W.A. Drew Edmondson
As a former state Attorney General and District Attorney, Drew Edmondson has been involved in some of Oklahoma’s highest-profile and most-complex criminal and civil litigation. He brings more than 30 years of legal experience to the firm.
Drew served four terms as Oklahoma’s Attorney General. He was one of eight AGs asked to serve on the negotiating team for the states involved in the lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry. The suit resulted in a more than $200 billion national settlement with the industry that will bring more than $2 billion to Oklahoma over a 25-year period. The injunctive relief obtained has permanently changed the way tobacco products are marketed across the country.
Drew was personally involved in overseeing the tobacco litigation, involving multiple defendants and billions in damages, as well as the state’s litigation against the poultry industry alleging violations of state and federal environmental laws. He was also involved in the state’s prosecution of Bernie Ebbers in the Worldcom case.
Under his leadership, the attorney general’s office helped reform the death penalty appeals process, established victims’ services and vigorously represented ratepayers in telephone, gas and electric rate cases. On his watch, the attorney general’s office finally ended the Battles prison case, the Terry D. juvenile justice case and the Hissom class action lawsuit. Drew was instrumental in creating the constitutional Tobacco Trust and the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust.
Before his election as attorney general, Drew was elected, unopposed, to three consecutive terms as Muskogee County District Attorney in 1982, 1986 and 1990. He served as president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and was selected as Outstanding District Attorney for the State of Oklahoma in 1985 and the Outstanding Death Penalty Prosecutor in the 9th and 10th Circuits. He also served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General and was presented with the organization’s highest commendation, the Kelly-Wyman Award.
Drew served one term in the Oklahoma Legislature before entering the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1976.
Drew is a Navy veteran with a tour of duty in Vietnam. He is a member of the Rotary Club, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Presbyterian Church. He is admitted to practice before the federal district courts in all Oklahoma districts, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Supreme Court of the Muscogee Creek Nation and the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation.