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Young Lawyers Division

2014 YLD Leadership

The YLD again has a full slate of candidates running for Board of Directors positions, so let your voice be heard and exercise your right to vote!

Elections will again be conducted electronically. YLD members will receive an email from the OBA on Friday, Oct. 25, with your ballot attached. The email address used is the one currently on file with the OBA.

Your OBA number is required to identify you as a qualified voter, and your address on file with the OBA will be used to determine your district. Elections are conducted based on Oklahoma judicial districts, and you may only vote for officers, candidates for election in your district and at-large candidates. Nonconforming ballots will be stricken.

All ballots must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Election results will be announced at the YLD Annual Meeting held in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the OBA Annual Meeting.

The following individuals automatically hold the following positions for 2014.

Kaleb HennighKaleb Hennigh
2014 Chair

Mr. Hennigh is a founding partner at Ewbank, Hennigh and McVay PLLC in Enid. Mr. Hennigh was born and raised near Laverne, a small community near the panhandle. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University, a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and an LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

During his time at the University Of Oklahoma School of Law,Mr. Hennigh was awarded the Kelly Beardslee award for his work with the OU Criminal Law Clinic. While working to obtain his LL.M., he served as a graduate assistant at the National Agricultural Law Center, where he conducted extensive research on multiple issues within agricultural law and drafted his thesis on the new national animal identification system and the application of FOIA laws.

Upon completing his LL.M., Mr. Hennigh remained in northwest Arkansas working as an associate attorney in an intellectual property law firm.There he worked with several agricultural corporations regarding intellectual property protection and helped establish an agricultural bankruptcy practice,which received regional recognition for its efforts in assisting immigrant farmers.

Mr. Hennigh and his family returned to Enid in early 2007where he served as an associate attorney and later a partner in a regional law firm where he expanded his practice and focus on estate planning, asset protection and bankruptcy liquidation and reorganization. He continues his practice on asset protection, estate planning, real estate transactions,bankruptcy, corporations, wind energy and leases and other issues within the agricultural industry.

Mr. Hennigh, his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Karsen and Jase, reside in Enid. Mr. Hennigh has served on the OBA YLD Board of Directors for the past six years in various roles, including Secretary (2011),Treasurer (2012) and Chair Elect (2013).

Joe VorndranJoe Vorndran
Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Vorndran is a partner with the Shawnee law firm of Stuart, Clover, Duran, Thomas & Vorndran LLP. His practice is focused on general civil litigation, corporate law and municipal law. Mr. Vorndran received his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2003, where he was a member of the OU Scholars program, Order of Omega Honor Fraternity and numerous other campus committees. He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College Of Law in May of 2006, where he was a class representative, on the Dean’s Council and a member of the SBA Board of Governors. He was admitted to practice law before all Oklahoma state courts in September of 2006.

Mr. Vorndran served as the District Eight representative for the YLD Board of Directors from 2006-2011, YLD Treasurer in 2011, YLD chair-elect in 2012, chairperson of the YLD Children and the Law Committee in2012 and chairperson of the YLD in 2013. He is an active volunteer for the Oklahoma Bar Foundation Mock Trial Program. Mr. Vorndran attended the 2007 OBA Leadership Conference and was a delegate to the 2009-2010 OBA Leadership Academy. He is also on the Board of Editors for the Oklahoma Bar Journal and isa member of the Pottawatomie County Bar Association, having served as President from 2007-2009. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and an OBF Fellow. In 2008, he received the District 5 Child Abuse Prevention Task Force“Child Advocate of the Year” Award. Mr. Vorndran also serves on the Board of Directors for Gateway to Prevention and Recovery and the Shawnee Drop-out Retention Foundation.

UNCONTESTED ELECTIONS

The following persons have been nominated. They are running uncontested and will be declared elected at the Annual Meeting of the OBA YLD.

