David R. Cordell

David R. Cordell: Attorney with Conner & Winters, LLP AV stamp icon
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David is co-chair of the firm’s employment practice. He joined the firm upon his graduation from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1985. He practices in the area of litigation, with special emphasis on employment and energy law. He has represented clients ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations in state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, agency proceedings, and arbitrations and mediations throughout the central southwest. He has developed special expertise in the airline industry and in his practice he regularly represents airlines in many facets of their operations.

In addition to his private practice, he has served on various committees of local and state bar associations, including fee arbitration, ethics, American Inns of Court, and other bar activities. He has served as an Adjunct Settlement Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma for 25 years.

Clients represented by Mr. Cordell include airlines, automobile dealerships, oil and gas companies, tobacco companies, banks, trusts, accountants, securities businesses, restaurant businesses, family and closely held businesses, real estate developers, manufacturing concerns, and communications companies.


•Congratulations to the 59 lawyers from Conner & Winters who were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
•Conner & Winters Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
•10 Conner & Winters Attorneys Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America
•58 Conner & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List

Alerts & Publications

•EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT: Oklahoma State Question 788's Impact on Employers

Honors & Recognitions

2018 Labor Law - Management Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” in Tulsa

U.S. District Court, N.D. of Oklahoma Adjunct Settlement Judge since 1990

Oklahoma Law Review Note Editor 1985 and Member 1983 - 1985

Author of Lender Liability for Securities Law Violations of its Borrowers, 39 Okla. Law Review 113

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Aviation and Airlines
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(918) 586-8995  Phone
(918) 586-8695  Fax
University Attended:
Washington & Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 1982
Law School Attended:
University of Oklahoma, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma; 1985, Oklahoma

Community & Professional

Tulsa County Bar Association (Fee Arbitration and Professional Responsibility Committees)

Oklahoma Bar Association

Johnson-Sontag American Inns of Court

Birth Information:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, December 21, 1959

Peer Reviews

Tulsa, Oklahoma

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