Chambers USA Recognizes GableGotwals
in Core Practices and Industries

GableGotwals has been recognized as a Leading Firm in the areas of Energy and Natural Resources (Band 2), General Commercial Litigation (Band 2), Intellectual Property (Band 2), Corporate/Commercial (Band 3), and  Native American Law in Oklahoma. In addition, 12 GableGotwals attorneys have also been named as ‘Leaders in their Field’.

Chambers USA rankings are assessed on technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Interviews are conducted with peers outside of the firm and clients in order to determine inclusion and rankings.

Attorneys recognized include:

Corporate/Commercial – Band 3
Jeffrey D. Hassell (Band 3)
Stephen W. Lake (Band 3)

Energy & Natural Resources – Band 2
Steven Adams (Band 2)
Richard Noulles (Band 2)
Terry Ragsdale (Band 2)
Rob Robertson (Band 3)

Energy & Natural Resources – Environment
Lloyd Landreth (Band 1)
Dale Cottingham (Band 2)

Intellectual Property – Band 2
Todd A. Nelson  (Band 2)

Litigation—General Commercial – Band 2
David Bryant (Band 2)
Dean Luthey (Band 3)

Native American Law – Recognized Practioner
Dean Luthey (Band 1)

Real Estate – Firm Not Ranked
Stephen Schuller (Band 3)

Comments on the Firm and attorneys included:

Corporate/Commercial – Oklahoma

What the team is known for: Full-service offering, covering M&A and securities transactions, financings and both transactional and contentious healthcare and tax-related mandates. Frequently acts for Oklahoma’s leading oil and gas companies.

Strengths: One interviewee states that this is “an outstanding firm,” while another observes: “They are wonderful.”

Notable practitioners:

Jeffrey Hassell is held in high regard by interviewees, one of whom describes him as “extremely knowledgeable in securities law.” His practice also extends to include matters such as M&A, corporate governance and commercial finance transactions.

Stephen Lake comes recommended as a “very skilled” attorney who “brings a lot of practicality” from his time serving as general counsel. He “has an excellent reputation” for his handling of a range of corporate and securities matters, including joint ventures, sales and M&A.

Energy & Natural Resources Oklahoma

What the team is known for: Over 60 years’ experience in the handling of oil and gas-related issues, not only in Oklahoma, but also in Texas and Kansas, providing both litigation services and specialist support on transactions. Also offers niche expertise concerning title examinations, royalty disputes and regulatory compliance issues, particularly those involving fracking operations or matters considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Strengths: One market commentator says: “I think very highly of GableGotwals and the depth of their energy bench.” and another interviewee states: “They are fine lawyers – they are really talented.”

Notable practitioners:

Dale Cottingham is noted for his handling of environmental disputes, offering particular strength in water law issues such as groundwater pollution and permitting. His practice also extends to oil and gas-related issues, as well as earthquake litigation matters.

Lloyd Landreth comes highly recommended for his expert handling of environmental regulatory concerns and litigation. He represents a diverse range of clients, including airlines, waste disposal and transportation companies. Peers describe him as “just amazing; very professional and very pragmatic.”

Richard Noulles is “very intelligent and accomplished as a lawyer,” according to sources, who draw particular attention to his expertise in class actions and note his ability to “think well on his feet.” He acts on wide-ranging oil and gas disputes.

Peers agree that Rob Robertson is “an excellent lawyer who is smart and well prepared.” His practice largely centers on litigation in both state and federal jurisdictions. He has represented energy companies in front of the Oklahoma Corporate Commission and is knowledgeable on all aspects of energy law.

Steven Adams centers his practice on litigation within the energy space, fielding expertise in class action and single plaintiff suits. He frequently represents clients before regulatory agencies, drawing on experience in trial and administrative courts.

Terry Ragsdale maintains a strong roster of industry clients whom he represents in a range of transactional and contentious matters. Peers highlight his background in petroleum engineering and describe him as an “excellent attorney, who is extremely well prepared and a hard worker.”

Intellectual Property

The team is known for: Full-service IP practice offering both litigation and transactional services. Offices serving both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets. Able to draw support from the firm’s sophisticated energy and corporate commercial groups, complementing its strength in matters such as complex patent prosecutions. Acts on behalf of an impressively broad clientele on both a domestic and international platform.

The “always outstanding” Todd Nelson is highly regarded for his handling of IP disputes. His experience includes litigating patent and trademark cases in district courts and TTAB proceedings.

Litigation – General Commercial Oklahoma

What the team is known for: Full-service dispute resolution offering, including the handling of appellate cases to US Supreme Court level, arbitration and mediation. Acts for Oklahoma-based clients across the country and national companies with Oklahoman interests. Maintains key strengths in oil and gas royalty and class action, construction, financial services and product liability issues. Further noted for its electronic discovery expertise.

Notable practitioners:

David Bryant focuses on complex, high-stakes disputes. He has litigated various matters, including business torts and professional malpractice claims, and acts for both defendants and plaintiffs. Commentators describe him as “a really fine lawyer, who is tenacious but diplomatic.”

Dean Luthey has experience representing clients before state and federal courts, drawing on longstanding expertise in trial and appellate work. He is “very skilled at litigation,” according to sources, and is also noted for his Native American law practice.

Native American Law

The “very capable” Dean Luthey is held in high esteem for his tribal gaming practice, while also offering broader strength in trial and appellate disputes. Sources describe him as a “very good, confident lawyer” who is “very easy to get along with.”