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PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Named 2011 Oklahoma City Personal Injury Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers

Rated AV – the highest rating by the Martindale peer review system

Selected as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers every year from 2007 – Present

American College of Trial Lawyers, Member

Founded what is now the Abel Law Firm, 1976

Previously a partner in another major Oklahoma City law firm for 10 years

Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, Past President; Past Chairman

Oklahoma Association for Justice, Member; Legislative Committee Member; Active in Speakers’ Bureau

American Association for Justice, Member

Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Former State Committeeman; Former Second National Vice-Chairman; Former First National Vice Chairman; Former National Chairman; Former State Committeeman; Former Member Executive Committee; Former Mid-West Regional Task Force Coordinator; Former Board of Governors

American Bar Association, Negligence and Insurance Section Member

American Board of Trial Advocates, Member

Oklahoma Bar Association, Member; Past Chairman, Civil Code Procedure Committee; Co-Author, Oklahoma Evidence Code; Co-Author, Oklahoma Pleading Code

Recipient, Earl Sneed Award (1985) for Outstanding Continuing Legal Education Contribution

Recipient, Leo Whinery Award (2000) for Outstanding Contribution to Oklahoma Law of Evidence

Oklahoma County Bar Association, Member

Civil Justice Reform Act (1990) Advisory Group Member of the United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma; Chairman, Early Intervention Subcommittee; Leader and promoter in development of the Early Neutral Evaluation program

Texas Trial Lawyer Association, Member

Honorary Memberships: Iowa Trial Lawyers Association; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor Degree, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1966; Member of Law Review; Member of the Order of the Coif; President of Class; Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity; Dean’s Honor Roll; Scholastically ranked 8th of 146 graduating seniors

Bachelor of Arts Degree, The University of Oklahoma, 1963

Honors & Affiliations
  • Admitted to practice in: All Oklahoma trial and appellate courts, U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” as one of the ‘Top Guns’ of the legal profession, 1987-present
  • Obtained multiple jury verdicts in excess of $1,000,000, including one for $10,000,000 (1989) – the largest jury verdict for personal injury awarded in Oklahoma at the time
  • Obtained a verdict (1980) which, at the time, was the largest verdict in the United States ever awarded for the loss of an eye
  • Elected by The University of Oklahoma College of Law Faculty as Honorary Member, Order of Barristers (1982) for recognition as Outstanding Trial Lawyer in the State of Oklahoma
  • Frequent lecturer for the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • Frequently teaches at the Oklahoma University School of Law
  • Board of Trustees, Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Participant, Living Faith Ministries, Oklahoma City, OK
Ed Abel Named Oklahoma City Personal Injury Litigator of the Year

Ed Abel was awarded the Litigator of the Year award as recognition of his tremendous success in the courtroom defending the lives of Oklahomans, and his unique service as a true son of the State of Oklahoma. He has won some of the largest verdicts in Oklahoma's history, and he and his team have successfully argued against harmful tort reform laws in the state Supreme Court. His impact is so widespread across the state that Governor Mary Fallin declared May 1st as "Ed Abel Day."

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