Christopher L. Brinkley, Esq.
Professional Memberships & Achievements:
Christopher L. Brinkley practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, workplace injury, automobile collisions, property damage, premises liability, oil and gas leases, business torts, the enforcement of foreign judgments, and consumer class actions. Over the last sixteen years, Mr. Brinkley has focused his practice on product liability cases, including numerous automobile defects (vehicle stability and rollovers; lack of electronic stability control; improper structural welding; various metallurgical failures; insufficient structural crashworthiness; seatbelt failures including false latch, partial latch, inertial release, spoolout, poor belt geometry, broken buckles, and broken belts; failure of airbags to deploy; lack of safety glass in side windows; occupant ejections; other aspects of inadequate occupant protection; improper placement of parking brake pedals; tire tread separations; fuel fed, ignition switch, and other vehicle fires; steering system failures; sudden accelerations; lack of a brake-shift or neutral-shift interlocks; park-to-reverse or false park situations; seatback collapses; engine design; towing stability; and brake failures); medical products (surgical staplers; knee and hip replacement implants; spinal implants; infusion pumps; and insulin pumps); forklifts (stand-up forklifts and off-road forklifts); pharmaceuticals; bucket trucks; fire extinguishers; clothing flammability; firearms; mining equipment; diving equipment; kerosene heaters; and motorcycles.
Mr. Brinkley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma where he was on the Dean’s List. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa – College of Law where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity, recipient of the Zarrow Family Award for excellence in Oil and Gas Law, a founding editor of the Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, and author of “The Final Frontier: a Voyage Requiring a World Enterprise.”
Mr. Brinkley is admitted to all state courts in West Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Arkansas, as well as the United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits and seven United States District Courts in West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other state and federal courts.
Mr. Brinkley is a member of the West Virginia and Georgia Trial Lawyers Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice. As a member of the American Association for Justice, Mr. Brinkley has served as Chairman of two separate product liability litigation groups, each time serving as Chairman for approximately seven years. He is also a member of the West Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Arkansas Bar Associations. Mr. Brinkley is a frequent author and lecturer on the topics of working with engineers in product liability litigation, admissibility of expert and other evidence, discovery, various specific product defects, litigation strategies, and other topics.
Jurisdictions Attorney is Licensed in:
United States Supreme Court; West Virginia Supreme Court and all lower courts; Missouri; Georgia; Georgia Court of Appeals; Georgia Supreme Court; Arkansas; United States Court of Appeals – Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals – Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia; United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia; United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
Date Admitted to the Bar:
2003, West Virginia; 2002, Missouri; 1999 Georgia; and 1995, Arkansas
Colleges Attended, Degree & Year Graduated:
University of Tulsa, J.D., 1994; University of Oklahoma, B.S. Aerospace Engineering, 1990