LeAnne McGillLeAnne McGill
Chair-Elect

Ms. McGill is a partner with the Edmond law firm of McGill &Rodgers, where her practice focuses on all areas of family law. She has been active in the OBA YLD since 2006, currently serving as the treasurer of the division and is in her fourth term as a director for District 3. Ms. McGill is the co-chair of the New Attorney Orientation Committee, which is responsible for preparing and passing out bar exam survival kits to those taking the bar exam each February and July. This committee is also responsible for there freshments at the swearing-in ceremonies and planning the “Welcome to the Bar” celebrations each April and September. In addition, she has served as the Publications and Website Committee chair, has participated in Wills for Heroes,Serving our Seniors and Done in a Day Community Service projects and has provided pro bono time to service members through the Military Assistance Program.

Ms. McGill has also served on the Oklahoma County YLD Board of Directors for the last six years. As a director for the OCBA YLD, she has held numerous positions, including serving as the chair for the Harvest Food Drive committee and the Chili Cook-off committee. These two committees work together to donate in excess of $20,000.00 to the Regional Food Bank each fall.

Aside from her participation in the YLD, she is active in the OBA Family Law Section and has served on several OBA committees including the Mentoring Task Force, the Law Day Committee and the Women in Law Committee. Ms. McGillis a graduate of the inaugural 2008-2009 OBA Leadership Academy, the 2007 OBALeadership Conference, is an Oklahoma Bar Foundation Fellow and served as thefirst chair of the OBA Law Student Division.

Ms. McGill has been active in the American Bar Association,having held several positions within the organization, including two terms as the national secretary treasurer of the ABA Law Student Division and one term as the national pro bono committee co-chair for the Law Student Division. She has served on the ABA YLD Programming Team and as chair of the ABA YLD Access to Justice Committee.

Ms. McGill received her B.A. in English and politicalscience from Oklahoma State University in 2003 and her J.D. from Oklahoma CityUniversity School of Law in 2006. In addition to bar activities, she has served on the OCU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and is an active member of the Ginsburg Inn of Court, EWF International, Edmond Women’s Club and the Edmond Family Counseling Board of Directors. Ms. McGill has been honored as a Top 20 under 40 by the Edmond Sun and a Top 40 under 40 by OKC Biz magazine. She is also graduate of Class XXVI of Leadership Edmond and volunteers with the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army.

Bryon J. WillBryon J. Will
Treasurer

Mr. Will is a solo practitioner in The Law Office of Bryon J. Will PLLC. He is a third-generation Oklahoman born and raised in Morrison. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and began his career as a sales representative for an animal health supply company and a broadband Internet vendor, later working for Bank of Oklahoma. He earned his M.B.A. at the University of Central Oklahoma and his J.D. at Oklahoma City University School of Law. During law school, he earned his Oklahoma legal intern’s license and worked for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office. He later took an internship with Haupt Brooks Vandruff Cloar. Mr. Will currently practices in real estate, oil and gas, estate planning, probate, elder law and long-term care planning, business transactions and bankruptcy. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Oklahoma and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a Fellow of Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is currently an associate with the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court and was formerly an associate member of the William J. Holloway American Inn of Court. Currently he is serving on the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors as a Member At-Large where he also served as chairman of the Seniors Committee and is currently serving as co-chairman of the CLE Committee. Bryon was a graduate of the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy class of 2011-2012.

Matt MickleMatt Mickle
Secretary

Mr. Mickle practices at Mickle-Rainblot Law Offices in Durant, where he handles criminal law cases, transactions for business entities and performs title examinations. He received a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Oklahoma and his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Mr. Mickle is an active member of the Bryan County Bar Association, the Durant Area Chamber of Commerce and the Durant Main Street Board. He is currently serving as an at-large rural director on the OBA YLD Board of Directors.

