Michael Minnis - Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, L.L.P.

Michael Minnis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1991
Phone: 405-319-3503

Michael Minnis has represented numerous television and radio stations to protect rights afforded by the First Amendment.  His over 30 years’ of experience includes several cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also represents Indian tribes in litigation matters arising out of their tribal sovereign immunity, and has served several Indian tribes as General Counsel.  He has twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before beginning his private practice, Mike served as a Judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, CA, and Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan.

Representative Experience

  • Oklahoma Public Employees Ass’n v. State ex rel. Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management, 267 P.3d 838 (W.D. Okla. 2011)
  • Stewart v. NYT Broadcast Holdings, L.L.C., 240 P.3d 722 (Okla. Civ. App. 2010)
  • Garage Storage Cabinets, L.L.C. v. Mitchell, 169 P.3d 1211 (Okla. Civ. App. 2007)
  • Erickson v. City of Tahlequah, 82 P.3d 114 (Okla. Civ. App. 2003)
  • C & L Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizen Band Potawatomi Indian Tribe of Oklahoma, 532 U.S. 411 (2001)
  • Wright v. Grove Sun Newspaper Co., Inc., 873 P.2d 983 (Okla. 1994)
  • City of Lawton v. Moore, 868 P.2d 690 (Okla. 1993)
  • Citizen Band Potawatomi Indian Tribe of Oklahoma v. Oklahoma Tax Com'n, 888 F.2d 1303 (Okla. 1989), aff’ in part, rev. in part, 498 U.S. 505 (Okla. 1991)
  • Continental Cas. Co. v. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., 860 F.2d 970 (1988)
  • McCain v. KTVY, Inc., 738 P.2d 960 (Okla.App. Div. 3 1987)
  • Oklahoma Pub. Co. v. City of Moore, 682 P.2d 754 (Okla. 1984)
  • S.E.C. v. Switzer, 590 F.Supp. 756 (W.D.Okla. 1984)
  • McCormack v. Oklahoma Pub. Co., 613 P.2d 737 (Okla. 1980)
  • Oklahoma Pub. Co. v. District Court of Oklahoma County, 555 P.2d 1286 ( Okla. 1976), rev; 430 U.S. 308 (Okla. 1977)

University of OklahomaBA 1966University of Oklahoma College of LawJ.D. 1969

Case History

McCormack v. Oklahoma Pub. Co., 613 P.2d 737 ( Okla. 1980) — Court affirmed judgment for newspaper, but recognized an action for violation of the Right to Privacy. 
Taylor v. Miskovsky, 640 P.2d 959 ( Okla. 1981) — Upheld right of a newsman to protect his news sources.
Oklahoma Tax Com''n v. Citizen Band Potawatomi Indian Tribe of Oklahoma , 111 S.Ct. 905 (U.S.Okla. 1991) — The issue presented in this case is whether a State that has not asserted jurisdiction over Indian lands under Public Law 280 may validly tax sales of goods to tribesmen and nonmembers occurring on land held in trust for a federally recognized Indian tribe. The Suprme Court concluded that under the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity, the State may not tax such sales to Indians, but remains free to collect taxes on sales to nonmembers of the tribe.
Oklahoma Pub. Co. v. District Court In and For Oklahoma County, 97 S.Ct. 1045 (U.S.Okla. 1977) — juvenile shot and killed man;  A pretrial order entered by the District Court of Oklahoma County enjoined members of the news media from ''publishing, broadcasting, or disseminating, in any manner, the name or picture of (a) minor child'' in connection with a juvenile proceeding involving that child then pending in that court. A newspaper applied for prohibition and mandamus challenging the order as a prior restraint on the press violative of the First and Fourteenth Amendments, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma sustained the order. This Court entered a stay pending the timely filing and disposition of a petition for certiorari. The Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari and reversed the decision below.

Office Location

105 North Hudson Avenue, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-4805
United States

Practice Areas

First Amendment Law (Appellate, Constitutional, Defamation, Defendants, Free Speech, Litigation, Media, Supreme Court)
Litigation - First Amendment

Other Information

Gender: Male