DAVIS & THOMPSON, PLLC
An Oklahoma Law Firm Serving Delaware County and the Grand Lake Area Since 1973
DAVIS & THOMPSON, PLLC
A Jay Law Firm Providing Quality and Service
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we strive to pursue our clients’ interests with integrity. Our attorneys advise you on the best legal tools at your disposal and take care to ensure your interests are protected. Our more than 140 years’ combined legal experience enables us to confidently handle your case.
Davis & Thompson is a general practice law firm. Our lawyers handle banking, real estate and civil litigation, probate, estate planning, business law, family law, and criminal law. The firm represents both individuals as well as many banks, real estate developers and homeowners associations, municipalities, and rural water districts.
Addressing your concerns
Our seasoned Oklahoma lawyers and staff excel at placing our clients at ease in a way that you won’t find in less client-centered or larger firms. We listen carefully to your concerns, remain accessible throughout your time with us, and process your case efficiently and cost-effectively. Every step we recommend is carefully designed to provide remedies that satisfy your long-term goals while minimizing any negative consequences you may be facing.
Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Residential and Commercial Real Estate
The attorneys at Davis & Thompson, PLLC apply their extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business to all areas of real estate law. With more than 100 years combined legal experience in real estate law, we can help you with:
- Residential home sales transactions
- Commercial property sales transactions
- Homeowners associations
- Condominium law
- Landlord-tenant disputes
- Real estate contracts
- Eminent domain
- Zoning, land use and building permits
- Boundary and easement disputes
- Title disputes
Real Estate Transaction Attorneys
From offer to sale, we handle all aspects of buying and selling real estate and construction, so that you can feel confident about a smooth and precise transaction. We can:
- Draft or review your sales contract
- Negotiate real estate agreements
- Review your lending documents
- Search and clear title
- Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
- Handle land use, zoning and permitting
- Conduct your real estate closing
Real Estate Litigation Attorneys
Real estate litigation requires substantial knowledge about property laws and civil litigation, as well as courtroom experience. At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, our attorneys possess the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to successfully litigate your real estate disputes.
If you need a real estate attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today by calling 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
Whether you are anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of marital conflict, Davis & Thompson, PLLC can help. Our family law attorneys provide legal services in all areas of family law:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Child support modification and enforcement
- Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
- Pre-nuptial agreements
We assist families with all aspects of international and domestic adoptions. Our attorneys handle the legalities of your adoption so that you can concentrate on your new family.
Divorce should not lead to financial crises. We help you establish an equitable amount of spousal support.
Child Custody and Visitation
Our divorce attorneys protect your parental rights to raise your children in an appropriate and supportive home.
We can ensure that you receive or pay an equitable amount of the financial support required to raise your children in a healthy, happy environment.
Child Support Modification and Enforcement
Child support payments do not change unless the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or noncustodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, our attorneys can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.
Through mediation or litigation, our divorce lawyers can help you gain the most equitable results from your divorce, including fair distribution of assets, division of the marital home, child support payments and child custody rights.
Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency Proceedings
Our family law attorneys are skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Oklahoma to protect your parental rights from the interference of government authorities.
Prenuptial Agreements allow the interests of both spouses’ to be protected and avoid uncertainty should the marriage end unexpectedly in divorce. The Prenuptial Agreement will clearly define the rights and obligations of each party in the event of divorce.
If you need a family law attorney, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today by calling 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
Estate Planning & Probate
If your loved one dies owning assets which did not pass through one of the many available estate planning tools, a probate may be necessary to transfer ownership to the heirs. During the probate process, the Court will appoint a Personal Representative to administer the estate. The Personal Representative will be required to locate, preserve and protect all assets and to identify and notify all creditors. If the deceased left a Last Will & Testament, the assets will be distributed in accordance with the provisions of the Will. Our attorneys are experienced in handling probates and disputes which may arise within a probate.
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well being and financial security can bring you comfort. Our attorneys thoroughly analyze your estate and advise you regarding the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. Our goal, in most instances, is to develop a plan to avoid the necessity of a probate.
