Crowe & Dunlevy Adds Four Associates in Oklahoma City

Pictured (l to r): Blanchard, Ottaway, Knutter, Henry

Crowe & Dunlevy recently announced the hiring of Emilie A. Blanchard, Andrew E. Henry, Charles A. Knutter and Lauren K. Ottaway as associates in the firm’s Oklahoma City office.

Blanchard serves as an associate in the Litigation & Trial Practice Group. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review. During her time in law school, Blanchard was honored with the Order of the Curule Chair and named Most Outstanding Law Student. She also won CALI Awards of Excellence in Criminal Law and Administration, Civil Procedure II, Family Law, Remedies and Secured Transactions.

Her undergraduate degrees in international studies and Spanish from the University of Oklahoma proved to be a valuable resource at the Boesche Legal Clinic where she was honored for her work on the Immigrants’ Rights Project. Blanchard also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Bacharach in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals prior to joining the firm.

Henry serves the firm’s clients as a member of the Litigation & Trial Practice Group. Henry graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with honors in 2014. During law school, he served as a note and comment editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Henry received several honors and awards, including American Jurisprudence awards in Remedies and Trial Techniques and selection into the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. He gained legal experience while competing in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy competition, where his moot court team advanced to the national quarter-finals for two consecutive years.

Prior to attending law school, Henry studied economics at Oklahoma State University. During his freshman year, he was honored as one of the university’s top 10 freshmen men. In his senior year, Henry was named a Senior of Significance, an award given to the top 1 percent of seniors. He graduated magna cum laude in May 2011.

Knutter serves in the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources and Litigation & Trial Practice Groups. While pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Knutter served as symposium editor for the Oklahoma Law Review. He was a member of the Energy Law Student Association, led the Student Bar Association’s Outreach Committee and served as the vice president and National Convention representative for the Federalist Society. Knutter also mentored first-year law students and represented OU Law in various moot court competitions while maintaining his place on the Dean’s Honor Roll.

A native of Healdton, Oklahoma, Knutter gained practical oilfield experience working for various oilfield service companies while earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma. He worked as a summer associate for Crowe & Dunlevy prior to joining the firm’s Oklahoma City office.

Ottaway joins the firm’s Private Wealth & Closely-Held Business and Taxation Practice Groups, focusing on wealth planning, tax-exempt organizations, trust and estates and taxation. She earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, graduating cum laude, where she served as a member of the American Journal of Law & Medicine. Additionally, Ottaway earned a Master of Laws in Taxation and an Estate Planning certificate from Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

She is active in the community and serves on several boards, including Infant Crisis Services, Inc. Young Professionals, United Way Emerging Leaders Steering Committee and Lighthouse Academies of Oklahoma City. She is a member of the Junior League of Oklahoma City and is a 2013-14 Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Class IX member.

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