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JOSEPH FRANCIS BUFOGLE, SR.

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITION

 

  • Attorney
  • Corporate Shareholder
  • Director
  • President
  • Bufogle & Associates, P.C. Attorneys

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

August 2011 to Present

 

  • Settlement Judge
    Multiple venues; successful resolution as intervenor and mediator
    Civil, real estate, personal injury, product liability, commercial transactions, fraud, insurance claims, bad faith, trucking, employment contract, premises liability, construction and medical disputes

 

August 2008 to Present

 

  • Bufogle & Associates, P.C.
    Shareholder, director, operator and trial counsel of a general practice law firm.  Areas of practice include federal and state courts, litigation, civil appeals, trials, arbitrations, insurance law, personal injury law, construction, contracts, tort claims, settlement judging and mediation/alternative dispute resolution.

 

June 1997 to August 2008

  • Howard, Widdows & Bufogle, P.C.
    1500 Bank of America Center
    15 West Sixth Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74119

    Shareholder, director, operator and trial counsel of an 18 attorney, general practice, law firm. Areas of practice include federal and state courts, litigation, civil appeals, trials, insurance law, personal injury law, mediation/settlement judging, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and estate litigation

 

April 1988 to June 1997

  • Bufogle and Associates, Attorneys
    3105 East Skelly Drive, Suite 600, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105
    Sole Proprietor, Private Practicing Attorney


    Sole owner and chief trial counsel of a four lawyer, general practice law firm, maintaining 13 staff members and individual/commercial clients, providing representation in approximately 400 concurrent legal cases


October 1985 to April 1988

  • Howard and Widdows, P.C.
    2021 South Lewis, Suite 570, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101
    Associate Attorney

    General civil practice trial lawyer/associate in Tulsa area law firm

 

 

April 1984 to October 1985

  • Smith, Hanson and Holmes
    1200 Fourth National Bank Building
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74101

    General civil practice trial lawyer/associate in Tulsa area law firm

 

 

April 1982 to March 1984

  • Lloyd's General Insurance Agency and Equity Fire and Casualty Company
    1204 South Harvard
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74112

    Insurance Claim Supervisor and Adjuster
    Responsible for claims handling, litigation supervision, acting claims department management, adjuster training, policy drafting and independent adjuster supervision in home office of a multiple lines insurance company

 

1980 to 1982

 

  • American International Adjustment Company
    6016 South Lewis, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136
    Resident Claims Representative
  • Tulsa Multi-lines claim adjuster for American International Group, a commercial property and casualty group of insurance companies

 

 

1977 to 1979

 

  • General Adjustment Bureau (GAB Business Services, Inc.)
    Amarillo, Texas
    Insurance Claims Adjuster

    Multi-lines claim adjuster for this national independent insurance adjustment company.   Also conducted catastrophe claims assessments and adjustments in several states for both property and casualty claims

 



 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

Member 1983 -_____, Oklahoma Bar Association

 

Member 1984- _____, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, AAJ

 

Member 1983- _____, American Bar Association       Member: Tort and Insurance Litigation Section

 

Member 1984- _____, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, OAJ, Board of Directors

 

1996- _____, Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, OAJ, Chairman

 

1997-1998, Chairman, Speakers Bureau Moderator

 

1996-2002, Tulsa Trial Lawyers Breakfast Seminar Committee, Chairman

 

Member 1977-1985, Tulsa Claims Association

 

Member 1979-1996, Oklahoma Claims Association

 

Volunteer Legal Counsel to Personnel "Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act,"  assistance to Families of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and aftermath

 

Member 1983-1997, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International

 

Member Tulsa County Bar Association, Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Legal Care Provider for the Elderly

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS

 

Member 2009- _____, Homeowners Association

 

Member, Board of Directors 1981-1992, Century XXI Homeowners Association, (Past Vice President and Treasurer) Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Member, Board of Directors 1986-1987, Timberbrook Homeowners Association Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

 

Board Chairman, President 1989- _____, Heritage-West Art, Inc.,  An Oklahoma corporation, Tulsa, Oklahoma, dedicated to the education, preservation and advancement of art and antiques

 

Member Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Lifetime Member, Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity

 

Member, Board of Directors 1993-_____, Brandy Chase Owners Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma (past Vice-President)

 

Member, Board of Directors 2001-_____, Lawyer for Center for Counseling and Education, Inc., a Pastoral Counseling Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Member, Board of Directors 2009-_____, 26 Oaks Owners Association, an office complex, Vice-President

 

 

 

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW

 

December 1983 to Present  Oklahoma Supreme Court

 

June 1984 to Present           United States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

June 1985 to Present           United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Denver, Colorado

 

January 1988 to Present      United States District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, Muskogee, Oklahoma

 

June 1990 to Present           United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC

 

May 1991 to Present            United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS

 

Certificate of Commendation Volunteer Lawyers Program
Co-sponsored by the Tulsa County Bar Association and Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma, Inc.

