Gary S. Pitchlynn
Gary S. Pitchlynn is an experienced criminal and civil trial lawyer that has spent a significant part of his forty (40) year legal career focused on Federal/Indian law. A frequent panelist/speaker at the Oklahoma Sovereignty Symposium over the years, he has presented for many legal and business conferences and seminars on a variety of topics that include Indian gaming law, tribal sovereignty, tribal-state relations and constitutional law. He has published numerous articles and papers with professional and trade publications and has served on a variety of legal panels and advisory committees established to advise state and national tribal organizations.
A 1966 graduate of Wewoka High School, he received a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma before obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the Oklahoma City University Law School in 1977. During his years of private practice, he has practiced in all three United States District Courts in Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United State Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice and has appeared in numerous tribal courts and Courts of Indian Offenses and holds memberships in many tribal bar associations. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. At one time or another, Pitchlynn has worked for most of the tribes in Oklahoma and with a number of tribes located outside the state.
He has been a member of the faculty of the College of Law at the University of Oklahoma since 2010 where he teaches a seminar in Indian Gaming Law and Regulation. He also offers a Lecture Series for the Law School as a part of the curriculum for the Masters in Indigenous Legal Studies Program. His gaming experience and expertise has also led to a demand for his services as both an expert witness and as consulting legal counsel to assist with significant litigation and transactional work in this area of the law. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.