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Jodi W. Dishman
Tenth Floor
Two Leadership Square
211 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-7103

(405) 552-2314 direct
(405) 228-7314 fax
 jodi.dishman@mcafeetaft.com
Practice Areas
Admissions
  • Oklahoma, 2005
  • Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., summa cum laude, University of Oklahoma, 2005; Editor-in-Chief, Oklahoma Law Review; Recipient, Most Outstanding Graduate Award, Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Graduate Award, William T. Comfort Scholar, and 8 American Jurisprudence Awards
  • B.B.A., cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2002; Student Body President, 2001-2002; Recipient, “M” Award
Professional Organizations and Memberships
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Federal Bar Association, Oklahoma City Chapter
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Civic Involvement and Leadership
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law Young Alumni Board (Co-Chair)
  • Metro Tech Foundation Board of Trustees (Trustee, 2013-present)
  • Southern Methodist University Inaugural Steering Committee for the James E. Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program

Jodi W. Dishman

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BIOGRAPHY

Jodi Warmbrod Dishman is a trial lawyer who handles complex litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country, as well as in various arbitration forums, with an emphasis on complex business litigation, class actions, and appeals. Jodi’s practice spans numerous industries, including energy and oil and gas, hospitals and health care systems, waste management, insurance/financial, sports, and retail. Her class action experience includes defending companies and individuals in putative class actions filed in federal and state courts across the country. Her insurance litigation experience includes claims for bad faith, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and coverage issues arising under professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, life, and property insurance policies. Jodi also pursues appeals on behalf of individuals and companies and advises clients on their likelihood of success when deciding whether to pursue an appeal. 

Following law school, Jodi clerked for then-Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King and Judge Edward C. Prado, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before returning home to Oklahoma in 2012 to join McAfee & Taft, Jodi was counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP in San Antonio, Texas, while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force. During her time at Akin Gump, she was named a “Rising Star” Lawyer by Scene in S.A. She also was named Pro Bono Associate of the Year for Akin Gump’s San Antonio office for her work on a successful appeal before the Fifth Circuit on a constitutional issue concerning the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. 


REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Class Action Litigation:

  • Obtained dismissal in federal court of putative class action where the plaintiff brought breach of contract and various tort claims against a major healthcare system relating to employee welfare benefit plans for alleged improper billing practices.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court of putative nationwide class action alleging fraud-based claims against an insurance company relating to the design, marketing and sale of life insurance policies used to fund employee benefit plans.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court for an insurer of putative class action based on Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA) preemption of state law claims alleging misrepresentations in the sale of a covered security.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court of putative class action alleging fraud-based claims against insurance company relating to the sale of variable annuities in qualified retirement plans.
  • Represented insurance company in putative class action lawsuit in state court alleging breach of contract, fraud, and bad faith over the payment of overhead and profit under homeowners’ policies.
  • Obtained dismissal in federal court on behalf of retailer of putative class action alleging RICO claims based on contractual relationships for consumer financing.
  • Currently defending four oil and gas operating companies in federal court in a putative class action where the plaintiffs allege tort claims relating to the alleged release of toxic substances from disposal facilities.
  • Currently defending individual in federal court in a putative class action relating to oil and gas leases on tribal lands. 
  • Currently defending landfill in federal court in a putative class action where plaintiffs allege odor and dust nuisance, trespass, and negligence claims.
  • Currently representating financial company in a state court in a putative class action where plaintiff alleges invasion of privacy claim over use of GPS technology.

Healthcare Litigation:

  • Obtained a directed verdict in state court where the plaintiff brought multiple tort and breach of contract claims against a hospital for alleged improper billing practices.
  • Obtained dismissal in state court of breach of contract and various tort claims brought against a hospital over alleged improper billing practices.
  • Advised hospital on contractual issues and threatened litigation relating to physician.
  • Obtained summary judgment for healthcare provider in a state court lawsuit brought by a patient seeking declaratory relief over provider’s medical lien and asserting claims for negligence, fraud, and consumer protection act.
  • Currently representing major hospital system before a federal court of appeals in case involving ERISA complete preemption.

Insurance Litigation:

  • Obtained dismissal in state court on fraud-based claims against an insurance company relating to the design, marketing and sale of life insurance policies used to fund employee benefit plans.
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court on claim of legal malpractice in favor of the insured law firm based on failure of the plaintiff to establish causation.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurance company in arbitration proceeding based on a consent-to-settlement provision in a facultative reinsurance contract.
  • Represented insurance company in declaratory judgment action in federal court over a stranger-owned life insurance (STOLI) policy.
  • Represented reinsurer in an arbitration involving a finite retrocessional casualty aggregate stop loss treaty.
  • Defeated insured's attempt to consolidate arbitration proceeding filed by an excess insurer with arbitration proceedings filed by the primary insurer and other excess insurers.
  • Advised numerous companies on interpretation and applicability of arbitration or alternative dispute resolution provisions in insurance policies.

Professional Liability:

  • Represented a major domestic insurance company in a jury trial against bad faith claim by the insured over the denial of defense and indemnity under a lawyers' professional liability policy; the jury unanimously ruled in favor of the insurer after a two-week trial.
  • Represented insurer under lawyers' professional indemnity policy in a multi-million dollar dispute involving whether the insured had prior knowledge of circumstances giving rise to its claim when it applied for insurance coverage.
  • Represented London market insurers in federal court cases relating to fidelity bond coverage issues involving third-party claimants.
  • Advised London market insurers regarding coverage under professional liability policy for qui tam claims brought against the insured under the False Claims Act.
  • Advised underwriters of professional liability policies of coverage issues relating to a claim brought against the insured for its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Directors’ and Officers’ Liability:

  • Represented insurers in federal court relating to coverage issues under a directors’ and officers’ liability policy.
  • Advised underwriters on tower of insurance under directors' and officers' liability policy of the availability and advisability of an interpleader action for policy proceeds where there were viable coverage defenses for the insurers and foreign claimants were involved.

Financial Institutions – Litigation:

  • Defended companies and individuals in FINRA arbitrations relating to suitability of investments, licensing, and supervision issues
     

ATTORNEY ARTICLES

  • Fourth and Long: Why Non-BCS Universities Should Punt Rather Than Go For an Antitrust Challenge to the Bowl Championship Series
    Oklahoma Law Review - Volume 57:333  - 2004

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