Gatlin C. Squires

Associate

(405) 270-6096
gatlin.squires@mcafeetaft.com
Oklahoma City

Gatlin Squires is a trial lawyer whose practice covers a wide range of civil litigation matters, including contract disputes, claims brought against construction companies and subcontractors, personal injury and negligence claims, claims brought against creditors and banking institutions, real estate disputes, and contested claims over water rights.

A significant portion of Gatlin’s practice is focused on matters affecting farmers, ranchers, equine owners, landowners, and agribusinesses.  As a member of the firm’s Agriculture & Equine Industry Group, he represents agricultural entities and producers in general business litigation disputes, landowners in condemnation and inverse condemnation actions, and agriculture producers and landowners in matters involving the acquisition, ownership, transfer and protection of water rights. The Kingfisher, Oklahoma, native also represents individual farmers and large groups of agricultural producers who have purchased multiple peril crop insurance and then suffered crop losses due to natural disasters in arbitrations, mediations, National Appeals Division administrative appeals, and federal court judicial reviews to resolve federal crop insurance disputes.

Gatlin’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; eminent domain and condemnation law; real estate litigation).

Gatlin grew up on a cattle ranch and earned his undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences and natural resources from Oklahoma State University. While at OSU, he was an active student member of the OSU Alumni Association, served as the executive director of the Homecoming Committee, and was engaged in various student organizations, including the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee.

Gatlin graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2021, where he was named to the Order of the Coif and Order of Solicitors. While pursuing his Juris Doctor, he served as research editor and candidate mentor of the Oklahoma Law Review, participated in numerous appellate advocacy competitions and won the Calvert Moot Court competition, founded and developed the OU Agricultural Law Association, and received several honors, including the Comfort Scholarship and three American Jurisprudence Awards.

Representative Experience

Federal Crop Insurance Disputes

  • Represented numerous producers and farmers in arbitration proceedings in proving that the producers were owed 100% of their indemnity payments.
  • Represented more than 200 Texas farmers in a joint-arbitration proceeding that is now before the USDA Risk Management Agency for a Final Agency Determination concerning whether annual forage planted behind a failed cotton crop qualifies as double cropping, such that the producers are entitled to 100% indemnity for both crops.

Groundwater Rights

  • Assisted several landowners with obtaining groundwater withdrawal permits, severing their groundwater rights from their ownership rights with the surface, and selling such groundwater rights to nearby cities.
  • Acted as lead counsel in a groundwater protest concerning a proposed well that was not in compliance with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board’s well-spacing requirements. Presented and cross-examined numerous witnesses on the issue of whether there was sufficient groundwater available for the applicant in other areas that would have complied with the well-spacing requirements.

Miscellaneous Disputes

  • Served as lead counsel in a dispute concerning the validity and enforceability of a settlement agreement dividing more than $3 million in real property between two siblings. Following the opposing sibling’s request to reform the settlement agreement to provide for a transfer of more than $1 million in property from client, the court held multiple half-day hearings and, ultimately, granted judgment in client’s favor and denied the sibling’s request for the transfer. The case is now on appeal before the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
  • Represented several southwestern Oklahoma farmers who had lost their cotton crop due to applying a contaminated and defective product. Successfully negotiated several pre-litigation multimillion-dollar settlements.
  • Successfully negotiated multiple agreements between wind developers and owners of wind turbines and landowners across Oklahoma, including the resolution of a dispute between a landowner adversely affected by a fire believed to be caused by a wind turbine on their property.
  • Represented multiple livestock producers in obtaining favorable results in proceedings before various breed associations—such as the American Angus Association and Red Angus Association of America—related to issues with transferability of registered cattle and unfreezing of membership accounts.
  • Ongoing representation of a regional livestock feed supplier in numerous disputes with customers relating to the collection of past-due accounts.
  • Successfully quashed a federal court subpoena to a statewide livestock industry group in connection with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state statute that the industry group helped enact.
  • Ongoing representation of numerous agricultural businesses, including large agricultural lending institutions, sale barns, auctioneers, and large livestock producers.

Construction Disputes

  • Ongoing representation of subcontractor on a large federal construction project in seeking to obtain payment on a Miller Act bond while defending against claims for an offset due to alleged defective workmanship.
  • Successfully obtained judgment on behalf of a subcontractor and supplier of materials to various projects in New Mexico following non-payment for said supplies. The nearly $1 million judgment also included an award of attorneys’ fees and costs, and is currently in the process of enforcement against the debtors’ assets.
  • In representing a small oil and gas provider of labor and materials to various well sites, recently obtained a favorable judgment, inclusive of attorneys’ fees and costs, against the general contractor.
  • Successfully represented and negotiated favorable settlements for various subcontractors and general contractors in disputes concerning defective workmanship, delays in performance, and termination for cause.

Banking and Finance

  • Represented a large regional banking institution in defending against claims of a discriminatory denial of a loan application in violation of the Fair Housing Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 brought by four individuals and their co-owned entity. Obtained a dismissal of the individuals’ discrimination claims, and subsequently obtained a dismissal and judgment against their entity. Currently defending the propriety of the district court’s dismissal before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a local bank in a breach of promissory note and foreclosure action wherein the borrowers asserted nine different counterclaims challenging the validity of the underlying debt, the enforceability of the note against one borrower in his individual capacity, and claiming both actual and punitive damages. Following a favorable partial summary judgment by the court finding that the loan instruments were enforceable against the individual borrower, assisted in the negotiations of a favorable settlement on behalf of the bank.
  • Acted as lead counsel or second chair for numerous other creditors in seeking to collect on past-due debts, obtaining judgment against the debtors, and enforcing said judgments against various assets.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch (banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; eminent domain and condemnation law; real estate litigation)

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Direct Beef Sales

    Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    November 5, 2021
    | Stonewall, OK
  • Oklahoma, 2021
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • J.D., with highest honors, University of Oklahoma, 2021
    • Order of the Coif; Order of the Solicitors; Research Editor and Candidate Mentor, Oklahoma Law Review; Comfort Scholar; American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Team; Phi Delta Phi; 3 American Jurisprudence Awards.
  • B.S. (Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources – Agribusiness), cum laude, Oklahoma State University, 2018
    • Outstanding Senior; Senior of Significance; Oklahoma State FFA Officer