Oklahoma Corporation Office of Administrative Proceedings Administrative Law Judges

MICHAEL L. DECKER has served the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as Director of its Office of Administrative Proceedings since August 1, 2005. Prior to his present role, Judge Decker served the Commission as the Deputy General Counsel for Oil and Gas Conservation from September 1995 to August 2005, as a Senior Assistant General Counsel for Oil and Gas Conservation from February 1992 to September 1995, and an Oil and Gas Administrative Law Judge from August 1982 to February 1992. Prior to government service, Judge Decker served as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment for the Oklahoma City University School of Law and was an associate of the Oklahoma City law firm of Bay, Hamilton, Lees, Spears and Verity. Judge Decker received a B.A. degree in 1975 from Oklahoma City University, and a J.D. in 1978 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He has received advanced certification in administrative law from the National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno.

Western Regional Service Office, Oklahoma City

JACQUELINE ("Jackie") MILLER serves as a Deputy Administrative Law Judge and Referee in the public utility section of OAP in the Corporation Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Judge Miller is a J.D., M.B.A., B.A. graduate of Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has been a student of the law since 1986. Judge Miller has also received certification from the National Judicial College in Advanced Administrative Law. She began her professional legal career as a lawyer in private practice specializing in civil litigation. Prior to employment with the Corporation Commission, Judge Miller served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. She began service with the Corporation Commission in public utility regulation in November 1993. During her tenure with the Commission, Judge Miller has served the Commission as a Technical Analyst, Public Utility Division, and an Assistant General Counsel and Senior Attorney, Office of General Counsel. While serving as a Senior Attorney, she served as the deliberation counsel to the Commissioners. In February 2002, Judge Miller was appointed to the role of Senior Administrative Law Judge and conducts hearings in the areas of public utility regulation and enforcement and consumer services complaints. Over the years, Judge Miller has received numerous awards recognizing her professional and community work, including the Kim-Jones Shelton Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Alliance of Civil Rights in June 2006. She attributes concern for public service to her parents who committed their lives to serving others.

JAMES L. ("JIM") MYLES is a Deputy Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (March 2012 to present) in its Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Prior to his appointment, Judge Myles served the Commission in its Office of General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel of the Public Utility Section (from November 2007 to March 2012); and Assistant General Counsel, Public Utility Section, (from June 2005 to November 2007). Judge Myles was in private practice concentrating his practice in oil and gas, oil and gas title examination, real property, probate and bankruptcy law (from September 1989 to June 2005). During that time period he worked as an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Ames, Ashabranner, Taylor, Lawrence, Laudick and Morgan; as a sole practitioner; and finally in association with the Professional Association of Rolston, Hamill, Epperson, Myles, Myles and Nelson. Judge Myles received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law (May 1989) where he was a member of the Hand Inn of OCU's only legal honors fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. Other academic honors earned in law school were the CJS award for the highest grade in Conflicts of Laws and a spot on the Faculty Honor Roll. Judge Myles also holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agriculture from Oklahoma State University (December 1977).  Judge Myles conducts hearings regarding public utilities, telecommunications providers and motor carriers.

SUSAN R. OSBURN serves as a Deputy Administrative Law Judge in the Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Judge Osburn attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she obtained a BA degree in Psychology. She received her Juris Doctorate from Oklahoma City University. Ms. Osburn began working at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in the Oil and Gas Legal Division and in 1982 joined the Office of Administrative Proceedings. Judge Osburn conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation. She assists significantly with the selection and training process of oil and gas administrative law judges.

PATRICIA D. MACGUIGAN, Appellate Referee, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Juris Doctorate with Distinction from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Virginia. Before becoming an Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Judge MacGuigan's professional career included affiliation as Of Counsel in the corporate litigation area with The Kirschner Law Firm and the law firm of McKinney & Stringer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She also was a business litigation lawyer with Fraser & Beatty, a 250-member law firm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She served as Judge and Presiding Judge of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals from 1982 to 1992, and also has experience as an Assistant District Attorney for Oklahoma County. Further, she was an oil and gas litigation attorney for Kerr-McGee Corporation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Judge MacGuigan is a Deputy Oil and Gas Administrative Law Judge in the Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City, where she conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, pollution abatement/environmental remediation, and oil and gas appeals.

PAUL PORTER is a Senior Administrative Law Judge in the Corporation Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Judge Paul Porter holds BS, MA, M.Ed. and JD degrees and is a member of multiple academic honor societies. He has attended several training courses at the National Judicial College. For over fifteen (15) years, Judge Porter has presided as an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and the Corporation Commission, all of Oklahoma. While employed at the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, he wrote an administrative law manual for the agency. His past legal experience includes personnel law, substance abuse and mental health law, family law, and representation of the State of Oklahoma's Medicaid program in multi-state tobacco litigation. Judge Porter is a member of the state and county bar associations and is certified as an Administrative Law Judge by the National Association of Hearing Officials. Judge Porter conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation.

