Crowe & Dunlevy has named Timila S. Rother president and CEO and elected its 2016 Executive Committee, including James W. Larimore as vice president of economics and Joel W. Harmon, Jeffrey T. Hills and Drew T. Palmer as members. The five-member committee is responsible for managing the firm’s business activities, including long-range planning, among other responsibilities.
“Given the history of excellence and tradition at Crowe & Dunlevy for more than 100 years, I am humbled and honored to accept the position of president and CEO,” Rother said. “The success of Crowe & Dunlevy on behalf of our clients is due to a long history of outstanding attorneys and firm leadership, including the vision of our immediate, past president and CEO, Kevin Gordon. I want to thank Kevin for his leadership. I also want to thank the past and incoming committee members, and indeed, the entire firm for continuously making the priorities of our clients our priorities, and the thoughtful, strategic solutions-oriented way in which they do so.”
Larimore, based in the firm’s Oklahoma City office, and Hills, based in the firm’s Tulsa office, are returning committee members; the remainder are new to their roles and all based in Oklahoma City.
Rother is a director and member of several Practice Groups, including Litigation & Trial, Insurance, Healthcare and Appellate. Her experience and practice focus includes commercial, class action, insurance and healthcare litigation. She is also experienced in ethics and professional liability litigation, and serves as loss prevention and claims counsel to the firm. She is a lecturer on ethics, insurance, healthcare and cybersecurity topics. Additionally, she is a member of the American Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Legal Ethics Advisory Panel and the OBA Professionalism Committee and listed in Best Lawyers for Insurance Law.
Rother is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Oklahoma.
A director at the firm, Harmon serves in the Banking & Financial Institutions and Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Practice Groups. He focuses his practice in commercial and banking law, lending transactions, workouts and restructurings, bankruptcy litigation, creditor’s rights law and defense of financial institutions. His representation of creditors presently includes national banking associations and state-chartered banks as well as industrial concerns, creditor’s groups and individuals. Harmon represents many clients as lead counsel in creditor-related litigation and financing transactions.
He is admitted to practice law in Oklahoma and Texas and is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Oklahoma Christian University.
Palmer is a director and member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, specializing in litigation and conflict resolution in the software, internet and other high-technology industries. He handles patent, copyright and trademark infringement matters for his clients and assists in the protection and enforcement of his clients’ other intellectual property interests. Palmer also counsels businesses with regard to their obligations and rights associated with a variety of software, internet, service and other license agreements.
As a former executive in the software industry, he has a unique and invaluable perspective regarding the business motivations and common practices in enterprise software. As an attorney, Palmer leverages that knowledge and experience to assist clients in navigating the complex legal issues surrounding the procurement and use of information technology.
Palmer received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University.