- Simone Fulmer Gaus - Attorney
Simone is a native Oklahoman who graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in vocal music education. After teaching in Pryor, Oklahoma for four years, Simone decided to go to law school and moved back in with her parents in Del City to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Simone graduated with distinction from OU in 1996. While still in law school, Simone began working in the general counsel’s office of a life and health insurance company. This practical experience paved the way to her understanding of the various aspects of insurance claims and business practices.
In 1998, Simone began working on behalf of policyholders in protecting their rights under insurance policies. Simone’s practical, down-to-earth approach quickly puts clients at ease. Her astute litigation preparation delivers results and earns her an unparalleled reputation for success on behalf of her clients. Simone is well known for her seminars on insurance and bad faith litigation in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. After a close family member sustained a serious brain injury in a car wreck, Simone started focusing more of her practice on these type of injuries.
Simone started Fulmer Group in October of 2014 because she wanted a different experience for clients and her team. She believes that clients’ legal needs are best served when the strengths and skill set of each team member are fully utilized in a collaborative way on every case. Simone designed the entire firm, from the layout of the offices to personnel roles and responsibilities, with high-stakes litigation in mind. By taking cues from the corporate world and hard lessons learned in a traditional law firm environment, several innovative changes were made to how to handle each case. The approach brings to the forefront each team member’s unique talents so the legal needs of clients are met as quickly as possible. In this way, the firm retains the traditional values of achieving justice for clients, but in a way that challenges the status quo.
In addition to her law practice, Simone serves on the non-profit Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, Executive Board of Oklahoma Association for Justice, of which she was President in 2014. Simone has also been named a LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer for 2020.
- Matthew J. Sill - Attorney
Matthew J. Sill focuses his practice on pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, and class action litigation. He is frequently selected for leadership positions among large groups of attorneys representing hundreds or thousands of injured parties. Matt currently represents over 75 cities, counties and tribes in the nationwide opioid litigation, In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804, Case No. 17-md-02804. Matt also recently filed the first case in Oklahoma regarding the marketing and sale of JUUL, In Re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation.
Matt was designated to serve in official leadership roles by presiding judges in the following matters:
Co-Lead Counsel for MDL 2700, In Re: Genentech, Inc., Herceptin (Trastuzumab) Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, currently pending in United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for MDL 2331, In Re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation, currently pending in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for JCCP 4749, In Re: GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Litigation, currently pending in Los Angeles Superior Court; Appellate Liaison Counsel and State Court Liaison Counsel for MDL 2266, In Re: Darvon, Darvocet, and Propoxyphene Products Liability Litigation, in which Matt was previously a member of Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, currently pending in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky; and Class Counsel in Garcia v. Allergan, Case No. 11-cv-9811 PSG, in which physicians throughout the United States received settlement funds for purchasing Botox Cosmetic based on off-label promotion, currently pending in United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Matt was also instrumental in fulfilling his firm’s co-lead counsel responsibilities for the BOK National Settlement Class from MDL 2036, In Re: Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, and Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) duties for MDL 1871, In Re: Avandia Sales Marketing and Products Liability Litigation. He was also on the trial team in Bergen County, N.J., for Stribling v. Wyeth, the last successful (from a plaintiff’s perspective) “fen-phen” verdict in the United States. Over the past decade, Matt’s firm has represented the largest number of “fen-pen” claimants in the nation. His team currently assists with PSC obligations in the multibillion dollar global settlement program of MDL 2299, In Re: Actos Products Liability Litigation, the largest single mass tort settlement involving a drug that’s still on the market.
In multiple matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Matt represented hundreds of people allegedly injured or killed by generic prescription drugs. See; e.g., Romo v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. He also appeared before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on behalf of several hundred women bringing claims against vaginal mesh manufacturers. See; e.g., Teague et al. v. Johnson & Johnson et al.
Matt serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in the Oklahoma Association for Justice and Board of Governors in the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA). He has been continuously re-elected to these positions for many years.
