Holladay & Chilton | Civil Litigation
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James W. Dobbs

Stephen R. Johnson

Of Counsel

James W. Dobbs

James W. Dobbs has over 25 years of experience litigating civil lawsuits.   He has handled complex cases from their inception through trial and appeal on cases that have helped define Oklahoma law in the areas of duty to defend, compulsory insurance coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, bad faith, choice of law, equitable subrogation, and federal pre-emption issues.  

His practice has been focused in areas of personal injury, insurance defense, insurance coverage, bad faith, product liability, premise liability, trucking defense, business litigation, and appeals.   In addition to being in private practice for many years, Mr. Dobbs has also worked within an insurer’s claims department and is very aware of the specific needs and issues facing insurers.  

Mr. Dobbs received his Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law after receiving a business degree at the University of Oklahoma. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Oklahoma and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Dobbs has been a past or present member of, and active in, many insurance and claims related organizations including the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, the Insurance Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Torts and Insurance Section of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Oklahoma Claims Association and has given educational presentations regarding issues affecting the handling of insurance claims.In addition to his involvement in these organizations, he has been involved with providing pro bono work through Oklahoma Lawyers for Children representing the interests of deprived children in the juvenile courts.

His focus covers:

  • Personal injury

  • Insurance defense

  • Insurance coverage

  • Bad faith

  • Product liability

  • Premise liability

  • Trucking defense

  • Business litigation

  • Appeals


Bachelor of Business, Finance, 1988

Juris Doctor, 1991


  • State Bar of Oklahoma

  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional Organizations & Memberships  

  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

  • Oklahoma Bar Association – Insurance Section

  • American Bar Association – Torts and Insurance Section

  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Oklahoma City Claims Association

Reported Cases

  • Ball v. Wilshire Ins. Co., 2009 OK 38, 221 P.3d 717

  • Ball v. Wilshire Ins. Co., 341 Fed. Appx. 381 (10th Cir. 2009)

  • BNSF Railway Co. v. C.A.T. Construction, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 2503 (10th Cir. 2017)

  • Federated Rural Elec. Ins. Corp. v. Williams, 2002 OK CIV APP 78, 52 P.3d 1042

  • Herren v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., Inc., 2001 OK CIV APP 82, 26 P.3d 120

  • Freeman v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., 2008 OK CIV APP 33, 180 P.3d 697

  • Interior Shutters, Inc. v. Valiant Ins. Co., 2000 U.S. App. Lexis 33816 (10th Cir. 2000)

  • United States Fid. & Guar. Co. v. Federated Rural Elec. Ins. Corp., 2001 OK 81, 37 P.3d 828