About My Legal Career And The History Of My Law Firm
Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself. I am estate law attorney Deborah E. Fortune, born in Oklahoma and proud to have served Oklahomans for more than 40 years through my law practice. Thanks to my hard work and a series of timely opportunities, I have developed the skills that I apply today in my estate planning and probate law firm.
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To get further insights into my path and this law firm’s history, read the narrative below, which highlights my ambition and legacy of service.
From Gas And Oil Law Practice To Service As An Administrative Law Judge And General Counsel
As my father had done before me, I first practiced oil and gas law after graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. My family originally lived and farmed outside of Pawnee before moving to the Oklahoma City area. With earnings from my first career as an elementary school teacher, I funded my law school education.
Then, beginning in 1979, I worked for Kerr-McGee in the natural gas division handling regulatory filings with state and federal agencies, as well as negotiating gas contracts.
I was appointed as an administrative law judge, first, in 1980, for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in its oil and gas division and then again, in 1982, for the Oklahoma Land Commission.
During this time, I was also general counsel for the Oakland Drilling and Robert Gordon Oil companies, handling business matters and representing these companies in regulatory matters and civil litigation.
In 1983, I became vice-president and general counsel for the Far East Equipment Corporation, a company that purchased oilfield equipment for refurbishing and resale to international markets. I conducted negotiations with international vendors and was actively involved with all of the aspects of the international business transactions, including letters of credit and funding issues.
Serving Oklahomans Over The Decades
Also in 1983, I opened my law practice, focusing on the areas of oil and gas law, civil litigation, estate planning, bankruptcy and family law. In 2012, I joined Donelle and Darquita to form Ratheal, Maggard & Fortune, PLLC. Today I focus on estate planning and probate administration at my firm, The Fortune Law Center. I also maintain a limited practice of select family law cases.
Community and family life are important to me. I have volunteered my time to provide estate planning services to church and civic organizations. Through the years, I have served as a guardian ad litem for children of divorcing parents, throughout the state. I am a mother, grandmother and proud owner of three silky terriers and a standard poodle – most of them rescued dogs.
I Welcome Your Inquiry About Estate Law And Related Legal Issues
How can I help you with elder law matters, including estate planning, probate and estate administration? Let me know and let’s talk.