MICHAEL PORTER is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. Judge Porter earned his Bachelor of Science in Geography from Oklahoma State University in 1977. He then attended Oklahoma City University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1983. Before his current employment with the Corporation Commission as a Senior Oil and Gas Administrative Law Judge in the Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City, Judge Porter was employed by the city of Oklahoma City for twenty-five years, the last fifteen (15) years of which he was a prosecutor in the Municipal Court of Record for the City of Oklahoma City. In addition, he is a member of the United States Navy Reserve. Judge Porter conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation.

MICHAEL D. NORRIS serves as a Senior Administrative Law Judge in the Commission's Western Regional Service Office. Judge Norris joined the Commission in March 2007 and conducts hearings in oil and gas conservation. Judge Norris received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, and attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctorate degree. Judge Norris came to the Commission from the role of staff attorney for a real estate title and abstract company in Oklahoma. Prior to that role, Judge Norris enjoyed a long career in the insurance industry, holding corporate and government agency legal counsel positions in Oklahoma and Texas.

DAVID LEAVITT serves as a Deputy Administrative Law Judge in the Commission's Western Regional Service Office. Judge Leavitt previously held positions with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, as the agency's Director of Administration and Assistant General Counsel. Prior to working for the state, Judge Leavitt practiced civil law and served as the Director of Commercial Development for the Oklahoma Technology Commercialization Center, now known as i2e. Leavitt was the Asia Regional Commercial Manager for the ASEC/Delphi Exhaust & Engine Management Division of the General Motors Corporation, worked as an attorney for AlliedSignal, Inc. and the Gable & Gotwals law firm, worked as a Manager and Engineer for AlliedSignal Environmental Catalyst, and was an Engineering Supervisor for Farmland Industries, Inc. Judge Leavitt holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa School of Law, a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, all from the University of Kansas and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Environmental Science from Oklahoma State University. Judge Leavitt is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class XXVII, serves on the board of Entrepreneurs of Tulsa and the advisory board of the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Oklahoma State University. He also is a member of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council and serves on the contaminated sediments, metals & radionuclides and biofuel teams.

MARY CANDLER is an Administrative Law Judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (May 2013 to present) in the Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Prior to her appointment, Judge Candler served as Assistant General Counsel in the Public Utility Section of the Commission's Office of General Counsel. Prior to her time at the Commission, Judge Candler was in private practice concentrating on employment law with the Rainey Law Firm in Oklahoma City. Additionally, Judge Candler served for many years at Oklahoma City Community College in various positions, including Director of Student Relations, Coordinator of Special Events and Adjunct Professor. Judge Candler is a 2006 graduate with honors of Oklahoma City University School of Law where she was a member of OCU's only legal honors fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. Other academic honors earned in law school were the CALI award for the highest grade in Contracts, faculty honor roll and dean's honor roll. Judge Candler received a B.A. magna cum laude from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.Ed. from the University of Oklahoma. Judge Candler presides over hearings in a variety of the Commission's jurisdictional areas including public utility, telecommunications and oil and gas conservation matters.

NILES STUCK is a 2008 graduate from the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. Before joining the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Judge Stuck maintained a private practice based in Stillwater representing oil and gas operators and individuals in matters relating to oil and gas. Judge Stuck was born in Liberal, KS and raised on a rural farm in Texas County until moving to Stillwater in 1990. He pursued a love for literature throughout his undergraduate studies, studying Irish literature in Galway, Ireland and obtaining a BA in English from Oklahoma State University in 2004. He is married to Anna Stuck with whom he has a baby boy, Henry Stuck. When not engaged in law, Judge Stuck enjoys spending time with his family, music and athletics. Judge Stuck conducts hearings in oil and gas conservation and petroleum storage tank matters.

Eastern Regional Service Office - Tulsa

CURTIS M. JOHNSON is a Deputy Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and manages the Commission's Eastern Regional Service Office in Tulsa.  Mr. Johnson has been a Judge with the Commission since 1994.  He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tulsa.  Judge Johnson is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and participates in the Mineral Law Section of the OBA.  Judge Johnson conducts hearings in the area of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation.

KATHLEEN M. MCKEOWN is a Senior Administrative Law Judge in the Eastern Regional Service office of the Corporation Commission in Tulsa. She receive a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Before relocating to Tulsa in 1990, Judge McKeown spent five (5) years working in the Oklahoma City offices of the Corporation Commission as an oil and gas Assistant General Counsel and an Administrative Law Judge. She was also an Oklahoma Supreme Court Judicial Assistant for the Hon. Ralph Hodges from 1988 through 1989. Judge McKeown conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas regulatory enforcement and pollution abatement/environmental remediation.