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Oliver S. Howard

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Since Oliver's admission into the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1979, he has received numerous honors including being named as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer every year since 2005, Super Lawyer's Top 50 list three times, and Top 10 list once. He has been listed in Best Lawyers of America for over 20 years, including being named the 2009 Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Tulsa and the 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Litigation in Tulsa. Oliver is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (inducted 2014), one of the premiere legal associations in America, as well as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Oliver has been very involved in a variety of community organizations including Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice and Phillips Theological Seminary.

Additional Information

Areas of Concentration

Class Actions/Multi-District Litigation

Energy, Oil & Gas

Environmental Law

Litigation (State & Federal)

Professional Liability & Malpractice

Oklahoma Christian UniversityBA 1967Abilene Christian UniversityMA 1970Hebrew Union CollegePh.D. 1978University of Cincinnati College of LawJ.D. 1979
International Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Case History

Recent Experience

Complex utility, oil & gas, environmental and business litigations in Arizona, New Jersey, Texas and Oklahoma

Obtained a mandatory injunction requiring the transfer of oil & gas properties valued at over $1 billion. The injunction was affirmed by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Successfully defended claims of breach of contract for $63 million in damages in Midland, Texas. The jury verdict was affirmed on appeal.

Participated as lead trial counsel on behalf of a class of natural gas royalty owners in a trial in Sebastian County, Arkansas. A jury verdict and judgment was obtained for the class in the amount of $109 million. That judgment was affirmed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Served as lead trial lawyer for a team, in a case arising from a failed merger between two energy companies, that obtained a jury verdict and judgment in the amount of $742 million, the largest judgment ever awarded in Oklahoma.


Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Tulsa Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Tulsa Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Tulsa Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Tulsa Metro Area
Oliver S. Howard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Oliver S. Howard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Oliver S. Howard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Oliver S. Howard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Antitrust Law
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bet-the-Company Litigation (Appellate, Intellectual Property)
Commercial Litigation (Breach of Contract, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Energy, Environmental, Large Case Litigation, Tort)
Corporate Compliance Law
Corporate Law
Employment Law - Management
Energy Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Oil and Gas Law (Litigation)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male