OCC Office of Adminstrative Proceedings

Oklahoma Corporation Office of
Judicial & Legislative Services
Administrative Law Judges

Western Regional Service Office, Oklahoma City

MARY CANDLER is Managing Deputy Administrative Law Judge at the Corporation Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City.  Judge Candler began service at the Commission in 2011 and served the Commission in its Office of General Counsel as Assistant General Counsel in the Public Utility Section for two years.  Prior to her time at the Commission, Judge Candler was in private practice 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, and President of the Native American Law Student Association.  Other academic honors earned in law school were the CALI award 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, transportation/motor carrier and oil and gas conservation matters.

SEAN DENTON serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He presides over hearings at the Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Those hearings include the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation. Judge Denton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in 1999 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2007 (graduating in the top 10 percent of his class and was admitted to the Order of the Coif honor society). He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Prior to being appointed as an Administrative Law Judge in 2017, Judge Denton practiced law for 10 years as a civil litigation attorney at prominent Oklahoma City Law Firms Rainey Ross Rice & Binns, Fenton Fenton Smith Reneau & Moon, and Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green.

LINDA S. FOREMAN serves as an Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. She presides over public utility and telecommunications hearings at the Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City. Judge Foreman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northeastern Oklahoma in 1972 and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1989. She is a member of the Oklahoma and Texas Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Prior to her appointment an Administrative Law Judge in March 2018, Judge Foreman practiced law in the area of civil litigation for 28 years. Subsequent to serving as in-house counsel for the State Insurance Fund (now CompSource) and Kemper Insurance, she was named Managing Partner of both the Oklahoma and Texas offices of a major national insurance defense law firm.

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.

JACQUELINE ("Jackie") MILLER serves as a Deputy Administrative Law Judge in the Corporation Commission's Western Regional Service Office in Oklahoma City, Judicial and Legislative Services Division, conducting hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/ environmental remediation.  Judge Miller is a J.D., M.B.A., B.A. graduate of Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was sworn in as a lawyer by the Oklahoma Bar Association in 1992.  She has received numerous honors as an OCU student including Dean’s Honor Roll and following graduation has served as President of the OCU Alumni Association. 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 and also represented the Commission before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.  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 conducting hearings in the areas of public utility regulation, enforcement and consumer services and was later promoted to Deputy Administrative Law Judge. In addition to her duties as ALJ, as a part of the division’s externship program, Judge Miller has supervised the judicial externs in oil and gas and other areas of the Commission’s jurisdiction. 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; and Outstanding Judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court 2007-2008.  She attributes her devotion to public service to her parents who committed their lives to public service.

KENDAL HUBER MINMIER serves as a Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in the Western Regional Service Office. She presides over hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, pollution abatement/environmental remediation and transportation and motor carrier safety. Within those areas, Judge Minmier oversees the Enforcement Docket, Conservation Docket, Regulation, Pollution, Petroleum Storage Tank, Transportation, Emergency Docket and Motion Docket and participates in Oral Arguments before the presiding Appellate Referee. Judge Minmier received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1996 and a Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2001. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City, United Way Women's Leadership Group and Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII. Prior to taking the role as Senior Administrative Law Judge in 2017, Judge Minmier practiced law in several areas relating to oil and gas in corporate capacities such as In-House Counsel, Corporate Counsel, and Legal Counsel for an E & P company and Lead Litigation Counsel for an oil and gas service company. Prior to Judge Minmier's corporate positions, she was employed by an Oklahoma City law firm. In addition, Judge Minmier was an Adjunct Professor in the Robert M. Zinke, Energy Management Program for The University of Oklahoma for 6 years teaching Energy Law, guest lectures in the University of Oklahoma College of Law, teaching Oil and Gas Law and International Contracts and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the University of Oklahoma College of Law, MLS Program teaching Environmental Law. Judge Minmier has also participated in the POUND Judicial Institute Forum, the Kuntz Conference Planning Committee, Co-chairs the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Institute, completed Early Settlement, Basic Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution training and received certification from John E. Reid and Associates, wherein she completed the Reid Technique's Training of Investigative Interviewing and Positive Persuasion in Washington D.C., in 2015.

DUSTIN R. MURER serves as an Administrative Law Judge in the Commission’s Western Regional Service Office where he presides over hearings covering the Commission’s jurisdiction over public utilities, telecommunications, and oil and gas conservation matters.  Judge Murer began service at the Commission in 2014 and initially served the Commission in its Public Utility Division as a Senior Regulatory Specialist for three years.  Prior to his time at the Commission, Judge Murer was in private practice with Johnson Hanan & Vosler in Oklahoma City.  Additionally, Judge Murer, while earning his law degree, worked at Oklahoma City University as a Coordinator of Telecommunications in which he maintained the telephone system and plant that served the entire university.  Judge Murer is a 2011 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi in addition to making the Faculty Honor Roll and the Dean’s List.  Judge Murer received a B.A. summa cum laude from Oklahoma City University where he was awarded the Letzeiser Silver Medal in 2007.

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.

MICHAEL PORTER is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma. Judge Porter earned his Bachelor of Science in Geography, emphasis in Urban Planning from Oklahoma State University in 1977. He began working for the Oklahoma State Department of Transportation as a Draftsman in 1977. He the Department of Transportation to work for the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority as a route planner. While employed there he attended Oklahoma City University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1983. After his graduation from Oklahoma City University he began working for the City of Oklahoma City where he became the Chief Prosecutor in the Municipal Court of Record for the City of Oklahoma City. Judge Porter began 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 in 2006. During his legal career he was also a member of the United States Navy Reserve for 25 years, retiring as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. Judge Porter conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, transportation matters involving railroad crossings and enforcement of trucking regulations, as well as pollution abatement/environmental remediation cases. Judge Porter is a member of the state and county bar associations and licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

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 more than 20 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.

JAN PRESLAR serves as Senior Administrative Law Judge in the Commission’s Western Regional Service Office. Judge Preslar joined the Commission in June 2019. Prior to joining the Commission, she served as General Counsel for the Oklahoma Ethics Commission and as Deputy Attorney General and Chief of the General Counsel Division of the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General, Judge Preslar served as Administrative Law Judge for a number of state agencies and supervised legal services provided to over 60 state agencies. Before her public service, Judge Preslar practiced 14 years in the area of oil & gas litigation with Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson and Watson & McKenzie. Judge Preslar holds a J.D from Oklahoma City University, and a B.S. and M.Ag. in Mechanized Agriculture from Texas A&M University. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

KEITH T. THOMAS serves as a Senior Administrative Law Judge in the Commission's Western Regional Service Office. Judge Thomas joined the Commission in June 2005 as Assistant General Counsel in the Oil and Gas Section of the Office of General Counsel. He joined the Office of Administrative Proceedings in December 2014 and conducts hearings in the areas of oil and gas conservation, oil and gas and petroleum storage tank regulatory enforcement, and pollution abatement/environmental remediation. Judge Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University, and attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he received a Juris Doctorate. He came to the Commission from the role of attorney at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Prior to that role, Judge Thomas worked in the domestic and international oil and natural gas industry.

 

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.

CONNIE K. MOORE received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Science degree in Radiation Physics from the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Moore worked as a Radiation Physicist at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 12 years. After receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law, she maintained a private practice with primary emphasis in real estate and probate law and served as the alternate Municipal Judge in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Ms. Moore has been with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for 29 years, 16 as an Administrative Law Judge and 13 years with the General Counsel’s office.