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SharonbellSharon J. Bell

sjbell@rogersandbell.com

Sharon J. Bell is managing partner of Rogers and Bell. Her practice focuses on charitable organizations and estate planning. With Bank of Oklahoma, she serves as individual trustee for the Chapman-Walter-Cowles charitable trusts, as well as co-trustee with J P Morgan Chase of the Lane Memorial Trust.

Sharon began her legal career with her late father, William H. Bell, in 1984. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an urban planner with The Benham Group, the City of Oklahoma City, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Research Foundation.

Sharon was born in Tulsa, OK, in 1951. She earned her J.D. from the University of Tulsa, in 1985; her M.C.P. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1978; and her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Urban Studies, from Connecticut College, New London in 1975. She is licensed to practice in the State of Oklahoma. Sharon has extensive civic, corporate, Bar and community involvement, and is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, Class XII and Leadership Oklahoma, Class VIII. She was awarded the W. Thomas Coffman Award for Community Service from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2010, received the Distinguished Alumna for the University of Tulsa in 2012 as well as the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice Award.

Sharon is married to Gregory Allen Gray and they have one son, John Gregory Gray. Her personal interests include interfaith understanding, choral singing, home canning and reading.


Gregorygray Gregory Allen Gray

gagray@rogersandbell.com

Gregory Allen Gray has been a member of Rogers and Bell since 1987, and practices in the areas of estate planning and administration and charitable organization law. A native of Muskogee, OK, Greg received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1985.

Greg also works with numerous charitable organizations in Oklahoma. Currently he is a trustee of St. Simeon's Episcopal Home,  Chairman of the Tulsa Botanic Garden, and Director of Planned Parenthood of of the Heartland. He also serves on the National Board for Gilcrease Museum.  Greg previously served as an officer or director of many other institutions, including Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, the Day Center for the Homemless, and Town and Country School.

Greg is a member of Leadership Oklahoma, Class XVIII, Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers, and was an Outstanding Senior Lawyer of the University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association in 1997.

Greg is married to Sharon J. Bell and has one son, John. Greg is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.


 RobertfarrisRobert Farris

rsfarris@rogersandbell.com

Robert S. Farris joined Rogers and Bell in 1990 after serving nine years as a Special Judge in the Tulsa County District Court. He served as a Probate Judge during the last five years of his judicial career. His practice focuses on estate planning and the administration of wills and trusts. Bob has been an adjunct professor at The University of Tulsa College of Law since 1992 where he teaches classes on Wills and Trusts, Elder Law and clinical classes at the Boesche Legal Clinic.

Bob is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Council as well as a member of the National College of Probate Judges. In addition, he is a member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association, Estate Planning Forum and Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers Association.

Bob was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1950. He and his wife Pam have two sons and three grandchildren. His education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa.

Bob is a past President of the Tulsa County Bar Association as well as the Tulsa County Bar Foundation and has served as the Tulsa County Bar Association’s Delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  He has also served on the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.  He serves on the boards of St. John Health System, Parkside Psychiatric Hospital, Tulsa Psychiatric Center, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services and the Tulsa County Historical Society.  Bob has been recognized on the Oklahoma Super Lawyers list every year since 2007.


ClintswansonClint T. Swanson

cswanson@rogersandbell.com

Clint T. Swanson joined Rogers and Bell in 2004. He represents individuals, businesses and charities in a wide array of legal matters. With a Masters of Law in Taxation, he specializes in tax minimization strategies for individuals and businesses. His practice at Rogers and Bell, focuses on wealth succession planning, including estate and gift planning, business succession planning, probate and administration, business law, including entity selection, entity formation, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, valuations, sales, governance and dissolution; charitable planning, including exemption qualification, private foundations, charitable remainder trusts, governance, and IRS compliance; oil and gas management, including locating, transferring, leasing, valuing, and managing oil, gas, and other mineral interests; trust administration, including trustee and beneficiary representation, trustee oversight, investment oversight, tax compliance, annual accountings and reports and trustee removal and replacement; and domestic asset protection planning including, antenuptial agreements, situs and choice of jurisdiction planning, trust and limited liability entity protection planning. In addition he also advises the Chapman Charitable Trusts on variety of tax and trust law matters. He also has extensive experience advising farming, ranching and other agribusinesses on succession and transition plans that will not diminish important farm subsidies.

Clint T. Swanson earned his Masters of Law in Taxation from The University of Florida Levin College of Law (2004), J.D. from The University of Tulsa College of Law (2003), Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University (1997) While in law school he served as Notes and Comments Editor of the Tulsa Law Review, Academic Affairs Chairman of the Student Bar Association. Since, 2011 he has served as an adjunct faculty member of The University of Tulsa College of Law teaching Federal Taxation of Estates, Gifts and Generation-skipping Transfers.

Clint is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the American, District of Columbia, and Oklahoma, and Tulsa County Bar Associations. He is also a member of Tulsa Title and Probate Attorneys serving as Presiding in 2012.
Clint serves on the board of Family and Children’s Service, Inc. and Tulsa Area United Way. He served as President of the Family and Children’s Services Mental Health, Inc. board from 2009 to 2012. Clint is also a graduate of Leadership Tulsa, Class 38.

Clint grew up on farm and ranch in southwest Oklahoma graduating from Hobart High School. Clint is married and has three children.


MatthewfarrisMatthew S. Farris

mfarris@rogersandbell.com

Matthew S. Farris joined Rogers and Bell in January, 2011. His practice focuses on estate planning, probate matters, trust administration and related litigation. Prior to joining Rogers and Bell, Matt practiced for five (5) years at the Tulsa law firm of Barrow and Grimm, P.C. focusing on civil litigation. Matt was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2006, and has since been named as an Oklahoma Super Lawyers® ‘Rising Star’ in 2010-2014.

Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law in August 2005, graduating a semester early. While attending the College of Law, Matt was a member of the Energy Law Journal, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity, the Student Bar Association, was the recipient of CALI Excellence for the Future Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in the studies of Property Law and the law of Decedents' Estates and Trusts, and served as a legal intern to the Hon. Robert Perugino, 14th Judicial District, Juvenile Division. Prior to attending the College of Law, Matt earned a B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

While practicing law at Rogers and Bell, Matt has served on the Tulsa County Bar Foundation’s (“TCBF”) Board of Directors as well as the Tulsa County Bar Association’s (“TCBA”) Board of Directors. He is the current Vice President of the TCBA, the immediate past Secretary of the TCBA, and has previously chaired the TCBF’s Community Outreach Committee. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Tulsa College of Law Alumni Association, the Holland Hall Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors for the Eisenhower International School Foundation. He was recently named the University of Tulsa College of Law Outstanding Junior Alumnus [2013].

Matt is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers Association. He is also a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 45.

Matt is a native Tulsan. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children.


Erik Chillingworth

echillingworth@rogersandbell.com

Erik Chillingworth joined Rogers and Bell in the Fall of 2010 as an accounting assistant. Today he is the manager of the firm’s accounting department. Erik oversees the management of the firm’s accounts, and provides account management services for our clients.

Erik received his B.A. in Anthropology and an M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa. During his time at TU, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. After receiving his master’s degree, Erik has continued his education in accounting in pursuit of becoming a Certified Public Accountant.

Erik was born in Tulsa and attended Booker T. Washington High School before heading to the University of Tulsa. He is married to Whitney Chillingworth, a teacher at Monte Cassino School. Erik’s outside interests include hockey, technology, pop culture, motorcycles, and TU athletics.

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