Mr. Dorwart has practiced law since 1966. He has experience in both litigation and transactional law, principally oil and gas, securities, and banking law. He currently focuses his practice on structuring commercial transactions, advising clients on the legal aspects of business matters, and coordinating teams of attorneys handling complex litigation. Before forming Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers PLLC in 1994, Mr. Dorwart was the managing partner of Holliman, Langholz, Runnels & Dorwart. Mr. Dorwart was, from 1969 to 1989, a stockholder, director and officer of various manufacturing concerns. He was Co-founder of the International Society of the Energy Advocates and a principal draftsman of the 1995 Oklahoma Tort Reform Act.
Mr. Dorwart is President and Trustee of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Trustee and Member of Executive Committee, Board of Trustees of The University of Tulsa; Director, Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce; Director, Tulsa Educare, Inc.; Director, Tulsa Opera, Inc.; Director, Oklahoma Hall of Fame; and General Counsel, BOK Financial Corporation, Kaiser-Francis Oil and Gas Company, Tulsa Stadium Trust, and River Parks Authority. Mr. Dorwart developed the structure and organization for Tulsa’s Gathering Place (2014); Organizer of Tulsa Stadium Trust Improvement District (2008); Organizing Trustee of the Tulsa Community Foundation (1999); Commissioner of the Tulsa Housing Authority (1990-2007); President (1976-1977) and Director (1971-1977) of Family & Children’s Services of Tulsa; Director and Chairman of the Board (1982-1986), Operation Aware of Oklahoma; President of the Parish Council of Holy Family Cathedral (1978-1980); Co-Founder and Member (1974 to Present), International Society of the Energy Advocates; and Oklahoma Chairman of the Harvard law School Fund Campaign (multiple years).
Mr. Dorwart was Hall of Fame Honoree as Outstanding Business Leader, Collins College of Business, The University of Tulsa (2017); Hall of Fame Honoree, Tulsa Historical Society (2015); Hall of Fame Honoree, The University of Tulsa School of Law (2015); Honoree, Frederic Dorwart Chair in Energy Law, University of Tulsa School of Law (2009); and Tulsa Regional Chamber Volunteer of the Year (2009).
In 2015, Mr. Dorwart was inducted into the Tulsa Historical Society Hall of Fame and the University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame.
Most recently Mr. Dorwart was pro-bono co-lead counsel in DG v Yarbrough, USDC NDOK which obtained a settlement mandating fundamental reform of the Oklahoma foster care system.
Mr. Dorwart received his L.L.B., Cum Laude, from Harvard Law School in 1966. There he also received the Best Brief and Best Oralist Awards in the moot court competition. He received a B.S. in Engineering with Distinction in 1959 from the U.S. Naval Academy. Before law school, Mr. Dorwart served as Chief Engines Officer in U.S.S. Newport News, as Chief Operations Officer in U.S.S. Turner, and as an Instructor in Naval Tactics at the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island.
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