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James “Jim” J. Proszek Shareholder

T 918-594-0529 | F 918-594-0505 | jproszek@hallestill.com

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Jim Proszek practices primarily in the Corporate/Commercial Litigation and Telecommunications Law areas. He also has extensive experience in the following: Landlord/Tenant Law; Condemnation/Eminent Domain; Right-of-Way Acquisition & Disputes; Mortgage Foreclosure; Representation of Tribal Housing Authorities; Litigation involving Indian Law issues; and Appellate Advocacy. He is an AV-rated attorney through Martindale-Hubbell and was selected a Best Lawyer in America in Communications Law. In addition, he is a recipient of the 2010 Oklahoma Bar Association Pro Bono Award, the 2015-2016 Tulsa County Bar Association President's Award and was recognized as one of 23 individuals receiving a 2016 Pro Bono Legal Service Award through the Tulsa County Bar Association. 

Jim is a frequent speaker on Telecommunications Law issues, including presentations to the National Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council and the National Telecommunications Claims Managers Association on investigation and pursuit of claims for damage to underground utility facilities. Highlights of his legal career include:

  • Won $375,000 jury verdict for a telecommunications company in underground utility damage case.
  • Won $109,000 court judgment for a telecommunications company in underground utility damages case.
  • Negotiated settlements in excess of one-half million dollars in underground utility damage cases.
  • Represented oil and gas pipeline companies and telecommunications companies in eminent domain proceedings and right-of-way disputes in a multitude of states.
  • Has argued cases before the Oklahoma and Florida and Virginia Supreme Courts, and the D.C., Fourth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal

Education

  • University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 1983)
  • University of Tulsa (B.S. in Sociology, 1975)

Admissions

  • Bars of the Cherokee Nation and the Pawneee Nation
  • Oklahoma, 1983
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma; the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois; and the Northern District of Florida
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
Legal Experience
  • 1998 - Present Hall Estill
  • 1996 - 1998 Gourley & Proszek, PLLC
  • 1983 - 1995 Hall Estill
Specialty Areas
  • Representation of Tribal Housing Authorities
  • Litigation involving Indian Law issues
  • Condemnation/Eminent Domain
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Right-of-Way Acquisition & Disputes
Professional Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, Pro Bono Commitee Member 
  • American Inns of Court, Johnson-Sontag Chapter - Barrister
  • Ad Hoc Member of Board of Directors for Oklahoma One Call System, Inc.
  • Member, Campaign for Justice Committee, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Community Involvement
  • Member, American Heart Association Board of Directors
Teaching/Lecture Experience
  • Presentations to the National Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council and the National Telecommunications Claims Managers Association on investigation and pursuit of claims for damage to underground utility facilities
  • Co-Author, "Legal Consequences of Damages to Underground Facilities by Horizontal Directional Drilling," Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practices, Vol. 132, No. 4 (Oct. 2006)
  • Author, "The Internet and Personal Jurisdiction," Facts & Findings: The Journal for Legal Assistants, Vol. XXVI, Issue 4 (2000)
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, "What's My Cable Worth? Recovering Damages for Loss of Use," Third Annual Damage Prevention Convention and Excavation Solutions Expo (2000), Fourth Annual Damage Prevention Convention and Excavation Solutions Expo (2001)
  • Co-Author, "Telecommunications Carriers Seek to Reduce Damages by Changing the Fundamental Economics of Dig-Ups," Underground Focus Magazine (1999)
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, "Reducing Third-Party Damages by Changing the Fundamental Economics of Dig-ups," Second Annual Damage Prevention Convention and Excavation Solutions Expo, Long Beach, California (1999)
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, "Effective Discovery Strategies for the Litigation Paralegal in Oklahoma."
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, "Evidence for the Litigation Paralegal in Oklahoma."