The law firm of James R. Gotwals and Associates, Inc. represents clients in Tulsa and throughout northeastern Oklahoma in a range of civil matters, including family law, personal injury, business formation and litigation.
Since establishing the firm more than 30 years ago, President James R. Gotwals has brought together a team of highly skilled associates and paralegals who work together to achieve results, whether in settlement negotiations or at trial. We are highly experienced in using forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation, and typically act as mediators in several resolution proceedings a week. Our attorneys also have a reputation as aggressive litigators, and have handled a wide range of reported cases in which significant assets were at stake. We have appeared on behalf of numerous clients in the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. As further testament to our standing in the legal community, our attorneys are regularly invited to speak at industry seminars on complex divorce, custody, and property division issues, and serve in the family law sections of prominent legal organizations, including the Tulsa County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Our small size and team approach allows us to provide results-oriented, cost-effective solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are committed to maintaining open lines of communication and tailoring our representation to unique needs of each client we take on. To put our experience and history of success on your side, contact James R. Gotwals and Associates, Inc. today.
525 South Main Street, Suite 1130
Tulsa OK 74103
Our attorneys assist clients in sensitive family law matters, including divorce, custody, adoption, relocation, and spousal and child support.
We also handle complex property distribution cases involving substantial assets, as well as debt division. Our in-depth knowledge of family law has led to our being invited to speak at various seminars and actively contributing to the family law sections of multiple bar associations. We have even helped lawmakers rewrite legislation.
James R. Gotwals received his undergraduate degree in 1972 and his law degree in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been in private practice since that time, founding James R. Gotwals and Associates, Inc. in 1978. His principal areas of practice include civil litigation, family law, mediation, real estate law and probate law. He carries the highest legal ability rating in Martindale-Hubbell and he and his firm are listed in The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Mr. Gotwals has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in family law litigation since 1999. He is also listed in Super Lawyers. He is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is extremely active in the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Association. He is a Term Master of the Council Oaks/Johnson-Sontag Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Tulsa. As a member of the "Families in Transition" group from 1997-1999, Mr. Gotwals was instrumental in developing the family law litigation procedures for the 14th Judicial District, in Tulsa County. He also was an original member of the Families in Transition Quality Assurance Panel since its inception in 1999 until his term expired in 2004, and presently voluntarily attends meetings. He is a frequent seminar lecturer on family law and mediation in the Tulsa area.
Mr. Gotwals, a lifelong resident of Tulsa, is actively involved in many community, business and professional endeavors, including but not limited to, the Marian Council 1104 Knights of Columbus (member for 34 years, Grand Knight for the last ten years), Board of Directors Tulsa Central High School Foundation, (2007-present), and legal counsel for Riverfield Country Day School, (1988-present).
Areas of Practice:
-Real Estate law
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
-University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1975 Juris Doctorate
-University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma, 1972 Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Finance
Many published decisions, most recently Phillips v. Williams, 2010 OK CIV APP 98, 241 P.3d 696.
Honors and Awards:
-Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Family Law, 1999-2010
-Listed in Super Lawyers
-A-V Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
-Term Master, American Inns of Court
-Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
Professional Associations and Memberships:
-Tulsa County Bar Association
---Director at Large, Board of Directors (2008 - 2010)
---Member, Family Law Section (1996-present) (Prior chair)
---Member, Litigation Section (2009-present)
---Member, Speakers Bureau (2008-present)
---Member, Bench & Bar/Court Operations Committee (1999-present)
---Member, Professional Responsibility Committee 1995-present (Chair three years)
---Member, Professionalism Committee (2009-present)
---Chair, Fitness and Mental Health Committee (1993-1994)
---Member, Fee Arbitration Committee (1993-1994)
-Oklahoma Bar Association
---Executive Board, Family Law Section (1990-1995)
---Chair, Family Law Section (1994-1995)
---Member, Family Law Section (1995- present)
---Member, Real Property Section
---Member, Title Examination Standards Committee (2006-present)
-Council Oaks/Johnson-Sontag Chapter of the American Inns of Court
-Oklahoma Association of Justice (over 20 years)
-American Association of Justice (over 20 years)
-American Bar Association
---Member Family Law Section
-Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Gamma Phi Chapter, University of Oklahoma
-Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
University of Oklahoma College of Law