Patrick "Ricky" Pearce

Director

Since graduating in 2000 as the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Senior Law Student from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he earned a certificate in Resource, Energy, and Environmental Law, Ricky Pearce has focused on environmental and energy litigation and regulatory matters involving all of the major environmental statues as well as the regulations of virtually every state.  He has been extensively involved in environmental and energy litigation, concentrating primarily on briefing and pre-trial practice, including: private environmental tort, nuisance, and trespass claims; Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and RCRA citizen suits; underground natural gas storage disputes; and CERCLA cost recovery and contribution litigation.  His regulatory experience includes all aspects of the Clean Air Act, Brownfields matters, and water quality issues, including NPDES permitting and TMDLs. 

During law school, Ricky had two law review articles published, one of which was the winner of a national writing competition concentrating on environmental law topics.  During his years in private practice, Ricky has co-authored journal articles and presented topics at seminars on air quality and Brownfields issues.  He was recognized as a Rising Star by Oklahoma Super Lawyer in 2009 and 2013.

Education

  • B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science with an Environmental Science minor, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
  • J.D., with highest honors, University of Tulsa College of Law, with the Resource, Energy and Environmental Law (REEL) Certificate
  • Master of Laws Degree (LL.M), Environmental Law, Vermont Law School

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Environmental & Administrative Law Sections), Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Environmental Law Section), Member
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association, Member
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Oklahoma Bar Association's Outstanding Senior Law Student, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Energy Law Journal, University of Tulsa College of Law, Executive Editor
  • ABA Secton of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law, Year in Review, Student Executive Editor

Publications

Ricky Pearce