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Attorney Clint James

 Super Lawyers’ Rising Star – 2015 & 2017. 60% Criminal Defense. 20% Criminal Record Expungement. 20% Civil Rights Cases.

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Tulsa Criminal Defense And Civil Rights

Clint started his career in Tulsa with a criminal defense and civil rights law firm and later became a partner in a full service law firm in Tulsa. While in law school at the Tulsa University, he worked as a legal intern/law clerk for a number of prominent lawyers including Tom Seymour (Tulsa), Stephen Jones (Jones, Otjen & Davis in Enid), The Zurawik Firm (Tulsa). He also worked as a runner and staffer while in high school and college for the Law Office Szlichta & Ramsey (Stillwater) and Norman, Edem, McNaughton & Wallace (Enid). Since being admitted to the Bar, Clint has continued working with most of those lawyers on a case-by-case basis and other preeminent lawyers such as Shannon McMurray, Louis Bullock, Patricia Bullock, and Charles Watts in matters around the state in federal and state courts.

Attorney Clint James

Experience That Counts

Attorney Clint James was honored to be selected as a Rising Star in the Oklahoma Super Lawyers publication in the areas of criminal defense and civil rights.

 

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Wyatt Law Office

Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 2017-present

Clint James’ focus has been defense of the accused in criminal actions in state and federal courts in Oklahoma. He also represents those who have been denied civil rights. Practice includes trials and appeals. Clint James is now licensed to practice in all Oklahoma state courts and for the federal court in the Northern District of Oklahoma (Tulsa metro area). He is eligible for admission in federal courts throughout the nation as needed.

The Firm on Baltimore

Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2014-2017

After working with the principals of Graham, Allen & Brown, Clint James was invited to be a partner in a new venture called The Firm on Baltimore, representing people in criminal and civil litigation in the Tulsa area and in federal courts in Tulsa, Muskogee and Oklahoma City. Clint left The Firm on Baltimore to re-join Bob Wyatt. They had worked together when Clint was in law school and on various projects since becoming a lawyer. At the Firm on Baltimore and its predecessor firm Graham, Allen & Brown, Clint James had the privilege of working on cases such as:

Powell et. al. v. Avalon – Successfully settled a lawsuit brought against one of the nation’s largest private prison operators. The lawsuit was brought pursuant to the Civil Rights Act in the Northern District of Oklahoma and was resolved well short of trial to the benefit of Mr. James’ clients. NOTE: This is a civil case and cannot be expunged.

Campbell v. Hollis I.S.D. and Sexton – Mr. James successfully defeated a motion to dismiss and was one of the first cases in Oklahoma to keep the entire school board in as defendants. The case involved a student who was repeatedly raped by their school teacher. This case was resolved short of trial with the school board and resulted in a one million dollar verdict against the teacher.

State v. R.Z.M. – Argued the case before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and successfully upheld previous counsel’s motion to dismiss made at the trial court level. The case resulted in a firestorm of international controversy as it invalidated an arrest for forcible oral sodomy and redefined the definition of the word force in Oklahoma. Youthful Offender dockets are not posted publicly. NOTE: This client is eligible for an expungement.

State v. John Doe – Mr. James’ client was charged with indecent exposure while self-stimulating in a public location. In the face of video evidence, a signed waiver of rights, and a confession by his client, Mr. James negotiated a plea deal whereby his client could avoid the Sex Offender Registry and a felony. NOTE: This client is eligible for an expungement.

United States v. Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton – Mr. James assisted in the defense of Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton as a licensed legal intern in one of the largest police corruption trials in the state of Oklahoma. At the end of a three week trial, Bill Yelton walked free and co-defendant Jeff Henderson was acquitted on over forty counts ranging from drug possession, civil rights violations, drug distribution, and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. See U.S. v. Henderson, CR-10-117 BDB. NOTE: This is federal and not eligible for expungement.

England et. al. v. Delaware County – Mr. James assisted Tom Seymour and Scott Graham as a licensed legal intern with a $13,500,000.00 settlement in a case involving the systematic rape of 15 women in Delaware County. This settlement became one of the largest awards paid by a county in the United States. See England v. Delaware County, 09-CIV-407-JHP. NOTE: This is civil, and civil cases are not eligible for expungement.

Graham, Allen & Brown

Tulsa, Oklahoma. 2012-2014

During law school at the University of Tulsa, Clint James worked first as a paralegal and then as a legal intern for Scott Graham, Tony Allen and Grant Brown. Later, Mr. James joined the firm as an associate lawyer representing clients in criminal cases as well as a general litigation practice involving civil rights, divorce, business entities, business litigation, etc. The firm later reorganized as The Firm on Baltimore, where Mr. James was recruited as a partner.

