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Milton, James C.
320 South Boston Avenue Suite 500 Tulsa, OK
Phone: (918) 591-5229
Fax: (918) 925-5229
Website: http://www.dsda.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Partner

Lawyer Overview

James C. Milton is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. As a former banker, Mr. Milton has devoted much of his time to commercial disputes , including breach of contract actions, commercial collections, and commercial fraud actions. With his financial background, Mr. Milton is also well-suited to both manage and handle trust and estate disputes , consumer credit issues, and the like. Mr. Milton has developed substantial expertise in representing trustees in disputes regarding the administration of trusts.   

Mr. Milton has also developed a rather unique area of practice defending developers and municipal utility authorities against claims asserted by rural water districts . He is counsel of record in a number of reported decisions on the issue. In addition, Mr. Milton was a member of the Oklahoma Municipal League, Inc.'s Rural Water Issues Task Force and, in 1999 and 2000, served as principal drafter of proposed legislation and chaired the Task Force's negotiation team.

With a combination of business and banking background, a degree in finance and economics, and a decade of legal representation of municipalities, Mr. Milton is well positioned to advise municipal corporations on bond financing , loans, and grants. Mr. Milton is an associate member of the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys, Inc.

Mr. Milton has used his experience to teach lawyers and industry professionals. Since 1998, Mr. Milton has served as speaker, moderator, or panelist for 23 continuing legal education seminars, each approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for continuing education credit. Many of these seminars were also approved for continuing education for other professionals, such as insurers, bankers, and accountants.  

Mr. Milton devotes substantial time to volunteer work in the community. A graduate of Leadership Tulsa in 2004, Mr. Milton currently serves as President of Lee Elementary Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization benefiting Lee Elementary School. Mr. Milton recently completed two years of service as Council President of Fellowship Lutheran Church . He is also a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Association Attorney Association (ELCAAA).  

In 1995, Mr. Milton graduated, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, he served as Executive Editor of the Texas Law Review. Mr. Milton holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in finance and economics.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Estates, Trust and Probate
  • Environmental Law
  • Water Law
  • Rural Water District Competition
80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Business & Commercial Law, Environmental Law, Water Pollution, Estate Planning, Trusts, Litigation & Appeals, Water & Riparian Rights, Probate & Estate Administration, Products Liability Law, Professional Malpractice Law, Real Estate Law

FEES

Accepts Credit Cards

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hudson-Hall-Wheaton Chapter, American Inns of Court (Associate Member)
  • American Journal of Criminal Law (Member)
  • Oklahoma Municipal League, Inc., 1999 - 2000 (Rural Water Issues Task Force Member)
  • Rebuilding Together Tulsa, a nonprofit corporation, 1999 - 2001 (Board of Directors)
  • Civil Procedure Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, 2000 - Present (Member)
  • CLE Committee of the Tulsa County Bar Association, 2003 - 2004 (Chair)
  • Fellowship Lutheran Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2004 - Present (Council Member)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Attorney Association, 2004 - Present (Member)
  • Fellowship Lutheran Church, Tulsa, 2005 - 2006 (Council President)
  • Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys, 2006 - Present (Associate Member)
  • Civil Procedure Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, 2006 - Present (Chair)
  • Lee Elementary School Foundation, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2007 - Present (Board Member and President)

Honors and Awards

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice, Student Government Association, Oklahoma State University, 1988
  • Golden Key, 1988
  • One of Twelve Outstanding Graduates at Oklahoma State University, 1988
  • Quarterfinalist, Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition, 1993
  • Dean's Achievement Award in Federal Courts, 1994
  • Outstanding Editor Award, Texas Law Review, 1995
  • Named one of "Achievers Under 40" by The Journal Record, May 18, 2006
  • The Journal Record Leadership in Law Award, 2009
  • A-V Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Classes and Seminars