We can help with all aspects of estate and tax planning, including preparation of the following:
- Revocable or Testamentary Trusts
- Transfer on Death Deeds
- Last Wills & Testaments
- Powers of Attorney for both business and heath care
- Advance Directives for health care
Trusts and Transfer on Death Deeds
A revocable Trust offers many advantages. A revocable Trust allows your family to avoid the monetary and emotional burden of a probate following your passing. Unlike a probate which can take 6 months or longer and require a number of court appearances, a Trust allows your named Trustee to distribute your property in a matter of days. If your plan includes distributions to minors or adult children who need guidance and protection, the Trust can delay distributions for decades and place control of the money in the hands of a trusted advisor or financial institution. If any of your beneficiaries are disabled, the Trust can create a Special Needs Trust for their benefit while maintaining their right to government assistance.
A Trust also allows you to maintain privacy for your family as the Trust will never become a part of the public record. If you rely on a Will, the Will becomes a public record as a part of the probate and all of the details of your estate are often placed of record. Conversely, the assets, beneficiaries, and terms of a Trust are only disclosed to the beneficiaries.
If we determine a Trust is not the best option for your situation, a Transfer on Death Deed may be utilized to transfer your real estate to your beneficiaries. Many property owners make the mistake of adding their children or beneficiaries to a joint tenancy deed. In doing so, the property owner may create unintended, adverse tax consequences and also subject their property to the claims of third parties (i.e. children’s creditors or ex-spouses).
Advance Directives, Health Care Powers of Attorney and Last Wills & Testaments
Your Advance Directive will set the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes regarding your medical treatment will be honored. A Durable Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to name your spouse, child or other person to act on your behalf in making important decisions during your incapacity.
Your Will sets forth your plan for distribution of your property, may name a guardian to care for your minor children and otherwise expresses your wishes upon your death. If you die without a Will (or one of the other estate planning tools referenced above) and a probate is required, the Court will distribute your estate in accordance with state law and make decisions regarding the placement of your minor children – decisions that might not reflect your desires.
Changing your Estate Plan
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your Trust, Transfer on Death Deed or Will throughout your life. We draft Trust amendments and codicils to Wills that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Appointment of guardian
If you have minor children, your Trust or Will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your Trust or Will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.
If you need to create an estate plan or update your existing plan, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC at 918-253-4220 or online to schedule a consultation.
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we handle a broad range of legal issues for our lender, creditor and commercial clients including:
- Secured transactions
- Creditors’ rights litigation and related bankruptcy matters
- Commercial borrowing and lending
No matter the issue, our banking law attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you. Contact us to speak to an experienced banking law attorney today if you need assistance with any banking matter. Call us today at 918-253-4220 or contact us online to speak with an experienced attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime in the Jay area, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. The attorneys at Davis & Thompson, PLLC fight to defend the rights of our clients. We have built our reputation on getting results. We are intimately familiar with all facets of the Oklahoma criminal justice system and have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.
Davis & Thompson, PLLC in Jay represents clients in state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
- Traffic violations
- Assault and battery
- Possession of drugs
- Theft and larceny
- Homicide & murder/manslaughter
- Domestic violence
- White collar crime
Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact Davis & Thompson, PLLC today. When you have been charged with a crime, choose a criminal defense attorney with the experience and dedication to make a difference. Call 918-253-4220 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
At Davis & Thompson, PLLC, we strive to pursue our clients’ interests with integrity. Our attorneys advise you on the best legal tools at your disposal and take care to ensure your interests are protected.
Phil K. Thompson
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Business Law
Admitted: Oklahoma, 1972
Education: University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1972, Southwest Missouri State University, B.S., 1969
Member: Oklahoma Bar Association
Phil K. Thompson
Phil K. Thompson was born in Southwest City, Missouri, on October 5, 1947. Mr. Thompson graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1969 with a B.S. in business, and from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1972 with a J.D.
