David T. McKenzie

Mr. McKenzie is licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Courts of the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He has practiced law in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and California. He is the legal analyst for the KFOR television news station in Oklahoma City, he is on the Board of Governors for the Oklahoma Bar Association and a professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law and a former member of the Civil Procedure and Evidence Code Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee. He is also a member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and a former Sections Leaders Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association, serving as the 2016 chair of the OBA Criminal Law Section. He was rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in November 1993, which was his first year of rating eligibility, and has retained that rating for the last 25 years.

               Mr. McKenzie is listed in the “Top Lawyers of Oklahoma” in both of the areas of criminal defense and appellate law. He is the 1997 recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award, given by the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for outstanding criminal defense litigation and was named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of criminal law in Oklahoma in 2008. He was the 2010 recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association Criminal Law Section’s “Professional Advocate Award, Defender of the Year” and he received the 2011 Barry Albert Award from the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2014, Mr. McKenzie received both the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Earl Sneed Award for excellence in continuing legal education and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for excellence in writing. Mr. McKenzie has tried approximately 225 criminal jury trials and six civil jury trials. He was rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell in November 1993, which
was his first year of rating eligibility, and has retained that rating
for the last 25 years.  
 
Mr. McKenzie is listed in the “Top Lawyers of Oklahoma” in both of the areas of criminal defense and appellate law. He is the 1997 recipient of the Clarence Darrow Award, given by the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for outstanding criminal defense litigation and was named a “Super Lawyer” in the area of criminal law in Oklahoma in 2008. He was the 2010 recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association Criminal Law Section’s “Professional Advocate Award, Defender of the Year” and he received the 2011 Barry Albert Award from the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 2014, Mr. McKenzie received both the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Earl Sneed Award for excellence in continuing legal education and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for excellence in writing. Mr. McKenzie has tried approximately 225 criminal jury trials and six civil jury trials.
David McKenzie is also a professional actor represented by Magna Talent Agency in Oklahoma City. He has appeared in six motion pictures, numerous television commercials and has been a talk radio show host. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Mr. McKenzie co-authored Hearsay and the Confrontation Clause—The Apostle Paul, the American Revolution and Today, 87 OBJ 513 and Lights, Camera, Bar Action—Ethical Implications of Extrajudicial Statements and Pre-Trial Publicity in Criminal Proceedings. 85 OBJ 2551.

“ McKenzie a lawyer
of courage for his public statements that racism is a pervasive problem
in the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.”

United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy,