from the beginning

Hello, I am Rusty Smith. Since 2002, I have practiced virtually exclusively in the areas of personal injuries, catastrophic loss, wrongful death, insurance law, and complex civil litigation. I would like to thank you for visiting our website. I would also like to tell you a little bit about myself.

Overview And Experience

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When I first started practicing law, I was an insurance defense lawyer. What that means is I defended insurance companies and their insureds, either or both of whom had been sued in a variety of settings. Most of those were injury cases, but I also dealt with other claims, like fire losses and other related homeowners claims. I enjoyed what I did, and I developed my skills as an attorney in those high-pressure settings.

In approximately 2007, I moved to Muskogee and began to represent private individuals in the same type of claims, only on the other side. I quickly realized this was my calling. I found that I really enjoyed interacting with the public and helping people when they were at the lowest of points of their lives.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma (undergrad), 1999
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2002

Admissions

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Memberships

  • Cherokee Nation Bar
  • Muskogee County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association

I was an athlete growing up and I have always had a very competitive sense of purpose and motivation. I have been able to merge that innate quality with my affinity and affection for the people I represent, and the results have been evident. I have been fortunate enough to focus solely on these types of cases and I believe that I will continue to do so for the rest of my career.

The truth is that I have seen and experienced just about everything in my practice. Some of the cases are, for lack of a better term, crazy, but many are more streamlined and conventional. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been the lead attorney on several high-profile cases, but I realize that there is a reason I get those cases. It is, in essence, because I truly care about what I do, and I set out to accomplish my clients’ goals with that in mind. When you have me as your attorney, you will know that I prepare every case from the very beginning as if it is going to jury trial. I owe that to my clients and I owe that to myself. Many of the cases settle before that stage, but some don’t. If they do, I know I’ve tried my best to achieve the best settlement.  If they don’t, well, it’s time for trial.

I have been to jury trial against some of the largest insurance companies in the world and in some of the most complex situations that can arise in civil litigation settings. Along the way, I have been fortunate enough to settle several seven-figure cases, and I have had several reported decisions in Oklahoma and federal courts. I am a member of the Oklahoma Association of justice, formerly known as the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, and due to my experience and networks with other Oklahoma attorneys, I often work on several cases at a time in conjunction with and on referral from other attorneys around the state.

With that said, the Muskogee area is my home; I’ve established my personal and professional roots in Muskogee County. This is where I have raised my children and will continue to do so. But our firm is not constrained by geography and we routinely practice in several counties across the state.

On a personal note, I am the father of two intelligent, athletic young men who are both very active in sports and excel academically. My wife is the general counsel and a Senior Vice President for a well-known Oklahoma-based bank and she is also the City of Muskogee Juvenile Judge. 

I would like to thank you for the interest you’ve shown in our firm. I truly believe that this is what I was meant to do. If we establish a relationship going forward, I think you will probably form the same opinion. So take a look around, check out our social media links, and give my office a call if you want to set up a free consultation. I have one of the best staffs around, and my paralegals Gwen Freeman and Lynne Hunt keep this firm up and running efficiently and with prosperity.

Here is the way I look at things: I am not going to give you any fluff. I will always tell it to you like it is. I will give you honest, effective representation, and I only take cases that I truly believe in. What I have found over the years, though, is that I really believe in a lot of situations people find themselves in.

Just remember this: there is a reason I have a job. If you are faced with a situation that is in any practice areas listed above, you probably need help. I can give that to you, and, in fact, I am excited to get started.

You Deserve The Best

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Dan Medlock

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In October of 2019, Dan Medlock joined the Rusty Smith Law Group. Dan has been practicing law for more than 15 years. He has handled thousands of cases in court including over 75 jury trials. He has handled cases in both State and Federal Court including Murder, Rape, Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Weapons Charges, Drug Charges, Domestic A&B, Termination of Parental Rights cases and many more.

Dan graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2003. After graduating law school, he accepted a position as an Assistant District Attorney in Jackson and Tillman Counties. In 2011, he became an Assistant District Attorney in Muskogee County where he prosecuted major felonies. In 2015, Dan opened a private practice in Muskogee and has been helping the people of Muskogee County ever since.

Dan is admitted to practice in all counties in the State of Oklahoma, the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the Western District of Oklahoma.