Oklahoma City University School of Law, 1999
Bachelor of Arts
Valdosta State University, 1995
L. Earl Ogletree
L. EARL OGLETREE was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended Valdosta State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. He then attended Oklahoma City University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1999, and was admitted to the Oklahoma bar that same year.
Mr. Ogletree has tried numerous catastrophic injury cases in all areas of tort litigation with special emphasis on medical and dental malpractice defense. He also specializes in Federal Motor Carrier (trucking) litigation and has had the opportunity to represent both trucking companies and injured persons in civil litigation. Additionally, he has actively litigated multiple tortious breach of contract, fraud, product liability, and wrongful employment termination cases. Among his achievements, Mr. Ogletree has been selected by his peers to the Oklahoma Super Lawyers each year from 2006 to present. Mr. Ogletree has been rated by his peers as a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Lawyer. In 2008 and 2017, he was recognized for excellence in civil litigation and medical malpractice defense by Oklahoma Magazine’s Super Lawyers Section with the “Top Attorneys in Oklahoma” award. Most recently in 2016, Mr. Ogletree was honored by his peers, clients and trade groups as the “Best of the Best” by America’s Most Honored Professionals.
Mr. Ogletree is board certified with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is admitted to practice before, and has litigated in all Oklahoma state and federal courts, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is an active member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and is a frequent speaker to medical groups on topics related to healthcare law.
Mr. Ogletree resides in Cashion with his wife and children.
Horowitz v. Tkach; No. 93,739. This appeal upheld trial court’s order granting Summary Judgment of Plaintiff’s allegations that defendant’s conduct violated the Nuremberg Treaty. The United States Supreme Court denied original jurisdiction.
Benson v. Tkach; 30 P.3d 402.Known as the “magic words” case, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals overturned the trial court’s entry of Summary Judgment.
Crouch v. Daley; 581 Fed. Appx. 701. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld trial court’s order granting Summary Judgment on FTCA Immunity.
Odom v. Penske; 415 P.3d 521. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals certified trial court’s order granting Summary Judgment on shareholder immunity. After oral argument before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the trial court’s order was overturned.
“Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit”
“Resident and Mid-Level Supervision”
“Medical Documentation and its Impact on Medical Malpractice Litigation”
“Informed Consent in Oklahoma”
“2022 Dobbs opinion and Oklahoma’s anti-abortion statutes”
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict for his client in case involving a claimed failure to diagnose lung cancer.
- In a five-day Pontotoc County trial, Ogletree obtained a defense verdict for his client. The issue was negligent performance of PRK.
- Negligent stent placement and femoral popliteal (Plavix v. aspirin) case. After five days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Ogletree was lead counsel in a medical negligence case where plaintiff alleged negligent performance of bowel removal. He obtained a defense verdict.
- In an Oklahoma County case where plaintiff claimed there was a negligent uterine perforation to remove fibroids, Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- In an Oklahoma County case, the issue was alleged negligent placement of subclavian line causing cardiac arrhythmia and death. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict in case involving permanent neurologic injury from alleged negligent performance of cervical anterior discectomy and negligent postoperative management.
- In a four-day Oklahoma County trial involving alleged negligent performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy causing common bile duct injury, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict in a case where plaintiff alleged negligent management of shoulder dislocation causing massive rotator cuff tear.
- Medical Malpractice case where plaintiff alleged negligent prescribing of oxycodone causing addiction and death from oxycodone toxicity. After five days, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Case involving alleged negligent emergency department management of patient complaining of chest pain resulting in a wrongful death of cardiac arrest within six hours of discharge. Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- In a three-week Garfield County case involving alleged negligent prenatal and intrapartum obstetrical management causing global brain injury, Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- Ogletree served as lead counsel in a Pontotoc County case involving alleged negligent management of a splenectomy. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict in an Oklahoma County case involving alleged negligent informed consent and surgical management of femoral bone cancer by an orthopedic oncologist. After five days, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- In a case involving a brain injury/death of baby from alleged negligent obstetrical management by a family practice physician, Ogletree obtains a defense verdict.
- Garfield County case involving alleged negligent obstetrical management and intrapartum care resulting in brain injury to the infant. After two weeks, a defense verdict was obtained.
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict in case involving alleged ER failure to diagnose appendicitis.
- Ogletree obtains settlement in a case involving ORS Median nerve injury.
- In an Oklahoma County case involving cosmetic surgery/liposuction allegedly resulting in fat necrosis and permanent disfigurement, Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- Ogletree was lead counsel in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving alleged negligent ORS management of a traumatic femoral fracture resulting in permanent instability of the patient’s femur. After five days, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- Ogletree obtains defense verdict in case involving alleged misdiagnosis of breast cancer and removal of healthy breasts.
- In a Stephens County case involving bowel perforation from defendant allowing a nail to pass after patient presented to ER, the jury returned a defense verdict.
- In a dental case involving a broken jaw during wisdom teeth removal, the jury returned a defense verdict. The trial took four days.
- A Lincoln County case involved a patient injury as the patient hit their shin getting into an ambulance. Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- In a consolidated action involving a ureter injury during TAH-BSO, Ogletree obtained a defense verdict.
- Ogletree was lead counsel in a case involving alleged negligent bowel perforation during laparoscopic hernia repair. After five days. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- A Cleveland County case involved alleged failure to diagnose pneumonia which caused death of a 19-year-old. Ogletree received a defense verdict, and the defense verdict was affirmed on appeal.