Matt regularly accepts invitations for faculty positions and speaking engagements at seminars and continuing legal education programs. He has lectured in numerous locations, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas, with programs typically being attended by lawyers from several other jurisdictions. He was chosen to co-chair HarrisMartin Publishing’s 2013 CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation Conference. In the practice area of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Matt has been a featured instructor or moderator at educational programs devoted to Actos®, GranuFlo®, Topamax®, pre-emption in generic drug cases, and several other topics. He authors a number of articles, and up-to-date information on relevant publications and published legal opinions are available by request from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representing plaintiffs with cases pending in several different jurisdictions, Matt’s ability to practice pro hac vice is often based on the recommendation and sponsorship of local attorneys. See; e.g., MDL 2244, In Re: DePuy Hip Implant Litigation; MDL 2738, In Re: Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Liability Litigation. He is fully admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma (2007), where out-of-state lawyers often retain him as local counsel for high-profile matters ranging from products liability to securities and antitrust. See; e.g., In Re: Chesapeake Energy Derivative Litigation. Matt has successfully helped families and individuals involved in opioid litigation, diabetes drug litigation, birth control litigation, gadolinium-based contrast dye litigation, hip replacement litigation, fentanyl pain patch litigation, heart defibrillator lead litigation, Las Vegas hepatitis litigation, Chinese drywall litigation, hormone replacement therapy litigation, denture cream litigation, heart surgery products litigation, dialysis products litigation, and aircraft crash litigation, to mention only a few.
Matt received his law degree from Whittier College in Southern California (J.D. 2005), and his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma (B.B.A 2000). Prior to attending law school, Matt worked for a well-known talent and literary agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., and as a campaign official in a successful gubernatorial race in Oklahoma. As a law student, he consistently worked as clerk to the senior partner of a high-profile mass tort firm in Los Angeles.
- James D. Sill - Attorney
James Sill has been a leader for more than 35 years in winning compensation for thousands of injury victims throughout the United States. In addition to obtaining more than $200 million in out-of-court settlements for his clients, Jim has prevailed in a series of multi-million-dollar jury verdicts against companies such as Ford, Honda and Wyeth. He has won pharmaceutical jury verdicts with proof that manufacturers of medication have deceived the public about the risks and side effects of medications. In addition to the products liability, personal injury and pharmaceutical areas, Jim and the firm have been leaders in a number of class-action suits.
Jim has served as co-lead class counsel in class actions involving prescription medications, including Cafky v. Bayer, perhaps the last case in the United States in which individual personal injury claims were certified for class-action handling. He just completed successful service as co-lead counsel in Dr. Julio Garcia, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Allergan, Inc., a Delaware corporation, Case No. 11-CV-09811, United States District Court, Central District of California, in which a $7.75 million-dollar class recovery was approved. Jim was recently lead co-counsel in national recoveries in Ramer v. Bank of Oklahoma in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, as well as Stokes v. MidFirst in Oklahoma. He has been successful in suits involving injuries and death from Trasylol usage during surgery; Triavil anti-anxiety medication; death due to toxicity from fentanyl patches used for pain relief; and death and injury of diabetic patients from Avandia usage.
Jim currently is working aggressively in cases involving a wide spectrum of prescription medications, including Actos, Reglan, Rituxan and gadolinium. From 1997 until 2010, Jim was lead counsel in recovering for patients suffering from heart valve damage, in what amounted to the largest group of recoveries in Oklahoma history involving any medication. Jim has also been successful in recovering by both trial and settlement in major auto/truck design cases and aviation accidents.
<b>JIM'S SUCCESSES INCLUDE:</b>
Attocknie v. Carpenter Manufacturing, Inc., 901 P.2d 221 (1995), establishing Oklahoma law on federal preemption, holding that compliance with federal standards for school bus safety did not preclude suit against manufacturer for failure to install seat belts.
Johnson v. Ford Motor Co., 45 P.3d 86 (Oklahoma Supreme Court, 2000), in which the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a $5,000,000 jury verdict, clarifying Oklahoma law on expert testimony and enhancement of injury.
Hagy v. American Honda Motor Co., 125 F.Supp.2d, 456 (2002), clarifying diversity jurisdiction in products liability.
Parker v. O’Rion, 769 F.2d 647, C.A. 10 (Okl. 1985), clarifying the district court’s role in reducing judgment by settlement obtained from joint tortfeasors in products liability.
