Oklahoma Bar Journal
Volunteers Who Guide Your Association
Born and raised in Oklahoma City. Married to Andrea, two young sons – Fischer and Harrison. Currently working as general counsel and executive vice president at the Bankers Bank in northwest Oklahoma City.
Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, double major in political science and history; J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law in 2010.
Goals during service on the OBA Board of Governors:
- An Annual Meeting that will be a joint meeting with the Oklahoma Judicial Conference – a significant change that Miles hopes will be meaningful for OBA members
- A refreshed strategic plan for the OBA
- An increase in OBA member dues
- Strengthening meaningful and positive connections with OBA members
Why is it important to get involved?
"You get out of it what you put into it, and you can get something out of the OBA other than CLE: Professional development, develop friendships in every corner of the state, develop your leadership skills."
D. KENYON (KEN) WILLIAMS JR.
Background: I was born in Tulsa but grew up in the (then) town of Skiatook. My grandparents were well known for the Williams Greenhouse they operated for many years and because my grandmother was the Southwestern Bell switchboard operator who knew everyone’s business. Even so, we were still “newcomers” after the family moved there in the early 1940s. Dad was a steel salesman, and Mom was a high school English teacher. I have three brothers; two of us are lawyers, and two are dentists. Teresa and I married in 1974, two weeks before I started law school. Our first child, Kenyon, was born the same day I received my bar exam results in 1977. Our daughters, Kristen and Kara, were born after we moved to our rural home near Skiatook Lake, where Teresa and I still live. Teresa taught and worked as a public school librarian until she retired. Our focus is on family (our adult children and eight grandchildren) and church. I serve as one of the elders of The Park Church of Christ in Tulsa and as a senior director for the firm I love, Hall Estill. Teresa and I love to travel, which is the closest thing we have to a hobby, except for our love of reading and cooking shows.
Education: My education was at TU for seven years – petroleum engineering and then law.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? My goal in every level of service for the Tulsa County and Oklahoma Bar Associations has been and remains to communicate to nonlawyers the high level of professionalism I have observed among our members during my 45 years of practice. As many have heard me say, Oklahoma lawyers are some of the finest people I have ever met. I also plan to continue to encourage our members to strive for ever greater professionalism, civility and service in our association and our respective communities.
Background: My hometown is McAlester, but I moved twice a school year from the third grade until the seventh grade. Then, I went to high school in Savanna (south of McAlester), where I graduated. I have lived in Tulsa for the last 20 years.
Education: I graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2000 with dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science. I received my J.D. in 2003 from the TU College of Law and a mini-MBA from TU in 2007.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? As vice president, I aim to encourage President Pringle to take time for the little moments in his presidency. Additionally, I intend to focus on our profession's mental health challenges and the support available through the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Assistance Program during my term.
BRIAN T. HERMANSON
Immediate Past President
Background: Born in Milwaukee, moved to Oklahoma in 1975. Married Ruslyn in 1981; we have two daughters: Brianna, an illustrator in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Charlcy, the director of music for Community Christian Church who lives in Stillwater. My family and I raised and bred quarter horses for about 25 years before selling the ranch in 2017.
Education: B.A. in history and political science from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin; J.D. from the OU College of Law
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? I would like to continue to stress professionalism and civility in how each of us practices law. While we may be fierce advocates for those we represent, we need to fully understand that we are bound by a code of professionalism and ethics that should guide us in all things we do both in and out of court.
WILLIAM LADD OLDFIELD
Governor – District No. One
Background: I grew up in Osage County. I am a member of the Osage Nation, and I currently serve as the chief judge of the Osage Nation Trial Court. I have a general practice law firm in Ponca City: Northcutt, Clark, Oldfield & Jech. We are primarily focused on civil litigation, estate planning, probate, real estate, contracts, insurance litigation and corporate law.
Education: I have a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from OSU (2002) and a J.D. from the OU College of Law (2005).
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? I am looking forward to serving, meeting as many OBA members as possible and helping in any way I can.
