Robert E. Applegate

A native Tulsan, Mr. Applegate has 20 years of experience practicing before Oklahoma state and federal district courts. He has also accumulated an extensive appellate practice, including appeals before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Applegate’s 20 years of experience have mostly all involved defense litigation. He began his career defending the majority of counties in Oklahoma, including county commissioners, county sheriffs, and other elected officials, in litigation ranging from alleged constitutional violations to wrongful discharge and retaliation. Mr. Applegate’s practice continued to expand to include defending and advising insurance companies on coverage issues relating to a variety of insurance policies, such as general liability, auto liability, professional liability and medical/health. Mr. Applegate’s experience in litigation matters extends from simple slip and fall cases to complex multi-million dollar products liability and commercial transportation cases.

In addition to coverage counsel, litigation and appellate work, Mr. Applegate has served as counsel for various small businesses. In this capacity, Mr. Applegate has helped develop policy and procedure manuals, handled hearings before administrative agencies and performed other tasks to assist these businesses in identifying potential areas of litigation risk and minimize the usurpation of business resources to address potential and existing claims.

Practice areas:
-Insurance Defense
-Insurance Coverage
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Employment Law
-Government/Municipal Liability
-Business/Corporate Law
-Commercial Transportation
-Appellate Advocacy

Admitted to Practice:
-State of Oklahoma
-United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
-United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
-United States Supreme Court

Education:
-B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, Finance Major with Emphasis in Business Legal Studies
-J.D., Oklahoma City University School of Law

Affiliations:
-Oklahoma Bar Association
-Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
-DRI, Insurance Law Committee
-Claims and Litigation Management
-Tulsa County Bar Association

Legal Publications:
-Oklahoma contributor for DRI’s Duty to Defend Compendium, 2016 Edition

Constitutionality of Strip Searches, The Oklahoma Sheriff’s Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, Spring/Summer 1998