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General County Information

County Seat: Tahlequah

Cherokee County, created at statehood and named for the Cherokee Nation, is part of the area settled by the Cherokee Indians after the Trail of Tears. Tahlequah, the county seat, was established as the capital of the Cherokee Nation in 1839. It is the site of the Cherokee Heritage Center; Tsa-La-Gi Ancient Cherokee Village, an authentic replica of a Cherokee community during the 1600s; and the Cherokee National Museum. The Cookson Hills surrounding Tahlequah were noted as hiding places for outlaws and bandits, including the James Brothers and Belle Starr, around the turn of the century. Lake Tenkiller and the Tenkiller Wildlife Management Area, as well as the Illinois River, provide additional recreational opportunities in Cherokee County. Northeastern State University in Tahlequah provides a source of higher education in the area. The University's beginning dates back to 1846 when the Cherokee National Council authorized the creation of a National Male Seminary and a National Female Seminary. In 1909, the Oklahoma State Legislature authorized the purchase of the building, land, and equipment of the Cherokee Female Seminary to form the Northeastern State Normal School at Tahlequah.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
Mark L. Dobbins, Sandy Crosslin, Lawrence Langley

Comments:
Some plaintiff attorneys have more success here than others. With certain plaintiff attorneys the Favorability rating drops to a 4 or 5. *** [Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=CHEROKEE
Search Court Cases: http://www.odcr.com/

Favorability to Defendant: 3

Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Mark L. Dobbins, Sandy Crosslin, Lawrence Langley

Comments:
Some plaintiff attorneys have more success here than others. With certain plaintiff attorneys the Favorability rating drops to a 4 or 5. *** [Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=CHEROKEE
Search Court Cases: http://www.odcr.com/

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. www.morelaw.com
 

CASE:                  CJ-2017-33, Cherokee County
Shenedda Gaston and Jessie Coulter, Plaintiffs, v.
Jeanette Williams, Defendant

JUDGE:               Mark Dobbins

ATTORNEYS:    For the Plaintiffs:                             For the Defendant:
Dan Byrd                                            Mark Warman
Keith & Associates Legal, PLLC      Franden, Farris, Quillin et al
Tulsa, OK                                           Tulsa, OK

ISSUES:              Negligence (Motor Vehicle)

SUMMARY:       Plaintiffs alleged that on March 9, 2016, their vehicle was rear-ended by Defendant 
at the intersection of Cottonwood and Muskogee in Tahlequah, OK. As a result, Plaintiffs, Gaston 
and Coulter, claimed to have paid approximately
$8,800.00 and $3,200.00 in medical bills respectively for treatment of injuries
to their head, neck and shoulders. Plaintiff also sought property damages to her 2000 Chevrolet 
Tahoe in the amount of $1,300.00.

(Plaintiff, Coulter, did not appear by agreement with the Court and the Parties.)

Defendant admitted liability for causing the collision but denied that Plaintiffs were injured by 
the collision and that their treatment was not reasonable or necessary.

EXPERT WITNESSES:

For the Plaintiff:
Medical bills and records of Dr. Jonathan Bergman, DC, and Dr. David Traub,
MD, were presented.

VERDICT:          Jury Trial
The Jury (12-0) found in Favor of the Defendant and Against both Plaintiffs.

(The Defendant filed Offers to Confess Judgment in the amounts of $1,500.00
and $1,500.00 respectively on November 8, 2017.)

Date: 11/07/04
Case Style: Bayhylee v. Jiffy Lube
Judge: B. Bruce Sewell
Outcome: Settled for $5 coupons for a potential $6 million Jiffy Lube customers and nothing for another $26 million
Description: Class action claim on behalf of Jiffy Lube customers.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D02%2D00352&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=29151

Date: 04/21/03
Case Style: Smith v. Walker
Judge: Sandy Crosslin
Outcome: $19,300
Description: Automobile accident.

For more information:
http://www.morelaw.com/verdicts/case.asp?n=CJ%2D01%2D53&s=OK%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20&d=25817
 

Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 5.9%
December 2015: 4.5%
December 2014: 5.3%
December 2013: 7.0%
December 2012: 6.8%
December 2011: 7.3%
December 2010: 7.7%

Major Employers:
Since statehood, the economy of Cherokee County has been based on agriculture, especially production of corn, wheat, and vegetables. However, the percentage of the population engaged in farming has declined from 62 percent in 1940 to 4.4 percent in 1990. This is largely due to increased urbanization around Tahlequah since World War II. Agriculture remains very important. In 2002, this county ranked first in Oklahoma for the value of nursery and greenhouse crops and seventh in the state for poultry and eggs. Major non-agricultural employers in the county now include the Cherokee Nation government and Northeastern State University..

Demographic Information


Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 21,748

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 21.5%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $38,694

Populations:
State: 3,923,561
County: 48,097

These materials are intended merely as an aid to better understand the counties in Oklahoma. The opinions of other lawyers in the state may vary from the opinions contained herein. The demographical information and jury verdicts in this report were obtained through public websites. All other information is the express opinion of Holden & Montejano. Please contact Steve Holden for further information on the opinions expressed herein.