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James “Jim” C. Milton Shareholder

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An experienced trial and appellate attorney, Jim Milton practices in the areas of commercial litigation, water law, and trust and estate litigation. He also serves on the firm's Board of Directors and Recruitment & Diversity Committee. Throughout his career he has focused on assisting clients with trust and estate litigation, including probate, will contests, guardianship and elder abuse. Additionally, Jim has developed a water law practice that includes defending developers and municipal utility authorities against claims asserted by rural water districts, as well as drafting wholesale water contracts.

Jim has been recognized an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Estate & Trust Litigation. He is also listed as a Best Lawyer in America in Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Municipal, Litigation-Trusts & Estates and Water Law, and has an individual AV peer review rating by Martindale Hubbell. Further, in 2009 he received a President's Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Committee, and in 2011, he accepted the Oklahoma Bar Association Golden Gavel Award on behalf of the OBA Civil Procedure & Evidence Code Committee, which he has chaired since 2006.   Finally, in 2006 Jim was named to The Journal Record's "Achievers Under 40" list and in 2009 to its "Leadership in Law" list, while in 2013 he was named to the Power Attorneys & Legal Professionals list by the Tulsa Business & Legal News.


  • Oklahoma State University (B.S.B.A. in Finance and Economics)
  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with honors, 1995)


  • Oklahoma
Specialty Areas
  • Water Law
Legal Experience
  • 2012 - Present Hall Estill
  • Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP 
Professional Involvement
  • Member, Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys, Inc.
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Director at Large
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Chair, Civil Procedure & Evidence Code Committee; Co-Chair Legislative Committee for Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts Section
  • Fellow, the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel; Member, Fiduciary Litigation, State Laws and Communications Committees
Teaching/Lecture Experience
  • Served as panelist, moderator, speaker or organizer for more than 50 continuing education seminars on issues including trust administration, water rights and creditor rights.