JOHN E. BARBUSH
Governor – District No. Two
Background: Born in Oklahoma City. Raised in the suburbs of Chicago. Attended college on an athletic scholarship and am proud to be the first member on either side of my family to graduate from college. Returned to Oklahoma for law school, where I had the good fortune to meet my future wife. Moved from Edmond to Durant in January 2022 so that my wife, Judge Amy J. Pierce, could serve the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as the chief district court judge. We have two children, Ella and Mac. I serve as an assistant wrestling coach at Durant High School, and I have enjoyed golf and “lake life” since relocating to southeast Oklahoma.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ambassador University before attending the OCU School of Law
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? To serve in such a way that the judges and attorneys who mentored and assisted me throughout my legal career would be proud.
M. SHEA BRACKEN
Governor – District No. Three
Background: I grew up and graduated from high school in Stillwater. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, which included a deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. Following deployment, I completed my education and started practicing law. I work with Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst and primarily practice catastrophic injury and medical negligence cases. I have an amazing wife, Lindsay, and two wonderful daughters, Makenna and Teagan.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from OSU in 2008; J.D. from the OCU School of Law in 2011.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? To spread the word of the amazingness of the OBA and get OBA members more involved and engaged
DUSTIN E. CONNER
Governor – District No. Four
Background: I was born and raised in Garfield County. I attended Garber schools, graduating in 2002. After law school, I came back to Garfield County to serve the community and have been with Gungoll, Jackson, Box & Devoll since graduating from law school. I have two daughters, Averly and Emerie, and a son, Charlie. I enjoy working with community groups, attending Oklahoma State athletic events and spending time chasing my kids to school and athletic events.
Education: Bachelor's degree from OSU in 2006; J.D. from the OCU School of Law in 2011
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? My goal this year is to attend as many local bar association events in my district as possible.
ALLYSON E. DOW
Governor – District No. Five
Background: I live in Norman with my wonderful husband and two sons. I am originally from Tulsa and attended both college and law school at OU. Boomer Sooner! My interests include spending time with family and friends, cooking, occasionally exercising and playing mahjong.
Education: I graduated from the OU College of Law in 2012.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? This will be my last year to serve on the Board of Governors, and it has been such a fun experience for me. This upcoming year, I hope to get to know the other board members better and serve the attorneys of my district and state in a positive and meaningful way.
PHILIP D. HIXON
Governor – District No. Six
Background: I was born in Stroud (where both sets of my grandparents lived), but I grew up in Edmond. My dad was a barber in Edmond for 50 years before his death approximately a decade ago. My mom has worked at the child development center at the church I attended as a youth for more than 40 years. I am a first-generation college graduate. I moved to Tulsa in 2001 after completing law school. My wife, Stacie, and I began dating during my tenure as chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Tulsa County Bar Association. We married the following year. We have one son and two rescue dogs. Our son began high school this year. The dogs are napping at home. Most of our free time is devoted to shuttling our son to his extracurricular activities and/or attending them.
Education: After graduating as valedictorian of Edmond Memorial High School, I obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central State University. My master’s degree in business administration and law degree were earned at OCU.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? My goals during service on the Board of Governors, as they were during my recently completed year as president of the TCBA, are to improve the qualitative value of bar membership with a focus on interests common to all members, including, without limitation, promoting professionalism, preserving the rule of law and improving our profession’s public reputation.
CHAD A. LOCKE
Governor – District No. Seven
Background: I was born and raised in Muskogee. However, I attended high school at Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, Vermont. My dad was an attorney in Muskogee, and my mom worked as a psychologist at the local Veterans Affairs hospital and outpatient clinic. My younger brother works for Southwest Airlines in Wichita, Kansas. My older brother is an attorney in Oklahoma City. After high school, I was a professional ski bum in Colorado, where I met my soulmate and best friend, Jennifer. We married in Crested Butte, Colorado, in 1999. Jennifer is a fourth-grade teacher at the University School at TU. Our three daughters provide continuous joy, pride and life lessons every day.
Education: After marriage, I graduated from Northeastern State University. I then attended law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? I hope to improve the public perception of Oklahoma lawyers and continue working toward more meaningful, courteous and effective communication amongst members of our profession, both in and out of the courtroom.