Mr. Thompson served as a Judge of the Court of Appeals, Temporary Division No. 27, from 1981-1986; Member of the Oklahoma Title Standards Committee; served on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Professional Responsibility Tribunal from 1995-1999; and represented the City of Jay, Oklahoma, for 35 years. He has been rated AV Preeminent since 1986 for his professional excellence.
Thompson’s practice areas include banking, real estate, probate and estate planning. Phil has represented Grand Savings Bank, The Corner Stone Bank, Arvest Bank, Grand River Abstract & Title Company and Delaware County Abstract.
Thompson spends his free time golfing and fishing Grand Lake, where he lives with his wife of 50 years, Gretchen. The pair have two children, and four grandchildren.
Tommy R. Dyer, Jr.
Banking Law, Real Estate, Civil Litigation, Probate, Estate Planning, and Municipal Law.
Admitted: Oklahoma, 1990
Education: University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1990, Oklahoma State University, B.S., 1987
Tommy R. Dyer, Jr.
Tommy R. Dyer, Jr., was born in Claremore, Oklahoma on March 27, 1965. Tommy graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and Accounting, and from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 1990 with honors.
In law school, Tommy served as a member of the Energy Law Journal and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Contracts, Appellate Advocacy, Civil Procedure, Real Estate Finance, Commercial Law and Taxation of Corporations, and Shareholders. Tommy has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1992 (inactive).
Tommy is the 2021 Chairman of the Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners having served the Board since 2002 and has been selected to Oklahoma’s Super Lawyers.
Tommy focuses his practice on banking, real estate, civil litigation, probate, and estate planning and has represented clients throughout Northeast Oklahoma including First National Bank of Vinita, Grand Savings Bank, Cornerstone Bank, Bank of Gravett, Arvest Bank, Bank of Grand Lake, BancFirst, numerous Grand Lake developers and homeowners associations, the Town of Inola, the City of Jay, various rural water districts and thousands of individuals.
Tommy and his wife, Kim, love the outdoors and enjoy spending time at the lake or in the mountains of Creede, Colorado. Tommy and Kim are members of The Porch Church in Inola, Oklahoma, and have a daughter, Kambrie.
John W. Thomas
Probate, Real Estate, Criminal, General Civil Law
Admitted: Oklahoma, 2009
Education: University of Tulsa College of Law, Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO, United States Military Academy 2001 with a B.S. degree in The American Legal Process
John W. Thomas
John W. Thomas was born in Longview, Texas, on October 7, 1977. Mr. Thomas graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 2001 with a B.S. degree in The American Legal Process. After graduating from West Point, John served five years on active duty and is a veteran of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. While in the Army, he earned a Masters in Human Resources Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. John served one tour in Iraq and earned a Combat Action Badge, among other awards.
After leaving active duty in 2006, John attended the University of Tulsa College of Law and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2009.
Mr. Thomas is on the Board of Directors for Bridges of Hope in Delaware County, Oklahoma, and serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Military Assistance Committee.
John specializes in Probate, Real Estate, Criminal, and general Civil law, and is the attorney for the City of Jay, Oklahoma.
His hobbies include fishing, hunting, classic cars and OU football.
Education: University of Tulsa Juris Doctor (1985), University of Oklahoma Master of Arts (1981), Oral Roberts University Bachelor of Arts (1976)
Having developed a successful high school speech and debate program, Mr. Vaughan left education to pursue a career as a trial lawyer. Mr. Vaughan has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts, and written legal briefs and presented oral arguments at the appellate level. He has also served as an advocate for clients in private arbitrations. As a counselor, he assists clients in developing strategies in advance of litigation. His wide experience as a business lawyer enables him to provide advice in matters involving bankruptcy, banking, contracts, real estate, and estate planning.
LEGAL PUBLICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Martin, Fellows, Smith Outstanding Student Award, University of Tulsa College of Law
- Robert C. Butler, Jr., Award for Best Publication, University of Tulsa College of Law
- “Tax Issues of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Awards,” 19 Tulsa Law Journal 703 (1984)
- “Employee Termination for Wage Garnishment or Child Support Income Assignments,” 59 Oklahoma Bar Journal 1425 (May 28, 1988).
