Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Honored at 2015 Byliner Awards

Crowe & Dunlevy director Vicki Behenna was recently honored at the Oklahoma City Chapter of The Association for Women in Communications’ (AWC) 57th Byliner Awards. The award recognizes Oklahoma women who have made a significant impact or contribution to their community. Behenna received the Byliner Award in the category of law during an awards dinner held Thursday, March 5 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

“Vicki is a valued member of our Crowe & Dunlevy team, and we are proud to see her recognized by AWC,” said firm President Kevin Gordon. “Her outstanding client service, civic contributions, commitment to a fair and just legal system and work as a law professor exemplify the firm’s dedication to our clients, commitment to our communities and our support for the next generation of legal professionals.”

Behenna serves as a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office in the White Collar, Compliance & Investigations, Administrative & Regulatory and Healthcare practice groups. Her practice includes litigation matters with an emphasis on white-collar defense, government relations and healthcare.

With more than 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma, Behenna’s expertise and extensive investigative experience resulted in the conviction of many high-profile defendants. Her noteworthy prosecutions include participation in the Oklahoma City bombing case against Timothy McVeigh as a special attorney, a case against State Senator Paul Taliaferro and Dale Mitchell and involvement in the investigation and prosecution of two high-profile public corruption cases involving the Oklahoma State Treasurer’s office and the Senate Pro Tempe.

Behenna has received numerous accolades during her career, including the Trial Advocacy Award from the Association of Government Lawyers in Capital Litigation, Distinguished Service Award by U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and the Integrity Award presented by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. She was recognized by the Western District of Oklahoma as an Outstanding Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2012 and was awarded Distinguished Law Alumna by Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2013.

An active speaker and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Oklahoma Association of Women Lawyers and William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court, Behenna also serves as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law. Her community service includes involvement in several Edmond public schools, OCU Law Alumni Board of Directors, CARE Center, TEAM Board of Directors and as a lay minister and member of Peace Lutheran Church.

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