevin Donelson on a variety of complex litigation and legal matters. I have found Kevin to have excellent knowledge in a variety of legal disciplines, with special emphasis in litigation. Kevin is a very conscientious attorney, and excels in communicating multi-faceted legal concepts and litigation strategies in a clear and concise style that is easily understood by the non-legal layperson."

"I have worked with Mr. Donelson for 10 years. During this time, I have utilized his services at three different companies where I have been the Director of Human Resources. Kevin is easy to work with, always willing to meet with any member of management to discuss the issue and find the best solution. I have worked with him through employee relation issues, depositions with people, mediations, and court cases. He is always the ultimate professional at all times. His briefs are outstanding and his ability to speak to the judge or jury is impressive. I would recommend Kevin Donelson to anyone, whether an individual who needs support or a corporation. On a lighter note, he has a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself too seriously. I enjoy working with him and will continue to do so. "

-Pamela Eyerly
Director, Human Resources
Sequoyah Enterprises, Inc.

Office Location

Chase Tower, Suite 1700
100 North Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9211
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Employment Law - Individuals
Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management