Class Notes

Oklahoma City University School of Law alumni are doing great things in widely varied fields, demonstrating each day the wealth of opportunities afforded by a prestigious law degree. They are starting up entrepreneurial ventures, prosecuting and defending clientele in an astonishing variety of fields, working as judges and public servants, and serving our country. Catch up with your classmates here to find out their latest news, or submit your class notes! Please let us know if you would like to include news or a photo in the OCU Law Class Notes by filling out this form.

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Daniel Correa ’11 published articles for the University of Texas School of Law, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Washington University School of Law, and the South Texas Law Review.

Tynia Watson ’11 was featured in the Q&A section of The Oklahoman regarding trademarks.

Jeff Kline ’12 was named to the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 list.

Thomas Schneider ’15 has accepted a position in the Office of Representative Tom Cole who represents Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District.








Lisa Zastrow ’01 joined Greenberg Traurig’s Las Vegas office as of counsel in the form’s Litigation Practice.

Casey Ross-Petherick ’00 was named General Counsel for Oklahoma City University.

Philip Hixon ’01 was promoted to shareholder status as Gable Gotwals. Mr. Hixon represents the interests of clients in a variety of legal matters including construction, environment, insurance, healthcare, general litigation and appellant review.

Emily Biscone ’02 was featured in the Q&A section of The Oklahoman regarding Social Security Disability benefits.

Hiram Sasser ’02 was named the Chief of Staff for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Michele McElwee ’04  was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to be the newest Oklahoma County district judge. She has spent most of her career as an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney and was part of the special victims unit.

Andrew Ewbank ’05 was named to the Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 list.

Rebekah Stewart ’05 has been named the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Diamond Healthcare.

Theodore J Fleming ’05 has been appointed as a magistrate judge in Elmore County for the Fourth Judicial District in Idaho.

Kendall A. Sykes ’07  joined the firm of Cathy Christensen and Associates PC as an associate attorney.

Jodi C. Cole ’08 was named a shareholder at McAfee & Taft and is a trial lawyer whose practice encompasses energy litigation and complex business litigation.

Kurtis R. Eaton ’08 was named a shareholder of the law firm of Barber & Bartz. His practice will be concentrated in the areas of business organizations and transactions.

Senator David Holt ’09 led efforts to bring the filming of “American Ninja Warrior” to Oklahoma City.

Travis Smith ’09 was selected by the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys (EOUSA) to serve a one-year detail as the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Coordinator in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Edgar ’09 was named Senior Contracts Attorney at Leidos Engineering, LLC where he supports the Energy Systems, Environmental and Capital Projects Division.

Allen Hutson ’10 was featured in the Q&A section of the The Oklahoman regarding EEOC and workers with disabilities.

Shane Pate II ’10 has been named the city manager for Nichols Hills, Oklahoma.

Lysbeth George ’11 was featured in the Q&A section of The Oklahoman regarding liability for chip-enabled credit and debit cards.










Karl Rysted ’92 was elected by the Board of American Bar Foundation as New Mexico State University’s Student Legal Aid attorney as a fellow.

Max Ross ’93 retired from the Oklahoma National Guard, ending a 30-year military career.

Craig Pitts ’94 from Rubenstein and Pitts Law Firm was the winner of Arvest Bank’s 2016 Small Business of the Year Award.

Michael J. LaBrie ’94 was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Oklahoma City Lawyers of the Year” for patent litigation.

Blake Bittel ’97 was appointed as a 23rd District Judge by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Nabeel AlMansour ’99 was appointed as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.

Patricia A. Rogers ’99 was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Oklahoma City Lawyers of the Year” for healthcare law.








Ross Plourde ’82 was named Best Lawyers’ 2017 “Oklahoma City Lawyers of the Year” for bankruptcy and debtor-creditor rights/insolvency and restructuring law.

Suzanna Hayden ’84 authored the article titled “My Increasing Concern Over American Values” for The Oklahoman.

Steven S. Camp ’85 was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition.

Randal D. Homburg ’88 recently reestablished his independent private practice, small business assistance and product inability consultation. His practice will focus on domestic patents and intellectual property in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.

Donna J. Jackson ’88 presented a seminar at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) annual conference in Denver, CO and focused on preparation and reading of income tax returns for trusts and estates.

Elaine Turner ’89 was selected for Leadership OKC Program Class 35.





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