Award Special Assistant to the Governor of Oklahoma, November 1987

 

Certificate of Appreciation Tulsa County Bar Association, 1987

 

Certificate of Meritorious Service University of Tulsa College of Law, April 1981

 

Certificate of Appreciation Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1999

 

National Registry of Who's Who  Member, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and Accepted as Life Member, Year 2000

 

Letters of Recognition, Tulsa County District Court Judges, for meritorious services as Adjunct Settlement Judge, Early Settlement Program, 2011-___

 

Marquis Who's Who Member, 2000

 

Stratmore's Who's Who  Member, 2000-2001, Millennium Edition

 

Kingston's Who's Who  Member, 2001

 

 

LECTURES PUBLICATIONS AND PAPERS

 

Basic Adjuster's Instructor and Lecturer "Basic Adjuster School"
Equity Fire and Casualty Insurance Company and Affiliated Companies Tulsa, Oklahoma

Speaker "Insurance Cases" with Paul T. Boudreaux J.D.
Tulsa Chapter of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters 1990 States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Speaker "Personal Injury Case Management"
Oklahoma Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Instructor  "Personal Insurance"
Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Fall Semester

Author and Speaker "Legal Trends, Techniques and Update"
Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Muskogee and Lawton, Oklahoma

Author "Insurance Claims and Disputes in Personal Injury Claims"
Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Author and Speaker "Discovery: Objectives of the Plaintiff Practitioner in Discovering Bad Faith Pattern"
Lorman Education Services, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Speaker "Managing the Auto Accident Soft Tissue Injury Case to Maximize Recovery"
Tri-Med Tulsa Rehabilitation Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Author and Speaker "Litigating the Bad Faith Case: Discovery Techniques"
Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Do's and Don't's to Plaintiff Trial Lawyers" with the Hon. J. Kent Frizzell
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "What to do in Sexual Harassment" with J. Patrick Cremin, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Discovery on Medical and Hospital Negligence" with Lisa Riggs, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Use of Computers in the Courtroom" with Gary Brooks, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "View from the Bench" with Hon. Ned Turnbull and Hon. Jane Wiseman
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Modern Research in the Prevalence, Suggested Treatment and Setback Rates of Soft Tissue Injuries"
with Craig R. Wolff, M.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Avoiding Malpractice and Other Legal Alligators" with Rex Travis, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "How to Take Care of Your Number One Client - You" with Sandra Henderson, M.S., CPA
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Practical Aspects of Evaluating a Potential Employment Law Case from the Perspective of the Plaintiff's Lawyer" with Don Bingham, J.D.;
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Program Coordinator "Trial Lawyers Judicial Candidates Forum" with Hon. Deborah Shallcross, Hayden Downie, J.D., Hon. Ronald Shaffer, John Street, J.D., Hon. Linda Morrisey, Hon. Gordon McAllister, Hon. David Winslow, Terry Webber, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Fundamentals of a Premises Liability Claim" with Greg A. Farrar, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Impeaching the Daubert Defendant through the Mouths of the Defendant's Own Witnesses" with
Greg Haubrich, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Ins and Outs of Burch v. AllState Insurance Company" with Joe Clark, J.D. and Dennis King, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Using the Internet for Advantage in the Plaintiff's Practice" with Alfred Kent Morlan, J.D.;
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Speaker "Checklist for Handling an Automobile Injury Case"
Tulsa County Bar Association Solo Practitioner Section, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Effective Workers Compensation Tools for the Trial Lawyer" with Lewis Berkowitz, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "An Overview of Davis v. Farmers Insurance Group', Reflections of a Winner" with John T. Edwards, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "How to Deliver the Death Blow in Jury Trials" with Mike Jones, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Ethics in the Courtroom" with Steven K. Balman, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Results Oriented Settlement Packages" with Guy Fortney, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "What to Expect in the Tulsa Criminal Justice System for the Seasoned Criminal Law Practitioner" with Allen Smallwood, J.D. Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "What the General Practitioner Needs to Know about Criminal Defense" with Allen Smallwood, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "New Developments in Cross Examining the Defendant's Medical Advocate" with Chris Knight, J.D.
and Mark Stanley, J.D.,
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Working with the Media in Litigation Issues" with Douglas Dodd, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Child Injury Prevention: What the Trial Lawyers Should Know" with Mark Brandenburg, M.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Limits of Zealous Advocacy in Discovery" with Steven K. Balman, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Avoiding Alligators-Malpractice Avoidance in Tort and Insurance Cases" with Rex K. Travis, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Admission/Overruling of Trial Evidence: A Judge's Perspective" with Hon. P. Thomas Thornbrugh
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Whiplash Epidemiology and Biomechanics; Dispelling the Myths" with Robert J. Fenell, D.C.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Speaker "Legal Testimony by the Internal Medicine Resident" with Lucy Kroblin, J.D. and R.L. Mayer, M.D., Tulsa, Oklahoma
Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Moderator and Speaker "Legislative Update" with Vicky White-Rankin, OTLA Lobbyist and Pat Carr, J.D.
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Medical Art Enhancement of Demonstrative Aides" with Hoyt Smith, M.A., M.E., M.F.A. d/b/a Medical & Legal Graphics, Inc.,
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Moderator and Speaker "Discovery" with: Arnold Levinson, J.D.; ("Deposition the Insurance Company Claims Adjuster,"); Hon. P. Thomas Thornbrugh ("Fire and Ice"); and Greg Robinson, B.B.S. d/b/a T.R. Legal, Inc., ("Technology in the Courtroom.")
Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association Continuing Legal Education, Winter Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma