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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig serves as local counsel for attorneys who need experienced, smart, and dialed-in attorneys in both the State and Federal Courts of Oklahoma. With more than 70 lawyers nationwide and our local attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma our Oklahoma local counsel lawyers cover the vast expanse of courts all over the state, with collective decades as trial lawyers in the state and Federal Courts we know how to serve as local counsel efficiently, using partners and associates where appropriate. Oklahoma has a fairly unique requirement that out of state lawyers must first register with the Oklahoma State Bar, and must associate local counsel. Thereafter, the presiding judge or officer can individually determine on a case by case and attorney by attorney basis whether to allow the out-of-state lawyer to appear at hearings in Oklahoma State Court without the associated local counsel in attendance.
We serve as local counsel in in all three Oklahoma Federal Courts (United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma). We will help you register with the bar and file your pro hac vice application. Likewise, we will offer our Tulsa, Oklahoma office, mere blocks from the courthouse as a base for counsel we work with in Oklahoma State or Federal cases.
The local rule in Oklahoma Federal Court, Local Civil Rule 83.3, tracks the state court rule, stating stating in part:
• Responsibilities of Non-Resident Counsel. When representing a party in this Court, any attorney who is not a member of the Oklahoma bar shall show association with an attorney who is personally appearing in the action and who is a member of the Oklahoma bar, and who has been duly and regularly admitted to practice in this Court.
• Responsibilities of Local Counsel. It is the responsibility of local counsel appearing in any civil case to file the motion of the attorney to be admitted pro hac vice and to certify in the motion that the attorney is a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of the state where the attorney resides or is licensed. The local attorney shall sign the first pleading filed and shall continue in the case unless other local counsel is substituted. Any notice, pleading or other paper may be served upon the local counsel with the same effect as if personally served on the non-resident attorney.