Leonard Court

Director

Office: Oklahoma City
Email: leonard.court@crowedunlevy.com

Phone: 405.235.7706
Fax: 405.272.5232
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Leonard Court is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (B.A., 1969) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972). He joined the firm in 1972. He served as a J.A.G. in the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1977, when he returned to Crowe & Dunlevy. Court is a member and past chairman of the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group which he established. Court has served as a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee since 1997. In 1999, he was appointed chairman of the Wage, Hour and Leave Subcommittee. He has served as an adjunct professor of labor law at the University of Oklahoma Law School and Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is a former president of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and received that organization’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998. He was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2006 which is the association’s highest honor.

An active member in the human resources industry, Court was awarded the Oklahoma City Human Resources Society HR Legend award in 2014, the Oklahoma Human Resources Council Annual Excellence in Human Resources award in 2015 and the Oklahoma County Bar Association Community Service award in 2016. He is also actively involved with the American Bar Association, the Employment Law Alliance, the Council for Education in Management and LEI/BNA. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and webinars for these organizations.

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association Community Service Award recipient, 2016
  • Oklahoma Human Resources Council Excellence in Human Resources Award recipient, 2015
  • Oklahoma City Human Resources Society HR Legend Award recipient, 2014
  • Best Lawyers Oklahoma City Employment Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2010, 2012 and 2014*
  • Best Lawyers Oklahoma City Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year, 2013*
  • Chambers USA – Ranked in the “star” category nationally as a management attorney in labor and employment law, 2003 - Present*
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, inducted 1997
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers Top 50 attorneys in Oklahoma, 2007 – present*
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers, 2006 – present*
  • Past president of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association and received the organization’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1998
  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductee, 2006
  • Member of the American Bar Association's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Section on Labor and Employment Law and the Labor Relations Law Committee, Litigation Section
  • Oklahoma representative to the ABA Regional Liaison Committee with the EEOC
  • Listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and the Guide to Leading U.S. Labor and Employment Lawyers

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

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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law (Member, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, 1979 – Present)
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Member, Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee, 1983 – Present)
  • ABA Equal Employment Opportunity Committee Marketing Liaison to the ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, 2007
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Labor Law Section (Council member, 1984 – 1986)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Labor Law Section (Chairman, 1986)
  • United States Chamber of Commerce (Chairman, Wage, Hour and Leave Subcommittee)
  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association
  • OSU Foundation Board of Governors

Honors & Awards

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers – Top 50 attorneys in Oklahoma, 2006–present*
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Labor and Employment Law)
  • The Journal Record Leadership in Law Award, 2007
  • Fellow, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame, 2006
  • Oklahoma State University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award, 1998
  • Guide to Leading U.S. Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in American Education
  • Who’s Who in America, 1990–Present
  • Best Lawyers (Labor and Employment Law), 1987–Present*
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Employment Law - Management, 2010, 2012-2014)*
  • Chambers USA – (ranked in the “star” category nationally as a management attorney in labor and employment law), 2003–Present*
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 1991–Present
  • Recipient of the Oklahoma City Human Resources Society HR Legend Award, 2014
  • Recipient of the Oklahoma Human Resources Council Annual Excellence in Human Resources Award, 2015
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association Community Service Award, 2016

Published Works

  • Associate Editor, Employment Discrimination Law—Fifth Edition—2015 Supplement (BNA)
  • Chapter Update Chair (Chapter 29—Title VII Litigation Procedure), Employment Discrimination Law—Fifth Edition (BNA 2012)
  • McBride and Court, “Labor Regulation, Union Avoidance and Organized Labor Relation Strategies in the Wake of Sand Manuel Band of Indians, NLRB”, 40 The John Marshall Law Review 1259 (Summer 2007)
  • Court, "The Labor Union Movement: A Rebirth or a Funeral," Sovereignty Symposium XX 2007 I-1 (2007)
  • Court (Coauthor), Winning Legal Strategies for Employment Law, Aspatore (2005).
  • Chapter Editor; Wage and Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey, (BNA 2004 - 2016)
  • Court and Warmington, "The Workplace Privacy Myth: Why Electronic Monitoring Is Here to Stay," 29 OCU Law Review 15 (Spring, 2004)
  • Court, "Offensive Discovery Strategies in Employment Cases," Winning the Federal Case Before Trial (Thomson - West, 2003)
  • Court, "Effective Appellate Advocacy - A Lost Art," 2003 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment, p. 788 (LEI 2003)
  • Court, "Closing Argument Tips for Defending the Employment Case," 13 The Practical Litigator, Vol. 3, p. 29 (ALI/ABA May, 2002)
  • Court, "Defendant's Motions In Limine - Winning The Battle That Can Win The War," 2003 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment Law, p. 255 (LEI, 2002)
  • Court, "Tips for Examining/Cross-Examining the Expert Witness," 2002 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment, p. 291 (LEI, 2002)
  • Court, "The Opening Statement - The Preview To Victory or The Beginning Of Defeat?" 2002 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment, p. 333 (LEI, 2002)
  • Court, "The Art of Direct and Cross-Examination and Mastering The Closing," 2001 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment Law, p. 179 (LEI 2001)
  • Court, "Litigating Damages: Punitive Damages - Liquidated Damages - The Expert Witness," 2001 National CLE Conference Labor and Employment Law, p. 355 (LEI 2001)
  • Chapter Chair, Employment Discrimination Law - 2000 Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (BNA 2000)