Jim has been a director of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, formerly the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, for 20 of the past 25 years. Jim is a longtime member of the American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and currently serves as a Leaders Forum member after having been a state delegate from Oklahoma. Jim was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates; served as a member of the lawyer-staffed panel of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals in 1988; and has frequently lectured to the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association and the OTLA College of Advocacy on such topics as trial tactics, federal procedure, specific categories of fault (including auto design defects), and litigation related to numerous prescription medications.
Beyond the pharmaceutical liability arena, Jim has achieved substantial verdicts and settlements involving other products liability claims with regard to vehicle design, design and warnings of farm and oil field equipment, and consumer products. Jim won the only successful jury verdict against antenna manufacturer Orion Industries for death caused by uninsulated antennas routinely used throughout the country. Jim’s work and verdict in this case have been credited with saving lives by pushing the industry to offer insulated antennas.
Jim has a reputation of never giving up a fight. Despite Jim’s success in the 1990s in a suit against a school bus manufacturer for catastrophic injuries alleged to have resulted from lack of seat belts in school buses, the majority of school buses in the United States are still on the road without seat belts. Jim wants to see this changed, believing schoolchildren are needlessly at risk. Jim has successfully handled many cases involving injury or death to oil field workers from many sources, including defects in frac tanks and swivels, metallurgical defects in swivels, and malfunctioning tongs.
Jim is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and Colorado, as well as numerous federal court admissions, including the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has been admitted pro hac vice across the country. Jim was recognized as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates, an achievement achieved by less than 1 percent of lawyers.
Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1969, Jim served for three years as an assistant district attorney. Since that time, his practice has been focused on representing the injured. Prior to the formation of the current firm, Jim was a partner in the leading Oklahoma law firm of Henry, West, Sill & Lombs. He was then a senior partner of Sill, Beadles, Johnson, Biscone and White before founding Sill Law Group. James Sill is an owner of Sill Law Group, PLLC, and is Of Counsel to Fulmer Sill.
- Harrison Lujan - Attorney
Prior to joining Fulmer Sill, Harrison was General Counsel for Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd., where he established the legal department and implemented many policies and procedures for the entire company. The position gave him a unique perspective on the “corporate mindset” and the importance of customer service and creating business strategies with the goal of providing better legal services. In his role at Fulmer Sill, Harrison manages the firm’s finances and is also a critical member of the mass torts and complex litigation team. Harrison currently represents over 75 cities, counties and tribes in the nationwide opioid litigation, In Re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL No. 2804, Case No. 17-md-02804. Harrison was also involved in in the filing of the first case in Oklahoma regarding the marketing and sale of JUUL, In Re: Juul Labs, Inc. Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation.
Born and raised in Yukon, Oklahoma, Harrison received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and J.D. from the University of Oklahoma, graduating with distinction. Shortly after, he was admitted to both the Texas and Oklahoma Bar. Harrison is best known for his ability to “think outside the box” when approaching complex legal issues and it has afforded him many opportunities for creative solutions as an attorney.
- Jacob Rowe - Attorney
Jacob received undergraduate degrees in both Accounting and Economics from the University of Oklahoma before attending the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He graduated law school with the distinction of a Merit Scholar and was also a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society.
As a trial lawyer, Jacob brings a diverse set of skills and experience to Fulmer Sill from his many areas of practice including criminal, family, juvenile and civil litigation. He also advanced his trial advocacy skills at the prestigious Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College early on in his legal career. His skillset, along with his initiative and efficiency, is apparent in the quality and integrity of his work. More importantly, Jacob’s sincere desire to advocate for the best interest of his clients helps to ease the legal process for those he serves.
Jacob is committed to being an active and involved volunteer in the community by serving as a member of the Oklahoma City Midtown Rotary Club, promoting local arts and artists and raising funds for art education in local schools… Jacob enjoys live music and hanging out with his wife, Dana, and their two “children,” Deuce, the American Pit Bull Terrier, and Phoenix, a Miniature Pinscher.
