OBF Welcomes New Executive Director

The Oklahoma Bar Foundation is excited to announce Renee DeMoss as their new Executive Director. Renee has been acting Interim Director of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation since November, 2015, and has now decided to make the OBF her permanent home.  The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to make her the full-time OBF Executive Director starting officially on October 1, 2016.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Renee’s stature stepping up to the plate to lead the Foundation,” says OBF Board President Millie Otey.  “The Board has been very purposeful in making positive changes to the Foundation, and we believe Renee is the right person to have at the helm as we begin an exciting new chapter at the OBF.”

Renee comes to the Foundation from the GableGotwals law firm in Tulsa, where she began her law practice in 1984 after graduating summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a BA in History and Political Science, and a JD with honors as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

“While serving as President of the OBF in 2008 and President of the OBA in 2014, I became extremely familiar with the wonderful work bar organizations do on behalf of the attorneys and citizens of Oklahoma, and the potential the OBF has to do so much more.  I am so committed to this bar foundation, and becoming Executive Director seems like such a natural fit for me.  I am very excited about this new journey!” Renee says.

Since Renee’s admission to the Oklahoma Bar, she has practiced primarily in commercial litigation and insurance.  She has been named by Best Lawyer’s in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and ERISA Litigation, and as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer in Litigation. Other honors include the OBA Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award, which honors an OBA member practicing 10 years or more for the highest standards of conduct and legal professionalism; the OBA Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award, recognizing women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession; the OBA Alma Wilson award, which honors an OBA member who has made a significant contribution in improving the lives of Oklahoma children; the OBA  Golden Quill award, given annually for the best written article published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal; and the Tulsa County Bar Association Golden Rule Award, presented quarterly to a TCBA member in recognition of the highest standards of fairness, integrity and ethics.

Renee is also a past president of the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Tulsa County Bar Foundation, she has served on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Bar Foundations, the Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company and a variety of community organizations, including United Way, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Green Country, Leadership Tulsa and the Nature Conservancy.

Welcome Renee as she begins her new role as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.  You may reach her at reneed@okbar.org.


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