KARI DECKARD focuses her practice on transactional matters as well as counseling clients on all aspects of the intersection of employment law and business.
Kari has experience advising public and private companies, small and mid-sized businesses and non-profit organizations in complex transactions as well as day-to-day business affairs. She has completed numerous asset and equity acquisitions and divestitures, and has expertise in negotiating and drafting all types of commercial contracts, designing and remaking business entity structures, corporate governance, risk management, protecting intellectual property, and alternative resolution of business disputes.
Kari’s employment expertise includes defense of claims of discrimination and harassment, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, enforcement of employment, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and wage and hour disputes. A substantial portion of her employment practice is dedicated to educating, training and counseling clients on litigation avoidance strategies and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations affecting the workplace. Kari routinely counsels clients in connection with employee discipline and terminations, internal investigations, employee handbook and policy development, drug and alcohol testing, employee leave and disability, and employment and post-employment agreements. She has significant experience before administrative and regulatory agencies, and in arbitration and mediation.
Kari started her career in the Houston office of the international law firm Jones Day, where she spent 3 years honing her understanding of sophisticated legal practice and top-notch service. After the large firm experience, she spent 11 years with a small but sophisticated firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where her practice expanded to include a focus on day-to-day business law counseling and where she learned about providing agile and innovative legal service from excellent lawyers.
Admissions & Certifications
- State Bar of Texas (2008)
- Oklahoma Bar Association (2011)
- University of Tulsa College of Law (J.D., 2008, with honors)
- Oklahoma State University (B.S., 2004, magna cum laude)
Honors & Recognitions
- Named as a Rising Star in Business/Corporate Law by Oklahoma Super Lawyers for the years 2013-2021