JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION ELECTION CANDIDATES
Election ballots were mailed June 5, and the deadline for their return was 5 p.m. June 19.
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6 - No candidate garnered more than 40 percent of the vote in the race for the JNC District 6 seat. In accordance with procedures governing the elections, attorneys Melissa DeLacerda of Stillwater and J. David Ezzell of Enid will face each other in a runoff election to determine the winner. Ballots will be mailed June 26 and are due back to the OBA by 5 p.m. on July 17.
MELISSA G. DELACERDA
Melissa DeLacerda has been in private practice in Payne and surrounding counties for more than 30 years. Her practice primarily focuses on litigation. She has served on numerous OBA committees through the years. She was a YLD board member, Board of Governors member and OBA president in 2003. She has served on the Professional Responsibility Commission, Oklahoma Bar Journal Board of Editors and numerous task forces. She is the author of West Practice Series Volume on Family Law.
J. DAVID EZZELL
David Ezzell was born in Canadian, Texas, on March 12, 1954. He graduated from North Texas State University in 1980 and OU College of Law in 1984. He has practiced in Enid since 1984 and is a member of Ezzell & Shepherd PLLC. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma state and federal courts. He has served on the OBA Bankruptcy Section Board of Directors since 1986. He is a former city commissioner for the city of Enid and Garfield County Bar Association past president.
FENTON R. RAMEY
Fenton Ramey has spent more than 40 years in general practice. He has served as a prosecutor, a district judge and an adjunct professor of law. He has also served on the OBA Board of Governors and Board of Bar Examiners.
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5 -
Attorney Jim R. Webb of Oklahoma City has been elected by his fellow lawyers to serve on the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission. He will serve as one of six lawyers on the 15-member commission, which plays a key role in the selection of Oklahoma judges.
JIM T. PRIEST
Jim Priest serves as the Sunbeam Family Services chief executive officer. Prior to that, he practiced law for 34 years with McKinney Stringer, Whitten Burrage and Rubenstein & Pitts Law Firm where he focused on employment, civil rights and business litigation. Jim is the founder of Oklahoma Life of an Athlete, a substance abuse prevention program, and an author and speaker on substance abuse, ethics, workplace, marriage and family issues. He received the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium Executive Pilot award, OBA Earl Sneed award and Journal Record Leader in Law award. He received his J.D. from Syracuse University Law School.
CHAD C. TAYLOR
Chad Taylor lives and practices in Oklahoma County with the Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis law firm. He is a graduate of both OU and TU College of Law. He has represented a diverse clientele on all general civil litigation matters. He is a current member of the OBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. He has been an adjunct settlement judge for the Eastern District and for Project Early Settlement in Tulsa County. He enjoys his active family weekends with his wife and three children and coaching youth basketball.
JIM R. WEBB
Jim Webb serves as Oklahoma County Bar Association president. He has been outspoken on the Constitutional mandate for a strong, independent, nonpolitical judiciary, allowing judges to make decisions based on facts, the law and nothing else. He has been general counsel for Chesapeake since October 2012. He practiced 19 years with McAfee & Taft and Gorsuch Kirgis, representing both plaintiffs and defendants and both individuals and companies. He has received the OBA Outstanding Pro Bono Service award, OCBA Professional Services award, OCBA Community Service award and Journal Record Leadership in Law award. He serves on the boards of multiple charities.
NANCY S. PARROTT
Nancy Parrott received her J.D. from OCU, was in private practice and was marshal of Oklahoma Supreme Court for over 25 years. Recipient of 2009 OBA Distinguished Service award and 2010 Leadership in Law award, she has been on both OBA Board of Governors and OCBA Board of Directors, is an OBF Benefactor Fellow, has chaired and served multiple OBA and OCBA committees and sections for 33 years. She served on many civic boards including American Cancer Society, Leadership Oklahoma City, Youth Leadership Exchange and Leadership Oklahoma, has spoken statewide about Oklahoma's court system and volunteers at Trinity Legal Clinic.
MICHAEL H. GITHENS
Michael Githens received his J.D. from OCU School of Law in 1993 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1994 and Kansas Bar in 2004. His practice focuses on insurance defense litigation. He has worked in private practice and for Allstate Insurance as staff counsel. In 2007, he was hired by GEICO Insurance as their managing attorney to open their Oklahoma staff counsel office. His office has grown to include seven employees handling litigation in Oklahoma and Kansas. He has extensive litigation experience and has tried more than 70 jury trials in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Lance Leffel is a partner with the Sweet Law Firm in Oklahoma City. He obtained his J.D. with distinction from the OU College of Law. He was a legal intern for Gov. Frank Keating and began his legal career with Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom in Oklahoma City. From 2003-2014, he practiced with Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey & Tippens in Oklahoma City. He is the veteran of numerous jury trials. He practices in the areas of insurance law, medical malpractice and commercial litigation.
Doug Parr is a graduate of the OU College of Law. He was a co-founder and staff attorney of the legal clinic at The Native American Center in Oklahoma City from 1976 to 1987. He has been in private practice since 1987. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and has previously served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Oklahoma Appellate Public Defenders and the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. He is married to Pat Gallagher and together they have two children, Katy and Charlie, who live and work in Colorado.