Robert L. Wyatt, IV

With over 30 years of experience, Bob Wyatt has been rated by Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for more than 10 years as well as AV-Rated Martindale Hubbell for more than 20 years.

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Lawyer Of The Year

Mr. Wyatt’s practice is 95% criminal defense law, with a focus on both White Collar crimes and Non-White Collar (drugs, violence, etc.)  For the the 15th consecutive year, Bob has been named to both the Criminal Defense White Collar and Criminal Defense Non-White Collars lists in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2020 (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

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Super Lawyers named him one of the TOP 50 LAWYERS in the State of Oklahoma in 2019 and 2020. Six times since 2013, The Best Lawyers in America honored Bob Wyatt either the Criminal Defense: NON-WHITE COLLAR Lawyer of the Year or  the Criminal Defense: WHITE COLLAR Lawyer of the Year for the OKC Metro area.   

For over 30 years Bob Wyatt has practiced law in Oklahoma with a focus on litigation–particularly criminal litigation. In 1995, Wyatt was commissioned Special Deputy Counsel to the Governor and in 2003, the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association recognized him as one of its “Champions of Liberty.” Mr. Wyatt has also been selected multiple times for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, U.S. News Best Law Firms, among other professional recognition where he has served since 2012. 

 

Qualifications

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Bob Wyatt’s focus has been defense of the accused in criminal actions in state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma. His practice includes investigations, negotiations, trials and appeals involving all felony crimes, including but not limited to white collar crimes, drug crimes, and sex crimes. He has negotiated hundreds of cases and tried many to a jury. Mr. Wyatt has appeared in at least 58 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties and in all three federal courts in Oklahoma. His federal practice is primarily in Oklahoma, but he has represented clients in Iowa, Virginia, Texas and Colorado. He is willing to travel anywhere in the United States.

For 15 years, Bob has been named to both the Criminal Defense White Collar and Criminal Defense General Practice lists in The Best Lawyers in America. Bob is also listed annually as a top criminal defense lawyer in the Oklahoma Super Lawyers. Our firm is listed in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Law Firms” (Tier 1). Bob Wyatt is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (the highest rating for ethics and skill).

Mr. Wyatt was appointed in 2012 by the Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the W.D. of Oklahoma and has been reappointed multiple times to the Court’s Criminal Rules Committee and appointed by the Tenth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to a Merit Selection Committee to Review the Federal Public Defender. He is
approved as an FOP select lawyer as well. He was named one of the “Champions of Liberty” by the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, has been awarded the President’s Award, and currently serves as OCDLA’s President.

Bob is licensed in all Oklahoma courts and in all three of Oklahoma’s federal district courts in OKC, Muskogee and Tulsa. He is also licensed to practice in the federal courts in the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 8th and 10th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is eligible for admission in other courts.

Jones & Wyatt, Enid, Oklahoma, 1989-May 2000:

Stephen Jones (Enid) recruited Bob Wyatt from the OU College of Law in 1989. Their association continued for 11 years. Bob represented Jones & Wyatt clients in civil and commercial litigation, general criminal law, homicide, “white collar” crime, administrative law, and appeals in Oklahoma and federal courts. Wyatt was
commissioned as Special Deputy Counsel to the Governor of Oklahoma, co-counsel to Timothy McVeigh, co-counsel to Phillips University, counsel to the Fire Civil Service Commission for the City of Enid, counsel to several Oklahoma public school districts, and was appointed to serve on the Oklahoma Bar’s Criminal Law
Committee. While at Jones & Wyatt, Bob contributed two chapters to the Criminal Procedure volumes of VERNON’S OKLAHOMA FORMS 2D (West Group, 1999).

Prior Legal Experience, 1987-89:

During law school at OU, Mr. Wyatt served as a legal intern for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation(1988-89) and as a law clerk to former OU law professor, Anita Hill (1987).

Education

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, J.D. 1989
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma, B.S. 1986 summa cum laude
  • Honors: President, Pre-Law Club SOSU
  • Honors: President, Alpha Chi SOSU
  • Honors: President, President’s Club SOSU
  • Double Major: Business Administration & Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1991
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2021

Other Affiliations

  • Criminal Law Committee, U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 2012 – present (Member)
  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors, 2010 – present (President 2020, 2021)
  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1998 – present (Sustaining Member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1998 – present (Life Member)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1989 – present
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • OBA Criminal Law Section
  • Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII (Oklahoma City) (Barrister) (Past Member)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, diploma 1995
  • Phi Delta Phi (Past Member 1988-89)
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney (Member)

Past Positions

  • Jones & Wyatt (Enid, OK), Partner, 1989 – 2000
  • OSBI (Oklahoma City, OK), Intern, 1988 – 1989
  • Law Clerk to Professor Anita Hill, University of Oklahoma, College of Law (1988)

CJA Panel Attorneys

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel (Trials) W.D.  Oklahoma, 2000 – present
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel (Death Penalty) W.D., N.D. & E.D. Oklahoma, 1998 – present

