United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

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United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
(W.D. Okla.)
Seal of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Appeals to Tenth Circuit
Established June 16, 1906
Judges assigned 6
Chief judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Official site

The United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (in case citations, W.D. Okla. or W.D. Ok.) is a Federal district court.

Appeals from the Western District of Oklahoma are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).


Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Major, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods, and Woodward. The court sits at Chickasha, Enid, Guthrie, Lawton, Mangum, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Ponca City, Shawnee, and Woodward.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Oklahoma represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current US Attorney is Sanford Coats.[1]

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
20 Chief Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange Oklahoma City 1953 1994–present 2008–present Clinton
17 District Judge Robin J. Cauthron Oklahoma City 1950 1991–present 2001–2008 G.H.W. Bush
21 District Judge James H. Payne none[Note 1] 1941 2001–present G.W. Bush
22 District Judge Stephen P. Friot Oklahoma City 1947 2001–present G.W. Bush
23 District Judge Joe L. Heaton Oklahoma City 1951 2001–present G.W. Bush
24 District Judge Timothy D. DeGiusti Oklahoma City 1962 2007–present G.W. Bush
25 District Judge vacant
13 Senior Judge Lee Roy West Oklahoma City 1929 1979–1994 1993–1994 1994–present Carter
14 Senior Judge David Lynn Russell Oklahoma City 1942 1981–2013 1994–2001 2013–present Reagan
15 Senior Judge Wayne Edward Alley inactive 1932 1985–1999 1999–present Reagan
18 Senior Judge Timothy D. Leonard Oklahoma City 1940 1992–2006 2006–present G.H.W. Bush
  1. ^ Judge Payne maintains chambers only in the Eastern and Northern Districts.

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
4 David Lynn Russell Senior Status July 7, 2013
7 Stephen P. Friot Senior Status December 1, 2014[2]

Former judges[edit]

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Cotteral, John HazeltonJohn Hazelton Cotteral OK 1864–1933 1907[3]–1928 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt reappointment
2 Vaught, Edgar SullinsEdgar Sullins Vaught OK 1873–1959 1928[4]–1956 1949–1956 1956–1959 Coolidge, Coolidge death
3 Murrah, Alfred P.Alfred P. Murrah OK 1904–1975 1937–1940 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt reappointment
4 Broaddus, Bower SlackBower Slack Broaddus OK 1888–1949 1940–1949 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
5 Chandler Jr., Stephen SandersStephen Sanders Chandler Jr. OK 1899–1989 1943–1975 1956–1969 1975–1989 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
6 Wallace, William RobertWilliam Robert Wallace OK 1886–1960 1950–1960 Truman, Truman death
7 Rizley, RossRoss Rizley OK 1892–1969 1956–1969 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
8 Bohanon, Luther L.Luther L. Bohanon OK 1902–2003 1961–1974 1974–2003 Kennedy, Kennedy death
9 Daugherty, Frederick AlvinFrederick Alvin Daugherty OK 1914–2006 1961[5]–1982 1972–1982 1982–2006 Kennedy, Kennedy death
10 Eubanks, Luther BoydLuther Boyd Eubanks OK 1917–1996 1965–1986 1982–1986 1986–1987 Johnson, L.L. Johnson retirement
11 Cook, H. DaleH. Dale Cook OK 1924–2008 1974–1992 1992–2008 Ford, Ford death
12 Thompson, Ralph GordonRalph Gordon Thompson OK 1934–present 1975–1999 1986–1993 1999–2007 Ford, Ford resignation
16 Phillips, Layn R.Layn R. Phillips OK 1952–present 1987–1991 Reagan, Reagan resignation
19 Burrage, MichaelMichael Burrage OK 1950–present 1994–2001 Clinton, Clinton resignation

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Future Judicial Vacancies". US Courts. 
  3. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 3, 1907, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 13, 1908, and received commission on January 13, 1908.
  4. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 6, 1928, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 8, 1929, and received commission on January 8, 1929.
  5. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 7, 1962, and received commission on February 17, 1962.

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