Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Leadership in Law Profile: Larry B. Lipe, Conner & Winters LLP

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Leadership in Law Profile: Larry B. Lipe, Conner & Winters LLP

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Tulsa attorney Larry B. Lipe cites Atticus Finch as the reason he became a lawyer. A fictional character in Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, attorney Finch has long been attributed with having a major influence on the legal profession.

Lipe earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas in 1973 and his law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1976.

Lipe's legal career includes working for firms such as Laser, Sharp; Hall Estill; and Lipe, Green, Trump & Dreyer. He joined Conner & Winters LLP in 1997 as a partner as a result of the merger with Lipe & Green. Primarily a litigator, Lipe's practice is split between commercial litigation and product liability litigation. He also provides general legal advice to various entrepreneurial corporations.

In the area of product liability law, he has acted as lead counsel in a variety of settings, including propane-related litigation and product defect personal injury claims. Since 1979, Lipe has acted as lead counsel in the defense of more than 200 personal injury suits in 35 states, with the large majority of propane-related work in courts outside of Oklahoma. In the area of commercial litigation, Lipe has acted as lead counsel in a variety of commercial disputes, including: a case involving theft and expropriation of construction equipment in which he argued before the U.S. Iranian tribunal at the Hague; lawsuits involving breach of operating agreements; defense of theft of trade secret, breach of partnership agreement and corporate bylaws; and a number of disputes between energy-related companies.

Lipe's efforts in the legal field have earned him inclusion in Super Lawyers for the past four years. In 2008, he was named to the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society representing less than one-half of 1 percent of American lawyers. …

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