Stephanie Duran is an Associate in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals. Stephanie’s practice focuses on helping employers proactively comply with labor and employment laws and defending employers in labor and employment litigation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings. She also represents clients in criminal defense matters.
Prior to joining the Firm, Stephanie gained valuable courtroom and jury-trial experience as an Assistant District Attorney for Tulsa County. She prosecuted challenging cases of domestic violence and harassment against women, winning guilty verdicts in every case she tried. She became adept at effectively appraising the merits of harassment-related cases heavily reliant upon circumstantial evidence.
Stephanie also served with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, investigating charges of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in employment, housing, and public accommodation. She weighed the evidence and issued determinations as to whether violations of the Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act and federal anti-discrimination laws had occurred.
At both the District Attorney’s Office and the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, Stephanie successfully capitalized on her native Hispanic background and fluency in Spanish to effectively work with limited proficiency and non-English speaking parties, witnesses, managers, and supervisors. She utilizes her unique experience and skills to help employers effectively translate policies and procedures into Spanish. Stephanie also provides harassment, discrimination, and retaliation prevention training and education, as well as other employment practices training, for managers and non-managerial employees, including limited proficiency and non-English speaking managers and employers.
While at the University of Tulsa College of Law, Stephanie gained immigration law experience, serving in the Boesche Legal Clinic. She also received numerous honors, including the Order of the Barristers Award and the CALI Award for Excellence in Civil Rights. Stephanie also served as an Executive Director for the Board of Advocates and placed in the top three in several competitions. She competed in the American Association of Justice national trial competition for two years and was Vice President of the Native American Law Student Association.
Prior to law school, Stephanie completed two years of public service with the AmeriCorps Program, Teach for America. A California transplant, she was placed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she taught Kindergarten in Spanish for two years at the Monroe Dual Language Academy.
Stephanie is passionate about community service and has volunteered for several organizations including DIF The National System for Integral Family Development in Sinaloa, Mexico; completed a Poverty Field Study in Bangalore, India with the University Studies Abroad Consortium, and served as the former Student Board member for Tulsa Lawyers for Children. She is currently serves as a Board Member of the Tulsa Global Alliance.