Ronald E. Stakem

Of Counsel
About Ronald
Ron Stakem has more than forty-four years of broad legal experience and diverse talent. As a young lawyer, Ron learned early that he could employ his skills in analysis and advocacy in numerous different areas of the law, enjoy the variety of work, and succeed as an adviser and advocate for his clients.

Ron graduated from Harvard College in 1969 with a degree in Biology. He planned to be a high school science and math teacher and athletic coach. That plan was interrupted by military service, followed by a stint as a management trainee with Travelers Insurance Company. Working at Travelers rekindled his interest in studying law, which he first experienced in a college Constitutional Law course. A relative who practiced law in the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma and Texas advised Ron to pursue private law practice in Dallas or Houston, or Tulsa or Oklahoma City. “Go to law school in Texas or Oklahoma, learn their law practice, and make friends. The law is parochial and will remain that way the rest of your life.” That was great advice. Ron enrolled in OU College of Law in 1972 and graduated in 1975. Among the friends he made in law school are three other lawyers in the firm, David Cheek, Bob Thompson and Robert Roark.

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Public Utility Regulation
Education Employment Law
A.B. (Biology), Harvard College, 1969
J.D, University of Oklahoma, 1975
Bar Associations & Legal Organizations
Oklahoma Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Foundation
Oklahoma County Bar Association
OCBA’S Fee Grievance and Ethics Committee
Ronald’s Experience
Ron represented teachers in the first strike in Oklahoma City. He won a First Amendment rights jury verdict in federal court for retaliation against a collective bargaining organizer. Ron won a trial court order to compel the Tulsa County Assessor to revalue all real property by physical inspection at least once each 5 years. That order was affirmed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in a published opinion. Ron and his co-counsel settled a federal securities lawsuit over an investment scheme to finance agricultural development in Ethiopia with silver coins. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised in Oklahoma with promises of a high rate of return on the investment and the “gift” of a shiny proof coin. When the original AT&T was divested, Ron began his public utility regulation practice by obtaining authority for the fledgling MCI to compete in the long-distance telephone industry in Oklahoma. For many years, Ron appeared in every major case at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (“OCC”) involving the emerging competitive telephone industry in Oklahoma. He also represents an association of individual investors in an electric utility’s ratemaking proceedings at the OCC.
Founders Award – Moore Work Activity Center for being a founder and the first President
Rotary Club No. 29, OKC – President’s Citation as Chairman of Rebuilding Together housing program

Contact Ronald




6301 Waterford Boulevard, Suite 320
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118