Oliver Sterling Howard


Local law firm GableGotwals has established a $7,500 scholarship at The University of Tulsa College of Law in memory of complex litigation shareholder and former chairman Oliver Sterling Howard.

Howard, who spent 39 years at Gable Gotwals, died in 2018 at age 72.

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Throughout his legal career, he served the Tulsa community through various boards and organizations, dedicating significant time to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice.

"In connection with the firm's 75th anniversary celebration, we are providing a $7,500 scholarship in Oliver’s name to diverse TU law students who similarly give back to the community," John Dale, GableGotwals CEO said in a statement. "In addition to Oliver’s significant community service and mentoring, his accomplishments in the courtroom are legendary.

"He once led a trial team that obtained a record $742 million judgment in Oklahoma state court and he later set a record in Arkansas, securing a $109 million jury verdict. Both cases were affirmed on appeal. Oliver had a special talent and was driven to serve others — not just with his notable and significant wins for his clients, but also in his dedication and service to the firm and the Tulsa community.”

GableGotwals began with Ellis Gable and Charles Gotwals in 1944 and now employs about 100 attorneys and 60 professionals with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and San Antonio.

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