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Under the Radar

The unassuming Frank Hill closes multimillion-dollar deals and has helped bring the NBA to OKC … twice 

When the Oklahoma City Thunder took to the court in Ford Center for its opening game on the night of October 29, 2008, nearly 19,000 enthusiastic basketball fans packed the arena to welcome their team to its new home. Few among those spectators would have recognized the name of Frank D. Hill, who was seated among them. Fewer still would have realized the vital role that Hill, as counsel for the team, played in helping to bring NBA basketball to Oklahoma City. Which is just fine for a man who …

Lawyer in the White Hat

Whether he's prosecuting terrorists or defending executives, Patrick M. Ryan keeps things classy        

On April 19, 1995, minutes after Timothy McVeigh walked away from a bomb-laden Ryder truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the sunny spring morning went dark. Less than three weeks after what was then the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in American history, Patrick M. Ryan was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Even before taking office, Ryan knew the bombing would be the defining event of his tenure. Though …

On the Shoulders of Giants

Robert H. Alexander Jr. credits his success to the struggles of his ancestors; now he pays it forward

When attorney Robert H. Alexander Jr. takes in the expansive view from his elegant offices, which occupy the entire 24th floor of the First National Center in downtown Oklahoma City, he can see just how far he has come. The city landscape below his art and memorabilia-studded office is in transition. Urban renewal has swept away his childhood neighborhood, along with the original Avery Chapel AME Church where his late father, civil rights leader Rev. Robert H. Alexander Sr., served.  “I used …

The Redeemer

R. Thomas Seymour couldn’t make up for the 14 years Arvin McGee spent in prison for a rape he didn’t commit. But Seymour did help clear his name and win $12.3 million from the system that failed him

In 1989, Arvin McGee was tried — for the third time — for the Oct. 29, 1987, kidnapping and rape of a young Tulsa woman. After a mistrial and a hung jury, he was convicted and sentenced to 365 years in prison, later reduced to 298 years. He entered prison the same day his son was born. Arvin McGee was as innocent as his newborn child. By the time DNA testing exonerated McGee, he had spent 14 years behind bars. He had suffered beatings that left him with a bum knee and bad back, both of …

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