El Reno Office
111 South Rock Island
El Reno, OK 73036
Oklahoma City Office
15401 North May Avenue
Edmond, OK 73013
FLETCHER DAL HANDLEY, JR., is a civil justice attorney with The Handley Law Center in Oklahoma. His practice is focused on Personal Injury Law and complex family law. 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 and Chair of the Plaintiff’s Task Force. 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 currently serves the ABA as Chair of the TIPS Scholarship Fund Board.
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 a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a Top 100 Trial Attorney of the American Trial Lawyers Association, a Director of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, and 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 was named as an Oklahoma “Super Lawyer” in 2009 and 2010.
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 for 36 years. 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. Alex Handley is a lieutenant in the US Navy Ready Reserve, a 2004 Graduate of the University of Southern California, and currently works in the television industry in Manhattan Beach, California in the production department of “90210.”
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury – Plaintiff
- Wrongful Death – Plaintiff
- Family Law
- Military Law
- Oklahoma, 1979
- 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)
- Bank of Commerce
- Rose Rock Bank
- Midfirst Bank
- Edward D. Jones & Co.
Honors and Awards
- Oklahoma Super Lawyer in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and family law, 2009 – 2010
- 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 Lawyer of the American Trial Lawyers Association