Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: G. Calvin Sharpe

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Leadership in Law Profile: G. Calvin Sharpe

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Calvin Sharpe serves as of counsel in Phillips Murrah's Litigation Department. He represents individuals and companies in matters of complex commercial and civil litigation.

Sharpe has spent his legal career inside Oklahoma courtrooms defending the business interests of a diverse group of national and regional clients. His complex litigation practice includes class- action and mass tort defense, with an emphasis in the related areas of products liability, medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury and insurance defense.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma County Bar Association, where he received recognition as the group's Outstanding Young Lawyer in 1992 and Outstanding Director of its Young Lawyers Division in 1989. In addition, he is involved with the Oklahoma Indian Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and Defense Research Institute. His efforts in the legal field have earned him recognition as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer.

A Native American deeply connected to the culture and tradition of his ancestors, Sharpe is an advocate in the community and the courts and admitted to practice in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Court, the Supreme Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and the Chickasaw Nation Tribal Court.

"Having grown up knowing the importance of my Native American heritage and having a tribal spirit, I have worked to improve the understanding and appreciation many of my friends and colleagues now have of the Indian culture," said Sharpe, who is a board member and president-elect of Red Earth Inc.

"My goals are to help Native Americans explore educational opportunities and obtain college degrees including legal degrees," he said. "It is also an important personal goal that I set a good example for Native Americans of the importance of getting involved and giving back to our community. …

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