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Larry B. Lipe

Mediator | Attorney

Areas of Expertise -- Construction, Energy, Tort, Product Liability, Insurance

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After 41 years representing of clients primarily as an advocate in litigation disputes with a complementary practice as a neutral in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), I have restricted my practice to Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In addition to conducting private mediations and arbitrations, I serve as a judicially-selected adjunct settlement judge for both the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma and the Tulsa County District Court. 

As a mediator, I view my role as not only facilitating communication between the parties in a privileged atmosphere, but also reducing the obstacles to communication and maximizing the exploration of alternatives to enable the parties to reach a voluntary and agreeable resolution of their dispute.  I also believe my role includes encouraging consideration of potential weaknesses and strengths of each party’s position and offering a mediator’s assessment when it will promote or assist the parties in evaluating the issues, risks and potential outcomes. 

As an arbitrator, my goal is to ensure that each party has the opportunity to effectively present their case while managing the process in a manner that is consistent with the party-selected dispute resolution method of arbitration by having an expedited time frame and expense sensitive process. 

Although I have participated in ADR proceedings in a wide variety of types of disputes, both as an advocate and as a neutral, my 41 years of litigation experience has been primarily in four areas of practice:  Construction, Energy, Tort and Product Liability, and Insurance. 

ADR – Experience and Training:

  • Served as a mediator in over sixty mediations in private mediations and as an adjunct settlement judge in court-ordered settlement conferences

  • Received training at the week-long workshop on Mediating the Complex Case conducted at the Harvard Negotiation Institute in 2017, a week-long American Arbitration Association workshop on Essential Mediation Skills in 2015, and the three-day ABA Arbitration Training Institute in 2018, as well as participated in the 2015 ABA Dispute Resolution Section Spring Conference and the 2015 ABA Construction ADR Summit 

  • Participated in over 200 hours of ADR training and CLE over the past 5 years 

  • Acted as an advocate in over 100 mediations and arbitrations in a variety of jurisdictions 

  • Immediate past Chairman of the ADR Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association

Construction Law – Experience and Training:

  • Acted as primary outside counsel to one of the two largest construction companies in Oklahoma, as well as a construction company that performs infrastructure construction throughout the Southwest and Midwest primarily for the energy industry

  • Represented owners, subcontractors, material suppliers, and sureties in construction and related insurance and bond disputes

  • Acted as an advocate in both mediations and arbitrations under the AAA Construction Industry Rules

  • Negotiated contracts for owners, general contractors and subcontractors under a variety of industry contract formats, as well as contracts for construction with Native American nations and entities

Energy Law and Litigation – Experience and Training:

  • Served for 20 years as primary outside general counsel for a multi-state midstream energy company, and served 7 years as a member of its board of directors and as national trial counsel

  • In the propane and natural gas industries, provided general corporate representation and litigation services for propane wholesalers, retailers, midstream suppliers, the National Propane Gas Association and the Propane Energy Education & Research, and was the founding president of the Propane Gas Defense Association

  • Handled disputes between energy-related companies concerning joint ventures, operator/drilling and well service contracts, breach of operating agreements, gas processing plant agreements, terminal operating agreements, force majeure and economic out clauses, and supply agreements

  Tort and Product Liability Litigation – Experience and Training:

  • Acted as lead counsel in a variety of tort and product liability litigation in Oklahoma and multiple courts outside Oklahoma

  • Acted as national defense counsel for product manufacturers and energy companies in product liability defense, gas explosion litigation and litigation arising out of catastrophic accidents in the defense of over 250 personal injury suits in over 25 states

  • Served as national litigation counsel for the largest propane tank manufacturer in the United States and a midstream energy distribution company, and as national counsel for crane, oilfield and industrial equipment suppliers

Insurance Law – Experience and Training:

  • Provided counseling and litigation services to both insureds and insurers in coverage disputes involving D&O coverage, general liability claims and large property losses including builders risk claims, business interruption losses, and extra expense claims

  • Acted as primary outside counsel for the risk management department of a Forbes 200 publicly-traded energy company

  • Provided legal services and advice to the risk management department of a midstream energy company, and acted as outside risk manager during the company’s search for a replacement risk manager

  • Primary counsel in declaratory judgment actions and bad faith litigation for both insureds and insurers


  • Oklahoma Bar Association (immediate past Chairman of the ADR Section, and served twice as chairman of the Litigation section)

  • American Bar Association (member of Dispute Resolution, Forum on Construction Law, and the Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice sections)

  • American Inns of Court (Master Emeritus, Hudson-Hall-Wheaton Chapter)

  • Propane Gas Defense Association (founder, past president, and past chairman of the board)

  • Natural Gas Claims and Litigation Association

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation (multiple years)

  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow

  • Oklahoma Super Lawyers (multiple years)

  • Top Attorneys in Oklahoma (multiple years)

  • Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law (Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell 2014 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers)

  • Oklahoma Journal Record Leadership in Law Award (2009)

  • Tulsa County Bar Association “Golden Rule” Professionalism and Ethics Award (initial recipient)

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. (past president, capital campaign chairman, and inductee into the Hall of Fame)


  • Southern Methodist University (J.D. with distinction, 1976); Leading Articles Editor, Journal of Air Law and Commerce

  • University of Arkansas (B.S. with honors, 1973); selected as one of ten recipients from University of Arkansas in 1973 of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities


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