Notable Cases

The firm’s reputation was built on sustained success in the trenches of litigation, in front of judges and juries, and at the negotiating table.  The attorneys at SBLG have successfully prosecuted and defended countless cases over their combined 105+ years of experience, but the cases listed here serve as some of Mike Barkett and Rusty Smith’s most notable cases:

Notable Jury Verdicts

$20,000,000.00 jury verdict. Wrongful death of an infant for negligently treated upper respiratory infection. 

$4,500,000.00 verdict.  Wrongful death for negligent shooting of innocent bystander on adjacent land.  

$2,250,000.00 jury verdict and $2,600,000.00 settlement on appeal.  Bad faith foreclosure case against a bank leading to loss of client’s business.  

$1,108,000.00 jury verdict and $1,300,000.00 settlement on appeal.  Age discrimination/civil rights case against physician group in federal court.

$900,000.00 jury verdict.  First party commercial insurance bad faith denial, including punitive damages.

$750,000.00 verdict.  Medical negligence against plastic surgeon for botched breast implant procedure. 

$691,000.00 jury verdict.  Breach of contract claim against Oklahoma State Agency on behalf of construction company.  

$550,000.00 jury verdict. Semi-truck collision with traumatic brain injury.

$250,00.00 jury verdict.  First party/commercial and homeowner bad faith denial.

Notable Settlements

$1,500,000.00 settlement.  Electrocution death resulting from overhead transmission power line.

$1,500,000.00 settlement. Vehicular crash resulting from failure to maintain fleet vehicle causing injury to employee.

$1,000,000.00 settlement. Medical negligence/misdiagnosis resulting in permanent traumatic brain injury.

$900,000.00 settlement.  Traumatic brain injury to child while in care of private business.

$250,000.00 settlement.  Product liability resulting in partial amputation.

$500,000.00 settlement. Semi-truck collision with permanent orthopedic injuries.

$1,200,000.00 settlement. Catastrophic injury semi-truck collision with insurance coverage implications; multi-jurisdiction federal litigation.

$750,000.00 settlement. Wrongful death semi-truck collision spanning 3 federal jurisdictions.

$6,500,000.00 settlement. Medical negligence against a rehabilitation hospital in Oklahoma and negligent administration of medication leading to brain injury.

$2,750,000.00 settlement. Bad faith claim against insurance company for failure to pay policy limits on negligence claim.

$4,000,000.00 settlement. Bad faith claim against insurance company for failure to pay policy limits on negligence claim.

$400,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence and negligent administration of medication by orthodontist.

$1,350,000.00 settlement against oil fracking company and manufacturer of fracking machine for wrongful death of a worker.

$2,500,000.00 settlement.  Wrongful death case against hospital for negligence administration of medication.

$350,000.00 settlement.  Negligent destruction of Oklahoma vineyard by company spraying weed defoliant chemicals.

$950,000.00 settlement on the day of trial.  Dog bite case causing permanent scarring to little girl’s face.

$300,000.00 settlements.  Limits of insurance policy paid in dog bite case.

$850,000.00 settlement.  Sexual abuse by therapist.

$100,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence case for leaving foreign body/medical tool inside patient’s body.

$1,500,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence against hospital for negligent administration of medication leading to death of patient.

$1,350,000.00 settlement.  Breach of contract case against municipality on behalf of construction company.

$500,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence case against hospital for failure to monitor elderly gentleman who fell from bed.

$125,000.00 settlement.  Statutory limits of liability paid by public trust hospital for wrongful death of man given allergy injection with a dirty needle leading to septic infection.

$200,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence against physician who negligently applied chemical to patient causing severe burns.

$330,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence case against surgeon and hospital for negligent administration of anesthesia causing severe burns to patient.

$395,000.00 settlement.  Wrongful termination of doctor by physician group.

$195,000.00 settlement.  Nursing Home Negligence for allowing a resident to fall in bathroom causing head injury.

$250,000.00 settlement.  Negligence case against shuttle company for dropping elderly rider.

$750,000.00 settlement.  Case against elevator company for negligent maintenance of elevator causing head injury to elderly visitor of building.

$245,000.00 settlement.  Case against elevator company for negligent maintenance of elevator causing broken leg to elderly visitor of building.

$291,000.00 settlement.  Wrongful termination of physician by hospital.

$250,000.00 settlement.  Negligence case against roofing contractor for damage caused to business in rented space in building.

$193,000.00 settlement. Bad faith and negligence for allowing furniture owned by Barry Switzer to be destroyed in storage facility and failure to pay insurance claim.

$50,000.00 settlement.  Civil Rights claims against City of Oklahoma City on behalf of Charles Thompson for wrongful arrest.

$1,500,000.00 settlement.  Insurance fraud case for wrongfully denying health insurance coverage for mom and pop businesses across Oklahoma.

$2,500,000.00 settlement.  “Dram shop” liability against restaurant for overserving intoxicated woman who then killed couple in traffic accident.

$2,500,000.00 settlement. Dental negligence case for negligent administration of anesthesia and failure to have proper resuscitation equipment on hand.

$225,000.00 settlement.  Civil rights / Pregnancy discrimination case against company for wrongfully terminating employee.

$475,000.00 settlement.  Sherman Act antitrust claims by physician against several physician groups.

$300,000.00 settlement.  Vioxx drug recall / negligence case for client who suffered heart attack while on drug.

$675,000.00 settlement.  Nursing home negligence for failure to properly monitor resident and identify serious skin infection leading to death of resident.

$1,000,000.00 settlement.  Wrongful death of rider in charity bike ride hit by truck.

$500,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence against plastic surgeon for botched breast implant procedure.

$125,000.00 settlement.  Negligence case against day care center for leaving child in hot car for several hours.

$175,000.00 settlement.  Negligent damage to home caused by negligently stored and handled propane tanks at facility which exploded.

$750,000.00 settlement.  Wrongful foreclosure on home against international bank.

$115,000.00 settlement.  Nursing home negligence case for injury to resident on shuttle bus.

$200,000.00 settlement.  Medical negligence against nurse practitioner for misdiagnosis of testicular tortion leading to loss of testicle.

$125,000.00 settlement.  Limits of liability insurance settlement for wrongful death in car crash.

$125,000.00 settlement.  Limits of liability insurance settlement for injuries caused by driver hitting bicycle rider in neighborhood.

Unspecified dollar-amount settlement; clergy abuse case spanning multiple states and international boundaries