Oklahoma State University (Bachelor of Science in Mech. Engineer, 1955); University of Oklahoma (Bachelor of Laws, 1958). Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi.
Phi Eta Sigma; Sigma Tau. Guest Lecturer, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1969. Chairman, Young Lawyer’s Conference of Oklahoma Bar, 1963.
Chairman, Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission, 1973-1974.
Associate Spillers & Spillers, Tulsa, 1958-1964. Partner, director Jones, Givens, Gotcher & Bogan, 1964—2004. Partner Givens & Givens, Professional Limited Liability Company, from 2006.
Guest lecturer University Oklahoma, Norman, 1969, Tulsa University, 1992-1993. Faculty Oklahoma Bar Review, 1970. Adjunct settlement judge The United States of America District Court (northern district) Oklahoma, 1988-1998.
Judge Oklahoma Temporary Court Appeals, 1982.
It is vital to meet and worship with other Christians in order to grow in the Christian life and to understand what is God's will for people and for their communities.
The use of force should be supported, but only in extreme situations and only when the need is clear beyond reasonable doubt, and through appropriate international organizations.
Chairman Citizens Bond Advisory Authority, Tulsa, 1976. Member, chairman Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission, 1969-1975. Founding director Oklahoma Institute for Justice, 1965.
1st lieutenant United States Air Force, 1952-1954. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers, American College Real Estate Lawyers, American Bar Foundation, Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Member American Judicature Society (director 1972), American Inns. of Court (master 1988, Outstanding Member award 1989, 91, Leadership award 1993, Life Member award 2004, Thomas R. Brett award 2008), Oklahoma Bar Association (chairman young lawyers conference 1963, vice president 1964, Lifetime Professional award 2005), Tulsa County Bar Association (president 1967, Outstanding Attorney 1974, Golden Rule award, 1991), American Bar Association (Oklahoma membership chair 1965), Order of Coif, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sigma Tau, Phi Eta Sigma.
Married Phyllis Jean Starner, May 22, 1955. Children: Rene, Blake.