2019 Lt. Gen. William E. Potts Award Honoree
James R. Elder retired from active law practice in 2017 after 45 years of trials all over northeastern Oklahoma. He worked in the areas of civil liability, business and corporate law, personal injury, and workers’ compensation.
He received a law degree from the University of Tulsa and bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and was admitted to practice law before the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, Oklahoma Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
His tenure as an OMA cadet resulted in a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Upon graduation from law school, he fulfilled his active duty obligation and returned to the U.S. Army Reserves until 1979, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.