 

Blake LynchBlake Lynch
District Two

Mr. Lynch, partner of the newly formed Wagner and Lynch PLLC, has offices in Pittsburg and Latimer counties and practices throughout southeast Oklahoma. A 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, he has maintained a general practice while also benefiting his community. He has served in multiple county bar roles and was president of the Pittsburg County Bar when it was named Outstanding County Bar of the Year. Additionally,he has put on an annual 5K benefiting the PAWS organizations of Pittsburg and Latimer counties as well as the local Girl Scouts and Community Food Bank. This year, in addition to starting a new practice, he was accepted into the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. He has served in the Young Lawyers Division for the last two years. Most importantly, he and his wife, Amanda, will be parents for the first time in March!

Dustin ConnerDustin Conner
District Four

Mr. Conner is an associate attorney for Gungoll, Jackson,Box and Devoll P.C., located in that firm’s Enid office. He started with Gungoll Jackson in August 2011. A native of Garber, Mr. Connor graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in agribusiness in 2006. He attended the Oklahoma City University School of Law where he received his J.D. with honors in 2011. While at OCU he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity.His practice areas include oil and gas title and litigation, agriculture law, civil litigation and estate planning.

Mr. Connor has been deeply involved in the Oklahoma 4-H program since childhood. In 2002-2003, he served as state president of that organization and is currently serving as a Garfield County 4-H Foundation board member and is the leader and coach for the Garfield County 4-H shooting sports program. Mr. Conner is on the board of directors for the Enid A.M. Ambucs, is a member of Leadership Greater Enid, Class XXIII and is also a member of the St.Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he serves on the school board for the St. Paul’s Lutheran School. He and his wife, Brittany, were recently blessed with a beautiful daughter, Averly, in June. In his spare time, Mr. Conner enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, trapshooting and attending sporting events.

Rachel GusmanRachel Gusman
District Six

Ms. Gusman joined the Graves McLain firm as an associate attorney after earning her J.D. with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law. While pursuing her law degree, Gusman earned three prestigious CALI awards for excellence in academic achievement. Ms. Gusman is a tireless worker for her clients’ rights and concentrates her practice in areas of medical negligence, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, vaccine injuries and civil litigation.

Ms. Gusman, along with other attorneys of Graves McLain lawfirm, volunteers her time to various community and charitable organizations like “Lawyers Against Hunger” and “Tulsa Lawyers for Children,” which handle deprived children cases and represent minors who are adjudicated deprived and are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Ms. Gusman also volunteers with the Live Local, Give Local Tulsa Anti-Hunger Campaign and has raised money for the Lawyers Against Hunger spring and Thanksgiving drives. She is active in the Tulsa County Bar Association.

Brandi NowakowskiBrandi Nowakowski
District Eight

Ms. Nowakowski is an associate with The West Law Firm in Shawnee. Her practice is focused on general civil litigation with an emphasis in personal injury, products liability law and class actions. She, her husband, Chris, and their two sons, Ethan and Zachary, reside in Shawnee.

She received her B.B.A. in management from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated magna cum laude in May 2006. She received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 2010 and was admitted to the practice of law before all Oklahoma state courts in September 2010.

Ms. Nowakowski has actively served on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors since January 2012 and has been selected as a YLD star of the quarter. In addition to her director position on the board, she currently serves as the 2013 YLD community service chairperson. As such, she was responsible for coordinating the 2013 OBA Day of Service activities throughout Oklahoma. She greatly enjoyed working with the many attorneys who made this event a huge success!

Ms. Nowakowski has also been an active member of the OBA Law Day Committee in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, she has been selected to serve on the Credentials Committee for the annual OBA House of Delegates meeting for both 2012 and 2013. She would be honored by the opportunity to continue serving the young lawyers of Oklahoma and the entire bar through the YLD Board of Directors.

Nathan RichterNathan Richter
At-Large Rural

Mr. Richter is currently employed as an associate attorney at the Denton Law Firm in Mustang. He was born in Oklahoma City and was raised in Piedmont and Mustang. He attended Mustang Schools and graduated in 1996. Mr.Richter attended East Central University from 1996 to 1998 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. He served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 2000 to 2010 and was honorably discharged as a captain (0-3), 13A -field artillery. While serving, he attended Oklahoma City University School of Law and received his law degree in December of 2007. In 2008, Mr. Richter was admitted to practice before all Oklahoma courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western of Oklahoma; U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.

