Dan W. Ernst

Junior Partner

Dan has been a practicing litigator for more than 30 years.  When he joined the firm in 1996, Dan brought with him over a decade of experience representing hospitals, physicians and allied health professionals against claims of malpractice.  Over the years, he has continued to represent and advise physicians and healthcare professionals in all aspects of professional negligence litigation. He has represented clients in a vast number of cases involving significant bodily injury and death. Due to his extensive litigation experience, Dan is a key member of the trial team.

When he’s not working Dan enjoys traveling, food, reading and running.

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation & Arbitration
  • Healthcare Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Negligence Litigation

Admitted to Practice:

  • Oklahoma, 1980
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma


  • Miami University, B.S. cum laude, 1977
  • University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D. with honors, 1980

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • The Harmonie Group
  • Adjunct Judge, Early Mediation and Settlement Conferences, Human RIghts Department, City of Tulsa

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Tulsa Top Lawyers, TulsaPeople, 2011, 2012