Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Law Partners Create New Tulsa-Based Firm Focused on Business

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Law Partners Create New Tulsa-Based Firm Focused on Business

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Former Oklahoma Department of Securities administrator David Newsome has joined with attorneys Chris Woosley and Casey Cooper to grow a new firm focusing on business issues.

Based in a scenic office on the 33rd floor of Mid-Continent Tower, Cooper Newsome & Woosley will cover not just securities but construction, real estate, higher education law, estate and charitable planning, insurance law, mergers and acquisitions, banking, commercial transactions, oil and gas law, environmental law and probate.

The practice will position itself for growth through controlled overhead, said Cooper.

"There are a lot of really good law firms in Tulsa at this time," he said. "Downsizing over the past five to 10 years has made for a very competitive environment."

With two other lawyers on staff - Andrea Stailey and Ryan Fuchs complete their starting lineup - plus an office manager and receptionist, Woosley said their firm will practice a lean efficiency.

"We don't carry around a large cost structure, so we're able to be flexible with clients and adjust our billing to client needs, client budgets," said Newsome, former general counsel of Williams Communications Group.

"Normally when you deal with a law firm, the law firm says here's what it's going to cost you; it's going to cost $300 an hour, take it or leave it," said Newsome. "Casey's attitude is to be flexible. He asks you what you can pay."

In a Tulsa market still bearing the wounds of a decade of corporate downsizing, Cooper said their lower overhead should help Cooper Newsome & Woosley compete with larger practices supporting more mouths to feed.

"I don't think any of us have a desire to be a larger firm," he said. While all three discussed growth options for their practice, they remain committed to maintaining a small, more intimate atmosphere. …

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