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Kelli M. Masters

Kelli M. Masters

Of Counsel

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405-232-0621

FAX
405-232-9659

PRACTICE AREAS
Nonprofit & Charitable Foundations
Sports Law

Kelli Masters has broad experience in commercial litigation, nonprofit law and sports law. She represents clients in state and federal courts in cases involving such issues as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory and common law fraud, negligence, misrepresentation, defamation, and trademark infringement.

In addition to defending public and private companies in areas of insurance, banking and other commercial operations, Masters represents numerous tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. She has formed and represented more than 100 nonprofit organizations, and she advises clients regarding nonprofit governance and maintenance of exempt status, as well as insurance and indemnification issues affecting directors and officers. She has served as an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, teaching taxation of nonprofits and charities.

Masters also practices in the area of sports and entertainment law, representing professional athletes in football, baseball and Olympic sports. She is an NFL contract adviser, certified by the National Football League Players Association, and is a registered athlete agent.

Education

  • Juris Doctor (The University of Oklahoma, with honors, 1999)
    • Phi Delta Phi
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (The University of Oklahoma, with highest distinction, 1995)
    • Studied abroad at Universite d’Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2000
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Luther L. Bohanon Chapter of American Inns of Court
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Awards & Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018
    • Nonprofit/Charities Law
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2011-2013
  • Finalist, The Journal Record’s Woman of the Year, 2006
  • Gold Medal Letzeiser Award, The University of Oklahoma (Top Senior Woman), 1995

Community Leadership

  • Appointed to Professional Responsibility Tribunal for the state of Oklahoma, 2011-2017
  • Former member of the board of directors for YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
  • Board of directors for Citizens for Juvenile Justice
  • Former board chair for Oklahoma County CASA
  • Author and lecturer on nonprofit/charitable organization law and sports law
  • As a national motivational speaker, has addressed to hundreds of schools, organizations, women’s groups, youth groups and leadership conferences across the country
  • Lawyers for Children (pro bono)
  • Advising numerous nonprofit organizations (pro bono)

Representative Matters & Clients

  • Successfully challenged a ruling before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Sanchez v. Nitro-Lift Techs. LLC, 2014 BL 220924, 10th Cir., No. 12-7046, Aug. 8, 2014
  • Successfully challenged a ruling denying ad valorem tax exemption, thus securing rights for Oklahoma nonprofit organizations; published opinion: GDT CG1, LLC v. Oklahoma County Bd. of Equalization, 2007 OK CIV APP 101, 172 P.3d 628, 629 (cert. denied)
  • Has obtained numerous summary judgments and dismissals for corporate clients in matters involving breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation, fraud, insurance bad faith and other commercial matters
  • Negotiated the life story rights agreement for a feature film based on the life of Martel Van Zant, her client
  • Formed and represented more than 100 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Negotiated player contracts in both the NFL and professional baseball, as well as national and local endorsement agreements

Media Mentions

Articles & Publications

  • Setting up a Nonprofit: Getting Started the Right Way
  • Oklahoma Nonprofits: Tax Business Answers, National Business Institute (2001, 2003 & 2005)

Speaking Engagements

  • Ministry of Sports Marketing Conference, Sydney, Australia, July 2016
  • Gaylord College, The University of Oklahoma convocation speaker, May 2016
  • Gaylord College “Legal Eagles” Pre-Law Club, inaugural speaker, April 2016
  • University of Florida, keynote speaker, 2016 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium, April 2016
  • Rotary Camp Enterprise keynote speaker, April 2016
  • SXSW Interactive Sports Panel speaker, “League vs. Player – The Battle Off the Field,” March 2016
  • Chapman School of Law, Sports Law Symposium speaker, March 2015
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting, “Women in Sports” panel, New York City, February 2015
  • Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, October 2013
  • Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting, November 2012
  • National Sports Marketing Network Panel, Dallas, Texas, May 2011
  • American Inns of Court, Oklahoma City, March 2011
  • Sports Management Worldwide Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2011-2015
  • National Business Institute Seminar speaker, “Tax Exempt Organizations from Start to Finish,” fall 2011
  • Oklahoma City University Sports Property and Entertainment Law Association, guest speaker, fall 2011
  • OU College of Law, guest speaker, spring and fall 2011
  • OU Sports Management Club inaugural meeting, guest speaker, fall 2011
  • Ohio University International Sports Agency Organization, guest speaker, fall 2011
  • Dallas Bar Association, Sports Law Boot Camp panelist, fall 2011
  • Oklahoma Paralegal Association annual seminar, May 30, 2009
  • State convention for “Rainbow Girls” Youth Leadership Club, spring 2009
  • OU College of Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Club, fall 2008