GableGotwals Promotes Four New Associates

GableGotwals is pleased to announce that Barbara M. Moschovidis, J. Wesley Pebsworth, Ryan A. Pittman, and James M. Scears have been elected to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2020.

“This talented group of lawyers, who practice across the Firm’s litigation and transactional departments, have proven to consistently provide high quality legal services to our clients,” said John Dale, Chairman and CEO. Amelia A. Fogleman, Director and VP of Talent and Development adds, “We congratulate these leaders who have exemplified GableGotwals’ core values of dedication to client service, integrity, and respect for one another.”

Barbara Moschovidis advises clients on a variety of litigation matters, including complex commercial disputes, oil and gas law, employment and insurance issues, tribal law, and appellate matters. Barbara is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and before the Courts of the Cherokee Nation. Barbara has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Civil Litigation and Commercial Litigation since 2015. Barbara received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and Order of the Scribes. While in law school, she was published by the American Indian Law Review, for which she served as Business Development Editor. Barbara enjoys being active in the Tulsa community, having served on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa Global Alliance.

Wes Pebsworth advises clients regarding civil litigation in the areas of ERISA, FEGLIA, insurance law, and a variety of business matters. He represents clients in both state and federal courts at all stages in the litigation process, including at trial and on appeal. Wes also has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in nationwide multi-district litigation matters. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in civil litigation since 2014. Wes is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and North Dakota state courts. He received his J.D. with highest honors from The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Curule Chair and served as the Notes & Comments Editor of the Tulsa Law Review. His community activities include volunteering with the Hospitality House of Tulsa, where has currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. In 2018, Wes was awarded the Jessie Cooper DuBois Servant Leadership Award for his service to the Hospitality House of Tulsa. He is also a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 53.

Ryan Pittman represents clients in a variety of oil and gas litigation matters, including oilfield accidents, lease and title disputes, royalty class actions, property damage claims, and pipeline condemnations. He also advises clients on construction and real estate matters. Ryan has tried numerous cases to verdict as lead trial lawyer in state and federal courts in Oklahoma and North Dakota. In addition to his litigation practice, he regularly represents and advises clients with respect to transactional matters, such as asset purchases and sales, and mergers and acquisitions. Ryan is licensed to practice in Oklahoma and in North Dakota, and as a former landman, he brings valuable energy-industry experience and knowledge to his legal practice. Ryan is a graduate of The University of Tulsa College of Law where he was a member of the Energy Law Journal senior staff, Order of the Curule chair, and earned his J.D. with highest honors. Ryan currently serves as the Chair of the Tulsa County Bar’s Energy and Mineral Law Section.

James Scears advises businesses and individuals in income tax planning, tax structuring of business transactions, transfer tax planning, and a wide variety of other federal, state, and local tax issues, including sales and use tax issues. He also advises Code Section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and trust companies in transactions and issues of interest to such entities. In addition, he has experience in tax controversy representations before the Internal Revenue Service and Oklahoma Tax Commission. James also handles estate planning and other transactional matters covering various corporate and commercial law issues. James previously practiced in the Zurich, Switzerland office of a multinational law firm where he focused his practice on various international tax and compliance issues for both businesses and individuals.  James received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, J.D. with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable David L. Russell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. James is a recent graduate of Leadership Tulsa – Class 61.

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