Other Legal Employment

Oklahoma. 2008-2017

Clint James had the privilege of working with a number of top-notch lawyers in a number of capacities before he started law school, during law school and after passing the Bar Exam. Among those with whom he has worked are Tom Seymour (Tulsa), Louis and Patricia Bullock (Tulsa), Graham, Allen & Brown (Tulsa), Wyatt Law Office (Oklahoma City & Tulsa), Stephen Jones & Associates (Enid, OK), Slitzcha & Ramsey (Stillwater), Norman, Edem, McNaughton & Wallace (Enid, OK) ( 2008-2017).

Education

  • University of Tulsa, College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, J.D. 2012
  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, B.S. 2008
  • Honors: President
  • Major: Ag Economics and Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • State of Oklahoma, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Muskogee 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City 2012

Other Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2012 – present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 2012 – present
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel Attorney (Member)

Past Positions

  • The Firm on Baltimore (Tulsa, OK) Partner, 2014-2017
  • Graham, Allen & Brown (Tulsa, OK), Associate, 2012-2014
  • Paralegal and Legal Intern for Tom Seymour (Tulsa), Graham, Allen & Brown (Tulsa), Wyatt Law Office (OKC & Tulsa), Stephen Jones & Associates (Enid, OK), Slitzcha & Ramsey (Stillwater), Norman, Edem, McNaughton & Wallace (OKC/Enid, OK) ( 2008-2012)

CJA Panel Attorneys

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel (Trials) N.D. Oklahoma, 2015 – present

Fraternities

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

Ancillary Businesses

  • Bury Your Past (www.buryyourpast.com)

 

Honors & Publications

Honors

  • 2017 & 2013, Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rising Star for criminal defense law

Mentioned In or Interviewed

  • Tulsa World, October _, 2017, Shelby’s Expungement,

Presentations & Lectures

  • 2018 – Oklahoma Bar Association – Law Day – Expungement Lawyer Segment
  • 2013 – Phi Alpha Delta – Law School and the New Lawyer Experience
  • 2012 – Tulsa County Judge’s Conference – Social Media and Juror Misconduct

Representative Cases

Since 2008, Clint James has been involved in a number of high profile cases, either as a lawyer or as a legal intern or paralegal. Those include:

Powell et. al. v. Avalon – Successfully settled a lawsuit brought against one of the nation’s largest private prison operators. The lawsuit was brought pursuant to the Civil Rights Act in the Northern District of Oklahoma and was resolved well short of trial to the benefit of Mr. James’ clients. NOTE: This is a civil case and cannot be expunged.

Campbell v. Hollis I.S.D. and Sexton – Mr. James successfully defeated a motion to dismiss and was one of the first cases in Oklahoma to keep the entire school board in as defendants. The case involved a student who was repeatedly raped by their school teacher. This case was resolved short of trial with the school board and resulted in a one million dollar verdict against the teacher.

State v. R.Z.M. – Argued the case before the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals and successfully upheld previous counsel’s motion to dismiss made at the trial court level. The case resulted in a firestorm of international controversy as it invalidated an arrest for forcible oral sodomy and redefined the definition of the word force in Oklahoma. Youthful Offender dockets are not posted publicly. NOTE: This client is eligible for an expungement.

State v. John Doe – Mr. James’ client was charged with indecent exposure while self-stimulating in a public location. In the face of video evidence, a signed waiver of rights, and a confession by his client, Mr. James negotiated a plea deal whereby his client could avoid the Sex Offender Registry and a felony. NOTE: This client is eligible for an expungement.

United States v. Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton – Mr. James assisted in the defense of Jeff Henderson and Bill Yelton as a licensed legal intern in one of the largest police corruption trials in the state of Oklahoma. At the end of a three week trial, Bill Yelton walked free and co-defendant Jeff Henderson was acquitted on over forty counts ranging from drug possession, civil rights violations, drug distribution, and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. See U.S. v. Henderson, CR-10-117 BDB. NOTE: This is federal and not eligible for expungement.

England et. al. v. Delaware County – Mr. James assisted Tom Seymour and Scott Graham as a licensed legal intern with a $13,500,000.00 settlement in a case involving the systematic rape of 15 women in Delaware County. This settlement became one of the largest awards paid by a county in the United States. See England v. Delaware County, 09-CIV-407-JHP. NOTE: This is civil, and civil cases are not eligible for expungement.

Mr. James has also took part in the pre-trial preparations for several significant state-level murder trials:

  • State v. Justin Walker, CF-2004-0017, Pawnee, Cy., Murder of a Pawnee, Cy.
  • State v. Gib Buntin, CF-2003-581, Payne, Cy., Murder I trial where client was acquitted on Murder in the First Degree. NOTE: This client is eligible for expungement.
  • State v. Glen Gore, CF-2001-00126, Pontotoc, Cy., Murder trial covered by John Grisham and the subject of his best-selling book An Innocent Man.

 

Contact Information

Wyatt Law Office, P.C.525 S. Main Street, Suite 535Tulsa, OK 74103

Phone/Fax918-594-0000 (24-Hour Phone)918-515-7897 (Fax)00+1 918-594-0000 (From outside the U.S.)

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