Doerner Welcomes New Attorneys in our Oklahoma City Office!
Welcome to our New OKC Attorneys!
We are proud to announce the addition of several new attorneys to our Oklahoma City office.
Murray E. Abowitz is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and Seton Hall University School of Law. Murray practices nationally and has served as national and regional counsel for companies in asbestos, medical devices and general litigation. He has also served as national punitive damages counsel and has been court-appointed Liaison Counsel in complex federal litigation.
Murray has been admitted to practice in numerous state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. Murray is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers U.S.A., America's Leading Lawyers for Business, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served as the Chairman of its Legal Ethics Committee. Murray is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, having served as the President of its Oklahoma Chapter. He is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and has served as the Chairman of its Professional Liability Committee. Murray was appointed a Special Prosecutor before the Oklahoma Court of the Judiciary, removing a sitting Judge for oppression in office. He has also served as a Special Prosecutor for the Oklahoma Bar Association. Murray has also been recognized as one of the top ten Super Lawyers in Oklahoma for the past three years.
Sarah J. Timberlake graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from the same school, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her professional experience includes the areas of employment, bad faith, coverage, insurance, general negligence, premises liability, products liability and transportation law and she maintains a trial and appellate practice in these areas while also counseling clients on dispute resolution alternatives. She is admitted to practice in all Oklahoma state courts, the United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
In 1992, Sarah was selected by her peers to be a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and she previously served on the Board of Directors. In addition, she has served as Vice-President, Vice-Chair and Section Chair of the Transportation Section, the External Projects Committee, and received the John Alan Appleman Award in 2002. Through the FDCC, she has chaired and presented several national programs, including the Risk Analysis Symposium, the Mold Conference, the first Corporate Counsel Symposium, and programs for the FDCC's Leadership Institute in Chicago.
Sarah has been active in her county and state bar associations. She chaired the Insurance Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association and served as Trustee and Managing Trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Association Group Insurance Trust in addition to her participation on the Bench & Bar Committee and Judicial Evaluation Panel. She was elected President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel. Sarah has been recognized in Oklahoma as a "Super Lawyer" and among the top twenty-five Super Women Lawyers for seven years.
George W. Dahnke received his B.A. degree from Westminster College (MO) and J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Following graduation from law school, he served as an officer in the United States Army, Artillery Branch, from 1965-1967. George has extensive experience in a wide range of litigation, including commercial, securities, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, product liability, tobacco and professional liability cases. He also has had substantial appellate experience, having served as lead counsel in actions resulting in more than forty reported decisions and additional unreported ones. George has also successfully represented customers and brokers in securities arbitration and sub-contractors in construction arbitration.
George has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In addition, he has been admitted pro hac vice in state and federal courts in ten other states and has successfully briefed and argued appeals in the Supreme Courts of Nebraska and Arkansas. George is a member of the American, Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Bar Associations and is a member of the Sections of Litigation and Torts and Insurance Practice of the ABA. He has also served as a member of the Emergency Court of Civil Appeals pursuant to appointment by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
William C. McAlister's area of practice includes legal and appellate research and writing. He also prepares insurance coverage opinions and assists in insurance coverage litigation. He is an arbitrator and a mediator. William is experienced in insurance coverage, products liability, construction and aviation law matters. He also has experience in commercial and banking law matters. William received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He obtained his law degree from Oklahoma City University.
William served four years as the Senior Law Clerk for Judge Fred Daugherty, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and Judge of the Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma. Pursuant to an assignment from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, William served as a Judge for a Temporary Division of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals. He has served as a Special Master in Federal Court.
William is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, serving on the Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002. He has served continuously on the Civil Procedure Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1988. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel. William serves on the panel of neutrals of the American Arbitration Association as both an arbitrator and a mediator. He has presented continuing legal education courses on civil procedure and rules.
Keith F. Givens has been representing individuals and companies in state and federal courts throughout Oklahoma since 1995. His practice areas have included: personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage, bad faith, commercial disputes, malpractice, class actions, products liability, oil & gas, employment, indemnity, construction and alternative dispute resolution. He has also advised local and national clients (corporate and non-profit) on wide-ranging issues.
Throughout his career, Keith has achieved successful jury verdicts and settlements for his clients. He also received the highest rating possible from his peers very early in his career (AV Rating via Martindale-Hubbell) and has maintained it since that time. Keith also resolved numerous disputes and lawsuits through his work as a mediator and arbitrator. He also volunteers for various non-profit causes and serves as pro bono counsel for abused and neglected children who are taken into protective custody.