— Lawyers in Oklahoma are the ones getting the toughest jobs.
Lawyers at the top of the profession are often the ones with the most clout, but that’s starting to change.
A recent federal court decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court has put a major stamp on the profession.
The justices ruled that Oklahoma’s attorneys general had to disclose the identities of the law firm representing them when filing a complaint with the state’s highest court.
The decision was made possible after the lawyers at the Oklahoma Bar Association sent a letter to state attorneys general in the last three years.
“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision, and we are looking forward to working with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and other state attorneys generals to ensure that Oklahoma is a strong, law-abiding state for our citizens,” said Bill Moseley, president of the Oklahoma Association of State Bar Presidents.
Oklahoma attorneys general said they will not be able to disclose law firms to the public until next year, and they will have to notify their clients about the change by March.
That means there will be plenty of time for attorneys to prepare.
This is a good news story for Oklahoma and we’ll have the resources to take advantage of the information that’s available,” said Eric Haines, chief executive of the Association of Oklahoma Attorneys.
However, there are still some legal problems that will require legal help.
Some Oklahoma law firms are operating in more than one jurisdiction, such as the Tulsa office of H&R Block, which handles consumer protection cases.
The Tulsa office also is the state agency responsible for regulating payday lending and the state has issued licenses for payday lenders.
That law enforcement agency also operates out of Oklahoma City.
In addition, many lawyers and the law firms themselves will have a lot of money on the line, according to John Pankratz, president and CEO of the American Bar Association.
He said attorneys and their firms are worried about having to pay for their own attorneys.
That’s a lot to put into a legal fight, he said.
The law firm that represents Oklahoma’s state attorneys said it will continue to fight the decision.”
It’s not fair for them to have to pay the same rates as the lawyers in another jurisdiction,” he said, adding that there are ways to keep money from being diverted.
The law firm that represents Oklahoma’s state attorneys said it will continue to fight the decision.