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Expungement Hodgepodge, Hodgepodge of Criminal Law Seminar – Tulsa County Bar Association, 2014
  • Expungements Unabridged, OCDLA Criminal Defense Institute (Tulsa), 2012
  • Special Guest Lecturer at the Advance Criminal Law Class, University of Oklahoma, College of Law, 2008
  • Special Guest Lecturer, Ethics Class, University of Oklahoma, College of Law, 2008
  • Cyber Crimes in State and Federal Courts & Technology and Security in the Modern Law Office, 2007
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology: MPD Redux, OCU Forensic Psychology Course, 2007
  • Oklahoma White Collar Crime, Oklahoma’s Multi-County Grand Jury: Its Operation in White Collar Cases, OBA Continuing Legal Education, 2006
  • Practical Application of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 2004
  • Criminal Defense 101, OBA Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology: A Lawyer’s Perspective in Child Abuse, OCU Forensic Psychology Course, 2003
  • Electronic Discovery, Luther Bohanan American Inn of Courts, 2002
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology: A Lawyer’s Perspective on Multiple Personality Disorder, OCU Forensic Psychology Course, 2002

Fraternities

  • Alpha Chi (1985-86)
  • Phi Delta Phi (1988-89)

Ancillary Businesses

  • Bury Your Past  (www.buryyourpast.com)

 

Honors & Publications

Honors

  • 2021, 2017 & 2014 LAWYER OF THE YEAR for Oklahoma City Criminal Defense White Collar by Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020, 2015 & 2013 LAWYER OF THE YEAR for Oklahoma City Criminal Defense Non-White Collar by Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020 & 2019  Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers in Oklahoma
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – present
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2006 – present (since the inaugural edition)
  • OCDLA, Elected to Board of Directors, 2008 – 2014, President 2020, 2021
  • U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms”, 2010 – present (since the inaugural edition) for white collar crime, non-white collar crime, and governmental investigationsOCDLA President’s Award (Internet Champion of Liberty), 2003
  • AV-Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 1998 – present
  • Commissioned Deputy Special Counsel to the Governor of Oklahoma, 1995

Mentioned In or Interviewed

  • National Law Journal, 2008 – Present
  • United States v. Migliaccio, U.S. Attorney’s Manual, § 912 “Falsity”
  • Katherine A. Lauer’ article in the ABA Litigation Section publication Defending Government Pharmaceutical Fraud Investigations: Assessing Strategic Options
  • S. Jones, Vernon’s Oklahoma Forms, 2d: Criminal Law Practice & Procedure, (West 1999)
  • S. Jones & P. Israel, OTHERS UNKOWN: The Oklahoma City Bombing and Conspiracy, 1998
  • J.F. Kelly & P. Wearne, TAINTING EVIDENCE, Inside the Scandals at the FBI Crime Lab, 1998
  • Who’s Who in the World ® (Marquis)
  • Who’s Who in America ® (Marquis)
  • Who’s Who in the South & Southwest ® (Marquis)
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters (Oldwick, New Jersey: A.M. Best Company, 1990 – 2000
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory ® (Reed Publishing and Reed Elsevier, Inc.), 1990 – 2013

Articles/Publications

  • Vernon’s Forms Oklahoma Criminal Law (Chapters 7 & 30), West, 1999
  • Expungements Unabridged, OCDLA Criminal Defense Institute (Tulsa) (2012)

Representative Cases

  • United States v. DeLia, 906 F.3d 1212 (10th Cir. 2018)
  • United States v. Hunt, 456 F.3d 1255 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • Welch v. Sirmons, 451 F.3d 675 (10th Cir. 2006)
  • United States v. Williams, 403 F.3d 1203 (10th Cir. 2005)
  • United States v. Dazey, et al, 403 F.3d 1147, 66 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 1194 (10th Cir. 2005)
  • Fisher v. Senate of Oklahoma, 107 P.3d 556, 2004 OK 76 (Okla. 2004)
  • United States v. McVeigh, 955 F.Supp. 1278 (D. Colo 1997)
  • United States v. McVeigh, 954 F.Supp. 1441 (D. Colo. 1997)
  • United States v. McVeigh, 940 F.Supp. 1571 (D.Colo. 1996)
  • United States v. McVeigh, 918 F.Supp. 1467 (W.D. Okla. 1996)
  • United States v. Avery, 34 F.3d 1517 (10th Cir. 1994)
  • United States v. Migliaccio, 34 F.3d 1517 (10th Cir. 1994)
  • State ex rel Dept. of Public Safety v. 1988 Chevrolet Pickup, 852 P.2d 786 (Okla. App. 1993)
  • Good v. Majors, 832 P.2d 420 (Okla. 1992)
  • United States v. Madia, 95 F.2d 538 (8th Cir. 1992)
  • United States v. Custodian of Records Southwestern Fertility Center, 743 F.Supp. 783 (W.D. Okla. 1990)
  • Creason v. Hon. Richard Perry, 801 P.2d 715 (Okla. 1990)

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