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About Us


Having a professional, reliable team makes dealing with serious personal injury matters easier to handle.  At the Van Meter Law Firm, our medical malpractice Oklahoma City lawyers and staff work together to provide comprehensive support and legal counsel throughout the stages of your case.  Our medical malpractice and personal injury law firm is comprised of—

David W. Van Meter

Oklahoma City Medical Malpractice Lawyer

An AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated™ attorney, David W. Van Meter received his B.S. Combined Science degree in Chemistry and Biology with a Pre-Professional emphasis toward the medical field from Stephen F. Austin State Universityin 1982.  He then worked at the OU Health Science Center as a medical researcher until attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he graduated with his J.D. in 1990.  He focuses the majority of his legal work on—

  • Medical malpractice
  • Products liability
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Nursing home neglect
  • Trucking accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Pharmacy negligence
  • Whistleblower and fraud

David’s memberships include the—

David is active in his church, Men’s Ministry, Business Development, Civic Committees and other organizations, including Big Brothers. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, the mountains, snow skiing, exercise, outdoor activities, and gardening. He is also a motivational speaker and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

David and his wife Kelly married in 1987 and are the proud parents of quadruplets, who are completing college and starting their own successful careers.

The scripture David relates to his legal work is Deuteronomy 16:20, “Justice, and only justice, shall you pursue.”

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 Alex M. Shirley


Born and raised in the Oklahoma City metro, Alex Shirley studied Communications at Oklahoma Baptist University where he graduated with honors in 2014. He then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 2017.  Alex joined Van Meter Law Firm as a law clerk in 2016, and now continues as a new associate attorney, bringing his enthusiasm, diligence, and fresh outlook.

Alex and his wife, Courtney, married soon after completing undergraduate degrees. They live in Oklahoma City with their two dogs, Russell and Teddy.

When Alex is not practicing law, he enjoys watching Thunder games, discussing Star Wars theories, and planning his and Courtney’s next vacation.


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Sharon Stricklin

Legal Assistant 

Born in Hawaii, but raised in Texas, Sharon arrived in Oklahoma City in 1977 having worked in various administrative and secretarial positions with Phillips Petroleum Company and a private practice attorney. Prior to joining Van Meter Law Firm as a Legal Assistant in 2006, she spent many years raising her family on a 13-acre “mini-farm” in Oklahoma County.

Sharon and her husband, Mark, have been blessed with three children. She and her family are active members of Cornerstone Church in Midwest City where they are involved in children and youth ministries. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching volleyball, spending time with her family on Oklahoma lakes and making people laugh.


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Linn Heagen

Legal Assistant

A legal assistant with the firm since November 2008, Linn Heagen was born and raised in central Oklahoma. She is a 1980 graduate of Choctaw High School. Linn worked in OG&E’s Purchasing Department for 4 years before entering the legal field, where she worked as a legal secretary for two law firms.  Her husband’s employment took them out of state for a year, at which time she worked in a dental office prior to the birth of the first of their two sons. Linn then spent the next 20 years as a homemaker and full-time mother.

Linn enjoys gardening and walking/running. She and her husband Mike also enjoy riding their motorcycle together, both locally and on cross-country trips. They have recently ventured into the world of farming, raising chickens and enjoying their fresh eggs.

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Ann Taylor

Legal Assistant

Ann Taylor

After graduating Louisiana Tech University in 1974, Ann worked for law firms in Alabama and Texas before putting her career on hold to become a full-time homemaker to her husband, Aaron, and their three children. In 2010, she became a welcome addition to Van Meter Law Firm, bringing her quiet dignity and gentle spirit.

Ann and Aaron attend Christ’s Legacy in Yukon. They have served as marriage mentors and participate in outreach projects. Outside of work, you will find her reading, cooking, gardening or participating in skeet and sporting clays recreational shooting.


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Shelly Jones

Legal Assistant

Shelly Jones

After graduating from Rose State College with an Associate in Applied Science, Paralegal Studies degree, Shelly was employed with the City of Oklahoma City for 12 years.  She worked for the City Attorney’s Office for 5 of those years.  After much prayer and consideration, she decided to leave the City Attorney’s Office to raise her two daughters full-time.  After the girls started school, she worked in their elementary school in the Special Education Program.  In 2014, Shelly found her way back to the field of work she is passionate about and was the new addition to the Van Meter Law Firm, binging her joy, sense of humor, and organizational skills.


Shelly and her daughters are members at SW Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.  She has attended and served there since 1996.  She enjoys traveling, reading, walking and spending time with her family.

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Frequent co-counseling attorneys

Ellen Martin Watts

Oklahoma Family and Probate Lawyer (divorce, adoption, child custody, probate)

Oklahoma City Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Oklahoma and Tulsa County Lawyer for Children

Ellen Martin Watts received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance and her Master of Business Administration degrees from Phillips University, followed by 15 years of work in university accounting, budgeting and auditing. After receiving her Master of Science in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University, Ms. Watts attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 1999.


Ms. Watts focuses the majority of her legal work on:

  • Deprived children
  • Divorce
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships
  • Child Custody
  • Medical Malpractice – child and female issues
  • DHS negligence
  • Pharmacy negligence
  • Probate – intestate and testate

Ms. Watts’ memberships include:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation
  • William Holloway Inn of Court
  • Trinity Legal Clinic, Volunteer
  • Special Forces Association Ladies Auxiliary
  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children
  • Tulsa Lawyers for Children
  • National Conference on Family Relations
  • Oklahoma Conference on Family Relations
  • Christian Legal Society, Oklahoma City Chapter

Ellen Watts is active in her church, women’s ministry, choir, community group leader and coach, civic and political committees, and other organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, taking road trips, needlepoint, bicycling and writing. Ellen Watts also enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor for Oklahoma State University where she teaches policy, law and advocacy classes

Ellen and her husband, Charles, are the proud parents of seven children and proud grandparents of twelve grandchildren.

The scripture Ellen relates to her legal work is Psalm 119:125, “I am Your servant, give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”

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Van Meter Law Firm—the attorneys you can trust

Contact our Oklahoma City office for assistance with your medical malpractice, products liability, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, trucking accident, or motor vehicle accident lawsuit.  We offer initial consultations and operate on a contingency fee basis for all cases.

We devote our work to Helping the Hurt Find Hope.