NICHOLAS E. THURMAN
Governor – District No. Eight
Background: I grew up in West Texas but graduated from Weatherford High School in Oklahoma. After that, I attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where I played for the varsity basketball team. I began dating my wife, Hannah, while I was in law school at OCU and she was attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Luckily, I was able to find an internship with the District Attorney’s Office in Honolulu, where I found my passion for prosecution. My wife, Hannah, and I, along with our three children, Faye, Booker and Farrah, currently live in Ada, where I am the assistant district attorney. We enjoy traveling and being outside.
Education: I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and then attended the OCU School of Law.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? I hope to further the community’s understanding and knowledge of an attorney’s role, especially in a prosecutorial position, in seeking not only justice but a fair and equitable outcome that provides the best result for the victim, the community and the defendant.
JANA L. KNOTT
Governor – District No. Nine
Background: I grew up in Minco. I now live in El Reno with my husband, Brian, and our two sons, Brecken, who is nine, and Bricen, who is seven. I practice at Bass Law in El Reno, where my practice focuses primarily on appellate litigation. I previously chaired the OBA Appellate Practice Section and have served on the Oklahoma Bar Journal Board of Editors.
Education: I spent two years in Vernon, Texas, on a softball scholarship at Vernon Junior College, where I graduated with an associate degree. I finished my undergraduate education at OU and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2008. I attended the OCU School of Law, where I earned my J.D. in 2011.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? Get members involved, not just in the OBA but also in their local bar associations
ANGELA AILLES BAHM
Governor – At Large
Background: I was born in Berlin, Germany. My mother is German, and my father was in the Air Force. I moved a lot as a young child until our move to Altus. My husband, Mark, owns a public accounting firm. Our daughter, Isabella, works as a copywriter for an advertising firm in New York City. We love traveling, exploring new places, dining with friends and generally being outdoors.
Education: Undergraduate at OU with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a baccalaureate degree in accounting. Law school at OU
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? To help educate our membership and the public on a variety of subjects, including the value proposition of our state bar
TIMOTHY L. ROGERS
Governor – At Large
Background: I grew up in Owasso and now live in Tulsa with my wife, Christa, and my two children, Charlie, who is six, and Caroline, who is four. I am an avid fan of Premier League soccer, and when I’m not chasing kids, I enjoy cheering on the Tottenham Hotspur. We also wear a lot of orange in my house; “Go Pokes” was one of the first phrases uttered by both of my kids, and I’ve never been prouder. I am a shareholder at Barrow & Grimm and have been with the firm since law school. My legal practice concentrates primarily on business law with an emphasis on the construction industry. I advise and assist companies with litigation, strategy, risk management, contracts and transactions.
Education: I graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in economics and from the TU College of Law with a J.D.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? I am looking forward to connecting with members across Oklahoma and being an ambassador for the OBA and the many services it provides to the bar and our state.
JEFFERY D. TREVILLION JR.
Governor – At Large
Background: I was born and raised in Tulsa, where I graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. My father was a talented welder, and my mother retired from the City of Tulsa after 30 years of service. I am the oldest of four – I have one brother and two sisters. I moved to Oklahoma City in 1999 to pursue a career as an accountant. I am married to Shana, and we have two children together: a 20-year-old daughter and a 15-year-old son who is a gifted pianist. Shana is a licensed professional counselor and a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are also active in our various social groups and our community.
Education: I majored in accounting, earned a bachelor’s degree from Langston University and passed the CPA exam. I decided to make a career change and earned a J.D./MBA from OU.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? My goals during my service on the Board of Governors include 1) continuing to advocate for access to justice for those who cannot afford legal services, 2) helping to move the needle on electronic filing in all judicial districts and 3) serving wherever I am needed.
LAURA RUTH TALBERT
Governor – YLD Chair
Background: I live in Oklahoma City with my partner, Ron Shinn.
Education: I received my bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, my master's from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and my law degree from the OU College of Law.
What are your goals during your service on the OBA Board of Governors? My goal during my tenure on the OBA Board of Governors is to continue to get young lawyers more involved in the bar.
Originally published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal – OBJ 95 No. 1 (January 2024)
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