Osiyo! I am an Indianapolis, IN native who moved to Oklahoma in 2010. My first introduction to the Rogers County legal community was in 2017, where I was first employed as a legal administrative assistant at Higgins & Easley, P.C. while attending Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. In 2018, I became a legal assistant and office manager at Dale R. Marlar Law Office, PLLC in Claremore, OK, where I was employed until Noah and I founded Griffin & Sears, PLLC in 2022.
In 2019, I was named a Distinguished Graduate of Professional Studies and graduated magna cum laude from the Rogers State University Honors Program with my Bachelor of Science in business administration management. I went on to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law, where I concentrated in Native American Law and obtained my Juris Doctor with Honor in 2022. I was admitted to practice the same year.
My law school experience was not that of a traditional juris doctor candidate in that I devoted my time apart from my studies to working closely with clients in general practice, gaining extensive court room experience, and volunteering my time to various social justice initiatives. I have developed strong working relationships with my clients over the years and assisted them in navigating divorces, adoptions, guardianships, business formations, estate planning, probates, name changes, small claims, civil litigation, criminal defense, and a rapidly evolving Native American law landscape.
As a proud citizen of Cherokee Nation, my legal and cultural studies inform my advocacy for restorative alternatives to the carceral system. Traditional peacemaking serves an essential role in our modern court systems, a fact which inspired me to complete courses in compliance with the Oklahoma District Court Mediation Act in Family, Divorce, Civil, Commercial, and Employment Mediation. One of the most fulfilling aspects of my work is helping clients develop creative strategies for attacking problems instead of people. I am a member of the Rogers County Bar Association and the Cherokee Nation Bar Association. I presently serve on the Steering Committee for the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and in the role of Deputy Director for the Tulsa area. I regularly volunteer with many of the social justice organizations listed on our "Resources" page.
I am an empathetic, wholistic, and inclusive advocate committed to deconstructing traditional barriers to the justice system. I recognize that our judicial system often fails to see the people behind their case numbers. I assist clients in telling their stories, navigating legal dilemmas, and addressing the collateral consequences which often accompany them.
What is my favorite thing about working with Noah?
Noah is calm, cool, and collected under pressure. He never compromises his professionalism or kindness towards others in his advocacy for his clients. Noah is an attentive, communicative, and reliable advocate.
Hello! I have been a resident of Rogers County since my childhood. I graduated from Catoosa High School in 1999. In 2003, I obtained my Bachelor of Science in psychology from Oklahoma State University. My undergraduate research was published in the Journal for Comparative Psychology in 2004. During law school, I worked as a Rogers County District Court Bailiff from 2005-2007 for the Honorable Judges Dwayne Steidley and Robert Price.
While attending the University of Tulsa College of Law, I received a CALI Excellence for the Future Award in international business transactions. In 2007, I obtained my Juris Doctor and was admitted to practice the same year. Over the years, I have acquired extensive litigation experience representing clients across Northeastern Oklahoma, and I am excited to continue that work at Griffin & Sears, PLLC in Claremore.
Over the course of my practice thus far, I have represented hundreds of clients through agreed divorces, no contest divorces, motions to modify, contempt charges, mediations, and trials involving complicated custody and property disputes. Dozens of families have been formed through my representation of clients in step-parent and third-party adoptions. In addition to my representation of clients in guardianships involving both adults and children, I have also served as attorney for the child and guardian ad litem. I have assisted hundreds of clients charged with felonies and misdemeanors in navigating the criminal justice system as well as administrative proceedings through the Department of Public Safety. Through many 991 and Section 18 Expungements, I have deconstructed the legal, social, and financial barriers for my clients by erasing their criminal records.
I have been an active member of Rogers County Bar Association since 2007, having previously served as the president and secretary. I have served as the Rogers County Delegate to the Oklahoma Bar Association Meeting for 8 years. In 2011, I was voted the Readers Choice Attorney by the Claremore Daily Progress. I presently serve as the treasurer of the Rogers County Criminal Defense Bar, of which I have been a member since 2007.
I am an empathetic, wholistic, and inclusive advocate committed to simplifying complex legal processes in terms that clients can understand and making practical solutions accessible to all. Clients not only experience the stress inherent to their legal issues but also anxiety associated with navigating the unknown. Each case is a process, and my job as an advocate is to reduce the anxiety our clients feel by helping them to articulate their goals, explore solutions, and explain the steps we need to take to achieve them.
What is my favorite thing about working with Katie?
Katie brings a fire and passion to the practice of law that truly inspires me. She prioritizes compassionate interaction with clients. Through her dedication and work ethic, no problem is insurmountable.