Debbie L. Blackwell (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Debbie L. Blackwell (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Debbie L. Blackwell

AV Preeminent

Licensed for 33 years

Serving Tulsa, OK (view address)

Debbie L. Blackwell

Serving Tulsa, OK (view address)

About Debbie L. Blackwell

Debbie L. Blackwell has more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits and insurance industries. She advises clients on the full range of employee benefits issues and plans, including fiduciary counseling, plan design and plan compliance correction. Much of her practice is focused on health plan matters, such as the integration of wellness and on-site healthcare initiatives into group health plans, COBRA compliance and cafeteria plan issues. She regularly advises on options for nondiscrimination rule compliance for retirement, cafeteria and welfare plans for employers trying to manage workforces with varied types of employees and business lines. Her background as a group insurance broker and… Read more
Debbie L. Blackwell has more than 30 years of experience in the employee benefits and insurance industries. She advises clients on the full range of employee benefits issues and plans, including fiduciary counseling, plan design and plan compliance correction. Much of her practice is focused on health plan matters, such as the integration of wellness and on-site healthcare initiatives into group health plans, COBRA compliance and cafeteria plan issues. She regularly advises on options for nondiscrimination rule compliance for retirement, cafeteria and welfare plans for employers trying to manage workforces with varied types of employees and business lines. Her background as a group insurance broker and underwriter enables her to assist with practical as well as legal issues that arise with group insurance policies and third party administration agreements.

Previously, Debbie was a founder and shareholder of Blackwell Smith, P.C. She also served MAPCO Inc. as Assistant General Counsel for Human Resources and worked as an employee benefits consultant with a national consulting firm. Debbie was also with Conner & Winters from 1994 to 2000. She has served as president of the Southwest Benefits Association and is a frequent speaker at employee benefits conferences.

A graduate of Leadership Tulsa, Class XIX, Debbie has previously served as president of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Council and on numerous other nonprofit boards. She has recently served on the Board of Directors of the Tulsa Employee Benefits Group.

News

•Congratulations to the 59 lawyers from Conner & Winters who were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.
08.15.2018
•58 Conner & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America List
08.15.2017

Honors & Recognitions

Listed in Best Lawyers in America among employee benefits practitioners, 1994 to present

Listed in Super Lawyers in Oklahoma among employee benefits practitioners, 2006 inception to present

Co-author, New Flex Plan Rules Require Changes in Design For 1990, J. of Compensation and Benefits 69 (Sept./Oct., 1989)

Co-author, Welfare Benefit Plans after the Tax Reform Act of 1986, 45 NYU Inst. of Fed. Taxation (1987)

Author, Cafeteria Plans and Health Care Benefits, 20 Tulsa L.J. 631 (1985) Read less

Conner & Winters, LLP

Areas of Law

  • Church and Nonprofit Organizations Benefit Planning
  • Employee Benefits
  • Banking and Finance
  • Energy
  • Insurance

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Credentials

Position

Of Counsel

Admission Details

Admitted in 1988, Oklahoma
1986, Texas

Law School Attended
University of Tulsa

Class of 1986
J.D.

University Attended

University of Tulsa
Class of 1979
B.S.
with honors

Certified Employee Benefit Specialist
CEBS
from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans/Wharton School of Business

Birth Information

Born in 1956
1956

Associations & Memberships

Community & Professional

American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Employee Benefits Committee, 1984 to present

Texas Bar Association

Oklahoma Bar Association

Tulsa County Bar Association

Southwest Benefits Association, President 1994-1995

Tulsa Employee Benefits Group, Board Member 2007 to present

Tulsa Pension Attorneys



Attorney FAQs

What year was this attorney first admitted to the bar?
Debbie L. Blackwell was admitted in 1986 to the state of Texas.
Is this attorney Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rated?
Yes, Debbie L. Blackwell has a 5.0 Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
What law school did this attorney attend?
Debbie L. Blackwell attended University of Tulsa.
What year was this attorney's law firm established?
Conner & Winters, LLP was established in 1933.
Is this attorney listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers?
Debbie L. Blackwell is listed in the General Practice section of the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.