Patrick E. Carr co-founded the firm with his father, Eugene Carr, in 1973. He has been the principal attorney in the firm since his fathers passing in 1992. His practice is concentrated in cases involving brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith. He has tried and argued cases in every United States Federal District Court in Oklahoma, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and numerous Oklahoma District Courts.
Pat is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. He has successfully represented the firms clients in a number of states. He has served as a Judge on the Oklahoma Temporary Court of Appeals, as a member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association as well as its Vice-President (2001) and President (2002). He has also authored numerous articles in the area of tort law and has lectured and taught for both the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association. He has been involved in a number of published legal opinions.
He served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, as an enlisted man, an infantry platoon leader and a station commander. He also served in the United States Army Reserves as an officer in a Civil Affairs unit. He has coached little league baseball, is interested in distance running and swimming, he plays the violin and studies biographies and history. Pat and his wife married in 1975 and have three adult sons.
1970 Bachelor of Arts, History, (Special Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, Top Ten Senior Men), College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
1973 Juris Doctor, School of Law, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma.
Tye is the managing attorney for our Oklahoma City office. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith litigation. Tye handles most of the jury trials for our clients in Oklahoma City and the remaining western half of Oklahoma. He has obtained significant jury verdicts in the central, western and southeastern areas of Oklahoma. He has persuaded major insurance carriers to change their claims-handling procedures through his pursuit of bad faith litigation.
In 1999, Tye obtained a ruling from the Oklahoma Supreme Court in Burch v. Allstate that was a major victory for clients seeking uninsured motorist benefits. This decision continues to cause an uproar in the insurance industry. In 1998, he sued Allstate for bad faith because of the companys policy of requiring insureds to sign a release in exchange for payment of undisputed benefits due under the insureds uninsured motorist coverage. After obtaining a favorable ruling from the court on the issue, the case settled for a confidential amount. Immediately after the settlement, Allstate changed its claim-handling procedure on this issue.
When not practicing law and spending time with his family, Tye enjoys fishing in bass tournaments at the state and national level.
Author of Torts Section in quarterly publication of Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocate
Lecture: Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Associations Rising Stars CLE Focus Groups, 2003
Lecture: Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Associations Annual Insurance Law Update CLE Tort Law Update, 2003-Present
Lecture: Oklahoma Bar Associations CLE Basics of The Automobile Accident Case 2004
Lecture: Oklahoma Bar Associations CLE Auto Accidents Perspectives from Both Sides Litigating the Case for the Plaintiff 2007
Burch v. Allstate Ins. Co., 977 P.2d 1057, 1998 OK 129 (Okla., Dec. 22, 1998). This decision requires all uninsured motorist carriers in Oklahoma to pay their insureds the full amount of their UM claim without allowing the insurance company to deduct the available liability coverage.
Nichols v. Allstate Ins. Co., CIV-98-22-M (U.S. Western District Oklahoma). Bad faith case resulting in Allstate changing claims handling procedure (see above).
Quiver v. Emerson, CJ-95-240 (Grady County District Court, Oklahoma). Jury trial resulting in significant damage award for man accidentally shot by ex-wife.
Phares v. Kelly, et al., C-95-400 (Pittsburg County District Court, Oklahoma). Persuaded court to allow case to proceed against motor carrier lessee despite truck being on personal mission of driver/owner at time of accident. Obtained directed verdict at trial on liability and significant jury award for damages.
Tatum & Underwood v. City of Oklahoma City, CJ-97-2621-63 (Oklahoma
Greg Smart joined the firm of Carr & Carr in 2006. Before joining the firm, he was associated with the law firm of Brady, Schaulat & Falsetti in Oklahoma City, where he concentrated his practice on personal injury and negligence litigation, which included semi and auto accidents, premises liability, products liability, nursing home negligence and insurance law disputes. He was responsible for all phases of civil pre-trial and trial preparation matters and has appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Mr. Smart continues to focus on all types of personal injury and negligence litigation for Carr & Carr. He is licensed to practice in all state courts in Oklahoma and the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Greg is married with one child. Greg and his family reside in Oklahoma City.