Christianna L. Wright
Family law, including divorces, child custody, child support, custody and support modifications, adult and minor guardianships, and adoptions.
Education: University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1997, Loyola University Chicago, 1991, BA in English and a secondary teaching certificate
Christianna L. Wright
Christianna Lincoln Wright was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1968. She graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois in 1986; received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago in 1991 with a BA in English and a secondary teaching certificate; and graduated from The University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1997. In law school, Mrs. Wright served as a member of the American Indian Law Review.
After law school Mrs. Wright and her husband, fellow lawyer, Kenny Wright, moved to Grove, and started Wright & Wright, Attorneys at Law, in 1997. She spent ten years serving as the public defender for Delaware and Ottawa County through a private contract with the State. Mrs. Wright also assisted in starting the Delaware and Ottawa County Drug Court Programs during this time. In 2008, Kenny Wright became an assistant district attorney and Mrs. Wright became a solo practitioner concentrating in the area of family law.
Mrs. Wright joined the firm in the Spring of 2017. Her areas of practice are family law, including: divorces, child custody, child support, custody and support modifications, adult and minor guardianships, and adoptions. She is licensed to practice not only in Oklahoma, but in several tribal courts. She represents clients in cases that involve Indian Children, and has attended numerous trainings and conferences on the Indian Child Welfare Act, including the new federal regulations.
Mrs. Wright chaired the 2009 Grove School Bond Committee. She is a runner and mentor with Kickin’ Asphalt, and ran her first marathon (26.2 miles) in 2015. She serves on the Kickin’ Asphalt Board, Grove Y Board, Grove Rotary Board, Grow with Grove Steering Committee, Grand Lake Communities Foundation, and the Grove Integris Hospital Board. She was Grove Rotary President in 2016/2017. She is an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, chaired their building fund capital campaign, and teaches religious education classes. She and her husband, District Attorney Kenny Wright, are the proud parents of two young men that attend Grove High School.
Clayton M. Baker
Banking, civil litigation, real estate, probate, and estate planning
Admitted: Oklahoma Bar Association 2015
Education: University of Tulsa School of Law 2015, J.D., with honors, B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science, Midwestern State University 2011
Clayton M. Baker
Clayton M. Baker, was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on March 24, 1989. Mr. Baker graduated from Midwestern State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science, and from the University of Tulsa School of Law in 2015 with a J.D., with honors.
In law school, Mr. Baker served as president of the Student Bar Association, vice president of the Board of Advocates, and magister for Rogers Inn of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society. Additionally, Mr. Baker was inducted into the Order of Barristers and was awarded the CALI Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law II. Mr. Baker currently serves on the board for the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Board, and is the president of the Delaware County Bar Association.
Mr. Baker’s practice areas include banking, civil litigation, real estate, probate and estate planning. Mr. Baker has represented clients throughout Northeast Oklahoma, and regularly practices in Delaware, Ottawa, Craig, and Mayes counties.
Clayton and his wife, Joanna, love spending time outdoors and with family. Clayton and Joanna are members of Three Rivers Presbyterian Church in Grove, Oklahoma, where they enjoy teaching Sunday school and coordinating Financial Peace University. They are also the proud parents of two beautiful little girls, Gentry and Everly.
Mr. Wright was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Saint Francis Hospital. He graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 1988; received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 1992; and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1996.
After working briefly for a small firm in Northeast Oklahoma, Mr. Wright and his wife, Christy, founded Wright & Wright, Attorneys at Law in 1997. His practice focused on criminal defense. Mr. Wright’s commitment to his clients and in-court litigation skills allowed him to obtain not guilty verdicts at jury trial for crimes ranging from 1st Degree Murder to Public Intoxication. At one point, he won 9 felony jury trials in a row. Mr. Wright also helped start the Delaware and Ottawa County Drug Court Programs during this time.
