Adam Banner

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Adam Banner
Born (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 35)
OccupationCriminal Defense Attorney, Trial Lawyer
Known forCriminal Defense, Legal Commentary and Writing

Adam Banner (born August 10, 1984) is an American criminal defense trial lawyer. He is best known for his work as a criminal defense attorney, but he is also respected for his legal commentary and authorship on various topics including civil asset forfeiture, constitutional law issues, prison overcrowding, law school education, and law in the media.

Early life and education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Banner was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, where he was brought up and educated. He graduated from Clinton High School, where he played football[1] for the Clinton Red Tornadoes. Banner attended the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with Distinction, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Banner continued his education at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude. During law school, Banner was a member of the Oklahoma City University Law Review.[2][3] He received various awards for top-scores in classes such as Criminal Law and Legal Research and Writing.[4] He was also awarded a fellowship which allowed him to intern at the Oklahoma County Public Defender’s Office. While at the Public Defender’s Office,[5] he assisted with numerous notable case, including David Tyner’s defense [6] in the murder of Brooke Phillips, a star on the HBO reality show Cathouse: The Series.

Career[edit | hide | edit source]

Upon graduation from law school, Banner opened his own private practice. He is currently the founder and lead attorney at the Oklahoma Legal Group, an Oklahoma City based trial firm focusing solely on criminal defense. In addition to his legal work, Banner has taught classes on legal education in areas such as sex crimes and drug crimes.[7]

Notable cases[edit | hide | edit source]

Banner works in many areas of criminal law.

Some of his more notable negotiated settlements include his representation of a manager for the Mr. Coolz Smoke Shop.[8] At the time of the drug raid, the smoke shop was considered one of the biggest suppliers of synthetic cannabinoids in Oklahoma City.[9] The managers and owners were charged with violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, among other allegations.[10] Banner successfully negotiated the dismissal of the Racketeering charges and probation for his client.[11] He is well known for his defense of Laura Fox, a counselor and social worker charged with failure to report child neglect.[12] Due to Banner’s representation, all charges and allegations were dismissed.[13] Subsequent to Banner achieving the dismissal, Fox was awarded $225,000.00 in her lawsuit against the City of Tulsa for malicious prosecution.[14] Other examples include the dismissal of child neglect charges against an intellectually disabled woman,[15] the dismissal of charges[16] against a young man accused of handing out business cards on campus for a fake ID operation at the University of Central Oklahoma,[17] and the dismissal of statutory rape charges[18] against a high school student accused of participating in the rape of a 15-year-old classmate.[19]

He has defended, and acquitted, Defendants facing allegations from companies with billion dollar annual revenues,[20] specifically a man accused by Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores of Using a Computer Network to Obtain Money by Fraud. 


Banner has represented multiple individuals at jury trial charged with sex crimes. One such case included achieving a hung jury[22] for a client accused of forty counts of child sexual abuse total against three alleged victims.[23]

In regards to appellate work, Banner is well known for his legal challenges to sex offender registry laws, specifically his work in the case of Luster v. Department of Corrections,[24] in which the Oklahoma Supreme Court agreed with Banner’s contention that certain amendments to laws regarding Oklahoma sex offenders could not be applied retroactively to his clients. The case has been cited and discussed by multiple legal authorities, including the Oklahoma Law Review [25] and the Denver University Law Review.[26]

Banner has also been victorious in the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, such as when he successfully advocated for a new trial [27] in regards to a client denied his constitutional right to represent himself pro se.

Legal commentary and publications[edit | hide | edit source]

He has written for and contributed to outlets such as the Jurist,[28] LexisNexis,[29] Smart and See,[30] the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal,[31] the Oklahoma Policy Institute,[32] The Huffington Post,[33] Oklahoma Gazette,[34] The Oklahoman,[35] and Above the Law[36] among others.

Banner has provided legal commentary to multiple local news stations[37] and websites such as Linkedin. [38] His legal opinions and commentary have also been cited and quoted by publications such as the American Association of Law Libraries,[39] Americans for Tax Reform,[40] the Washington Post[41] and Forbes.[42] Banner also served as a member of the national LexisNexis Firm Manager Advisory Board.[43]

He has developed a series on his blog where he interviews law school deans from across the United States.[44] Banner has also created a definitive list of the best legal movies of all time[45] by analyzing various “best movie” lists from across the internet and compiling the results.

A large portion of Banner’s authorship centers on issues dealing with constitutional law topics such as sixth amendment rights,[46] civil asset forfeiture,[47] privacy rights,[48] and search and seizure issues.[49]

Banner also writes about the intersection of law and sports.[50] His views on topics such as University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon’s suspension and criminal charges due to striking a female student have been cited and discussed in publications such as the 2016 book Abetting Batterers: What Police, Prosecutors, and Courts Aren’t Doing to Protect America’s Women.[51]

Areas of Practice[edit | hide | edit source]

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  • Criminal Defense
  • Jury Trials
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Drugs Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Violent Crimes

Bar Admissions[edit | hide | edit source]

  • 2011, Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • 2011, US District Court, Western District
  • 2012, US District Court, Eastern District
  • 2012, US District Court, Northern District
  • 2012, US Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • 2015, Supreme Court of the United States of America

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  7. Maura Dolan, 2017 Cindy Foley Criminal Defense Basics,
  8. Coolz Smoke Shop - Smoke & Vape Magazine, SmokeAndVapeMagazine.Com 2014-10-14
  9. Lowry, Lacie.Agents Say They Raided One of the Biggest K2 Suppliers in OKC. News9.Com. 2015-03-24
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  41. "Police training firm's teaching helps fuel rise in cash seizures on U.S. highways". The Washington Post. 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
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