- Christopher J. Bergin - Attorney
Chris Bergin is a civil practice trial attorney admitted to practice law in the state of Oklahoma in December of 1989. Chris received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. He originally practiced in Chicago, Ill., from 1983 until moving to Oklahoma, and he maintains his Illinois license to practice. Chris was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the seventh and 10th United States courts of appeals, and in the United States district courts for the eastern, western and northern districts of Oklahoma.
Chris has tried more than 30 civil trials and taken more than 1,000 depositions. He has 10 reported appellate cases and has participated in more than 100 administrative hearings in his capacity as deputy general counsel for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from 2006 to 2013.
For seven years, while in private practice, Chris served as an officer and board member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association. He also taught Trial Practice for the American Bar Association (ABA), the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA) and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Chris received training and certification as a trial practice instructor from NITA in 2000 and has prepared pleadings, motions and briefs, and appeared in state and federal courts continuously in his 30 years of practice.
- Curtis Bruehl - Attorney
Curtis “Muskrat” Bruehl has dedicated his law practice to representing Indian tribes who have been the victim of fraud and negligence. Mr. Bruehl also concentrates his practice on defective drugs, medical devices, and products. He is actively involved in prosecuting claims on behalf of his clients who suffered injuries ranging from defective hips to defective diabetes medications. Mr. Bruehl is proud to have taken on some of the largest industries in the world advocating on behalf of Native American tribes.
Mr. Bruehl is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and was the lead attorney that obtained the successful resolution of the Avandia litigation in both tribal and federal courts on behalf of numerous tribes across the country. He is admitted to practice in several tribal courts including the Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation, as well as being admitted to practice before various Federal Courts, including the District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Bruehl received his Bachelors Degree, Juris Doctorate, and Master’s Degree in Indian Law from the University of Oklahoma. The Firm’s practice is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Curtis “Muskrat” Bruehl is owner of The Bruehl Law Firm, PLLC, a 100% minority-owned business, and is Of Counsel to Fulmer Sill.
- Peyton Howell - Attorney
An Oklahoma native, Peyton attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where he graduated with a Political Science Degree in 2015. He went on to attend the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he earned his JD in 2019. During law school, he earned the American Jurisprudence award for Technology in Law and was on the Dean’s Honor Roll. He served as Student Bar Association Vice President, was a member of the Oklahoma International Law Society, interned with the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General, and participated in the 2017 Oxford Study Abroad Program.
Peyton worked as an intern at Fulmer Sill beginning in July of 2018 and joined the firm as an attorney upon passing the Oklahoma Bar Exam in 2019.
- Jeff Cummings - Attorney
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Zoology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He then went on to medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Colorado where he obtained extensive medical training. Eventually, he returned home to study law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Jeff first joined Fulmer Sill as a law clerk just after his first year of law school and continued to work in this capacity throughout his law school career until he graduated with a J.D. from OU Law. Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar and became an attorney with Fulmer Sill.
Jeff is best known for his extensive medical knowledge, which in combination with his legal training, gives him a unique skill set as one of the primary evaluators and advisors of medically related tort claims. He focuses his practice on pharmaceutical and medical mass torts, complex product liability and consumer class actions.
- Chad W. P. Kelliher - Attorney
Born in the Midwest, Chad Kelliher received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a Co-Major in International Studies from the University of Kansas. Following college, Chad relocated to attend the Oklahoma City University - School of Law, where upon graduation, he accepted an associate position with a prominent Oklahoma City personal injury law firm and decided to make the area his permanent home.
Chad has devoted his legal career to helping injured Oklahomans and brings a vast wealth of experience in handling personal injury claims. He has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list and is the recipient of numerous “Client’s Choice” awards, including being recognized by AVVO as a “Client’s Choice” attorney in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Chad’s history of obtaining multi-million-dollar recoveries for his clients has helped hundreds of injured Oklahomans get the compensation they deserved. Some of his most fulfilling experiences have come from helping victims and family members of those who have been injured or killed at the hands of intoxicated motorists.
Outside of the office, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and hound dog. He is a Kansas basketball junkie, below-average golfer, shooting enthusiast, and avid hunter. Knowing the value of hard work and honest dealings, Chad prides himself on being equally adept in the woods, a flooded duck marsh, or the courtroom.
