Hall Estill's origins trace back to its 1966 founding as an oil
and gas firm in Tulsa. The firm hasn't outgrown its Oklahoma roots,
but it has grown to include six more offices across the country and
nearly 130 lawyers and a variety of practices from bankruptcy and
corporate to energy and intellectual property.
Born of Oil
In 1965 John Williams of the Tulsa Energy giant Williams
Brothers Company called Harvard Law grad Walter Hall and asked him
to put together a team to represent the company. Williams did
not have a legal department at the time and needed representation
for its purchase of the Great Lakes Pipeline. Hall recruited
other attorneys in the Tulsa area including John Estill, the head
of the Sinclair Pipeline operations in Tulsa. Ten years later when
Williams spun off the pipeline division, Hall took over as CEO. By
that time the firm bearing his name was one of the largest and most
successful in Tulsa.