From Staff Reports
An attorney from Yukon who moved to Dallas to establish his legal career, is bringing his practice back to his hometown.
In 2020, Dallas attorney Brock Duke was approached by John Alberts, a life-long family friend and founder/CEO of both Bedlam and Bison Law in Yukon, Oklahoma, to gauge his interest in bringing his skills back home to Oklahoma.
Alberts explained his vision for The Bison Law Firm, which would be a new firm. The focus would be on people and community, instead of mass clientele and money. Bison Law Firm would seek to be a part of the community through volunteer work, sponsorship, and various other philanthropic endeavors. Duke, said he realized that law firms can make community interests just as important as their own, are extremely rare.
John A. Alberts, founder of Bedlam Law, a successful family law practice in Yukon, Oklahoma, is happy to announce the opening of their new neighbor, The Bison Law Firm.
The Bison Law Firm will be occupying the suite next door, 1609 Professional Circle in Yukon Oklahoma. Although they are separate law firms, Bedlam Law plans to work alongside The Bison Law Firm in order to provide additional services to clients in a highly specialized manner at one central location. The Bison Law Firm focuses on handling personal injury cases involving individuals and families who have suffered an injury or death because of someone else’s negligence. John Alberts will serve as the managing partner for The Bison Law Firm, while continuing to serve in the same capacity for Bedlam Law. “Together we will be helping people in their times of need,” said John. After leaving his position as the Assistant District Attorney in Kay County, Oklahoma, John Alberts has spent the rest of his professional career as a steadfast and effective advocate for the rights of Oklahomans in a broad range of cases. Mr. Alberts’ knowledge of personal injury law and his skills in obtaining favorable results for victims as both a litigator and negotiator have garnered him an outstanding reputation in the legal community which has earned him the highest peer reviewed rating, AV-Preeminent*, from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition to his legal endeavors, John served as the Mayor of Yukon from 2007-2018. Joining Mr. Alberts at The Bison Law firm will be John’s fellow OSU graduate and Sigma Nu fraternity brother Kirk Olson. Kirk brings 27 years of experience to The Bison Law Firm “Dream Team.” Kirk has had many accolades which include a landmark sexual abuse case against the Nazarene Church, and the largest nursing verdict in state history. Kirk’s efforts were directly responsible for exposing a dangerous sexual predator within the church. Due to Kirk’s commitment to his clients, the church hierarchy that enabled the sexual predator to abuse children and the cover up of the sexual predator acts were exposed. In addition, Kirk Olson obtained the largest verdict in state history against a nursing home for the abuse of resident that suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Kirk obtained a $15 million-dollar verdict against Epworth Villa, further establishing him as a well-recognized and respected advocate for the elderly.
Brock Duke spent his entire childhood in Yukon ultimately graduating from Yukon High School. His parents still reside there to this day. He graduated from Oklahoma State University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 1998 and a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics in 2000. In 2003 he graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
In 2003 Mr. Duke moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area in to work as a criminal prosecutor. During this time, he personally conducted over 200 trials and handled thousands of criminal cases. This afforded him the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the nation’s best criminal prosecutors. In addition to being outstanding trial lawyer, many of Mr. Duke’s mentors/colleagues wrote trial skills books for prosecutors. The environment afforded Mr. Duke the unique opportunity to attend multiple trial skills seminars and schools, many of which are available only to criminal prosecutors. These include but are not limited to the Texas Homicide Symposium, TDCAA Trial Skills Seminar, TDCAA Advanced Trial Skills Seminar, and countless hours of trial technique educational courses.
When asked about his trial experience, Mr. Duke answered, “It would be reckless to measure any trial attorney’s competency based on the number of schools or seminars they attended. To get a fair and realistic measurement of an attorney’s courtroom capabilities, skill, and competency let the attorney spend many years and thousands of hours inside of courtrooms conducting trials in front of judges and juries. Afterwards, look at their results. That will tell you exactly what they are capable of.”
In January 2010 Duke made the decision to stop trying to put people in jail and start protecting people’s rights and the falsely accused. He opened the Law Office of Brock Duke which would eventually grow into the law firm of Sylvan & Duke. As a criminal defense lawyer Brock Duke experienced tremendous success. He had numerous trials covered by local and national news media outlets.
In 2016, Duke decided to expand his practice from Texas into Louisiana and start helping people and families who are victims of needless injuries. Since this time, Mr. Duke has handled hundreds of cases and recovered millions of dollars for families in need.