John P. Zelbst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lawton, OK

Zelbst Holmes & Butler
 | 411 Southwest 6th Street, PO Box 365
Lawton, OK 73502-0365
Phone: 580-248-4844
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

John P. Zelbst is a partner at Zelbst Holmes & Butler, located in Lawton, Oklahoma. Focusing his practice on personal injury litigation, he represents plaintiffs throughout the state and around the country who have been harmed through the negligent or wrongful acts of others in matters involving medical malpractice, defective products, motor vehicle accidents and other similar cases. With a reputation as a zealous litigator, Mr. Spence and his firm have obtained numerous large settlements and verdicts for his clients during his career, including the largest known personal injury verdict in Oklahoma in a highly publicized case. He has also provided successful criminal defense representation to clients who have been tried on murder and manslaughter charges.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Cameron University in 1976, Mr. Zelbst attended the University of Tulsa School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1980. Admitted to practice in Oklahoma, he is also admitted to practice before numerous federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern and Northern Districts of Oklahoma; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 10th Circuits; the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly regarded by his fellow attorneys for his accomplishments, Mr. Zelbst has received an AV Preeminent peer-review rating* through Martindale-Hubbell. He is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Comanche County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Zelbst's many civic contributions include his service as a member of the board of trustees of Comanche County Memorial Hospital and his appointment by the state's governor to serve on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%)

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (30%)

Criminal Defense (10%)


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

Email Me

To: John P. Zelbst
Super Lawyers: Potential Client Inquiry

About John Zelbst

Admitted: 1980, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Oklahoma Courageous Advocacy Award, Oklahoma Bar Association, 1989
  • Selected multiple times by the readers of the Lawton Constitution as the Best Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Attorney Network for personal injuries
  • Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America – The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell
  • Awarded the title of Oklahoma Super Lawyer
  • One of the 73 prestigious attorneys of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Oklahoma Association for Justice, President, 2000
  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Faculty Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Comanche County Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th circuit
  • District of Colorado
  • Federal Courts for the Eastern Districts of Texas
  • Federal Courts for the Northern Districts of Texas
  • Federal Courts for the Western Districts of Arkansas
  • Federal Courts for the Eastern Districts of Arkansas
  • Federal Courts for the Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • Federal Courts for the Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • Federal Courts for the Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • Court of Federal Claims
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • A voluntary firefighter for the Meers Volunteer Fire Department
  • Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Board of Trustees
  • Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Member

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Henderson v. Petro Energy Transport Co. et al., DC Jackson County CJ-95-64
Find Me Online
Website -
Office Location for John P. Zelbst

411 Southwest 6th Street
PO Box 365
Lawton, OK 73502-0365

Phone: 580-248-4844


John P. Zelbst:

Last Updated: 5/18/2017

Page Generated: 0.12820100784302 sec