Robert Donald Gifford II

Robert Donald Gifford II

Founder and Trial Lawyer, GIFFORD LAW, P.L.L.C.
  • Civil Rights, White Collar Crime, Military Law ...
  • Oklahoma
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Summary

Founder of GIFFORD LAW, P.L.L.C. in Oklahoma City and Of Counsel to the national firm of Sullivent & Fontanez,, Mr. Gifford is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, tribal court judge, a former state prosecutor, and former Army JAG defense counsel, prosecutor, and Staff Judge Advocate with a nationwide practice specialty in complex litigation in White Collar/Criminal Defense (including Pardons and Commutations), Civil Rights, Family Law, Native American Law, Military Law, and Government Contracting. Mr. Gifford has also previously served as is the Chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, and formerly served on the state bar's Board of Governors and as the Chair of the Military & Veteran's Law Section.

Mr. Gifford is a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, also serves as a tribal court judge for five Native American tribes, Special Judge for the City of Oklahoma City, and a retired Colonel from the Army Reserves with over 22 years of active and reserve service, a former Editor on the American Indian Law Review, and has served as an adjunct law professor at three law schools teaching Trial Practice, Military Law, Indian Gaming, & National Security Law.

Practice Areas
  • Civil Rights
  • White Collar Crime
  • Military Law
  • Native American Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    On a case by case basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oklahoma
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9th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
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Army Court of Criminal Appeals
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Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
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District of Nevada, U.S. District Court
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Eastern District of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court
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Kaw Nation Tribal Court
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Northern District of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court
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U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Various Tribal Courts
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Western District of Kentucky, U.S. District Court
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Western District of Oklahoma, U.S. District Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Written
Professional Experience
Associate District Judge (Domestic Violence)
Seminole Nation Tribal Court
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Associate Supreme Court Justice
Comanche Nation Supreme Court
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Appellate Justice for the highest court of review for the Comanche Nation
Attorney and Founder
Gifford Law, P.L.L.C.
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Trial attorney with nationwide practice at both trial and on appeal in federal, state, military, and tribal courts representing individuals and corporations in complex litigation ranging from white collar criminal, civil lawsuits, family law, tribal law, and military law.
Judge, Civil Trial Docket
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
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Civil Judge overseeing complex trial matters for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.
Chief Judge
Iowa Tribe District Court
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Special Judge
Oklahoma City Municipal Court
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Serve as a part-time municipal judge for the City of Oklahoma City
Associate Justice
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Supreme Court
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Chief Judge
Kaw Nation Tribal Court
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Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps
United States Army Reserve
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Senior Trial Attorney
Gungoll, Jackson, Box & Devoll, P.C.
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Trial attorney in federal, state, military, and tribal courts with an emphasis on white collar/criminal, family law, Native American, and Military.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tribal Liaison/Human Trafficking Coordinator/Anti-Terrorism Coordinator
United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Oklahoma
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Assistant U.S. Attorney, Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator
Assistant United States Attorney's Office, District of Nevada
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Assistant District Attorney (Felony/Violent Crime; SANE Nurse Trainer; Death Penalty Review; Child Abuse Review)
Tulsa County District Attorney's Office
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Trial Counsel/Defense Counsel/Legal Assistance Attorney
United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
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Education
United States Army War College
M.S. (2015) | Strategic Studies
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University of Oklahoma College of Law
J.D. (1996) | Law
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Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students
Activities: Article Editor, American Indian Law Review
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Southwestern College
B.A. (1993)
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Honors: Distinguished Graduate (Master Builder); Academic All-Conference
Activities: Varsity Football, Varsity Track,
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Awards
Justice Cardozo Award
Oklahoma Bar Association's Criminal Law Section
Recognized for the contributions in the area of criminal law in Oklahoma.
Recognition for International Human Trafficking Case
