James M. Chaney, Partner

Phone: (405) 235-1333
Fax: (405) 235-5914
E-Mail: chaney@kirkandchaney.com

Practice Areas

  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Energy Law
  • Commercial Law


James Chaney has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts in Oklahoma and several other states. These cases involved a range of complex issues, including securities law, energy, products liability, unfair competition, employment and many others. Chaney has been recognized by his peers as a skilled trial lawyer by numerous organizations, including Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners USA, the Litigation Counsel of America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers. While Chaney's specialty is complex litigation, he always devotes extensive efforts to helping clients explore all reasonable alternatives for dispute resolution.

Jim Chaney serves as counsel to and ex officio board member of the Harding Fine Arts Academy. The school is an Oklahoma City charter school whose mission is to prepare students for college in an academically challenging, arts-integrated environment. Jim’s wife Melanie serves on the board of Nichols Hills Parks, Inc. Jim and Melanie enjoy snow skiing, travelling and taking care of their two small dogs.

Professional Biography

  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in, The Best Lawyers in America® (Commercial Litigation)
  • Listed in, Chambers and Partners USA (General Commercial Litigation)
  • Named, Oklahoma Super Lawyers® in Business Litigation and Energy & Natural Resources by Law & Politics, Oklahoma Magazine
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America®
  • Member, Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Member, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Bar Memberships

  • Oklahoma (Admitted 1980)
  • United States Courts of Appeal, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Courts, Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma


  • Oklahoma City University (B.A., 1977)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 1980)