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Cary E. Hiltgen
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For more than thirty years, Mr. Hiltgen has focused his practice in the areas of products liability defense, insurance defense, commercial litigation, and transportation litigation. He continues to add to that experience through the representation of companies of consumer goods and products, manufacturing industries and the insurance market. Mr. Hiltgen and his firm have represented a number of national and international corporations, serving as national, regional, and local trial counsel.

Mr. Hiltgen is a long-time active member of DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar. He has both served on and worked with DRI's Board of Directors and DRI's Law Institute. Mr. Hiltgen served as President of DRI in 2010 and is currently a Senior Advisor for DRI.

Areas Of Practice

  • Products Liability Law 50%
  • Personal Injury - Defense 10%
  • Contract Litigation 20%
  • Railroad Litigation 20%

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003

Education

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • J.D. - 1980
  • Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
    • B.S. - 1976
  • Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas
    • A.A. - 1974

Representative Cases

  • Rambo v. American Southern Insurance Company, 839 F.2d 1415, 1988, 10th Cir
  • Midwest Grain Products of Illinois, Inc. v. Productization, Inc, 228 F.3d 784, 2000, 7th Cir
  • Kinserlow v. CMI Corp, 217 F.3d 1021, 2000, 8th Cir
  • Shore Slurry Seal, Inc. v. CMI Corp, 964 F.Supp 152, 1997, D.N.J.

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal of Business Lawyers, The International Bar Association
  • Who's Who Legal of Product Liability Lawyers, The International Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer
  • Terex Corporation Outstanding Product Liability Attorney
  • DRI Leadership Award
  • DRI Service Award
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel Recognition of Merit
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Terex Corporation Outstanding Product Liability Attorney 2003, 2006, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Member, 1986 to Present
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Senior Advisor, 2012 to 2012
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Immediate Past President, 2011 to 2011
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, President, 2010 to 2010
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, President-Elect, 2009 to 2009
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, First Vice President, 2008 to 2008
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, Second Vice President, 2007 to 2007
  • DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar , Board of Directors, 2003 to 2006
  • Law Institute Committee, Member, 2001 to 2006
  • Products Liability Committee, Chair, 2001 to 2003
  • Products Liability Committee, Vice-Chair, 1999 to 2001
  • Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment SLG, Co-Chairman, 1997 to 1999
  • Fire & Property Damage SLG, Co-Chairman, 1995 to 1997
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Board Member, 2007 to Present
  • International Association of Defense Counsel , Member, 1988 to Present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Member, 2010 to Present
  • Products Liability Advisory Council, Member, 2006 to Present
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Council, Member, 2011 to Present
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2003 to Present
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association, Member, 1981 to Present
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Member, 1981 to Present
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association, Member, 1994 to Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon