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Pataki, Leonard I.
320 South Boston Avenue Suite 500 Tulsa, OK
Phone: (918) 582-1211
Fax: (918) 591-5360


Current Employment Position(s)

Of CounselAssociate Municipal Judge, City of Tulsa; Adjunct Settlement Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Lawyer Overview

Leonard I. Pataki received his undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1975. He received his law degree with honors in 1977 from Oklahoma City University, where he was a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review, serving as both Research Editor and Managing Editor. Prior to joining the Firm in 1982, Mr. Pataki served as a law clerk to three United States District Judges in the Northern District of Oklahoma. Mr. Pataki has published many articles concerning labor law and creditor's rights, and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy, creditor's rights, and collections, as well as labor law and occupational safety and health compliance. Mr. Pataki is listed in The Best Lawyers in America  in the area of bankruptcy law and creditor's rights.  

Mr. Pataki's practice is concentrated in the areas of bankruptcylabor relations (management) occupational safety and health compliance and litigationdebtor-creditor rights  and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, American Bankruptcy Institute, and the American Bar Association Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee. He has been an active member of Tulsa County Bar Association, which he currently serves as President. He is an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and an Associate Judge of the Municipal Criminal Court of the City of Tulsa.   

Mr. Pataki is currently Of Counsel to the Firm, having accepted the position of General Counsel of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company, one of the largest cross country pipeline construction companies in the United Sates, in June of 2008.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor Relations (Management)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Compliance and Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Debtor-Creditor Rights
  • Commercial Litigation/Construction Law

West Practice Categories

Bankruptcy Law, Business & Commercial Law, Debtor/Creditor, Directors' & Officers' Liability, Construction Law, Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) -- Employee, Health & Health Care Law, Labor Relations Boards & Proceedings, Litigation & Appeals


Accepts Credit Cards


Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee)
  • Tulsa Country Bar Association - Bankruptcy Section, 1998 - 2000 (Chair)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 2004 - 2006 (Tulsa County Law Library Trustee)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 2000 - 2008 (Law Week Committee Chair)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 2006 - 2007 (Treasurer)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 2007 - 2008 (President Elect)
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 2008 - 2009 (President)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 2009 (Legal Ethics Advisory Panel)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Bankruptcy Law and Creditor's Rights, 2007 - 2010
  • A-V Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Outstanding Alumnus - Oklahoma City University School of Law, 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of tulsa School of Law
  • Frequent Lecturer on Bankruptcy, Creditor's Rights and Collections as well as Labor Law and Occupational Safety and Health Compliance

Past Employment Positions

  • Official Reporter of the Oklahoma Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee, Research Assistant, Prof. Silas R. Lymnan
  • Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, court Crier/Law Clerk, Late Hon. Allen E. Barrow
  • United State District Judge, United States District Court for the North District of Oklahoma, Law Clerk, Late Hon. Fred Daugherty
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, Senior Law Clerk, Hon. James O. Ellison, Chief Judge


  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1977
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: With Honors

    Law Review: Oklahoma City University Law Review, Research Editor and Managing Editor
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1975
    Bachelor of Science
    Major: Psychology