Chris Brecht


Chris is a trial and appellate lawyer, with a background in adoption and family law.  He has represented clients throughout Oklahoma (as well as all Oklahoma federal courts) and Arkansas in all kinds of litigation.  Chris started his practice in criminal defense, working for the Tulsa County Public Defender’s office, before branching into private practice.  He is versed not only in family and adoption law, but also worker’s compensation and complex civil litigation matters.

During his tenure, Chris has obtained multiple opinions from the Supreme Court of Oklahoma that were automatically deemed “landmark” cases, both rulings in his client’s favor – Jensen v. Poindexter and Schnedler v. Lee.  In 2020, the Oklahoma Bar Association, Family Law Section, recognized the Schnedler opinion as the Groundbreaking Family Law Case of the Year.  In 2021, Chris also obtained the first gender nonbinary birth certificate to ever be issued in the State of Oklahoma, through the federal lawsuit Lorelied v. Frye.

Chris remains active in both the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.   He is current Secretary for the Family Law Section of the OBA and has previously served as the Chair of the OBA’s Adoption Committee.  He is also an active member in the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inns of Court.

Chris graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2006 with a B.A. in journalism-broadcasting.  He graduated from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in 2009.  While in law school, Chris served on the Energy Law Journal and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Constitutional Law.

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Groundbreaking Family Law Case of 2019, OBA Family Law Section
Bishop-Baldwin, Barton & Phillips Civil Advocacy Award, 2023, Oklahomans for Equality
Leadership Academy, American Bar Association Trial and Insurance Practice Section 2017
Leadership Academy, Oklahoma Bar Association 2018
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Oklahoma State University, B.A. journalism-broadcasting, 2006
University of Tulsa College of Law, juris doctorate, 2009
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American Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association
Muscogee (Creek) National bar member
American Inns of Court, Council Oak-/Johnson Sontag

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