Pete Stamper limits his practice to construction law, surety law and related litigation and arbitration. His extensive experience qualifies him to effectively counsel contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, public and private owners and design professionals in all types of construction, including buildings, civil works, highways, bridges, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals and manufacturing plants. He assists in the analysis and negotiation of project and contract terms, in the avoidance and settlement of disputes and in successfully mediating resolutions or arbitrating or litigating when acceptable settlements are not attainable.
Following his completion of law school and admission to the state bar of Oklahoma, Pete served five years active duty as a restricted line officer-law in the United States Navy. During that period, he was responsible for the trial and appellate review of more than 250 court-martial cases and administrative proceedings. After his naval service, Pete returned to Tulsa, and joined a small general-practice firm, first as an associate and later as a partner. His practice was quite diversified, and included oil and gas matters, complex probate cases, business organization and management, commercial transactions, contract disputes and litigation of jury and non-jury cases large and small.
Over time, Petes practice became more concentrated in matters involving construction and the construction industry. He was offered the opportunity to become the general counsel for an ENR-100 general contracting company with its headquarters in Oklahoma. He left private practice, and became in-house general counsel for the company. The four years that he spent as a corporate officer were invaluable to him when he returned to private practice. He learned how burdensome litigation can be to a business. Company personnel are unavoidably involved in producing records, answering interrogatories, participating in depositions and helping lawyers understand what the case is about before a trial ever begins. The experience also taught him how important it is to evaluate a potential lawsuit carefully before a decision is made to proceed with litigation or arbitration.
Pete left the construction company and returned to private practice with a medium-sized firm in Tulsa, where he remained for 27 years, during many of which he was the managing partner. He represented clients engaged in every aspect of the construction industry, including surety companies, general and subcontractors, large and small, material suppliers, architects, engineers and owners, both public and private. The engagements ranged from serving as outside general counsel, consulting on specific matters, and drafting and review of documents to complex litigation and arbitrations in several states.
In 2006, the law firm was dissolved, and Pete joined Barrow and Grimm, P.C., where he continues to practice full time in an of-counsel capacity. He still represents many of his longtime clients, and regularly adds new ones who seek his advice and representation. He also serves as special litigation counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Pete has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Bar Association since 1959. He has been a member of the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry since its formation and is also a member of the Litigation Section and the Tort and Insurance Section. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected as an Oklahoma Super lawyer.
Pete Stamper was a member of the construction and commercial panels of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, and he was a judge of the Oklahoma Temporary Court of Appeals. He is an active member of the Associated General Contractors of America, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Construction Specifications Institute (past chapter president), American Institute of Architects (past affiliate chapter director), the Board of Visitors of the College of Architecture of The University of Oklahoma, the Council of The University of Oklahoma Presidents Associates and the Administrative Board of Boston Avenue Methodist Church, Tulsa. He is also a fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.
Pete has served as a visiting lecturer in the Engineering Extension Division of Oklahoma State University. He has taught continuing education courses for the Oklahoma Bar Association and for The Oklahoma University College of Architecture. He has also been a speaker for the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association and for a variety of other professional and trade groups in several states.
Some of his significant cases have included these:
Successfully represented a general contractor against two subcontractors and a hospital in a seven-week non-jury trial in Alabama.
Was lead counsel for a design-build contractor against the owner of a meat-processing plant and 36 subcontractors in a six-week jury trial in Oklahoma. Won a $6,225,000 verdict and a $9,300,000 judgment, which included a bonus attorneys fee of $230,000.
Served as chairman of a panel of arbitrators in New Orleans in a case arising from the construction of the Superdome.
Served as chairman of a panel of arbitrators in the dissolution of a partnership that owned extensive producing and non-producing oil properties in Texas. One of the parties was a former U.S. secretary of commerce.
Represented a design-procure-construct contractor who had built an electric power generating plant in Argentina. Obtained an award in arbitration for $12,500,000 for delays and extra work.
Construction Law and Surety Law
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts, 1957
The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, College of Law, Bachelor of Laws, 1959, and Juris Doctorate, 1970
All courts of the state of Oklahoma
United States Supreme Court
Courts of the Cherokee Nation,
Muskogee (Creek) Nation and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.
United States Tax Court
United States Courts of Appeal for
the Fifth and Tenth Circuits
United States District Courts for
the Northern, Eastern and Western
Districts of Oklahoma
United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
United States District Court of the
Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the
Western District of Tennessee
United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of
General Courts-Martial of the
Law, Professional Education
Systems, Inc., 1998
Co-author,Oklahoma Mechanics and Materialmens Liens, Lorman Education Services, 1999
Co-author, Fifty State Monograph on the Enforceability of No-Damage-for-Delay Clauses, American Bar Association Litigation Section, Construction Litigation Committee, 1997
Oklahoma casenote editor of Construct, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, periodical