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Bill V. Wilkinson

Experienced Oklahoma trial and appeals attorney

Bill Wilkinson was born in Comanche, Oklahoma in 1944. He moved to Bristow, Oklahoma, as a teenager and graduated as a Purple Pirate in 1962. He was admitted to the University of Oklahoma as a member of the President’s Leadership Class and received his Bachelor of Science in 1966. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa in 1968. He has lived and practiced in Tulsa for the last 40 years.

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Wilkinson has worked hard to establish and maintain a law practice with the highest competence, experience and standards. For more than 40 years, he has practiced in the areas of employment law, education law, business and banking, commercial law, appellate law and trial practice. He is admitted to practice law in every District Court in Oklahoma and every United States District Court in Oklahoma. Mr. Wilkinson is also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  He has tried countless jury trials and has earned a reputation as a highly effective litigator.

In 1992, Mr. Wilkinson was selected by the Governor of Oklahoma to serve a five-year term as a Commissioner for the Department of Human Services (DHS). In that role, he served as a member of the governing board for all departments of DHS. Mr. Wilkinson was instrumental in establishing a new program in Oklahoma called the Advantage Waiver Program. The program allows elderly individuals to receive care and assistance in their own homes instead of being forced to move to a nursing home. For his work, Mr. Wilkinson received the prestigious Agent of Change award from the Oklahoma Long Term Care Authority in 2007.

Mr. Wilkinson is active in his church and has served on many committees and boards, including the Board of Trustees and the Newcomers Board which welcomes new members into the church. He has always been very active in Oklahoma politics and enjoys participating in local, statewide and national elections. Mr. Wilkinson has served as a Tulsa County Chairman and a state delegate, and he has attended the inaugural celebrations for two different presidents.

Many different organizations have requested that Mr. Wilkinson speak and present at their events. As a result, he has taught hundreds of other Oklahoma lawyers through the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, Sterling, the National Business Institute and Meds-PDN. The seminar presentations are based on Mr. Wilkinson’s hands-on trial experiences and his anecdotal stories involving those experiences. He blends a discussion of legal theories with the practicalities of the courtroom.

Bill Wilkinson has been married for 44 years and is the proud father of three daughters and grandfather of four granddaughters and two grandsons.

Seminars taught

Mr. Wilkinson has taught hundreds of other Oklahoma lawyers through the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, Sterling, the National Business Institute, and Meds-PDN. The seminar presentations are based on his hands-on trial experiences and his anecdotal stories involving those experiences.  He strives to blend a discussion of legal theories with the practicalities of the courtroom. Some of the seminars at which Mr. Wilkinson has been an instructor include:

  • Employment Law Seminar, Hiring Issues, July 21, 2001
  • Writing and Revising Student Handbooks and Other Related School Issues in Oklahoma, May 14, 2002
  • Teacher Evaluations — Are they Confidential?; Can a School Obtain Teacher Evaluations from a Different School?; Should a Teacher Respond to a Negative Evaluations?, June 20, 2002
  • Avoiding Employee Lawsuits: Boardroom v. Courtroom, July 24, 2002
  • Payroll Management Seminar, Myths Regarding the Use of Loaned or Leased Employees and Independent Contractors, November 26, 2002
  • New Developments Affecting the Workplace in Oklahoma Avoiding Employee Lawsuits, December 17, 2002
  • Hot Topics In School Law,  February 7, 2003
  • School Law Seminar Violence in Oklahoma Schools, August 26, 2003
  • Discovery Techniques and Strategy and Ethical Considerations — (A) Confidentiality — What Should or Should Not Be Disclosed and (B) Using Fairness With Opposing Party and Counsel; Keys to Successful Pre-Trial, December 2, 2004
  • Potential Employer Liabilities Under New Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, September 30, 2004
  • The Old-fashioned Art of Persuasion in the Courtroom — A Discussion of Important Points Most Often Overlooked in Today’s Cyberspace World, 2001
  • Employment Law Seminar The Most Dangerous ADA Case: Perceived Disability, November 8, 2001
  • Employment Law Seminar Ethical Concerns for the Employment Lawyer, November 8, 2001
  • Employment Law 10-Tool Box, May 5, 2006
  • Employment Law Update Seminar — Protecting At Will Employment, June 15, 2006
  • Drug Testing in Oklahoma Public Schools Don’t Forget the Teachers and Staff; Small Office Management for the Legal Professional, November 15, 2007
  • How to Get Evidence and Expert Testimony Admitted in Court, June 22, 2006
  • Advanced Expert Witness Deposition Tactics, December 8, 2005
  • Keys to Successful Pre-Trial Preparation, December 2, 2004

Trust the experience of Wilkinson Law Firm for quality legal counsel

For skilled representation in employment law matters, call the Tulsa law office of Wilkinson Law Firm at 918.663.2252 or contact us online. We look forward to discussing your case.


Practice areas
  • Employment law
  • Trial practice
  • Business litigation
  • Commercial law
  • Education law
Bar admissions
  • Oklahoma, 1969
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1968
    • Member, Moot Court Board
    • Tulsa Law Journal, 1965 to 1966
  • B.S., University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma, 1966
Classes taught
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, University of Tulsa College of Law, 1982 to 1983
Professional associations and memberships
  • Tulsa County Bar Association, 1974 to 1983
    • Member, Judicial Appointments Committee and Public Schools Committee
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1975 to 1980
    • Chairman, Committee on Law and Citizenship Education
  • American Bar Association
    • Member,  Section on Litigation, 1974 to 1975
  • The National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys