J. Angela Ables, President and Managing Partner of Kerr, Irvine, Rhodes & Ables, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has been involved in the private practice of insurance regulatory, administrative and transactional law for over 30 years. Ms. Ables, formerly an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma, provided representation to the Oklahoma Insurance Department and then joined the Insurance Department where she served as Deputy Insurance Commissioner until she went into private practice with the firm of Kerr, Irvine & Rhodes in 1985. She represents insurance companies before the Insurance Department and has extensive experience in incorporating, licensing and providing all aspects of legal advice regarding insurance company regulation. She has been involved in mergers, drafting policy language and providing reinsurance contracts as well as all types of insurance transactional matters. Her clients are some of the largest insurers in the nation as well as smaller Oklahoma domestic insurers who rely on her expertise in charting the highly regulated areas of insurance regulatory law. Ms. Ables also has provided legal defense to insurers in all lines of insurance at both the trial court and appellate levels. Life, accident and health, property and casualty, and liability defense are but a few of the areas of the firm's concentration. She is recognized as an expert in insurance matters due to her regulatory background as well as her concentration in her practice over the past 25 plus years.
Practice Areas: Insurance regulatory, insurance defense, administrative law, corporate and business mergers, acquisitions, transactional law. Ms. Ables has provided counsel and guidance for creating insurance companies and captive insurance companies from initial analysis to licensure before the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Ms. Ables has provided legal advice for insurance company mergers, dissolutions, acquisitions, affiliate related matters, licensure, rate and form filings and analysis. She acts as outside Counsel to a number of insurers doing business in the State of Oklahoma. Ms. Ables has provided counsel on every aspect of insurance law, from regulatory requirements to defense of an insurer in litigation and is considered an expert in the insurance law field.
Experience: Staff of Speaker Carl Albert, Washington, D. C. , Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma 1976-1978, Deputy Insurance Commissioner 1978-1985, private practice at Kerr, Irvine, Rhodes & Ables 1985-present.
Education: Graduated Ada High School (1968), graduated East Central University 1972 with Honors, Received Juris Doctor degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1975.
Affiliations: Oklahoma County Bar Association (1985 to present), Oklahoma Bar Association (1976 to present), Federation of Regulatory Counsel (Charter Member 1987 to present), Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel.
Court Memberships: Oklahoma Supreme Court (1976 to present), U. S. District Court for the Western (1981 to present), Northern (1976 to present) and Eastern (1998 to present) Districts of Oklahoma, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1978 to present), United States Supreme Court (1984 to present).
Published Opinions: State ex rel. Turpen v. Oklahoma State Bd. For Property and Casualty Rates, 1986 OK 54, 731 P.2d 394; Horton Ins. Agency, Inc. v. Robinson, 1991 OK CIV APP 74, 824 P.2d 397; PacifiCare of Oklahoma v. Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board; et al., 2001 OK CIV APP 73, 25 P.3d 930;
Published Articles: Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, June 8, 2002, Vol. IX, Edition II, “Accountant’s New Liability in Oklahoma”. Federation of Regulatory Counsel, Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, September 9, 2000, Vol. XII, Edition III, “Piercing the Corporation Veil In Insurance Bad Faith Cases”. Federation of Regulatory Counsel Quarterly Journal of Insurance Law and Regulation, Fall 2007, Vol. XVIII, Edition III, “Misrepresentation and Rescission of Insurance Contracts”.
Civic: President of Lyric Theatre (1996-1998) and Director Emeritus (2005-present), Chairman of the Carl Albert Foundation (1996-2001), Oklahoma Attorneys Mutual Insurance Company Board of Directors (2001-present; Executive Committee 2012-present; Vice Chairman, 2016; Chairman, Underwriting Committee 2015-present), BancFirst Community Board of Directors (2004-present) Chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association Group Insurance Committee (2000-present), Democratic National Convention Platform Committee Member (1996), Member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association Fee Grievance and Ethics Committee (2005-present) , Fellow of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation (2004-present), Trustee of the ECU Foundation (1975 to present) and member of the Executive Committee (2003-present), ECU President’s Circle member (2006), ECU Lifetime member of Alumni Association (1990 to present), Vice-Chairman Oklahoma State Election Board (1985-1988), Oklahoma High Risk Pool Board of Directors, 2008-present); Oklahoma High Risk Temporary Board of Directors; 2010-present); Appointed by the Federal District Judges to serve as an Arbitrator for the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rating 1986-present.
A.M. Best’s Insurance Attorneys, 1991-present.
The Best Lawyer’s In America, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Super Lawyers-2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Regulatory Law by Best Lawyers in America, 2015 and 2017.
Honors: ECU Outstanding Alumnus, 1983
Recipient of Chi Omega “Woman of Excellence”, Phi Theta Chapter, 2007.