GableGotwals Welcomes Four New Associates to the Firm

GableGotwals is pleased to announce four new associates joined the Firm in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Gerard D’Emilio is an associate in the Oklahoma City office of GableGotwals, where his practice focuses on litigation. A former Gable Summer Associate, Gerard clerked for the Honorable David L. Russell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma before joining the Firm. He also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Robert E. Bacharach in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Gerard graduated first in his class from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. At OU Law, he served as an Articles Editor on the Oklahoma Law Review, a member of the National Moot Court team, a Dean’s Leadership Fellow, and President of OU Law’s chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degrees in politics and vocal performance from Oberlin College in 2012, and his master’s degree in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College in 2014. Prior to law school, Gerard enjoyed a career as a professional opera singer.

Scott Kiplinger is an associate in the Firm’s Oklahoma City office, where he previously worked as a Summer Associate. His experience includes assisting in defending a large nuisance case and working on a number of employment matters and contested wills. Scott received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he received numerous honors, including designations on the Dean’s Honor Roll each semester. He also served as an Editor of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal. Scott received his B.A. from the University of Missouri. In addition, he served in the Army and the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 2007-2018 and was deployed to Kandahar and Kabul as a Field Artillery officer.

Joya Rutland is an associate in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals, where she previously worked as a Summer Associate. Prior to joining the Firm, Joya was a judicial internal for the Hon. Judge David B. Lewis, Vice Presiding of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and a kindergarten teacher at Teach for America. Joya received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she graduated with honors. She competed in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition and was a member of Phi Delta Phi, as well as the Dean’s Leadership Council. Joya received her B.S. at Oklahoma State University where she was Vice President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Ashlyn Smith is an associate in the Oklahoma City office of GableGotwals, where he previously worked as a Summer Associate. His experience includes research and writing in various areas of the law, including tort liability, employee accommodations, attorney-client privilege, and medical marijuana. Prior to joining the Firm, Ashlyn served as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorneys’ office in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also an Air Force veteran and a reservist in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Ashlyn graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he is listed on the Dean’s Honor Roll. While in law school, Ashlyn served on the Judicial Committee of the Oklahoma Law Review and earned numerous honors, including the American Jurisprudence Awards in Oil and Gas Environmental Law and Advanced Persuasive Writing. Following graduation, Ashlyn scored in the top 3.5% of test-takers nation-wide on the Multistate Bar Exam. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida. He also received an M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University while serving full-time in the Air Force.

About GableGotwals

What began as a two person enterprise between Ellis Gable and Charles Gotwals in 1944, GableGotwals has grown into a full-service law firm that employs approximately 100 attorneys and more than 60 professionals with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK, and San Antonio, TX.  GableGotwals represents a diversified client base across the nation including Fortune 500 corporations, privately owned companies, entrepreneurs, foundations, and individuals. Though Oklahoma-based, our connections and reach are global. Our clients entrust us every day with the stewardship and strategic management of their legal challenges. GableGotwals is well known for high quality legal services provided by experienced litigators and transactional lawyers who have been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers In America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, and a number of federal, state and county bar associations.