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "2014 Legal Update of State and Federal Employment Laws", Stillwater Area Human Resources Association, January 16, 2014, Stillwater, OK

  • Speaker, "A Year in Review: Key U.S. Labor and Employment Law Developments and What to Expect in 2014", Employment Law Alliance Webinar, January 16, 2014

  • Speaker, "A Year in Review," Oklahoma College & University Professionals Association Human Resources Spring Conference, March 5, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "A Year in Review," Oklahoma College & University Professionals Association Business Officers Spring Conference, April 4, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "How Federal Regulatory Agencies Have Sput Out of Control," Annual OCHRS Seminar, April 24, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "Finding the Power to Effectively Deal with Federal and State Agencies," 2014 Oklahoma HR State Conference & Expo, May 7, 2014, Tulsa, OK

  • Speaker, "How to Conduct An Investigation," Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council Monthly Meeting, June 17, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Panel Moderator, "Dealing with Federal and State Agencies," Cambridge Employment & Labor Law Forum, June 25-27, 2014, Boulder, CO

  • Speaker, "Age Discrimination," Title VII 50th Anniversary Educational Outreach Event, July 24, 2014, Tulsa, OK

  • Moderator, "LGBT Issues and U.S. Employment Law: What Employers Need to Know," Employment Law Alliance Webinar, September 9, 2014

  • Speaker, "Update from Washington, D.C.," 2014 Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminars, September 30 and October 2, 2014, Tulsa, OK and Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "NLRB Update," SHRM Great Plains Chapter Meeting, October 8, 2014, Lawton, OK

  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Laws," Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Law Seminar, November 6, 2014, Tulsa, OK

  • Speaker, "OSHA Recording and Reporting Requirements Seminar," Ponca City Area SHRM, November 19, 2014, Ponca City, OK

  • Panelist, "Important Cases in 2014," Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association Chapter Meeting, December 12, 2014, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "Retaliation Claims," Strafford Webinar, January 14, 2015

  • Presenter, "The NLRB in Indian Country," ABA 19th Annual National Institute on The Gaming Law Minefield, February 12, 2015, Las Vegas, NV

  • Speaker, "Legal Traps for Small Businesses," Moore Norman Technology Center Entrepreneurial Excellence Lunch and Learn Session, March 25, 2015, Oklahoma City

  • Speaker, "Update from Washington, D.C.," Annual OCHRS Seminar, March 26, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "LBGT Discrimination in the Workplace," Big XII College and University Professionals Association Human Resources Meeting, June 1, 2015, Lubbock, TX

  • Moderator, "Dealing with Federal and State Agencies: The EEOC and U.S. Department of Labor," Cambridge Employment & Labor Law Forum, June 25, 2015, Chicago, IL

  • Speaker, "Staying on Course: Dealing with Investigations and Misclassification of Staff," Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminar, September 2015, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, Gaming Law Minefield 2016, February 12, 2016, Las Vegas, NV

  • Speaker, "Don't Take Your Passion Too Far: Recent Developments in Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination," 2016 Oklahoma Human Resources State Conference and Expo, April 2016, Tulsa, OK

  • Speaker, Cambridge Employment & Labor Law Forum, June 2016, Dallas, TX

  • Speaker, EEOC Oklahoma City Area Technical Assistance Program Seminar, July 28, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "Changing Costumes during the Big Show: A Closer Look at Gender and LGBT Discrimination," Crowe & Dunlevy Labor & Employment Seminar, September 2016, Tulsa and Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, Oklahoma City Metro Employer Council Monthly Meeting, November 15, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Speaker, "Conducting a Workplace Investigation," Annual OCHRS Seminar, January 26, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK

Classes Taught

  • Mr. Court lectures nationally at numerous seminars yearly
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1999 – 2002
  • Guest Lecturer, Oklahoma State University College of Business, 1996
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1983 – 1984
  • Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma City University law School, 1999 – 2009
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