Firm History

Over five decades, Fellers Snider has developed many of Oklahoma's leading attorneys. Our lawyers come from diverse backgrounds, but our common bond is a dedication to delivering the highest quality legal service available. Each of our attorneys has a genuine concern for our clients' problems and the firm offers an impressive array of talents, experience, creativity, and reliability in solving them.

With a reputation for service and quality, we value each relationship, recognizing that the law firm's success has been and will continue to be based on our dedication to attaining the best results for our clients.

The 1960s

Founded in Oklahoma City in 1963, the genesis of the firm’s trial and litigation practice was through its representation of local and national clients. In 1964, firm founder James D. Fellers served as President of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

The 1970s

The decade of the 1970s cemented the firm’s fundamental litigation practice. In 1974, James D. Fellers became the first Oklahoman to serve as President of the American Bar Association. Through this prestigious position, the firm increased its national reputation by representing major corporations. Our core goals of cultivating partnerships with clients, providing practical solutions and ensuring cost efficiencies were established. 

The 1980s

The firm’s banking, oil and gas and natural resources practice areas emerged in this decade. It also marked a period in which the firm increased its national reputation for the quality of its litigation practice. Among notable cases were trials of what the New York Times characterized as one of the largest and longest bank fraud cases in American history. Attorneys at the firm also garnered numerous million dollar verdicts on behalf of its clients. We achieved equal success in defense cases, including numerous defense verdicts in oil and gas, director and officer, securities and other business litigation.

During this decade, James D. Fellers was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Continuing the tradition of leading legal organizations at the top level, Burck Bailey served as President of the Oklahoma County Bar Association in 1983-84 and President of the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1988. 

The 1990s

The firm continued to build upon its reputation as the go-to law firm in high stakes litigation involving a variety of industries and practice areas.  The firm obtained the largest punitive damage verdict rendered in Oklahoma to date ($30 million) and successfully tried on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants hundreds of cases of local, regional and national significance. To meet the needs of our clients and diversify the firm’s practice areas, the firm opened a Tulsa, Oklahoma, office, establishing the preeminent intellectual property group in the state. The intellectual property group’s practice serves clients throughout the world. 

The date of April 3, 1997, was one of sorrow for the firm as our two founders, James D. Fellers and John Joseph Snider, partners for more than 42 years, both died of natural causes. 

The Millennium

The firm experienced tremendous growth in the first decade of the millennium. The addition of attorneys to the firm’s corporate and tax, real estate, energy, environmental, technology and telecommunications practice areas added strength and depth. The firm expanded its intellectual property practice in both offices, broadening its reach to all areas of technology. 


Fellers Snider's commitment to leadership in the legal community continues. John Heatly served as president of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Terry Watt and Scott Zingerman both served terms as president of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association, and Susan French, the firm's Director of Administration, served as president of the Association of Legal Administrators. Additionally, the firm was awarded the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Diversity Award for its commitment to improving diversity within the legal profession.

Today - Celebrating 50 Years

Fellers Snider continues its tradition of providing service and quality to clients across the globe.

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