- Dr. Tara Tabatabaie - Attorney
Dr. Tara Tabatabaie, a lawyer and a scientist, concentrates her practice on mass tort litigation, with a primary focus on complex pharmaceutical cases. She also handles a variety of legal issues involving product liability, environmental damage and toxicity. She represents clients in state, federal and appellate courts, and mediations. Dr. Tabatabaie currently serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multidistrict litigation, In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2299, as well as the Science Committees for In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2331 and In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation. MDL 2428. She also served as a member of the Science Committee in the In re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1871, where her scientific expertise made significant contributions to the successful resolution of the case that has resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement for the plaintiffs.
Prior to starting her legal career, Dr. Tabatabaie was a senior research scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City. In that position, she studied the biomedical processes involved in a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS dementia, and various environmental toxicities. Dr. Tabatabaie is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has served as the peer reviewer for several prestigious scientific journals. Due to her extensive biomedical research experience, Dr. Tabatabaie is frequently requested to lecture and educate the legal community on the scientific issues involved in pharmaceutical litigation.
Tabatabaie, T., Vasquez-Weldon, A.M., Moore, D.R., & Kotake, Y. (2003) Free radicals and the pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes: Cytokine-mediated generation of free radicals by beta cells. Diabetes, 52: 1994-1999.
Hensley, K., Tabatabaie, T., Stewart, C.A., Pye, Q.N., and Floyd, R.A. (1997) Nitric oxide and derived species as toxic agents in stroke, AIDS dementia, and chronic neurodegenerative disorders. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 10:527-532.
Tabatabaie, T., Kotake, Y., Wallis, G., Jacob, J., and Floyd, R.A. (1997) Spin trapping agent phenyl N-tert-butylnitrone protects against the onset of drug-induced insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. FEBS Letters, 407:148-152.
Tabatabaie, T., Stewart, C., Pye, Q.N., Kotake, Y., and Floyd, R.A. (1996) In Vivo trapping of nitric oxide in the brain of neonatal rats treated with the HIV-1 envelope protein GP 120: Protective effects of α-phenyl-Tert-butylnitrone. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 221:386-390.
Tabatabaie, T., and Floyd, R.A., (1996) Protein damage and oxidative stress. IN Cellular Aging and Cell Death. (Holbrook, N.J., Martin, G.L., Lockshin, R.A., eds.) Wiley-Liss, Inc., pp 35-49.
Tabatabaie, T., Goyal, R.N., Blank, C.L., and Dryhurst, G. (1993) Further insights into the mechanisms by which 5,7-Dihydroxytryptamine expresses its neurotoxicity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 36:229-236.
American Association for Justice
Oklahoma Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association
American Constitution Society
American Diabetes Association, Professional Affiliate
American Chemical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine
Member, Board of Directors, Sustainable Oklahoma City
Past Member, Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Oklahoma City University School of Law
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Merit Scholar, Oklahoma City University
Faculty Honor Roll
Dean’s Honor Roll
Multiple CALI Awards for highest grade in respective courses
Outstanding Service Award, Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni Association
Graduate Research Excellence Award, University of Oklahoma
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Society
Tara is married and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and their two sons.
- Katie E. Griffin - Attorney
Katie Eidson Griffin is a trial lawyer with Sill Law Group who handles complex litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country with an emphasis on complex products liability and consumer class actions. She represents clients in state and federal trial courts, bankruptcy courts, appellate courts and mediations. Katie currently serves of the complaint and appeals committee for In re: Darvon, Darvocet, and Propoxyphene Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2266, and previously served as a member of the science committee in In re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1871.
Prior to joining Sill Law Group full time in 2010, Katie practiced as a litigation associate with Geary, Porter & Donovan, a Dallas-based civil practice law firm, in the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation and tax controversies. Katie also served as the director of the University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Office of Professional and Career Development, where she assisted students with a multitude of career opportunities, including placement of students with firms and federal and state clerkships across the country.
