Laura Talbert is an attorney at Brown & Gould, PLLC, a boutique civil litigation firm in Oklahoma City. Prior to joining Brown & Gould, Laura worked in the government sector, first as an Assistant District Attorney, where she was awarded Junior Prosecutor of the Year in 2014, and later as an Assistant General Counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. With over thirty jury trials under her belt, litigation is a passion for Laura. Laura earned her bachelors and masters degrees prior to receiving her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. When she isn’t in a courtroom, Laura can be found on a local volleyball court, or cheering on the Sooners and Thunder.
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, OK
Juris Doctor with Distinction, December 2012
- GPA: Top 19% (9.23/12.00)
- Honors: Dean’s Honor Roll (every semester)
- Journal: Research Editor, American Indian Law Review
Published Work: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Requiring Federal Recognition Helps to Dig Its Own Grave, 37 Am. Indian L. Rev. 121 (2013).
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY
Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, May 2010
- GPA: 3.64/4.0
- Honors: Dean’s Honor Roll: Summer 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010
Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice/Psychology, December 2008
- GPA: 3.51/4.0 (cum laude)
- Honors: Dean’s Honor Roll: Spring 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008
Brown & Gould, PLLC, Oklahoma City, OK
Associate Attorney, March 2017 – Present
Handle a variety of cases in all civil matters, including family law, breach of contract, employment law and tort law. Attend mediations, depositions, and hearings to advocate for clients. Responsible for drafting any and all pleadings, motions, and responses. Litigate jury trials.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma City, OK
Assistant General Counsel, October 2015 – March 2017
Managed all subpoenas, orders and open records requests for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Responsible for briefs and responses for state and federal court cases. Assisted with daily issues arising throughout the Department of Corrections.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Clovis, NM
Assistant District Attorney, April 2013 – October 2015
Prosecuted a variety of cases, including a heavy felony docket; wrote and responded to various motions on an assortment of legal issues; argued cases, including bench and jury trials, in front of magistrate and district judges. Tried a variety of complex cases, including multiple criminal sexual penetration trials and first-degree murder trials. Supervised younger attorneys in all aspects of being a prosecutor. Traveled yearly to Santa Fe during the legislative session to assist in securing the office budget. Assisted the District Attorney in drafting a child pornography bill, which later passed.
University of Oklahoma College of Law Legal Clinic, Norman, OK
Clinical Licensed Legal Intern Co-Chief Counsel, August 2011 – December 2012
Selected from supervising attorneys and faculty to serve as Co-Chief Counsel, mentored incoming interns, managed cases from initial intake, drafted pleadings, communicated with opposing counsel, and argued motions in court. Represented indigent criminal defendants, including writing documents, negotiating plea agreements, interviewed witnesses, conducted legal research for assigned cases, assisted with the preparation of a manslaughter case, and appeared in court proceedings.
Hartley House Domestic Violence Shelter Board of Directors, Clovis, NM, February 2014 – October 2015
Work with other Board members to guarantee grant money, fundraise throughout the year for the shelter, approve budgets, and oversee the Shelter as a whole.
Adjunct Professor at Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM, January 2015 – Present
Teach online courses as part of the Legal Studies and Criminal Justice tracks. Work with students throughout the semester to improve their writing style and to better comprehend the material.
LICENSES AND AWARDS
New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Junior Prosecutor of the Year, 2014
Licensed in Oklahoma, New Mexico, U.S. District Courts – Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma