For more than two decades, Mike Redman’s practice has focused on management representation in employment matters, ERISA benefits litigation, and commercial litigation. He has litigated cases before state and federal administrative agencies, trial courts, and courts of appeal.
Mike Redman’s employment practice includes developing best practices for employers, compliance training, and litigation of matters arising under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, National Labor Relations Act, OFCCP, ERISA welfare and pension benefit claims. His employment experience also includes state wrongful termination laws, covenants not to compete, non-disclosure agreements, misappropriation of trade secrets, and privacy issues.
Additionally, Mr. Redman works with businesses and attorneys to conduct independent investigations of employee misconduct and allegations of hostile work environment. These investigations are performed in conjunction with the employer’s existing counsel and allow them to be active in the investigation without risking potential disqualification in any subsequent litigation.
Mr. Redman’s commercial business experience includes negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, pre-litigation resolutions of commercial disputes, and litigating a wide variety of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, unfair business practices, covenants not to compete and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Prior to engaging in private practice, Mr. Redman was a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Brett, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Bar Association, admitted 1988
United States Courts of Appeal for Seventh and Tenth Circuits
S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma
Professional Associations & Recognition
American Bar Association, member of Employment and Litigation Sections
Society of Human Resource Managers
AV-Martindale® Peer Review rating
Oklahoma SuperLawyer™ in Employment Law (2013, 2014, 2015)
University of Oklahoma College of Law (1988, with distinction); Oklahoma Law Review; Vice President, National Association of Law Reviews
University of Oklahoma (B.B.A. / Economics, 1985, with honors)
Neuens Mitchell Bonds, pllc (2010 to present)
Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, LLP (1990 – 2009)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Brett
United States District Judge, Northern District of Oklahoma (1988 – 1990)
Publications and Presentations
Co-Author, Survey of Media Law, Oklahoma media and privacy law, including defamation issues. Published by Media Law Resource Center, June 1995 and updated annually through 2009.
Numerous publications in Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, Associated Builders & Contractors, The Hospital Advisor
More than 100 presentations on employment and civil rights to various groups, including Oklahoma Employers Employment Workshop, Lorman Seminars, Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, PFLAG Regional Conference, Council on Education and Management, Tulsa County Bar Association, and Oklahomans for Equality
Tulsa Area United Way, General Counsel and Ex-Officio Member of the Board (1993 to present)
Oklahomans for Equality, Member of the Board (2006-2008, 2012 to present)
American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, Member of the Board (2013 to present) and President of the Board (2016)
Attorney of Record in Published Judicial Opinions
Brown v. Hartford Life Ins. Co., 2008 WL 5102279, 45 Employee Benefits Cas. 2344 (10th Cir. 2008) (affirmed denial of ERISA benefits and rejected dual role / conflict of interest).
Vanguard Environmental, Inc. v. Kerin, 528 F.3d 756, 27 IER Cases 1274 (10th Cir. 2008) (entitlement to attorney fees under unfair trade practices act and vexatious litigation).
Cameron v. American Electric Power Service Corp., 2007 WL 2575513, 42 Employee Benefits Cas. 1586 (10th Cir. 2007) (affirmed denial of ERISA benefits).
National Labor Relations Board v. Public Service Company of Oklahoma, 318 F.3rd 1173 (10th Cir. 2003) (surface bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act).
McKnight v. Kimberly Clark Corporation, 149 F.3d 1125 (10th Cir. 1998) (recognized that good faith but erroneous reason to terminate employment does not demonstrate pretext / retaliatory discharge; defamation; Fair Labor Standards Act).
United States v. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, 918 F.2d 973, 24 Med.L.Rep. 1737 (W.D. Okla. 1996) (media access to sealed court documents).
Jacqui Starr v. Pearle Vision, Inc., 54 F.3d 1548 (10th Cir. 1995) (no liability for wrongful discharge / defamation).
Butcher v. City of McAlester, 956 F.2d 973 (10th Cir. 1992) (freedom of association and claims arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1983).