Mr. Eldredge has a diverse legal practice that includes commercial real estate law, civil litigation, products liability, creditor's rights, commercial law and construction law.
He joined the firm in September 2009 after seventeen (17) years with another prominent Tulsa firm, the last ten (10) of which he was a shareholder and director.
Mr. Eldredge has extensive real estate and business related experience. He currently serves as counsel for the developer of a planned $1 Billion commercial and residential project that is being constructed in Jenks, Oklahoma. He also represents a large public school district in connection with its acquisition of numerous parcels of land as part of a recent $155 Million bond issue and its planned construction of numerous additional classroom buildings and other school-related facilities. Mr. Eldredge serves as real estate counsel for a Tulsa-based convenience store company that has hundreds of stores in numerous states. During the course of his career, Mr. Eldredge has also represented numerous developers, purchasers, sellers and lenders in a variety of multi-million dollar hotel, office complex and shopping center transactions and developments.
Mr. Eldredge also has extensive litigation experience. During his career, Mr. Eldredge has consistently obtained favorable outcomes for his clients, whether by jury verdict, dismissal order, summary judgment or otherwise.
For example, Mr. Eldredge recently obtained the dismissal of a plaintiff's $10 million personal injury claim against his client related to a near fatal oil field accident. The dismissal was imposed as a sanction based upon the plaintiff’s deposition perjury when the plaintiff repeatedly failed to disclose that a critical piece of safety equipment was not actually installed until after the accident had already occurred. Mr. Eldredge later discovered that perjury and his work was critical to the successful prosecution of the related sanctions motion. Mr. Eldredge also represented the prevailing parties in a computer spoliation case involving wiping software recently decided by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which is currently the only published Oklahoma state court decision that relates to computer spoliation issues. See Barnett v. Simmons, 197 P.3d 12 (Okla. 2008). After remand, the district court ultimately granted the sanctions motion filed by Mr. Eldredge's clients, and in connection therewith entered an order that, among other things, bars the plaintiff from pursuing his underlying claims against Mr. Eldredge's clients.
Mr. Eldredge has previously served as a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association's Fee Arbitration Committee and the Tulsa County Bar Association's Professional Responsibility Committee, local bar organizations that investigate complaints regarding fee disputes and professional misconduct. Mr. Eldredge is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars related to real estate and litigation matters, and he and his wife, Ellen, devote a significant amount of time doing volunteer work with various organizations affiliated with Jenks Public Schools.
Mr. Eldredge obtained his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Oklahoma State University. He graduated with honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1991. While in law school, Mr. Eldredge was a staff member of the Tulsa Law Journal and the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards, including American Jurisprudence Awards in Appellate Advocacy, Basic Oil and Gas Law, Criminal Procedure and Real Estate Transactions. Mr. Eldredge was also selected to the Order of Curule Chair, an honor society for law school graduates with distinguished academic and service records.
Mr. Eldredge is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.