General County Information

County Seat: Lawton

Lawton (home of Fort Sill) is the third largest metropolitan statistical area in the state. Ranked as one of the best 100 cities in which to live by Money Magazine. Lawton's crime rate is low. It is an educational, cultural and medical hub of southwest Oklahoma. Because of its strategic location in the heart of southwest Oklahoma, Lawton has become the health care hub for surrounding communities.

State District Court Information
Favorability to Defendant: 3
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Kenny D. Harris, Lisa Shaw, Susan Zwaan

County Seat is a military town (Ft. Sill). One-half of the jury pool is military. Aycock is very fair and even-handed. Judges aside, the verdicts are generally low. ***[Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

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Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes.

Date: 1/6/2013
Case Style: City of Lawton v. Dennis W. Merrifield
Judge: Gerald F. Neuwirth
Outcome: Defendant’s verdict for $39,850
Description: eminent domain theories

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Date: 8/8/2012
Case Style: Iron Clarence Stutts, Jr. v. Kenneth Melvin Moore
Judge: Gerald F. Neuwirth
Outcome: Defendant’s verdict
Description:  negligence theories

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Date: 6/24/2011
Case Style: Tammy Thompson v. The GEO Group, Inc.
Judge: Gerald F. Neuwirth
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $6.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages
Description: wrongful death and negligence theories

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Date: 7/13/09
Case Style: Bank of Oklahoma v Samantha L Tiddark, John Doe, William B. Owens, Jane Doe, Tenants of 1907 NW Glenn St
Judge: Keith Byron Aycock
Outcome: Judgement for Plaintiff
Description: breach of contract theory

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 4.4%
December 2015: 3.8%
December 2014: 4.0%
December 2013: 5.4%
December 2012: 5.9%
December 2011: 5.9%
December 2010: 5.8%

Major Employers:
Comanche County's economy is primarily centered on government, manufacturing and retail trade industries. The Lawton MSA has a Gross Domestic Product of $4.89 Billion in 2010 with half (2.66 Billion) in the Government sector. Private industries accounted for 2.23 Billion in GDP in which Manufacturing (451 Million), Real estate and rental and leasing (305 Million), and Retail Trade (255 Million) were the largest fields. In May 2010, it was estimated there were 41,720 people employed. The largest occupation fields included, the Office and Administrative Support Occupations field which had 6,760 employed, the Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations which employed 4,630, and the Sales and Related Occupations which had 4,150 employed.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 51,696

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 15.1%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $46,241

State: 3,923,561
County: 125,531