Christopher L. Brinkley

Personal Injury Attorney Christopher L. BrinkleyChris Brinkley has called Oklahoma home for nearly his entire life. At an early age, Chris had aspirations of becoming an astronaut. Those dreams fell short though, when he got his first pair of glasses, forcing him to realize he would likely never fly in space. However, his passion for the industry eventually led to him getting an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. Chris then returned to school at the University of Tulsa College of Law where he was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1994. He has utilized his engineering degree since his first legal job in which he prepared lawyers to depose engineers. For the last 21 years, Chris has focused his practice on product liability and other areas of personal injury including work place injuries. Chris takes great pride in providing quality and sympathetic representation for each and every one of his clients.

Oklahoma personal injury attorney Chris Brinkley in The Nutcracker
Chris Brinkley and his wife, Karen, in The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Chris is an avid owner of a Saturn Sky roadster and was the chief organizer of the 11th North American Solstice Sky Annual Meet (NASSAM) which was held in June 2016. Chris is also a competitive racquetball player and wonderful husband to his wife, Karen Brinkley. The two share a passion for many types of dance, are devoted benefactors to a number of ballet companies and dancers, and have even danced several times in the Charleston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Chris also served on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Ballet.

Significant Cases

  • O’Bryan v. Synthes, Inc., 2015 WL 1220973 (S.D.W.Va. 2015
  • Home Buyers Warranty Corp., et al. v. Hanna, 750 F.3d 427 (4th Cir. 2014), rehearing denied, __F.3d__(2014)
  • Eskridge v. Pacific Cycle, Inc., 556 Fed.Appx. 182 (4th Cir. 2014)(per curium and unpublished)
  • Thornsbury v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., 231 W.Va. 676, 749 S.E.2d 569 (W.Va. 2013)(per curiam)
  • Hershberger v. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., 277 F.R.D. 310 (S.D.W.Va. 2012)(vacated by agreement) Hershberger v. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., 277 F.R.D. 299 (S.D.W.Va. 2012)(vacated by agreement)
  • Haynes v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 2011 WL 2446572 (W.Va. 2011)
  • Thayer v. General Motors Corp., 2005 WL 3448029 (N.D.Ga. 2005)


  • University of Tulsa College of Law; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Juris Doctor, 1994
    Zarrow Family Award (High Grade in Oil & Gas Law)
    Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity
  • University of Oklahoma; Norman, Oklahoma; Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, 1990
  • Bartlesville High School; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Graduate, 1986

Professional Associations  

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Georgia State Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice (Products Liability Section; Attorneys Information Exchange Group; Article Reviewer for TRIAL Magazine)
  • Public Justice
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
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