Holladay & Chilton | Civil Litigation
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Gary S. Chilton

Gary S. Chilton

founding partner

Gary S. Chilton

Gary Chilton, founding partner of Holladay & Chilton, is recognized as an extremely effective, committed and tenacious advocate for his clients, and he has over 35 years of experience winning the toughest cases in state and federal courts. One judge, after a hard-fought jury trial, praised his work by saying, “Mr. Chilton, if I ever need an attorney – and I hope I never do – I want you to be my lawyer.”

His outstanding work earned him not only the highest possible rating by Martindale-Hubbell, but also an invitation to become a senior fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. This highly exclusive society is composed of less than one-half percent of all lawyers in America.

As a father of a premature 1-pound-2-ounce girl born at 25 weeks (now a healthy and beautiful young adult), Chilton is champion of children’s causes. He has appeared on local and national television programs to talk about premature birth, and he has served in various top roles with many important children’s health organizations, bringing considerable attention and resources to critically ill children across Oklahoma.

His focus covers:

  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate governance and shareholder derivative actions
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Franchise litigation
  • Full range of business torts


Juris Doctor, 1981


  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Admissions and grievances committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Public Employees Relations Board


  • Senior fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers of America – Business Litigation
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Oklahoma
  • Top AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Organizations & Memberships  

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association, board of directors
  • Leadership Oklahoma City, alumni board of directors

Community Involvement

  • March of Dimes, Oklahoma ambassador
  • Oklahoma Family Network, founder and president
  • Oklahoma Children's Health Foundation, president, board of directors
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, board of directors
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County
  • The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, vice president, board of directors
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, pro bono guardian ad litem, representing children subjected to sexual abuse

Reported Cases

  • Branch v. Farmers Insurance Company, 123 F.Supp.2d 590 (W.D. Okla. 2000)
  • Dais-Naid Inc. v. Phoenix Resources (In re Texas International Corp.), 974 F.2d 1246 (10th Cir. 1992)
  • Citizens of National Bank & Trust Co. v. Star Automotive (In re Thriftway Auto Supply), 159 B.R. 948 (W.D. Okla. 1993)
  • Star Automotive Warehouse v. Spears (In re Thriftway Auto Supply), 156 B.R. 300 (Bankr. W.D. Okla. 1993)
  • Star Fuel Marts, LLC v. Sam’s East, Inc., 362 F.3d 639 (10th Cir. 2004)
  • Musket Corp. v. Star Fuel of Oklahoma, 2013 WL 1891295 (W.D. Okla. 2013)