<b>PRESENTATIONS AND/OR PUBLICATIONS:</b>
“Will States Continue to Provide Exclusivity in Tribal Gaming Contracts or Will Tribes Bust on the Hand of the State in Order to Expand Indian Gaming,” American Indian Law Review (2004)
Matthew J. Sill & Kathryn Griffin, “The Cat Herders’ Corner: Mass Torts and Class Action Update: Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements, Class Action Certification & Anti-Injunction Act and Relitigation Exception,” The Advocate (Fall 2011)
Matthew J. Sill & Kathryn Griffin, “The Cat Herders’ Corner: Mass Torts and Class Action Update: Multidistrict Litigation, Subject Matter Jurisdiction Under CAFA & Generic Drug Preemption,” The Advocate (Fall 2010)
Kappa Alpha Theta national fraternity, finance adviser (2013-2015)
Oklahoma Association for Justice, Member
American Association for Justice, board of governors (2012-2015)
University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business, JCPenney Leadership Center Alumni Advisory Board, Member (Chair: 2011-2015)
The Advocate, Co-Editor (2011-present)
YWCA Oklahoma City, Capital Campaign Committee (2011-2013); Purple Sash Gala chair (2010) and co-chair (2009); board member (2009-2010)
University of Oklahoma College of Law, liaison to the Oklahoma Bar Association professionalism committee (2008-2010)
Norman NEXT, special events co-chair (2008-2010)
Elan Circle, member (2007)
Texas Young Lawyers Association (2006-2007)
Calm Waters, volunteer (2013-2014)
The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at The University of Oklahoma, board of advocates (2013-Present)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Oklahoma Association for Justice
Oklahoma Association for Justice, Tom Wallace Service Award (2012)
Oklahoma Magazine, 40 under 40 (2010)
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Outstanding Commitment and Service to Students Award (2010)
J.D., with distinction, University of Oklahoma College of Law (2006)
B.B.A. in Marketing and Finance, with special distinction, University of Oklahoma (2002)
London School of Economics (2003)
Order of the Barristers
Articles development editor, American Indian Law Review
Outstanding law review candidate, American Indian Law Review
American Jurisprudence Awards: Legal Research and Writing I & II, Remedies
Beta Gamma Sigma
University of Oklahoma, Outstanding Senior Woman
University of Oklahoma, PE-ET Top 10 Senior Honor Society
Katie is married to Jay Griffin, a partner with the Oklahoma City law firm of Hartzog, Conger, Cason & Neville, and they have a daughter, Gwin and golden retriever, Sam.
- Andrea Rust - Attorney
Andrea attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, as an Outstanding Scholar scholarship recipient and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in May 2006. While attending Central College, Andrea spent a semester studying abroad in London, England. During that time, she volunteered at a regional hospital in the cardiac and intensive care unit caring for heart attack, stroke, and burn victims. Andrea also competed on Central College’s NCAA Division III track and field team and earned all-conference honors in both pole vault and triple jump. She set a school record for outdoor pole vault during her senior year – which still stands today.
Andrea grew up on her family’s farm in southeastern Nebraska, but moved to Oklahoma City in 2007 to attend law school at Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she graduated in 2010. While in law school, she interned with the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General in the Litigation Section and at a personal injury law firm in Oklahoma City. Andrea also served as co-chairman for the Student Bar Association Activities Committee and was an active member in multiple other organizations.
Prior to joining Fulmer Group, Andrea worked at a well-known litigation firm in Oklahoma City where she handled a wide range of general civil litigation cases, including personal injury, malpractice, slip and fall, and probate. During her career, Andrea has tried numerous lawsuits, ranging from personal injury to business torts to property disputes. Andrea’s genuine and caring nature, as well as her straight-forward approach to guiding clients through the litigation process, have a reassuring and calming effect on her clients. Her hard-work, attention to detail, and unwavering commitment and drive to succeed assist her in delivering successful outcomes for clients.
Andrea and her husband live in Edmond with their infant daughter. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching sports, cooking, exploring the Oklahoma City/Edmond restaurant scene, and reading. She is an avid fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Cubs, and, of course, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- Madison Botizan - Licensed Legal Intern
Madison Botizan was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She attended the University of Oklahoma, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a major in Public Relations, in 2017. She returned to her native OKC to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law. During law school, she was a member of the Dean's Honor Roll and the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Team. Madison interned with a medical malpractice defense firm and a plaintiff's general practice firm before joining Fulmer Sill. Madison came to Fulmer Sill in September 2020 as a Licensed Legal Intern. She graduated from OCU School of Law in May of 2021 and will sit for the bar exam in July 2021. She will be joining the firm as an associate upon successfully passing the bar exam.
