Chambers USA 2020 Recognizes GableGotwals
in Core Practices and Industries

GableGotwals has been recognized as a leading firm in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources (Band 1), General Commercial Litigation (Band 2), Intellectual Property (Band 2), Corporate/Commercial (Band 3), and  Native American Law (Band 2) in Oklahoma by Chambers & Partners. In addition, 12 GableGotwals attorneys have also been recognized as leaders in their field.

Chambers 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 2)
Stephen W. Lake (Band 2)

Energy & Natural Resources – Band 1
Steven Adams (Band 2)
Richard Noulles (Band 2)
Terry Ragsdale (Band 2)
Rob Robertson (Band 3)

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

Intellectual Property – Band 2
Todd A. Nelson  (Band 1)

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

Native American Law – Band 2
Dean Luthey (Band 1)

Real Estate – Firm Not Ranked
Stephen Schuller (Band 2)

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:I think very highly of the team,” reports an interviewee, explaining: “They’re very responsive and understand the needs of my organization. They offer a lot of practical advice, understand the current state of the market and they’re able to navigate complex matters.”

Clients comment: “They’re intelligent, collaborative and easy to work with; they can be tough negotiators, but without harming their relationships with the counterparty.”

Sources state:The quality of service is extremely high.”

Work highlights: Advised ONEOK on a $1.5 billion term loan agreement.

Notable practitioners:

Jeffrey Hassell is well versed in a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, the formation of joint ventures and corporate governance. He offers significant experience advising financial institutions. “He’s outstanding,” enthuses a source, continuing: “He is just excellent at securities law and he’s very knowledgeable.”

Stephen Lake wins praise for his corporate practice, which includes advising clients on sales, M&A and securities matters. “I’m very impressed with his skill and ability,” notes one interviewee, adding: “He’s very client-focused, timely and diligent.” Another comments: “He really sees things from my perspective and does a good job of giving practical advice. He takes the time to understand the market.”

Energy & Natural Resources – Oklahoma

What the team is known for: Draws on over 60 years’ experience in the handling of oil and gas-related issues, not only in Oklahoma, but also 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: Sources say it has a “good set of lawyers and is really strong in what it does.”

Sources state: GableGotwals is an “excellent” firm.

Work highlights: Acted on behalf of Magellan Midstream Partners in a $1.4 billion transaction involving the sale of ownership interests in a crude oil pipeline joint venture.

Notable practitioners:

Steven Adams is held in high regard for his extensive energy litigation practice, which is complemented by his experience as a former district court judge. He takes on both institutional and class action suits, as well as handling regulatory concerns such as administrative proceedings.

Richard Noulles gains recognition for his strong litigation practice, which sees him act for a broad roster of major national and regional oil and gas companies. He represents clients facing disputes such as royalty class actions, property title claims and tax matters.

Terry Ragsdale comes recommended for his longstanding energy industry expertise, and acts for clients such as utilities and oil and gas producers. His strength in class actions and single-plaintiff suits is complemented by notable transactional experience.

Rob Robertson is an experienced litigator who brings significant trial strength to his representation of energy companies. His practice includes handling administrative mandates such as ratemaking cases. Interviewees describe him as an “excellent lawyer.”


What the team is known for: Well-regarded regional practice with strength in both contentious and noncontentious environment matters. Acts for a broad client base on proceedings involving the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, as well as defending against class actions. Experience includes advising on regulatory issues stemming from a range of corporate transactions.

Notable practitioners:

Dale Cottingham is a well-established environmental practitioner with notable experience in regulatory issues arising from areas such as water law. He is particularly recognized for his contentious capabilities, which also extend to energy disputes. Interviewees describe him as a “very experienced and good water law attorney.”

Lloyd Landreth has an “outstanding reputation” for his environmental practice, which includes federal and state litigation such as CERCLA actions as well as regulatory proceedings. His broad client base includes waste disposal companies and utilities. Sources commend him for being an “exceptional lawyer; very smart and quick.”

Intellectual Property

What 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.

Strengths: Impressed sources say: “It is a rare organization that does multiple things well. GableGotwals combines a strong and diverse IP skill set with a truly accessible, friendly and client-focused culture, enabling them to deliver high-value solutions.”

They’re fantastic,” agrees an interviewee, adding: “They’re always quick to respond to requests and inquiries, and very efficient at dealing with all matters that arise.”

Work highlights: Advised McElroy Manufacturing on the management of its US and foreign patent portfolio.

Notable practitioners:

Todd Nelson offers vast experience dealing with a variety of IP issues, including litigation and transactional work. He regularly acts for clients in TTAB proceedings, as well as representing them in patent and trademark disputes in federal courts.

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 Oklahoma 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.

Strengths: Commentators highlight the firm’s “technically proficient and professional” abilities.

Work highlights: Defended ONEOK Energy Services Company against allegations of price manipulation brought as part of an MDL.

Notable practitioners:

David Bryant is highlighted for his civil litigation practice, which sees him described as a “smart and experienced” attorney. He is well versed in a range of commercial disputes, as well as handling antitrust, insurance and malpractice claims.

Dean Luthey is a fine choice of litigator for Native American tribes and gaming manufacturers, offering impressive experience in state and federal proceedings. “He’s a good trial lawyer and a worthy opponent,” says a source. “I have a lot of respect for him.”

Native American Law

What the team is known for: Well-established Oklahoma firm with expertise in all areas of legal disputes. Represents Indian tribes, vendors, their leaders and organizations in federal, state and tribal courts. Active in areas of commercial law, gaming issues, governmental relations and environmental areas. Regularly deals with dispute proceedings before the United States Supreme Court.

Work highlights: Represented Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association in a dispute with the Governor of Oklahoma regarding the Class III gaming compact renewal.

Notable practitioners:

The highly regarded Dean Luthey has impressive expertise in Native American law as well as a considerable amount of experience in commercial litigation and gaming matters. “He’s well known in this area,” notes a peer, going on to describe him as “knowledgeable” and “smart.”

Real Estate

Stephen Schuller is “very responsive and detailed-oriented,” report market sources. He is highly experienced in representing a range of clients across real estate acquisition, leasing and financing transactions. He is also noted for his strength in handling land use and zoning matters.