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Following nearly 18 successful years serving with the United States Department of Justice, Trent Shores will join GableGotwals as a shareholder. He will officially start with the Firm on March 29, 2021.

The former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma was the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation in the Northern District, an area covering 11 counties, including 13 federally recognized Indian tribes. In addition, as a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Mr. Shores was appointed as Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee charged with developing and guiding national policy for Indian Country justice. He also served as the National Security Cyber Specialist and worked closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes and domestic terrorism.

Throughout his career, including during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Shores personally tried complex cases in federal district court and argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has also testified at the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs regarding public safety policies in Indian country, led a presidential task force investigating systemic problems within the Indian Health Service, and negotiated international human rights resolutions at the United Nations.

“We are excited that Trent chose GableGotwals to continue his impressive career as he transitions into private practice. His vast experience bolsters our unrivaled existing bench of government experience, including a former U.S. Attorney and two Assistant U.S. Attorneys. This knowledge and experience allow us to provide excellent client service on the most pressing, high-stakes litigation both locally and nationally. We look forward to welcoming Trent to the Firm and having him join our active litigation practice, in addition to adding to the Firm’s Native American law and cybersecurity specialties,” said John Dale, CEO of GableGotwals.

Mr. Shores is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Indian Law Section, and is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He graduated with a B.A. in political science from Vanderbilt University and received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a graduate of Leadership Tulsa Class 56.

“I am proud to join such a highly esteemed law firm. GableGotwals’ reputation as a great civic and community partner underscored for me why it was the right fit,” Trent Shores said, “I look forward to using my experience in litigation, Native American law, corporate investigations, and cybersecurity to further enhance the Firm’s offerings. There is no better place to begin the next phase of my legal career.”

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