Adam W. Childers


Office: Oklahoma City

Phone: 405.235.7741
Fax: 405.272.5956
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Adam W. Childers is a director and shareholder at Crowe & Dunlevy, and serves as co-chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (1997) and his Juris Doctor degree (2000), both with honors, from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended the Summer Program at the Queens College at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

Adam is currently an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Department of Labor and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Barristers. Adam is also a member of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and he is a graduate of Leadership Norman's 2007-08 class and OKConnect Class 2 (2012). In 2013, he was chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, after holding the positions of vice-chair in 2012, treasurer in 2011 and secretary in 2010. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Division and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court.

The Best Lawyers publication selected Adam for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2016-2018 for Labor and Employment litigation. In 2011 and 2012, Adam was rated a “Leader in Field” by Chambers USA and elevated to “Band 3” status by the same ranking service in 2013-2016, followed by a "Band 2" ranking (labor & employment) in 2017-2018. Adam has achieved the BV peer review rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. Adam was listed as a “Rising Star” in the October 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 publications of Super Lawyers and in 2013-2017 he was listed as a “Super Lawyer” in employment litigation by the same publication.* In May 2009, Adam was selected as a member of The Journal Record’s “Achievers Under 40 – Class VI.”

Since joining Crowe & Dunlevy in 2000, Adam has successfully represented management in cases brought by employees under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Oklahoma's non-compete and non-solicitation statutes and Oklahoma's Open Meeting and Open Records Acts.**

In addition to his litigation work for employers, Adam has handled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Oklahoma Human Rights Commission investigations as well as Oklahoma Employment Security Commission hearings. Childers has trial experience, both in jury and bench trials.

Adam is very involved in counseling employers who have questions about personnel decisions, ranging from how to properly terminate an employee to the proper procedures for garnishing an employee's paycheck. Adam has also crafted and revised employment policies for employee handbooks.

Building on his experience in oratorical skills that he gained as the college captain of the University of Oklahoma's Speech and Debate team, Adam is very active on the legal lecture circuit. Adam speaks to other lawyers, high level executives, human resource professionals and clients about the various nuances of the laws affecting the workplace. These speaking engagements have included discussions on the ADA, FMLA, ADEA, Title VII, FLSA, Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation laws, as well as strategies for keeping the workplace free of litigation.

*Crowe & Dunlevy has no input in the rating methodologies used by Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell or Super Lawyers publications.

**Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its merits.

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Professional Experience

  • Bernadine R. Vaughn v. Epworth Villa, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, August 19, 2008 (affirming summary judgment for employer)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council, Board of Directors, 2014 Chairman
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (Board of Governors, 2003 - 2004)
  • Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, Board Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa (Alpha Chapter - University of Oklahoma)
  • Leadership Norman, 2007-2008 class
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, Treasurer

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment (2015 - Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Hot Topics in Employment Law for the Oil and Gas Industry: A Global Perspective", Employment Law Alliance Webinar, February 27, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Do’s and Don’ts, the How’s and Why’s and Everything Else You Ever Wanted to Know About Hiring and Firing the Right Way," The Road Map to Employment Law Issues, April 17, 2014, Tishomingo, OK
  • Speaker, "Danger, High Voltage! A Step by Step Examination of a Real Life Arbitration from the Filing of the Wrongful Discharge Claim to the Findings of the Arbitrator and All the Shocking Lessons in Between," 2014 Oklahoma HR State Conference & Expo, May 9, 2014, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, "Birdies, Bogies and Pars…A Case Study of Recent Federal Court Decisions Affecting Employers, Including the Good (Birdies), the Bad (Bogies) and the In-Between (Pars)," 2014 Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminars, September 30 and October 2, 2014, Tulsa, OK and Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, SHRM Great Plains Chapter Meeting, October 8, 2014, Lawton, OK
  • Speaker, "Let's Be Reasonable, An Examination of Real-Life Disability Cases Under the ADA(AA)," Annual OCHRS Seminar, March 26, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "You Have the Leverage…Use It! An Examination of the Aftermath of an Employee Termination and What Employers Can Do to Protect Their Legal Interests," Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference & Expo, April 15, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "LGBT Issues in the Workplace," Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council Meeting, June 16, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "Religious Workplace Accommodations," ELA Webinar, June 30, 2015
  • Speaker, "Charting a New Course in Murky Waters: LGBT Issues in the Workplace," Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminar, September 2015, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK
  • Keynote, “Ethics and Employment Law: Play it Safe, Get it Right,” Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Bridging the Gap Conference, March 31, 2016
  • Speaker, Association of Legal Administrators Oklahoma City Chapter Meeting, April 21, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "How to Stop a Three Alarm Fire...Lessons Learned From an Examination of Retaliatory Discharge Case Lawsuit," 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo, April 2016, Tulsa, OK
  • Panelist, “Legal Q&A," 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo, April 2016, Tulsa, OK
  • Speaker, Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference, September 8, 2016, Norman, OK
  • Speaker, "When the Circus Leaves Town: An Examination of the Aftermath of an Employee Discharge," Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminar, September 2016, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK
  • Speaker, "So What the @#%! Happens Now? The Current State of Affairs for the FLSA and Wage and Hour Laws," Annual OCHRS Seminar, January 26, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK

Classes Taught

  • "Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place... Drug and Alcohol Testing in Oklahoma," Ardmore Personnel Roundtable, Ardmore, Oklahoma, December 7, 2009
  • "Damned if You Do and Damned if You Don't... The Case of Ricci v. DeStefano," Oklahoma Association for Affirmative Action Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 25, 2009
  • "We Know What You Did on Summer Break: An Examination of Off-Duty Conduct and its Role in the Workplace," Oklahoma City Human Resources Society, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, September 24, 2009

Community Service

  • Member, University of Oklahoma Board of Visitors for the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Leadership Norman, 2007-2008 class
  • Bi-monthly legal columnist for the Journal Record
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