David McCullough

Of Counsel
Norman, Oklahoma
D: 405.319.3501
C: 405.834.8454
F: 405.319.3531
1800 N. Interstate Dr.
Suite 104
Norman, OK 73072-3343
David McCullough

David McCullough is nationally-recognized for his representation of Native American Tribes.  For more than 25 years, David has represented Indian Tribes and Tribal enterprise interests, including gaming, SBA 8(a), HubZone, small disadvantaged businesses and TERO certifications.  In recent years, David has made numerous presentations detailing opportunities for non-Indian individuals and companies doing business in Indian country.  David also practices in the area of Media/First Amendment Law. 

Before joining Doerner, David spent five years as a newspaper reporter and editor.  While in law school, David participated in an internship at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C.  In 1996, he received the Society of Professional Journalists First Amendment Award.  David is a founding member and sits on the board of directors of FOI Oklahoma, Inc. an organization that promotes citizen access to government information.  He has also authored the Oklahoma Open Government Guide as part of the 50 State Open Government Guide published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended Indian tribe who, along with its 100%  owned tribal enterprise, was sued in federal court for breach of contract.  The case against the tribe was dismissed on the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity from suit.
  • Successfully defended Indian tribal enterprise and a tribal employee in a discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a former enterprise employee.  The case against the tribal enterprise was dismissed on the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity from suit.
  • Represented a number of Indian tribes in administrative proceedings before a state tax commission for recovery of certain taxes that had been wrongfully collected by the state.  The tribes recovered a total of more than $500,000 in taxes wrongfully collected by the state.
  • Represented a group of tribal members who had been elected to the Business Committee of the tribe but were being denied their right to set on the Business Committee.  Appeals were lodged with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior.  The tribal members were finally recognized by the Department of the Interior as the duly-elected members of the Business Committee.
  • General Counsel to an Indian tribe that successfully opened an off-reservation casino.  Represented the Tribe in numerous administrative appeals and participated in a number of federal court cases to secure the right of the tribe to open the casino.
  • Represented a number of Indian tribes who entered into management contracts for management of tribal casinos.  Representation included negotiating the management agreements and securing approval of the agreements from the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Professional, Community and Pro Bono Involvement


  • Member of Board of Directors (and founding member) of FOI Oklahoma, Inc. – an organization that promotes citizen access to government information.
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, current
  • American Bar Association, current


  • Chambers USA Leading Lawyer for Business-Native American Law, 2010-2016
  • Listed in Best Lawyers for First Amendment Law, Gaming Law and Native American Law, 2010-2017
  • Best Lawyers - Oklahoma City Gaming Law "Lawyer of the Year", 2013, 2015, 2017
  • BV® Distinguished™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Attended Oxford University, Queens College, Oxford, England, Summer 1982


  • J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1984
  • B.A., Journalism, University of Oklahoma, 1977

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1984
  • Texas, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit, 1986
  • United States Supreme Court, 1991
  • United States District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1984
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 2008
  • United States District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 2008

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08.15.1725 Lawyers from Doerner Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018
07.05.17Chambers USA Ranks Doerner Attorneys for 2017
04.07.17David McCullough Awarded the Marian Opala First Amendment Award by Freedom of Information Oklahoma
08.15.16Congratulations to our Doerner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017!!
06.01.16Chambers USA Ranks Doerner Attorneys for 2016
08.17.15Congratulations to our Doerner Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016!!
05.01.15Chambers USA Ranks Doerner Attorneys for 2015
08.16.14Best Lawyers Recognizes Twenty-Three Doerner Saunders Attorneys
08.16.14Best Lawyers Announces Three Doerner Saunders Attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year”
06.02.14Chambers USA Ranks Doerner Attorneys for 2014
08.15.13Congratulations to our lawyers selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014!
01.01.13Best Lawyers Names Doerner Lawyers as “Lawyers Of The Year”
01.01.13Best Lawyers Recognizes Doerner Attorneys
07.01.12Chambers USA Ranks 2012 Doerner Attorneys
08.01.11Doerner Lawyers Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011
06.04.11Professional Review Features David McCullough and Rebecca M. Fowler on “The Radio Legal Forum”
09.01.10Congratulations To Our Attorneys Listed as Outstanding By Best Lawyers
06.01.10Chambers and Partners USA 2010 Has Announced That Four DSDA Lawyers Will Be Featured As Leaders in Their Field
08.01.09Kristen Brightmire and David McCullough Recognized In Chambers and Partners
01.01.09Best Lawyers 2009 Names Doerner Attorneys
01.01.09David McCullough, Kristen L. Brightmire and firm ranked in the U.S. Chambers Report

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