Founded in 2013, Glenn Coffee & Associates is a law firm focusing on government, ethics and campaign finance. With more than two decades of experience in law, politics and government, Glenn Coffee & Associates offers its clients unique expertise in political law and the intersection of government and business.
Glenn Coffee is a businessman, attorney and family man who was the first Republican in Oklahoma history to serve as President Pro Tempore, the top leadership position in the Oklahoma State Senate. Coffee was also the longest-serving Republican leader in the Senate. Coffee was selected by Governor Mary Fallin to run her transition office and appointed as Oklahoma Secretary of State by Governor Mary Fallin in January, 2011 and served until January 2013.
In 2008 Republicans made history by winning their first-ever majority in the Oklahoma Legislature’s upper chamber. As the leader of the new majority, Coffee was elected to a two-year term as President Pro Tempore (2009-2010).
First elected to the State Senate in 1998, Coffee quickly gained a reputation as a leader and a reformer. He has served in a variety of leadership posts in the State Senate, including Minority Floor Leader (2004-2006), and as Senate Co-President Pro Tempore (2007-08) after Republicans won a historic tie in the Oklahoma State Senate in the 2006 elections, sharing the responsibility of running the State Senate with his Democrat counterpart.
Coffee earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Northeastern State University in 1989 and was named Outstanding Senior. He received a law degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Law in 1992.
Throughout his 12 years in the Legislature, Coffee was honored by numerous organizations for his dedication to education, as well as for his efforts to improve public safety and for his legislation aimed at better protecting Oklahoma’s children. The Higher Education Alumni Association honored Coffee with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of higher education, and Northeastern State University awarded Coffee 2003 Citation of Merit, Young Alumnus Award. The Institute for Child Advocacy named Coffee to its Child Advocates Hall of Fame. Coffee received appreciation awards from the District Attorneys Council, the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association, and the State Troopers Association for his support of law enforcement and public safety issues.
Coffee was selected as the 2009 Legislator of the Year by the Oklahoma Rifle Association and the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. In 2010, Coffee received the State Chamber of Oklahoma’s Spirit of Leadership Award for creating the first Republican majority in Oklahoma’s Senate history as well as becoming first Republican President Pro Tempore. Coffee received the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 2010 National Legislator of the Year Award.
In 2013, Coffee Started Glenn Coffee & Associates, a law firm focusing on government ethics, campaign finance and government boards and commission work. Coffee serves as general counsel for TVC Marketing Association, a family business providing road and motor club services and other services to small businesses. Coffee lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Lisa and their four children, sons Collin and Blaine and daughters Anna and Kate.
Denise Lawson has been an associate of the Firm since May 2013. In addition to regularly advising clients regarding the Oklahoma Ethics Commission Rules and laws governing political campaigns and changes in government regulation, Denise frequently attends trainings and conferences to ensure that the firm is up to date on all relevant policies and changes that could potentially affect our clients. Her experience encompasses many complex subject matters, including election law, administrative law, state questions and initiative petitions, commercial transactions and contracts. Denise has experience representing clients in front of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission and the Federal Election Commission.
Denise received her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While in law school she received numerous advocacy awards including winning the Calvert Intra-School Moot Court Competition and receiving an award for Best Brief at the ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition in New York City. Denise was also elected to the Order of the Barristers and an active member of the American Indian Law Review.
Denise earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in 2007. Denise was among the founding members of the University’s Debate Team and served as Vice President of the team from 2003-2007. In addition, in 2005, she was a recipient of the Cortez AM Ewing Congressional Fellowship which enabled her to spend a summer as intern in the US House of Representatives.
Denise lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Jason, and stepdaughter Charlcie.
After serving 18 years as Secretary of the State Senate and State Election Board, Lee Slater left state government in 1988 and pioneered development of a campaign finance and lobbyist regulation law practice in Oklahoma. He returned to state government in 2013 as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, the agency that regulates campaign finance and lobbying. In September of 2016, he joined Glenn Coffee and Associates in an “of counsel” capacity, bringing expertise acquired in 25 years of private practice and 21 years of government service.
An A-V rated attorney, Lee earned recognition as one of Oklahoma’s Best Lawyers and as an Oklahoma Super Lawyer during his first tenure in private practice. In addition to his focus on campaign finance and lobbyist regulation, his practice includes an emphasis on state Constitutional law, administrative law, initiative and referendum, governmental relations and election law. He also has extensive experience in drafting legislation and administrative rules.
Lee started his professional career as a prize-winning newspaper editor and reporter. His career as a state officer has been marked by significant reforms. In 1971, he became the youngest head of a state agency in Oklahoma, simultaneously filling the chief administrative offices of the State Election Board and State Senate. Three years later, he rewrote the election code for the only time in state history. In 1981, he completely reorganized the staff of the Senate, winning national recognition. Upon returning to state government, he rewrote the Ethics Rules for campaign finance, lobbyist regulation, financial disclosure and conflicts of interest for the first time since the Commission was created in 1991.
A native of Clinton and a life-long Oklahoman, Lee received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master of business administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a juris doctor from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He ranked second academically in his December graduating class and was voted Outstanding Graduate by the OCU School of Law faculty.
Lee and his wife, Pam, have four children and seven grandchildren. They have traveled extensively, visiting every continent except Antarctica, including trips to Australia, China, Malaysia, Egypt, Jerusalem, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, Croatia, Albania, Canada and Mexico, as well as nearly every State in the United States.
Cara Rodriguez joined the Firm in March 2017. She represents clients in complex constitutional and other legal matters including election law; administrative law; state questions and initiative petitions; commercial transactions; and contracts. She appears on occasion before trial and appellate courts and commissions. Cara most recently worked in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office as First Assistant Attorney General and previously as General Counsel and Assistant Solicitor General.
She received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. At OU, she received many honors, including the Order of the Coif, William T. Comfort Top Ten Award, Academic Achievement Awards, the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Business Section and Family Law Student of the Year Awards, and the John McHenry Mee Award. She also served as a note editor for the Oklahoma Law Review and received the Frank C. Love Memorial Award for Outstanding Second Year Paper.
She served as a research associate to three OU professors and as a Career Clerk to the Hon. David Briones in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division.
Cara has been admitted to the Oklahoma Bar Association; U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a Past President of the El Paso Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and serves as Vice President of the Federalist Society.
Cara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Political Science from Tulane University in 1998. She was named one of the top 15 female students her freshman year, and studied abroad at the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid, Spain.