Mr. Richter is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Canadian County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice,the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court and the National Employment Lawyers Association. He is a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and has served on the OBA YLD Board of Directors since 2011.

He and his wife Kristin attend Lakehoma Church of Christ with their two children.

CONTESTED ELECTIONS

The following persons have been nominated and are running contested for the following positions. Results will be announced at the YLD Annual Meeting.

Bryon Will
District Three and At-Large

See photo and biographical information above

Justin MeekJustin Meek
District Three and at-Large

Mr. Meek graduated from Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma City University School of Law. He joined Bass Law in 2011 and is the director of the litigation group. Mr. Meek is an experienced trial lawyer with a focus on matters involving insurance law, personal injury and torts. He also represents clients in business transactions and contract disputes.

Mr. Meek is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the William J. Holloway Inn of Court. He previously served as an at-large director on the OBA YLD Board of Directors in 2013.

Lane NealLane Neal
District Three and At-Large

Mr. Neal, a Lawton native, is currently an associate with McAtee & Woods PC in Oklahoma City. His practice is focused primarily on civil litigation. Additionally, he represents clients in criminal matters and before administrative boards. Prior to joining McAtee & Woods, he was an assistant district attorney for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office. During law school, Mr. Neal was a member of Phi Delta Phi, a note editor for the American Indian Law Review and a member of the ABA and AAJ competitions teams. He is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is an associate in the Luther Bohanon Inn of Court and a 2010 graduate of the OBA Leadership Academy. Mr. Neal has served as a District 3 representative to the OBA YLD Board of Directors since 2010. He is also a member of the OBA Bench & Bar Committee. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Western District and Northern Districts of Oklahoma.

Faye RodgersFaye Rodgers
District Three and At-Large

Ms. Rodgers is a partner with the Edmond law firm of McGill & Rodgers, where her practice focuses primarily on family law. She has been an active volunteer in the OBA YLD since 2010, named a Fellow of the YLD in 2011 and was appointed as a board member in 2012 for District 3. She has participated in numerous activities including preparing and passing out bar exam survival kits, serving refreshments at the swearing-in ceremonies and attending the “Welcome to the Bar” celebrations each Spring and Fall. In addition, she has participated in Wills for Heroes, Serving our Seniors and Day of Service projects and has provided pro bono time to service members through the Military Assistance Program.

Ms. Rodgers has also served on the Oklahoma County YLD Board of Directors for the last four years. As a director of OCBA YLD and treasurer for the past two years, she has worked to help raise money for the Regional Food Bank and other charitable organizations by participating in the annual Harvest Food Drive and Chili Cook-off.

She received her B.A. in speech communications from Texas A&M University in 2003, her J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2006 and her masters of business from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009. In addition to bar activities, she is an active member of the Ginsburg Inn of Court and serves on the Board of Directors for Edmond Family Counseling and Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.

Eric DavisEric Davis
District Three and At-Large

Mr. Davis is an assistant general counsel for the Public Utility Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Prior to OCC, he worked at the Oklahoma Tax Commission and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc.In addition, he clerked two years for Vermont trial judges.

He graduated summa cum laude from OSU in 2005 where he was named the political science department “outstanding senior.” In 2008 he received his J.D. from Michigan Law School. In law school he attained the highest overall grade in his legal practice section and served in a graduate assistant role (senior judge) for the legal practice program during his 2L and 3L years. Mr. Davis was also elected the managing editor for the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.

His past community involvement includes being a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Vermont. He was also a member of the board of directors of Teen Court, an alternative sentencing program for youth offenders in Lawton. He is a 2012 graduate of the OBA Leadership Academy.