Hall Estill Elects New Shareholder

Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., elected Karissa K. Cottom as shareholder to the firm in the Tulsa office.
Cottom received a B.A. in psychology from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law, magna cum laude. Her practice areas include appellate practice, construction, corporate/commercial litigation, electronic discovery, energy and natural resources, litigation and oil and gas. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and Texas and the following courts: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas; and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma. Cottom is also listed as a 2008 Oklahoma Rising Star by Super Lawyers.
Crowe & Dunlevy has added Margaret S. Millikin as a director in the firm’s Tulsa office, where she will focus her practice in all phases of intellectual property law, with particular emphasis in patent and trademark matters.
She has represented large, international clients as well as small business owners and individual inventors in corporate and law firm settings.
Before joining the firm, Millikin was a corporate intellectual property attorney with Owens Corning, Honeywell International and Hercules Inc., and she managed the US IP office for Basell N.V. (a joint venture of BASF and Royal Dutch Shell). Prior to gaining corporate experience, Millikin was an associate in private law firm settings with McKinney & Stringer, P.C. and Rosenstein, Fist and Ringold.
Conner & Winters, LLP has added five new attorneys. Daniel E. Gomez, Teena S. Kauser, Laura J. Long, Christopher R. Smiley and Christopher R. Wilson have joined the firm as associates.
Gomez, who joined the firm’s Tulsa office, concentrates his practice on civil and commercial litigation. He received his B.S. in economics degree from Oklahoma State University in 2004 and earned his J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University in 2008.
Kauser, also joining the Tulsa office, practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters, securities regulation and real estate. She earned her B.A. degree in 2005 from the University of Texas and a J.D. degree in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma.
Long joined the firm’s Oklahoma City office and practices in the areas of energy litigation, commercial litigation and employment litigation. She earned her B.S. degree from Texas Christian University in 2003, graduating summa cum laude. Long earned her M.A degree in 2005 from the University of Arkansas and her J.D. degree with highest honors at the University of Oklahoma in 2008. She graduated Order of the Coif.
Smiley has joined the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, banking and finance, labor and employment law and real estate. He earned his B.S. in accounting degree in 2004 from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas in 2008.
Wilson has joined the firm’s Tulsa office and practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters. Wilson earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating magna cum laude in 2005. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2008, graduating with highest honors. Wilson was the valedictorian of his law school class and the recipient of the Martin Fellows Smith Award for the Outstanding Student in the College of Law.
Russ Kirkpatrick has been appointed district sales manager at the Tulsa Mutual of Omaha Regional Office effective Dec. 1. Kirkpatrick currently works as a sales manager at the agency headquarters for the Brian Askins Division Office in Springfield, Mo.
Kirkpatrick will help implement a Global Agency Initiative rolled out by the Brian Askins Division office. The goal will be to aggressively attain new clients while also retaining and servicing Mutual of Omaha’s client-base that includes thousands of customers in the Tulsa metropolitan area and throughout other parts of Oklahoma.
As part of the Initiative, Mr. Kirkpatrick will play a pivotal role in agent recruitment for the Tulsa office. The plan will focus on college and university students in Oklahoma communities and existing licensed agents.
Kirkpatrick will maintain an office in Springfield, MO, to manage a sizeable book of business developed from the Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas markets.
Kirkpatrick is a member of Mutual of Omaha’s Prestigious President’s Club; NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors); NAHU (National Association of Health Underwriters) and BNI (Business Networking International).
Erica Felix-Warwick has been promoted to personnel director in the City of Tulsa Human Resources Department. Felix-Warwick has worked at the City of Tulsa since 1995, most recently as Public Works human resources manager.
As personnel director, Felix-Warwick manages work related to the city’s merit system and other human resources programs. She also manages the Civil Service Commission process for appeals and grievances and manages the recruitment, certification and selection process for all vacant city positions.
Felix-Warwick’s other previous positions at the City of Tulsa include Police and Fire testing coordinator and compensation and classification manager. She has a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.
A Certified Compensation Professional, Felix-Warwick has graduated from the Leadership Tulsa program and was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Tulsans in 1996 by the Council Oak Junior Chamber of Commerce.
The Osage Nation’s Million Dollar Elm Casino – Pawhuska has named Eli Red Eagle as general manager.
Red Eagle started working as a security officer at the Hominy casino in February 2002. Since then, he has served as a shift manager at Osage Million Dollar Elm casinos in Pawhuska, Bartlesville and Tulsa.
As general manager of the Million Dollar Elm Casino – Pawhuska, Red Eagles’ duties include managing casino operations, ensuring guest satisfaction, overseeing the facility’s nearly 40 employees, oversight of revenue generation and the implementation of policies and procedures.
U.S. Cellular has promoted Nick Arroyo to retail area sales manager in Tulsa. In his new role, Arroyo leads eight retail locations throughout the region.
Arroyo served as store manager for the U.S. Cellular store at 41st Street and Tulsa Hills. The 2002 graduate of Midwestern State University joined the company in September 2003.
Melissa Taylor was recognized as the 2008 Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Student. The award was presented at the TU College of Law’s alumni luncheon held at the OBA annual convention in Oklahoma City.
A third-year law student from Tulsa, Taylor is a graduate of Broken Arrow High School. She received bachelors’ degrees in Classics and Letters from the University of Oklahoma and taught middle school Latin before beginning law school.
Taylor serves as production editor of the Tulsa Law Review, is a student ambassador for the law school and a member of Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity and the Public Interest Law Society. After graduation, Taylor will join the transaction division of the Tulsa law firm GableGotwals.
W. P. Bartlett and Cameron Strang became the newest board of trustees members of Oral Roberts University at a recent meeting. The board is now 21 members strong, with one slot left to fill.
Bartlett is founder and CEO of Callidus Technologies, LLC, a major designer and supplier of combustion equipment/systems to the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. Most recently, Bartlett’s leadership earned Callidus the 2007 Award for Excellence in Exporting from Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, and an Export Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Strang is a 1998 graduate of Oral Roberts University and is founder and CEO of Orlando-based Relevant Media Group, a multimedia company reaching Christians from college to their thirties. Strang publishes Relevant Magazine and RelevantMagazine.com.
This is the third board meeting for ORU this year, as they have created a new board of trustees and implemented a shared governance model. The meeting was held in tandem with a donor event for the university that included a special visit from Dr. Oral Roberts, chancellor of ORU.
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine has named Joseph R. Johnson, D.O., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Christopher Thurman, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine, as chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
Johnson is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. Johnson is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, International Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and the Tulsa Ob/Gyn Medical Society. He joined OSU in 2005.
Thurman has served as vice-chair of family medicine and associate program director of OSU’s family medicine residency program. He was chief resident at OSU from 2001-03 and chief intern at Tulsa Regional Medicine Center in family medicine in 2000-01. A 2000 graduate of OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Thurman received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northeastern State University. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant has appointed Tulsa resident Merrill Overson as general manager of the new restaurant located at 9072 N. 121st E. Ave. in Owasso. The Tuscan farmhouse-design Olive Garden will open on Mon., Dec. 8.



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