Garry L. Keele, II


(918) 574-3037 | | Tulsa
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Garry Keele is an environmental lawyer whose practice encompasses the areas of permitting, regulatory compliance and enforcement, rulemaking, environmental due diligence and regulatory assessment associated with real estate and other commercial transactions, and litigation.

Drawing upon his 25 years of experience, including 10 years as an attorney with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), he routinely counsels and represents U.S. and international clients on matters related to air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, and remediation. He also represents clients before agencies in Washington D.C. and throughout the region, and provides technical support in environmental and energy litigation.

Garry has worked extensively with clients engaged in the energy, industrial, manufacturing, financial and government sectors and has experience in the aerospace, automotive, ceramics, chemicals, electric generation (coal, gas, hydro and renewable), forest products, metal products, mining, oil and gas (exploration, production, transportation and refining), off-road equipment, plastics, synthetic fuels, and solid waste incineration industries.

Garry is a past chair for the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and currently serves on the ODEQ’s Air Quality Advisory Council. He is a frequent speaker and author on environmental topics and has served as a mentor for law students at his alma mater, the University of Tulsa College of Law.

Garry’s achievements have earned him inclusion in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America (energy regulatory law; environmental law), which selected him as the “Tulsa Environmental Lawyer of the Year” for 2023.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (energy regulatory law; environmental law)
  • Named “Tulsa Environmental Lawyer of the Year” for 2023 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Past Chair, Environmental Law Section)
  • State Bar of Texas (Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section)
  • American Bar Association (Environment, Energy & Resources Section)

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • ODEQ Air Quality Advisory Council

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At The Podium

EPA’s Priorities (Hint: Environmental Justice and Climate Change)

Environmental Federation of Oklahoma 2021 Annual Meeting
October 13, 2021

Superfund Redevelopment (Moderator)

2018 Oklahoma Brownfields Conference
Oklahoma City, OK | September 27, 2018

The Moving Landscape in Environmental Law: What it means to business

2017 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | December 7, 2017

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), Subpart OOOO (a.k.a. Quad O) and ‘aggregation’ under major source air permitting

Finding The Right Mix Program
Tulsa, Oklahoma | 2013

Air Permits, Regulations and Requirements under the Clean Air Act

NBI Environmental Law from A to Z Webcast
Online | 2010

Clean Air Act Panel

Environmental Issues in Region 6: Recent Developments and Hot Topics Seminar
Dallas, Texas | January 1, 2010

Environmental Law Update

Tulsa County Bar Association - Environmental Law Update Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | 2008

Environmental Update

Oklahoma Bar Association Recent Developments Seminar
2006, 2007

Environmental Reporting & Record-Keeping

Document Retention and Destruction in Oklahoma Seminar

Tribal Sovereignty & Environmental Law

Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation Seminar

Clean Air Act Update Panel

American Bar Association
2002, 2003, 2004

Evidence in Compliance & Enforcement Matters

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Inspector Workshop

Enforcement before the ODEQ

Environmental Federation of Oklahoma Annual Meeting
Attorney Articles


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Taking breaks are now an even better idea

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Environmental quality inspector

Amidst pandemic, EPA issues enforcement guidance

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Environmental worker looking over report

Environmental compliance during COVID-19 pandemic

McAfee & Taft LINC Alert |

Federal Clean Air Act

Oklahoma Bar Association Environmental Law Section Handbook, Third Edition |


  • Oklahoma, 1994
  • Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma


  • J.D., University of Tulsa, 1994
  • B.B.A. (Management Information Systems/Marketing), with honors, University of Oklahoma, 1987


2018 Firm Announcement

January 3, 2018

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