In 2008 he joined the District Attorney’s Office for Delaware and Ottawa Counties as an Assistant District Attorney. His responsibilities included the prosecution of all types of crimes focusing on major violent crimes and narcotics and advising and representing all county officers and employees in Delaware and Ottawa Counties. He was the Oklahoma Association of Narcotics Enforcers Region II Prosecutor of the Year in 2010-2011. January 5, 2015, Mr. Wright took office as the elected District Attorney for Delaware and Ottawa Counties where he served two four-year terms. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and was the Chairman of the District Attorneys Council Technology Committee.
Mr. Wright is a long-time member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He is also a member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XXVIII. Mr. Wright is on the board of directors for the Grove Education Foundation For Excellence and has also served as a member and clerk of the Grove Public Schools Board of Education and treasurer of the Grand Lake Arts and Humanities Council. While at the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Wright was a member of the RUF/NEKS, the oldest male spirit organization in the country. Mr. Wright has coached youth sports including basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball.
Mr. Wright is married to Christy Wright, and they have two adult sons, Kenny and Lincoln. He enjoys many hobbies including disc golf, guitar, camping and hiking, and board games.
Cherlyn Gelinas was born in Independence, Missouri on October 4, 1970. Mrs. Gelinas graduated from Fairland High School in 1989 in the top ten of her graduating class. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ashford University in 2013 with a B.S. in Organizational Management, and from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2019 with a J.D.
In law school, Mrs. Gelinas participated in the Trial Skills Competition qualifying for the Trial Skills Class and was selected for the Solo Practice Clinic. During law school, Mrs. Gelinas received her Licensed Legal Intern and was selected for an internship with the District Attorney in the 13th Judicial District where she stayed on as an Assistance District Attorney until December 2022 handling a variety of cases.
Mrs. Gelinas' practice areas include family law, probate, and civil litigation.
Cherlyn and her husband, Joe, enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and attending their son's sporting events. Cherlyn and Joe are members of the Church of the Shepherd in Grove, Oklahoma and have five children between them.
Admitted: Oklahoma Bar Association 2000
Education: University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts, 1996, University of Arkansas School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000
Bryce Lair was born in 1973 in Vinita, Oklahoma. Mr. Lair graduated from Vinita High School in 1992. He attended the University of Oklahoma for undergraduate studies and received a BA in Political Science in 1996. After a brief stint in the US Army, Mr. Lair attended the University of Arkansas School of Law where he graduated with a Juris Doctor in May of 2000 and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in September of the same year.
After spending 5 years in general private practice at Ward and Lair in Vinita he was hired by then District Attorney Eddie Wyant for the 13th DAs Office as an Assistant District Attorney handling general felony and misdemeanor prosecutions for Delaware and Ottawa Counties until the end of 2010. In 2011 Mr. Lair then did a stint as First Assistant District Attorney in the 12th District Attorney’s Office before reentering private practice in 2014 and moving to Texas to practice law there for four years as a criminal defense attorney, working both solo and with criminal defense firms.
In 2018 he was recruited by then District Attorney Kenny Wright to come back to the 13th District Attorney’s Office for Oklahoma to run the Ottawa County office in Miami before eventually being named as First Assistant District Attorney over both Ottawa and Delaware Counties until he landed with Davis and Thompson at the beginning of 2023.
During his criminal law practice, both as a state prosecutor and defense attorney, Mr. Lair has handled several thousand misdemeanor cases, including, but not limited to, DUI, Domestic Assaults, and simple drug possession. He has also handled over a thousand felony cases, including but not limited to; Murder, Manslaughter, Rape, Drug Trafficking and Distribution, Burglary, Armed Robbery, Felony DUI, Embezzlement, and most other felony offenses listed in Oklahoma Statutes. Mr. Lair has also handled many thousands of probation violation cases filed as motions to accelerate deferred and revoke suspended sentences for both misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Lair was also tasked with training and advising other Assistant DAs and support staff while acting as First Assistant DA in the 12th and 13th DA’s Offices.
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- 314 South 5th Street, Jay, OK 74346-0487
- PO Box 487, Jay, OK 74346-0487
- 918 801-4493