William R. Grimm

Mr. Grimm is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice is concentrated primarily in business-related litigation, involving complex commercial transactions, contractual disputes, intellectual property rights, fiduciary obligations, oil & gas matters, corporate governance & tax issues, business valuations, products liability, governmental investigations, creditor rights and bankruptcy issues.  He received his Juris Doctorate (1973) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance (1970) from the University of Oklahoma.  He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, all Oklahoma United States District and Bankruptcy Courts, the 5th and 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the United States Supreme Court.

His litigation skills and expertise has been acknowledged by several national organizations and publications serving the legal profession, including the time honored AV rating from Martindale-Hubbard; continuously selected as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer© in business litigation since its inception in 2006 to present and as a prestigious “Top Fifty in Oklahoma” for the years 2009 – 2011; Best Lawyers© for both corporate and business litigation in the years 2009 – 2020; Oklahoma Magazine – Best of the Best Attorney© for the years 2010 – 2020; and selected as an Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocacy since 2000.

Mr. Grimm has served in numerous leadership positions for the Oklahoma Bar Association, such as President (2006); Vice-President (2004); and the Board of Governors (1996-1998). Since 2018 he was elected as a Commissioner to the Judicial Nominating Commission, responsible for submitting candidates for appointment to the Oklahoma judiciary; and previously served as Commissioner to the Professional Responsibility Commission, charged with the responsibility of investigating lawyer misconduct under the Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Governing Professional Discipline.

In 2012, he received a Governor’s Commendation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for his service to the legal profession. He is a past recipient of the 2011 OBA Joe Stamper Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the legal profession; 2009 OBA President’s Distinguished Service Award for his leadership of the Administration of Justice Task Force; and the 2004 OBA President’s Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in the creation of the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Mr. Grimm also served on the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation (2005-2006) and is a Benefactor Fellow. He received the OBF President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.  Also, he has been a delegate to the American Bar Association (1991-1993 & 2005-2007) and a member of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents since 2006. He was selected as an American Bar Fellow in 2003.

As a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, he served as President (1991-1992) and on the Board of Directors (1988-1993). He received the 2003 TCBA Gary C. Clark Distinguished Service Award for his work as chairman of the TCBA Centennial Celebration; and the 2002 TCBA Neil E. Bogan Professionalism Award for his outstanding contributions and adherence to the highest ideals of the legal profession; and twice received the TCBA President’s Distinguished Service Award (1989 & 1990). He also served as President (1992-1993) and Director (1992-1998) of the Tulsa County Bar Foundation, where he is a charter fellow.

Mr. Grimm has been a member of many other professional and civic organizations, including the Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the American Inns of Court-Hudson Chapter. He is also listed in Who’s Who in American Lawyers.

In 2006, Mr. Grimm received from the Sigma Chi International Fraternity the prestigious Significant Sig award for his professional achievements and contributions to his community.  He was also inducted into the Order of Constantine for outstanding volunteer service to his fraternity, where he served in numerous official capacities for Beta Kappa of Sigma Chi, Inc. – the housing organization at the University of Oklahoma; founder & director of the Beta Kappa of Sigma Chi White Cross Foundation; president of the Tulsa Sigma Chi Alumni Association and was the national recipient of the William T. Brigham Best House Corporation Officer (2001) and Grand Consul’s Certificate of Merit (2010). In 2016, he authored and published “The History of the Beta Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1912 – 2016”.

He served as a Trustee for Tulsa County on the Skiatook Area Reservoir Authority (1981-1987), the Vision 2000 Criminal Justice Task Force (1992-1996), past director of the Tulsa office of the Legal Aid Society of Oklahoma and Tulsa Lawyers for Children. He also served as a past member of the Finance Committee and Administrative Board for Boston Avenue Methodist Church.

Mr. Grimm has presented professional seminars for the Tulsa County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association on issues of litigation and bankruptcy. In 2018, he presented a seminar on Judicial Elections to the Oklahoma Judicial Conference. Additionally, he was a contributing author to the 2002 OBA Standards of Professionalism and the 1999 OBA Strategic Plan.

Mr. Grimm has authored several articles for the Oklahoma Bar Journal on issues affecting the practice of law, including “Attorney Discipline in Oklahoma, a Historical Prospective”, “The Discipline Diversion Program” and “Unauthorized Practice of Law in Oklahoma”, and “A Practical Approach to Professionalism,” which appeared in the Tulsa Lawyer.

Representative Cases:

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Business Services

Real Estate

Estate Planning


University of Oklahoma
Juris Doctorate (1973)
Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance (1970)

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Oklahoma
United States Supreme Court
5th & 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal
10th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel
Northern, Eastern & Western United States District and Bankruptcy Courts

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