Holladay & Chilton | Civil Litigation
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Don G. Holladay

Don G. Holladay


founding partner, SENIOR COUNSEL

Don G. Holladay

Don Holladay, founding partner and senior counsel for Holladay & Chilton, has 44 years of trial experience and a well-established national reputation for successes in complex civil litigation. He is known for handling high-profile cases in the public sector, most recently as lead counsel in the lawsuit that successfully challenged Oklahoma’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Holladay has been strengthening subsequent generations of attorneys for nearly 30 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Education

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 1969

Admissions

  • U.S. District Courts for the western and northern districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Experience

  • Judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force
  • Special counsel to the state of Oklahoma in census litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Co-counsel for the Oklahoma Speaker of the House
  • Admissions and grievances committee for the U.S. District Court for the western district of Oklahoma

Teaching

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF LAW
Visiting professor of law, 1987-1988

THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA COLLEGE OF LAW
Adjunct professor of law, 1987 to present

Honors

  • 2014 Courageous Lawyer Award – Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America

Professional Organizations & Memberships  

  • Southern Regional National Institute for Trial Advocacy, faculty member

Reported Cases

  • Private Medical Care Foundation v. Califano, 451 F.Supp 450 (W.D.Okla. 1977)
  • Pharmaceutical Mfrs. Ass’n v. FDA, 484 F.Supp 1179 (D.De 1980); Bradford Securities Processing Services, Inc. v. Plaza Bank & Trust, 643 P2d 188 (Okla. 1982)
  • CCMS Publishing Co. v. Dooley-Maloof, Inc., 645 F2d 33 (10th Cir. 1981)
  • T.J.Raney & Sons Inc. v. Ft. Cobb Irrigation Fuel Authority, 717 F2d 1330 (10th Cir. 1983)
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Board v. Empie, 628 F.Supp. 223 (W.D. Okla. 1983); Oklahoma Bankers Assoc. v. Home Savings & Loan Assoc., 625 F.Supp. 993 (W.D. Okla. 1984)
  • Estate of Patten v. General Motors, 699 F.Supp. 1500 (W.D. Okla. 1987)
  • Abney v. Patten, 696 F.Supp. 567 (W.D.Okla.), 696 F.Supp. 570 (W.D. Okla. 1987)
  • Parents of Child, Code No. 870901W v. Coker, 676 F.Supp. 1072 (E.D. Okla. 1987)
  • Howell v. Ballard, 801 P2d 127 (Okla. Civ.App. 1990)
  • Hodge v. Texaco USA, 764 F.Supp. 424 (W.D. La 1992), 975 F.2d 1093 (5th Cir. 1992)
  • U.S. for use of B&D Mechanical Contractors v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., 70 F.3d 1115 (10th Cir. 1995)
  • State of Oklahoma v. City of New York, et al., 116 S. Ct. 1091 (1996)
  • Alexander, et al. v. Taylor, et al., 51 P.3d 1204 (2002)
  • Bogart v. CapRock Communications, Inc., 69 P.3d 266 (Okla. 2003)
  • Binder, et al. v. Shepard’s Inc., et al., 133 P.3d 276 (Okla. 2006)