Madison is a member of the William J. Holloway Inn of Court. She resides in OKC with her husband, Evan, and her four-legged best friend Sis.
- Ashley H. Thornton - Legal Operations Coordinator
Ashley was born in South Dakota, but considers herself a true Oklahoman. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma where she obtained a B.A. in Criminal Justice while also working for a criminal defense attorney. Ashley then worked as a legal assistant for a Plaintiff’s firm until 2013 when she began working at Sill Law Group.
You will always find her with a coffee in-hand to get her workday started. She spends her day communicating with clients and assisting them with all aspects of the legal process from filing to settlement. Ashley can be found outside of work dedicating her time to her photography business and is also an active CrossFit athlete. She spends any remaining spare time with family and friends, including her husband and their two dogs, Valentine and Snowflake.
- Elizabeth Wilson - Litigation Support
Born in Clinton, Oklahoma, Elizabeth graduated from Clinton High School and attended Oklahoma State University-OKC and Rose State College. Elizabeth has been working in the legal field for 14 years as a legal assistant and joined Sill Law Group as an Administrative Assistant in 2016.
When Elizabeth is not hard at work she loves spending time with her children Tommy, Aaliyah, and Lorenzo. In her spare time she also enjoys working on crafts, event planning, and playing with her 2 dogs, Saffy and Tina.
- Shelley Hicks - Case Manager
Born in Aurora, Illinois, Shelley has spent the majority of her life in Oklahoma. Shelley has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rose State College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Shelley’s 20 years spent in the legal profession is evident in her role as Case Manager. Her organization, attention to detail and determination keep the wheels in motion at Fulmer Sill and ensure prompt and efficient results.
When Shelley is not hard at work, she spends her time with her husband, their three dogs and one cat. In her spare time she also enjoys home remodeling, working on crafts, and spending time outdoors.
- Suzan Bunson - Legal Operations Coordinator
Suzan joined Sill Law Group in 2010 and currently serves as the firm's office manager. Suzan's responsibilities include accounting, human resources and office administration. She also manages the client intake process including communicating with prospective and existing clients, facilitating medical records requests and providing detailed client information to attorneys.
Suzan earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a Chemistry minor from Western Washington University. Prior to joining Sill Law Group, Suzan spent 12 years as a clinical services manager at a large multi-specialty outpatient clinic in Washington State. Suzan’s knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy, physician practices and information systems has been instrumental in cases involving product liability and personal injury. When she’s not in the office, Suzan enjoys spending time outdoors and being with her husband and daughter.
- David Whitener - Case Manager
David joined the firm in 2011, bringing more than 20 years of experience specializing in complex litigation cases involving product liability, pharmaceuticals and medical malpractice, many of which resulted in large mass torts in both federal and state courts. David has worked for several nationally recognized firms in California and is considered an expert in all phases of litigation representing plaintiffs throughout the country.
In addition, David has extensive knowledge and experience with computer programming and databases, and maintains the firm’s case management system. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. and received his master’s from the University of Santa Monica. In addition to his work skills, David is a talented concert pianist.
- Linda C. Rogers - Litigation Support & Special Assistant to Matthew J. SillLinda C. Rogers - Litigation Support & Special Assistant to Matthew J. Sill
Linda joined Sill Law Group as a paralegal in 2012. Bringing more than 30 years of paralegal experience in high-profiled, complex litigation and heavy case management. Linda also participated in extensive investigations including the impeachment trial of a federal judge before the United States Senate. In recognition of her role in those proceedings, she was named a member of the defense team in the United States Senate Archives. Contemporaneously, she filled the position of Administrator for the same nationally recognized firm for more than 20 years.
Linda is certified as a paralegal by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Paralegal Certification and is a member of the Research Triangle Paralegal Association. At Sill Law, Linda primarily works with pharmaceutical and product liability cases. [At Fulmer Sill, Linda primarily works in marketing aspects of the mass tort/product liability/ pharmaceutical cases assisting Matthew J. Sill.] In her free time, Linda enjoys being with her family and serving in her church.