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Professional Advocate of the Year
Oklahoma Bar Association's Criminal Law Section
Recognized by the criminal defense bar as the outstanding prosecutor in the state of Oklahoma.
Certificate of Appreciation for Efforts in Sex Offender Investigations
United States Marshal's Service
Recognition for Service to the FBI in the District of Nevada
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Certificate of Appreciation in Archeological Protection Prosecution Case
U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service
Professional Associations
Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lifetime Member
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Oklahoma County Bar Association
Member (former member of Board of Directors)
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Oklahoma Bar Association's Military & Veteran's Law Section
Member (former Chair)
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Oklahoma Indian Bar Association
Member
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Judge Advocate's Association
Lifetime Member
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Federal Bar Association
Member
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Oklahoma Bar Association's Criminal Law Section
Chair-elect (2018)
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Oklahoma Bar Association  # 17034
Member
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Oklahoma Bar Association
Board of Governors
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Native American Law: Will It Ever Be Taken Seriously?
Lawyers Monthly
In the military, trusted officers have become alleged assailants in sex crimes
Washington Post
Federal prosecutor Gifford shifting to private practice
The Journal Record
"Your Witness Counsel" - Cross Examination
Oklahoma Bar Journal
A Primer for Ye Ol'Woodshed: Witness Preparaton
Oklahoma Bar Journal
The Time is Twenty Years past 9:02 a.m.
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Human Trafficking: Beyond Pretty Woman and Huggy Bear
Oklahoma Bar Journal
The Fourth Amendment – the Airport and Borders
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Employment Protection for the Citizen-Soldier
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Groucho was Wrong about Military Justice
Oklahoma Bar Journal
The OBA’s ‘Draft’ – Will you Answer the Call?
Oklahoma Bar Journal
War Courts Make Sense
The Daily Oklahoman
Sex Offender Registration in Indian Country
United States Attorney Bulletin
Foregoing the Scorched Earth Policy: Ethical Cross-Exam
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Cross-Examination - ABA's 101 Practice Series – Breaking Down the Rules
American Bar Association (Young Lawyer's Division)
Planning for Trial - The 101 Practice Series – Breaking Down the Rules
American Bar Association (Young Lawyer's Division)
Preparing a Witness - ABA's 101 Practice Series – Breaking Down the Rules
American Bar Association (Young Lawyer's Division)
Protect Yourself from Credit Card Billing Errors
Military Money
Planes, Trains & Automobiles – the Fourth Amendment & your Vehicle
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Very Appealing Ethics
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Co-Signing a Loan is a Risky Business
Military Money
Guideline "Departures" at Sentencing after Booker
United States Attorney Bulletin
Become an Authority: Get Published
American Bar Association (General Practice/Solo Magazine)
Bankruptcy Just Got A Lot Tougher
Military Money
Ethics & the Criminal Prosecutor – Guilt shall no escape, nor innocents shall suffer
Oklahoma Bar Journal
The Law Language and Humpty Dumpty
Oklahoma Bar Journal
A Federal Grand Jury Primer
The Young Lawyer (American Bar Association)
The Fifth Amendment & the Federal Grand Jury
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Appellate Advocacy
The Young Lawyer (American Bar Association)
Crime & Punishment: Article 15
The Reserve & National Guard magazine
Let’s Kill all the Lawyers
Oklahoma Bar Journal
Understanding the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
The Young Lawyer (American Bar Association)
Stepping on the Battlefield: Military Justice Primer
Oklahoma Bar Journal
The Legalities of the Properly Shined Boot
The Tulsa Lawyer (Tulsa County Bar Association)
Who Really Plays for the Love Game
The Sporting News
Speaking Engagements
Trial Advocacy , Army JAG School Criminal Law Advocacy Course , Charlottesville, VA
United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps
Human Trafficking in Indian Country , Sovereignty Symposium , Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Supreme Court
Firearm Prosecutions and Courtroom Issues , National Judicial College Tribal Judge's Training , Reno, NV
National Judicial College
Boot Camp - Veteran's Issues , Boot Camp for the Heroes Program - Military Assistance Committee , Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Bar Association
Immigration Criminal Prosecutions , Federal Bar Association's Tenth Circuit Review , Oklahoma City
Federal Bar Association
SORNA - Sex Offender Registration Case Law , Federal Bar Association's Tenth Circuit Review , Oklahoma City
Federal Bar Association
Certifications
Master Military Justice Pracitioner
United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps
Websites & Blogs
Website
Robert D. Gifford, Founder and Attorney, GIFFORD LAW, P.L.L.C.
Website
Robert Don Gifford, Attorney-at-Law
Videos
Robert D. Gifford: Native Americans as Witnesses & Jurors - Considerations & Perspective CLE 2019- Robert D. Gifford: Native Americans as Witnesses & Jurors - Considerations & Perspective

Robert D. Gifford: Native Americans as Witnesses & Jurors - Considerations & Perspective

KOCO (Channel 5, OKC) reports:  Parents Sue Stillwater Public Schools over the failures in education with distance learning.  Attorney Robert D. Gifford filed this lawsuit on behalf of the public school children of Stillwater, OK. Parents file lawsuit against Stillwater Public Schools over distance learning plan

KOCO (Channel 5, OKC) reports: Parents Sue Stillwater Public Schools over the failures in education with distance learning. Attorney Robert D. Gifford filed this lawsuit on behalf of the public school children of Stillwater, OK.

