Culture leads to longevity at GableGotwals

by Jay F. Marks Modified: December 12, 2013 at 11:03 am •  Published: December 15, 2013
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With roots dating back to the last century, GableGotwals is one of the most well known law firms in Oklahoma.

President Sid Swenson said the firm has little turnover among its attorneys and staff because of positive, nurturing culture. Several recently celebrated 35 years at the firm.

“It's a place where people enjoy working,” he said.

Swenson said the firm's collegial atmosphere is driven by people with a common interest in ensuring their work is done well.

GableGotwals, which has offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has 77 lawyers among its 140 employees.

He said most of the firm's attorneys are members of boards for charitable or civic organizations in their communities.

GableGotwals also encourages pro bono work by its attorneys.

Swenson said the firm hosts weekly luncheons in each city to allow attorneys to get together outside the office. There also are staff functions throughout the year.

He said those gatherings help foster an environment where everyone looks out for each other.

Employees recently pitched in to buy Thanksgiving dinner for a co-worker whose husband has been ill.

“You can't put a price on that,” Swenson said.


by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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