E. Terrill Corley

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E. Terrill Corley

Mr. Corley has been practicing law at the same location for over 35 years. His motto is, "Service to others is the price we pay for occupying space in the community."

He is highly respected by fellow lawyers and judges. For the last 20 years, he has been selected by judges and lawyers for inclusion in the book "Best Lawyers in America."
E. Terrill Corley

The American College of Trial Lawyers Membership

His highest honor, though, is to be invited to be a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization of both plaintiff and defendant counsel.

Less than one-half of one percent of all lawyers who try cases are invited to join this organization. Nominees must undergo a rigid and extensive vetting process and must conform to the highest possible ethical standards of the profession.

As one member once stated it, "We must be satisfied that any nominee must be someone we could play poker with over the phone!"
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Timeline of Legal Service

E. Terrill Corley has an extensive list of the accomplishments, experience, and education that gives him an edge in the courtroom. The timeline of his career can be viewed below. Scroll to the bottom to view his honors, including "Best Lawyers in America" and Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Hall of Fame. Contact E Terrill Corley & Associates today to find out how we can help you.
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  • 1964: B.A., Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1966: Master's in Education, Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma
  • 1972: J.D., the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Honors: Law Journal Staff


  • 1972-1976: Assistant Public Defender, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Tried several dozen jury trials, including numerous capital cases.
  • 1976-Present: Private Practice, Tulsa, Oklahoma


  • 1973: Board of Directors, New Day Pretrial Release
  • 1986-1990: Board of Directors, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1987-1988: Organization and Moderator of monthly "Tulsa Trial Lawyers" breakfast
  • 1989-1990: House of Delegates, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 1992: President, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1993-1995: Board of Directors, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1996-1998: House of Delegates to the Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 2001-2002: Member, Oklahoma State Committee of American College of Trial Lawyers

Seminars, Etc.

  • 1978 (approx): Organized, moderated and spoke at seminar, University of Tulsa, for beginning lawyers
  • 1984: Organized and moderated "Belli Seminar" on behalf of OTLA held in Tulsa (approximately 20 speakers)
  • 1985: Panel Moderator, Annual OTLA Meeting, Fountainhead Lodge
  • 1985: Lecturer, OTLA Seminars, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; subject: Opening Statement
  • 1985-1986: Faculty member and workshop leader, OTLA College of Advocacy, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 1986: Lecturer: "Cross-Examination," OTLA Seminar in Tulsa and in Oklahoma City
  • 1987: Guest Speaker, University of Tulsa Chapter of Student Trial Lawyers; Topic: "Trial Practice"
  • 1988: Lecturer, OTLA Annual Meeting: Big Sky, Montana, "Handling the Big One"
  • 1988: Lecturer, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Convention, Kansas City, Missouri; subject: "Keeping score on the Defense Doctor"
  • 1988: Lecturer, OBA Seminars in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton; subject: "Proof of Non-Economic Loss in Wrongful Death Cases"
  • 1988-1990: Lecturer, OTLA College of Advocacy, Norman, Oklahoma; subject: "Direct Examination of Expert Witnesses"
  • 1989: Lecturer, OTLA Winter Convention; subject: "Effective Use of Video as a Settlement Tool"
  • 1990: Lecturer, Tulsa Trial Lawyers Association; subject: "Effective Use of Resources in the Soft Tissue Case; Examination of the Expert Witness"
  • 1990: Lecturer, University of Oklahoma School of Law/Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association seminar; subject: Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • 1991: Lecturer, Oklahoma Bar Association seminar; subject: "Evidence"
  • 1991: Lecturer, University of Oklahoma seminar; subject: "Taking the Deposition for Use at Trial"
  • 1991: Lecturer, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers seminar; subject: "Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses"
  • 1991: Trial Tactics Seminar, Dallas, Texas; sponsored by the University of Texas; lecture: "Handling and Coping with Experts at Trial"
  • 1993: Lecturer, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Wichita, Kansas; "Use of Focus Groups in Trial Preparation"
  • 1993: Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; lecture: "Creative Uses of Video"
  • 1994: Tulsa Trial Lawyers Breakfast Meeting, Tulsa, Oklahoma; lecture: “Effective Use of Video in the Courtroom”
  • 1995: College of Advocacy, University of Oklahoma; faculty member
  • 1995: Oklahoma Bar Association Product’s Liability Seminar; lecture: “Use of Focus Groups for Pretrial Preparation”
  • 1995: Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association; lecture: “Use of Focus Groups for Pretrial Preparation”
  • 1995: Oklahoma Bar Association Annual Meeting, Panel Meeting; discussion: “Winning in Mediation”
  • 1996: Oklahoma Bar Association, Masters of the Courtroom Seminar; lecture: “VoirDire - Climbing Into the Jury Box” and “Panel of Masters Sharing Successful Strategies”
  • 1999: “Handling Professional Negligence Cases” Oklahoma Bar Association/ Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1999: “Humor in the Courtroom” and “Use of Focus Groups,” Washington County Bar Association

Committees, Etc.

  • 1984: Continuing Legal Education Committee, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1986: Fee Arbitration Committee, Tulsa County Bar Association
  • 1988: Membership Committee, OTLA
  • 1990-1991: Member, Professional Responsibility Committee, Tulsa County Bar Association
  • 1990: Member, Executive Committee, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1991: Vice-Chair, Legislative Committee, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • 1994-1996: Oklahoma Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee
  • 1998-1999: Tulsa County Bar Association, Court Operations Committee


  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association now Oklahoma Association for Justice (OAJ)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America now American Association for Justice (AAJ) (sustaining member)
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Licenses, Certification, Etc.

  • Admitted to practice, Northern District of Oklahoma, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted before the US Supreme Court

Areas of Interest

  • Negligence and product liability
  • Moderating focus groups (have conducted between 150 and 200)


  • 1990: Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Hall of Fame
  • 1991: Distinguished former student of University of Central Oklahoma
  • 1993-2010: Listed "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • 1993: W. Lee Johnson Chapter, American Inns of Court
  • 2002-2004: Member Oklahoma State Committee, American College of Trial Lawyers
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