KFOR (Channel 4, OKC) reports on the State of Oklahoma entering into agreements with Native American tribes after the Supreme Court's ruling in McGirt.  Native American attorney and tribal judge Robert D. Gifford speaks on this agreement. State of Oklahoma and local tribes reach agreement for criminal jurisdiction after Supreme Court dec

KFOR (Channel 4, OKC) reports on the State of Oklahoma entering into agreements with Native American tribes after the Supreme Court's ruling in McGirt. Native American attorney and tribal judge Robert D. Gifford speaks on this agreement.

Mr. Gifford was mobilized from his civilian position as an Assistant United States Attorney back onto active duty as an Army JAG to serve as Deputy Director of Legal Operations and as the worldwide legal spokesman for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay.  Mr. Gifford's unique experience as a federal prosecutor, former active duty military prosecutor and defense counsel, Army Reserve defense counsel, and instructor at the Army JAG School provided a source of information to journalists from the AP, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The LA Times, to even Al Jazeera, as well as to Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) such as The Red Cross. Hamdan loses attempt to call 9/11 mastermind as witness

Mr. Gifford was mobilized from his civilian position as an Assistant United States Attorney back onto active duty as an Army JAG to serve as Deputy Director of Legal Operations and as the worldwide legal spokesman for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay. Mr. Gifford's unique experience as a federal prosecutor, former active duty military prosecutor and defense counsel, Army Reserve defense counsel, and instructor at the Army JAG School provided a source of information to journalists from the AP, The New York Times, The Miami Herald, The LA Times, to even Al Jazeera, as well as to Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) such as The Red Cross.

A federal jury has convicted an Edmond man of seven out of 17 counts of illicit sexual conduct on Kenyan orphans while he served a mission at an orphanage.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. Gifford served as lead prosecutor and secured the guilty verdict against a child predator. Edmond man found guilty on 7 charges in Kenya sexual abuse trial

A federal jury has convicted an Edmond man of seven out of 17 counts of illicit sexual conduct on Kenyan orphans while he served a mission at an orphanage. Assistant United States Attorney Robert D. Gifford served as lead prosecutor and secured the guilty verdict against a child predator.

While serving as the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Gifford explains the new paradigm in handling Human Trafficking cases as a prosecutor. Human Trafficking

While serving as the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Gifford explains the new paradigm in handling Human Trafficking cases as a prosecutor.

Federal investigators believe Robert Pierce and Michael Billings traveled to Peru to have sex with underage girls.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Gifford served as lead prosecutor in this international sex tourism prosecution. New details revealed against attorney, bail bondsman accused of sex with young girls

Federal investigators believe Robert Pierce and Michael Billings traveled to Peru to have sex with underage girls. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Gifford served as lead prosecutor in this international sex tourism prosecution.

Legal Answers
92 Questions Answered

Q. If a charge was dismissed in a federal magistrate court, could a person go to special court martial for the same thing?
A: If it was dismissed "with prejudice" in the federal court, then there is an argument that the courts-martial may be bound by that dismissal. It depends on the reason and grounds it was dimissed. If the dismissal is silent, it's likely "without prejudice" and still subject to UCMJ action.
Q. I was recently discharged from the army after a failed urinalysis with a honorable discharge. I was told by my previous
A: You may want to consider petitioning that service's board of records review. For example, if you were Army you may want to petition the Army Discharge Review Board and/or the Army Board of Corrections of Military Records. See: http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/adrb-faq.html and http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/abcmr-overview.html
Q. How can a DUI affect your chances for promotion?
A: Absolutely. It is pretty much a military career killer. The only "exception" is when the service member is a junior enlisted. The military leadership recognizes that a young soldier (or marine, etc.) will make mistakes. If that junior enlisted member is an otherwise good troop, a commander will work to rehabilitate him/her and keep them "in the fight."
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GIFFORD LAW, P.L.L.C.
305 NW 5th Street, Suite 2682
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Telephone: (405) 810-5406
Cell: (405) 778-4647
Fax: (877) 295-0287
GIFFORD LAW, PLLC
P.O. Box 50
Kaw City, OK 74641
Telephone: (405) 778-4647
Fax: (877) 295-0287
GIFFORD LAW, PLLC
23 Rolling Oaks
Mannford, OK 74044
Telephone: (405) 778-4647
Fax: (877) 295-0287
GIFFORD LAW, PLLC
P.O. Box 2307
Seminole, OK 74818
Telephone: (405) 778-4647
Fax: (877) 295-0287