The Handley Law Center
111 South Rock Island
El Reno, OK 73036
FLETCHER DAL HANDLEY, JR., is a civil justice attorney with The Handley Law Center in El Reno, Oklahoma. His practice is focused on Personal Injury Law and civil litigation. He also practices as both a civil and family law mediator. In 1975 he earned a BA in Professional Writing from The University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the OU College of Law in 1979.
He began his military career 1966 as an Air Force ROTC Cadet at OU and served on active duty with U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 11 as a P-3 Orion aircrew member from 1969-1972. He enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1981 and was commissioned into the JAG Corps in 1983. He retired in 2008 as the Assistant State Judge Advocate for Oklahoma and Military Judge.
He is a former member of the Council of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of The American Bar Association and has also served as Chair of the Auto Law Committee, the Plaintiff's Task Force and the TIPS Scholarship Fund Board. In 1999, he testified before the US Senate Commerce Committee in opposition to a proposed national no-fault insurance law. He served on the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and the ABA Working Group on Protecting the Rights of Service Members.
He was selected as Oklahoma's Outstanding Young Lawyer of 1983 and was appointed to a temporary division of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in 1991. He has lectured throughout the United States on several areas of trial practice and was a guest speaker at the 1999 Hawaii Bar Association's Automobile Law Symposium. He served as a Mentor at the 2002 National Trial Academy in Reno, Nevada. He is a former President of the Canadian County Bar Association and was a 9-time delegate to the Oklahoma Bar Convention. In 2008 he was elected as an Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor reserved to no more that 1% of all attorneys. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a Top 100 Trial Attorney of the National Trial Lawyers Association, and served as the 2019 President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the oldest Trial Lawyer Organization in the United States. He is a Charter Member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, an organization dedicated to restoring integrity to the practice of law. He is also a member of Public Justice, an organization that fights to insure all Americans have access to justice as guaranteed by our constitution. He has been named as an Oklahoma "Super Lawyer" continuous since 2009.
He has been awarded the Primerus Lifetime Achievement Award and the Tomy D. Frasier Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oklahoma Association for Justice. In 2018, he was selected as the OAJ Trial Lawyer of the year.
His record of community service includes serving as President of the Noon Lions Club, the El Reno Community Theatre and El Reno Family YMCA. He served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian County Guidance Center. He coached High School Mock Trial at El Reno highschool for almost 20 years and won a State Championship in 1991. He was twice awarded the "Lamplighter Award" by the El Reno Education Association.
He has been married to Dianne (Strasner) Handley since 1974. They have two sons. Ashton Handley is a US Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf War, a 2004 graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans, and a 2008 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law. Ashton also practices law at The Handley Law Center and is a National Trial Association TOP 100 Lawyer. Alex Handley served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Ready Reserve, is a 2004 Graduate of the University of Southern California, worked in the television industry for many years in California in the production department of “Desperate Housewives: and "90210." Alex is a 2015 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and also practices at the Handley Lawyer. He is a NTL Top 40 under 40, and was selected in 2019 as a SuperLawyer Rising Star.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury - Plaintiff
Wrongful Death - Plaintiff
Probates and Estates
University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma J.D. - 1979
University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma B.A. - 1975
Robertson v. Martin, 613 P.2d 1049 (Okla. 1980)
Handley v. Santa Fe Minerals, 849 P.2d 433 (1998)
Honors and Awards
Oklahoma Super Lawyer in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury law, 2009 - present
Elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2008
Testified before US Senate Commerce Committee on proposed National No-fault Insurance Bill, 1999
Appointed to temporary division of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, 1991
Coach - 1990 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial State Champion
Oklahoma's Outstanding Young Lawyer, 1983
Twice awarded the Lamplighter Award by the El Reno Education Association
Top 100 Trial Lawyers of The National Trial Lawyers