Ryland Rivas is associated with Mee, Mee, Hoge & Epperson PLLP in an “of counsel” capacity. Upon receiving his law degree from the OU College of Law in May 1974, Mr. Rivas opened a private practice and has continued in that capacity to the present time. He is a member of the Comanche Tribe and is an experienced trial lawyer who has served as first chair in hundreds of jury and non-jury trials. His experience in jury trial includes serving as lead counsel in complex civil cases and cases charging major crimes including first degree murder.
Mr. Rivas has been involved in the areas of Indian law and criminal defense throughout his career in addition to an extensive civil trial practice in both state and federal courts. He has served as the general counsel for the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission and was also one of the first four magistrates named to the Court of Indian Offenses known widely as the CFR court, which was the forerunner of tribal courts as we know them today. Mr. Rivas has also served on the Chickasha City Council, Grady County Community Sentencing Council, the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services Board of directors, and the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of governors.
Mr. Rivas has also served as the Cheyenne and Arapaho Supreme Court Chief Justice and general Counsel for the Kiowa Casino Operations Authority. He is a member of the Oklahoma Criminal defense Lawyer’s Association, the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, and the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, he serves on the Board of directors of the Bank of Verden, a small community bank with branches in Verden and Newcastle, and is a volunteer for the Oklahoma Lawyers for Heroes program.
Areas of Practice:
- Casino and Gaming Law
- Civil and Criminal Litigation and Defense
- Indian Law
- University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma, 1974
- University of Oklahoma, Noman, OKlahoma, 1971
B.A. (Economics, Finance)