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- Kirk Turner - bio Kirk is a Shareholder and serves as the Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum, where he focuses his practice on representing companies and management in Labor and Employment Law matters, as well as representing automobile dealerships in legal issues unique to that industry. Kirk’s experience as a trial attorney in representing management in litigation in all areas of labor and employment law allows him to provide preventive counsel and training to corporate clients in the areas of legal compliance, employment claim prevention, internal investigations, wrongful termination, civil rights, equal employment opportunity, wage and hour litigation, employee benefits, occupational safety and health, labor-management relations, union avoidance, immigration, unemployment, disability benefits and workers compensation discrimination. Kirk is a member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel, a nationwide professional organization of attorneys who represent automobile and other vehicle dealers. Kirk also has extensive experience in representing employers in discrimination, harassment and civil rights matters, and routinely represents management in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state fair employment agencies and the Department of Labor. Kirk has been selected for inclusion several editions of The Best Lawyers of America, and Super Lawyers and is the recipient of the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resources Management’s 2007 Excellence Award. Kirk has served on the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (“TAHRA”) for several years, was the organization’s President in 2002-2003, and currently serves as its Vice President of Legislative Affairs and General Counsel. Kirk was the recipient of the 2001 TAHRA President’s Award and the 2003 TAHRA Excellence Award. Kirk served five terms as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs and General Counsel for the Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, and is a past board member of the Tulsa Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinators’ Association. Kirk has been a member of the National Employee and Labor Relations Committee for the Society for Human Resource Management, has served on the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Committee and Legislative Affairs Committee, and serves as General Counsel for WorkForce Tulsa and the Tulsa Better Business Bureau. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is a member of the American, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tulsa County (Labor and Employment Law sections) Bar Associations and is a past Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Kirk is admitted to practice law in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. Kirk is rated AV® Preeminent™, the highest rating awarded to attorneys for legal ability and professional ethics by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System. Kirk was named to the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Oklahoma Super Lawyers® list and is named as being among the top 50 lawyers in the State of Oklahoma. Kirk's Best Lawyers in America® listing began in 2012 and continues through 2016. The Oklahoma's Top-Rated Lawyers® lists Kirk for 2012 though 2015, and he is also listed among Tulsa's Top-Rated Lawyers by TulsaPeople Magazine.