General County Information

County Seat: Sallisaw

Once a part of Arkansas, this county was created at statehood, and named for the Sequoyah District of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Sequoyah was the Cherokee linguist who developed an alphabet for his people. Sallisaw is the county seat. In 1816 the land encompassing Sequoyah County was purchased by Major William Lovely from the Osage Indians as a hunting outlet for the Cherokees. During the removal of 1835, a group of Cherokees settled permanently in this area. Agriculture is a mainstay of the county's economy, with grain and cattle being major products. Applegate Cove, Cowlington Point, and Short Mountain Cove are among the many campgrounds available in the county. Lake Tenkiller and Robert S. Kerr Reservoir also afford recreational opportunities. Blue Ribbon Downs racetrack, Oklahoma's first pari-mutual horse racing track, is another county tourist attraction, as is Sequoyah's home in Sallisaw.

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:
Matt Orendorff, Kyle E. Waters

Reasonable jurisdiction, but can be erratic especially with certain Plaintiff attorneys. *** [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: 10/20/06
Case Style: Buttery vs. Kansas City Southern Railway Company
Judge: A.J. Henshaw
Outcome: $4,000,000.00
Description: Railroad grade crossing collision between train and semi-tractor and trailer.

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Date: 10/23/03
Case Style: Lackey, et al. v. Range Corp., et al.
Judge: A.J. Henshaw
Outcome: $357,432
Description: Automobile accident resulting in soft tissue injuries, post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. Admitted liability.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 5.9%
December 2015: 6.0%
December 2014: 6.2%
December 2013: 7.9%
December 2012: 8.4%
December 2011: 8.7%
December 2010: 9.5%

Major Employers:
Sooner Trailers
Halliburton Company
Duncan Equipment Company

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 18,904

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 24.4%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $35,736

State: 3,923,561
County: 41,464