James R. Gotwals received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been in private practice since that time, founding James R. Gotwals and Associates, Inc. in 1978. His principal areas of practice include civil litigation, family law, mediation, real estate law and probate law. He carries the highest legal ability rating in Martindale-Hubbell® and he and his firm are listed in The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.
Mr. Gotwals has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in family law litigation since 1999. He is also listed in Super Lawyers. He is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is extremely active in the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association. He is a Term Master of the Council Oaks/Johnson-Sontag Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Tulsa. As a member of the “Families in Transition” group from 1997-1999, Mr. Gotwals was instrumental in developing the family law litigation procedures for the 14th Judicial District, in Tulsa County. He also was an original member of the Families in Transition Quality Assurance Panel since its inception in 1999 until his term expired in 2004, and presently voluntarily attends meetings. He is a frequent seminar lecturer on family law and mediation in the Tulsa area.
Mr. Gotwals, a lifelong resident of Tulsa, is actively involved in many community, business and professional endeavors, including but not limited to, the Marian Council 1104 Knights of Columbus (member for 39 years); Board of Directors Tulsa Central High School Foundation, (2007-present), and legal counsel for Riverfield Country Day School, (1988-present).