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General Defense


201 Robert S. Kerr Avenue, Suite 600, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

Established: 1955

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Litigation
  • Life Insurance
  • Accident and Health
  • Property and Casualty

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About Us

The firm was established in 1955 as Kerr, Conn & Davis and in 1972, Robert S. Kerr, Jr., Francis S. Irvine and Horace G. Rhodes joined together to create the present firm. In 1985, J. Angela Ables, former Deputy Insurance Commissioner, joined the firm. In 1989 the name was changed to Kerr, Irvine, Rhodes & Ables. The firm consists of three partners. All aspects of insurance law are provided by the firm including administrative, regulatory, defense, policy review and reinsurance contract services. Insurance coverage issues are handled by J. Angela Ables and insurance litigation issues are handled by Angela Ables and Johnny Blassingame. James W. Rhodes is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma and Colorado Life and Health Guaranty Associations (in Colorado the Colorado Life and Health Insurance Protection Association).

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Partners


J. Angela Ables

Oklahoma City, OK

Admitted
  • Oklahoma, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1998
Additional Biographical Details:

Board of Directors, Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company

Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice, Administrative Law)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Vice Chairman, Group Insurance Committee, 1996-1998, 2001, Chairman 1998-2001, 2002-2007)
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Law Day Committee, Chairman, 1994; Fee Grievance Committee)
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel (1988-Present; Board of Directors, 1995-2000; Vice Chairman, 1997; Chairman, 1998)
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • East Central Oklahoma State University, B.A. (with honors), 1972
  • Oklahoma City University, J.D., 1975

Born: 1950

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James W. Rhodes

Oklahoma City, OK

Admitted
  • Oklahoma, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Memberships:
  • American, Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1980
  • The University of Oklahoma, J.D., 1984

Born: 1958

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Johnny R. Blassingame

Oklahoma City, OK

Admitted
  • Oklahoma, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
Memberships:
  • American, Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. (cum laude), 2002
  • The University of Oklahoma, J.D., 2006

Born: 1980

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(This firm also appears in the Regulatory and Compliance section of this publication)



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