- Ashley McIntyre - Litigation Support
Born in Oklahoma, raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Ashley returned home and graduated from Mustang High School. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Enterprise Development and studied Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. With eight years customer support experience, Ashley, joined the team in February of 2019. She is extremely passionate about helping clients through creating relationships and providing emotional support during their litigation process. Her love for helping others extends beyond the office as she spent time volunteering with Alzheimer’s patients. Ashley and her fiancé, Glenn, currently live in Norman, Oklahoma with their three fur-babies (Georgi, Jackson, and Simba). In her free she enjoys oil painting in abstract and impressionistic styles and studying aesthetics. Ashley also has a deep passion for music as well as reading and writing poetry.
- Emily McBride - Records Clerk
Emily currently works for Fulmer Sill as a medical records clerk, performing various clerical duties. She is currently attending the University of Central Oklahoma and pursuing a degree in English. Emily is active as a lead in the OKC Students Demand Action Chapter and serves as a volunteer through the Bella Foundation. She works as an intern in the Women’s Research Center and BLGTQ+ Student Center at UCO and is a current Cobell Scholar recipient. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and going on runs.
- Pamela Gosnell
Pamela Sue Crabtree Gosnell was born 10/19/1946, to a 43-year-old mother, Lucille and 50-year-old father, Paul. The youngest of 8 siblings. She is married to Dennis Gosnell since February 1964 and has 3 beautiful and successful daughters, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She is from Enid, OK and stays in touch with all her friends from childhood.
She has lived long enough to have had many careers. Mother, wife, grandmother, professional photographer, custom dressmaker, as well as working for insurance companies and doctors. She was office manager of her husband’s business. Active in leadership positions with church, clubs and school support organizations. She retired 3 years ago from the sewing industry where she owned and operated a retail sewing and quilting business for 20 years. Prior to that she had a custom dressmaking and photography studio.
She loves sewing and photography. She also enjoys hanging out with her old friends. She finds time to relax with binge watching some series on TV. Music in all genres, like pop and listening to jazz because she enjoys picking out the instruments.
Being with Fulmer Sill has brought new life and challenges to her. She says it has been a joy to be surrounded by such young, intelligent and talented people. She is grateful her daughter, Simone, for letting her add one more experience.
- Mary Evans - Litigation Support
Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Mary graduated from Clifton Senior High School. After graduation Mary joined the United States Air Force. Mary left the Air Force after serving 4 years and return to her home town of Passaic, New Jersey. Mary is a Breast Cancer Survivor and a proud Puerto Rican and speaks fluent Spanish. Mary has been working in the legal field for 35 years as a legal assistant in New Jersey, New Mexico and now here in Oklahoma. Mary began working for the Sill Law Group in 2018.
When Mary is not at work she enjoys spending time her husband, Brian of 20 years and together they have 5 children (Maria, Ashley, Michelle, Brittney, and Xavier) and 4 grandchildren. (Gabriella, Francisco, Mahlayha and Noah). Mary also enjoys playing with her Pug, AJ and her cat Frenchie. On her off time, Mary enjoys cooking and baking and is a very good seamstress.
- Hannah Peterson - Director of Marketing & Operations
Hanna may be a corn-fed farm girl from Nebraska, but she is truly an Okie at heart. After moving to Oklahoma City at the age of 20 to pursue a career in hairstyling, she built a vast clientele in Nichols Hills and the surrounding area with one goal in mind: to give each client the best experience, no matter their situation. One day, a friend asked her if she could give a young woman a hair makeover. This woman was preparing for her first job interview since finding sobriety. Without hesitation, Hanna cut and colored her hair at her own expense. Shortly after, she learned the woman she helped did indeed get that job. The experience had a huge impact on Hanna, and she knew she wanted to help others on a larger scale. Now she uses her love of people and creative drive as part of a team that helps mend the lives of families in tough legal situations.
She loves spending time with her friends and family and is a self-proclaimed “urban homesteader”. You will find her tending to her collection of plants, knitting, painting, and attempting to play her bass. Her favorite thing, however, is snuggling with her beloved Chow Chows, Luna, and Frazier.