Business & People Notes

Tulsa based Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. maintained its status as the city’s number one ranked law firm in the 2010 issue of Best Lawyers in America guide. Hall Estill’s Tulsa office ranked number one for the total number of lawyers listed and for the number of practice areas. The new attorneys ranked this year are Bonnie N. Hackler as a Best Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law along with Stephen W. Ray who is ranked for the first time in two practice areas, Corporate Governance and Compliance Law, and Corporate Law.

Attorney Robert Coffey has recently decided to begin a solo practice in the Tulsa area. Coffey will make use of the Third Wave Law Practice which is a new approach to law. This practice will feature a virtual office and more personal service. With this approach, Coffey will have a complete understanding of cases because he will handle everything himself. Coffey will focus on bankruptcy cases and hopes to help those who have been greatly affected by the economy. Coffey earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa.

Arvest Bank announces the promotion of four branch managers to assistant vice presidents. Tammy Wohlschlegel earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rogers State University in Claremore. Brenda Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from Oklahoma State University. Derek Hanson has 13 years of banking experience as well as a bachelor’s degree in theology from Apostolic Bible Institute. Barbara Sedgwick has 33 years of banking experience.

Walsh Branding welcomes Zach Myers as a project designer. A Fort Hays State University graduate, Myers formerly was with Worldwide in Kansas City. He has won numerous awards for his design work, locally and nationally. Myers innovative designs were recently featured in Creative Quarterly Magazine (Brooklyn, NY) and Boulevard Magazine, (Bogotá, Columbia.)

The law firm of Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. announced the addition of three new attorneys in the Tulsa office. Jada D. Stiner graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and with honors from The University of Tulsa College of Law. Stiner practices primarily in the Litigation area. Leah V. Ammons also practices in the Litigation area. She received a BA summa cum laude from The University of Oklahoma and received her J.D. cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. Ashley M. Epperly received a B.A. cum laude from Trinity University and her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law. Epperly’s practice area is Litigation.

BrightStar, a full-service healthcare-staffing agency, recently presented Lori Johnson with its 2009 Branch Manager of the Year Award. The BrightStar Branch Manager of the Year Award recognizes the BrightStar Branch Manager who has received the highest marks in five categories: customer satisfaction, call conversion/mystery shopping, employee retention, personnel selection, and clinical oversight. “It is an honor to be presented with this award,” Johnson says. “Being a part of the BrightStar family has enabled me to work with BrightStar owners to help them get their business off the ground and run successfully.”

Chinowth & Cohen Realtors Web site, recently added a new feature, blogging. The Chinowth & Cohen Blog features postings from local Chinowth & Cohen Realtors and management staff. The blog can be accessed via

Schnake Turnbo Frank PR has named Krista Townsend senior account executive of its Oklahoma City office.

In her new position, Townsend will provide strategic counsel to clients, develop and manage communications plans and assist with business development. Townsend’s previous experience includes serving as a spokesperson and public relations specialist for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, as well as managing client accounts and providing public relations and marketing services for other local firms. She also served as a news reporter for six years.

Matt Crafton has been appointed president and of Top 500 firm, Crafton Tull Sparks. Crafton will oversee the operations and marketing of the company with the help of his management team, including Shane Fernandez, executive vice president and leader of the firm’s Architecture Division. Tom Hopper, the firm’s former president and , will retain the role of chairman of the board and represent Crafton Tull Sparks in the various communities and states in which the firm works.

Richard L. Grenville has been hired by the Tulsa Port of Catoosa as its new director of logistics and business development. Originally from London, England, Grenville spent the last three years as a port security analyst for International, a Stanford University-affiliated think tank. Prior to his work with , he was manager of stevedoring and terminal operations for Marine at the Port of Tampa.

Updated 10-19-2009

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