  • "Appellate Law Update", Topic: "Recent Developments on Dispositive Motions on Appeal", Tulsa County Bar Association, December 16, 1998
  • "Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act", Tulsa County Medical Society, June 9, 1999
  • "1999 Fall Workshop", Topic: "Service Territories and Other Rural Water District Issues: A Primer on Section 1926(b)", Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys, September 23, 1999
  • "Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act", National Business Institute, November 18, 1999
  • "Advanced Legal Research Using the Internet", Topic: "Premium Legal Research Sources", Tulsa University Continuing Education Center, December 14, 1999
  • "The Internet as a Practice Tool", ABA Connection Teleconference, January 19, 2000
  • An Appellate Practitioner's War Story: Fighting an Emergency Request for Injunction Pending Appeal, Appellate Advocacy Newsletter, ABA TIPS Appellate Advocacy Committee, 2000
  • "Oklahoma Construction Law: When Bad Things Happen to Good People", Topic: "What Happens to a Construction Project When a City and a Rural Water District Both Want to Provide Water?, Lorman Continuing Education, September 29, 2000
  • "Complying with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act", National Business Institute, April 19, 2001
  • "Collection Law in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education, July 31, 2001
  • "Medical Records in Oklahoma", Topic: "Changes in Document Production for Federal Litigation and the Impact of E-Mail and Internet Communications", Lorman Continuing Education, January 24, 2002
  • "Dealing with City Hall: A General Practitioner's Guide", Topic: "What Happens When Both a City and a Rural Water District Want to Provide Water to the Same Customer?", Tulsa County Bar Association, December 9, 2002
  • "Update on Appeals and Summary Judgments in Oklahoma", Tulsa County Bar Association, December 11, 2002
  • "Collection Law in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education, April 10, 2003
  • "Annual Free CLE", Topic: "Summary Judgments and Appeals in Oklahoma", Tulsa County Bar Association, April 21, 2003
  • "Debt Collection from Start to Finish", National Business Institute, April 30, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Tulsa Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers, May 1, 2003
  • "Judgment Enforcement in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education, July 30, 2003
  • "Squeezing Blood from a Turnip: Creditors' Rights in Oklahoma", Oklahoma Bar Association, September 5, 2003
  • "Trust Administration", Lorman Continuing Education, October 22, 2003
  • "Government in Action", Topic: "The Sixth and Tenth Circuits Shake Things Up in the Section 1926(b) Arena: An Update on Federal Law Protection for Rural Water Districts", Tulsa County Bar Association, December 11, 2003
  • "Summary Judgments and Appeals", Tulsa County Bar Association, December 17, 2003
  • "Annual Free CLE", Tulsa County Bar Association, April 26, 2004
  • "Trust Administration", Lorman Continuing Education (Oklahoma City), September 24, 2004
  • "Trust Administration", Lorman Continuing Education (Tulsa), November 2, 2004
  • "Judgment Enforcement", Lorman Continuing Education (Tulsa), November 30, 2005
  • "Oklahoma Collection Law Start to Finish", National Business Institute (Tulsa), December 5, 2005
  • "Trust Administration in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education (Oklahoma City), January 19, 2006
  • "Trust Administration in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education (Oklahoma City), January 17, 2007
  • "Water Issues Summit", Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers (Oklahoma City), February 16, 2007
  • "Oklahoma Collection Law Start to Finish", National Business Institute (Oklahoma City), May 17, 2007
  • "Oklahoma Collection Law Start to Finish", National Business Institute (Tulsa), May 18, 2007
  • "Fall Workshop", Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys (Tulsa), September 13, 2007
  • "Water Rights Sales and Transfers", Lorman Continuing Education (Tulsa), November 29, 2007
  • "Trust Administration in Oklahoma", Lorman Continuing Education (Oklahoma City), January 17, 2008
  • "Water Issues Summit", Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers (Oklahoma City), February 8, 2008
  • Scheduled: "Water Rights Sales and Transfers", Lorman Continuing Education (Oklahoma City), April 9, 2008
  • Scheduled: "Oklahoma Collection Law Start to Finish", National Business Institute (Tulsa), May 12, 2008
  • Scheduled: "Oklahoma Collection Law Start to Finish", National Business Institute (Oklahoma City), May 13, 2008

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    Juris Doctor with Honors
    Honors: Member, Moot Court Team
    Honors: 1st Place & Best Brief , National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
    Honors: Member, Board of Advocates, 1994 - 1995
    Honors: Teaching Assistant ("Preceptor") to Prof. Philip Bobbitt, 1994

    Law Review: Texas Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, 1988
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
    Major: Finance
    Major: Economics
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, National Session, Boulder, Colorado, July, 2000

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Delta Sigma Pi
Articles

Published Works

  • Former Employees May Use Job Reference Verification Services Too, Oklahoma Employment Letter
  • Point and Counterpoint: Another Perspective on Employment References, Oklahoma Employment Letter
  • What Happens When Your Employees Bring Cosmo to Work, Oklahoma Employment Letter