NORMAN — Norman attorney David A. Poarch Jr. was sworn into the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors during a ceremony Friday at the state Capitol. Poarch will serve as the association’s president elect in 2014 and automatically become president on Jan. 1, 2015. The ceremony took place in the Supreme Court Ceremonial Courtroom on the second floor.
Poarch currently practices with the firm of Bailey and Poarch in Norman, where he is engaged in real estate, probate and estate planning, as well as a variety of litigated matters. He was born in Oklahoma City, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and returned to Oklahoma for college and law school. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1969, which included service in Vietnam as a combat medic with the 1st Cavalry Division in 1967, he received his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from UCO in Edmond. He then graduated from OU College of Law in 1977.
He began his legal career as an assistant United States attorney in Oklahoma City, followed by private practice with law firms in Oklahoma City and Norman. He served as in-house general counsel and chief operating officer for a private financial services business acquired by a Fortune 500 company, and then as the assistant dean for external affairs at OU College of Law, where he served from 1997 until his retirement in 2011.
He is a member of the Oklahoma, Cleveland County and American Bar Associations as well as a past and present member of several other local bar associations. Poarch has served twice as an OBA Board of Governors member, from 2001-2003 and from 2010-2012. In addition, he is the part-time presiding judge of the Norman Municipal Court. He and his wife, Teana, live in Norman.
Other state bar association officers to be sworn in Friday are Tulsa attorney Renée DeMoss, president; and Susan S. Shields, Oklahoma City, vice president.
OBA Board of Governors members to be sworn in for three-year terms are Deirdre O’Neil Dexter of Sand Springs, James R. Marshall of Shawnee, and Kevin T. Sain of Idabel. OBA 2013 President Jim Stuart of Shawnee and OBA Young Lawyers Division Chairperson Kaleb Hennigh of Enid will each take the oath of office to serve on the board for one year.
Norman lawyers serving on the board are Jim Drummond, representing Supreme Court Judicial District 5, and Richard Stevens, who serves as an at-large member. Norman resident Robert Don Gifford II also serves on the board.
The 17,500-member Oklahoma Bar Association, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.
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