Micah L. Adkison
Micah Adkison is dedicated to client care and takes pride in being responsive and thorough in addressing clients' legal needs. He is an experienced litigator with a primary focus on oil and gas matters. Micah takes ownership of his case file and consistently and ethically seeks to gain the advantage for each of his clients.
Micah has secured substantial victories for many of his clients in the district courts, arbitration proceedings, and/or settlement negotiations. He is equally at home in a court room or on a backroads site visit to gain a first-hand assessment of his clients' unique situation.
He is active in his community and dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to providing pro bono legal services to low-income clients, as well as veterans and active-duty military personnel. Micah once obtained and collected an approximately $28,000 judgment on behalf of a low-income, pro bono, client, which, despite the relatively low-dollar amount, remains one of his proudest achievements as a lawyer.
Micah graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. During law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal (ONE J) and received the American Jurisprudence Award for top performance in Mineral Title Examination. He was also the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship. Micah received his Bachelor of Science in political science from Tarleton State University. He also holds a certificate in Petroleum Land Management from the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Micah served more than 14 years in the United States Marine Corps, departing service as a major, and is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is, first, a Christian and, second, a family man. He spends most of his free time hanging out with his wife, raising kids, running a cow-calf operation, and trying to squeeze in a hunting experience every now and then.
Micah is a past President of the Mineral Lawyers' Society of Oklahoma City.
The following are highlights of Micah's recent representative successes:
• As defense counsel, secured summary judgment in favor of defendants in the amount of $570,958.00 on counterclaims; the plaintiff took nothing
• As defense counsel, successfully compelled arbitration in the district court and secured a subsequent arbitration award which was ultimately confirmed as a judgment in the amount of $111,502.52; the plaintiff took nothing
• Secured summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, for three defendant well operators in a dispute with a non-drilling plaintiff over the correct non-consent penalty to be applied to the plaintiff's interest; the plaintiff also claimed interest under the Oklahoma Production Revenue Standards Act; the plaintiff took nothing
Areas of Practice
- Oil & Gas Litigation
- General Litigation
- Surface Damages
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
- U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
- North Dakota
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
- J.D. – 2017
- Law Journal: Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal, Editor-in-Chief
- Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
- B.S. – 2003
- Major: Political Science
- Presenter, “Recent Developments: Class Certification in Oklahoma State Court Royalty Underpayment Litigation,” Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma (November 15, 2018)
- The Significant Nexus Test: Why the Waters of the United States are so Murky, 1 Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. 487 (2016)
- How Justice Scalia’s One-Stroke Commonality Analysis Impacts Royalty Underpayment Class Litigation in Oklahoma State Courts, Institute for Energy Law, The Energy Dispatch, Issue 5 (April 2019)
- Q&A with Micah Adkison – Whisenhunt v. Strat Land Exploration Co., Oil & Gas, Nat. Resources & Energy J. Blog
- Q&A with Micah Adkison – Corporation Commission Expands Notice Requirements of Oil, Gas Operators, The Oklahoman, (August 28, 2019)
Honors and Awards
- Joint Service Commendation Medal
- Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star
- Dean's Honor Roll
- 1L Moot Court Distinguished Speaker Award
- American Jurisprudence Award- Mineral Title Examination
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Mineral Lawyers’ Society of Oklahoma City, President, 2020 to 2021
- Federalist Society
- Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court
- American Associate of Professional Landmen
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
- Institute for Energy Law
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Crowe & Dunlevy, Associate, 2017 to 2021
- USMC, Major, 2000 to 2014