Crowe & Dunlevy Elects Stong President

OKLAHOMA CITY – Crowe & Dunlevy has elected Roger A. Stong as president, succeeding Brooke Smith Murphy. The firm also selected a new executive committee for 2008-09.

Stong earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s in business administration from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1985, where he graduated cum laude.

Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1986, Stong is an experienced business lawyer, whose practice focuses on corporate, securities and bankruptcy reorganization law. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in corporate governance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and has served as chairman of the Business and Corporate Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. He also presently serves as a director of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Oklahoma editor for the State Limited Liability Company and Partnership Laws reporters.

Stong has lectured and written on, among other subjects, agricultural law, bankruptcy financing and reorganization, joint ventures and state and local taxation.

Selected to serve on the firm's executive committee are William H. Hoch, Cynda C. Ottaway, Anton J. Rupert and Terry M. Thomas.

Hoch, a graduate of Catholic University of America, serves as director at Crowe & Dunlevy where he concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, copyright and trademark infringement, antitrust and related litigation. He is the former chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness & Poverty from 2001 to 2005. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association's Government Affairs Committee. He also chairs the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee.

A frequent speaker and writer, Ottaway has published works for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and The Oklahoma Editor. She has served in various leadership roles in ACTEC including service on the board of regents and as immediate past chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee. In addition, Ottaway is an active community volunteer in Oklahoma City, serving on several boards including the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation.

A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Rupert has been practicing law in Oklahoma City for more than 25 years. His principle areas of practice include construction project disputes, commercial disputes and product liability and toxic tort litigation. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial techniques at the law schools of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University on numerous occasions. Rupert is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for business litigation and construction law and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

Thomas is a director in Crowe & Dunlevy’s Tulsa office where he has substantial experience as a litigator and trial lawyer. In his 25-year career, he has successfully tried business matters involving contracts, insurance policies, corporate ownership and governance, real property rights, trade secrets, construction disputes, fiduciary obligation, and creditors' rights. Thomas is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for business litigation, and bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.

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