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John A. Burkhardt, Jr.

John Burkhardt’s civil and appellate law practice focuses on litigation in federal and state courts, as well as non-litigation business client counseling, with a focus on business and complex commercial litigation, particularly including oil and gas litigation involving both upstream, midstream and downstream operations, employment and employee benefits litigation, financial institution, bankruptcy, and securities litigation, officer and director litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance litigation, franchise and distributor/dealer litigation, products liability, fiduciary litigation as well as arbitration and mediation. His legal practice has involved commercial disputes of a local, national and international nature. Appellate practice has included successfully arguing cases involving employment, ERISA, breach of contract, oil and gas issues, tort and regulatory issues before the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, Oklahoma Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

 John was raised in Chicago. He has lived in Tulsa for the past 37 years, since attending the University of Tulsa.


  • J.D., University of Tulsa, 1980 (Phi Delta Phi)
  • B.S., with honors, University of Tulsa, 1977

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Oklahoma, 1980
  • U.S. District Courts – Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Courts – Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Courts – Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
  • Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association
  • Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inn of Court (Barrister)
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity


  • Benchmark Litigation recognition as  “Litigation Star”
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating
  • Tulsa People recognition as one of Tulsa’s “Top Lawyers”
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation)