James A. Belote

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Oklahoma City, OK

Stipe & Belote, LLP
 | 9400 Broadway Extension, Suite 420
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Phone: 405-896-8794
Fax: 405-607-1796
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

A partner with the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, James A. Belote has significant experience providing representation to clients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and throughout the State. He focuses his practice primarily on plaintiff's personal injury litigation, with cases that involve motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. Mr. Belote also assists people in pursuing their insurance bad faith claims.

A 1985 recipient of a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Belote stayed in Norman and pursued his legal education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988 and joined his current firm in 1990. Admitted to practice in both Oklahoma and Texas, Mr. Belote is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Mr. Belote is highly regarded as a dedicated and compassionate lawyer by both his clients and his fellow professionals. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Belote has also been selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only group made up of the leading plaintiff's personal injury and criminal defense trial lawyers from each state. A former president of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Mr. Belote is an active participant in a variety of other legal organizations. His memberships include the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County bar associations, the State Bar of Texas and the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General
  • 30%Civil Litigation
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About James Belote

Admitted: 1988, Oklahoma

Professional Webpage: http://www.stipeinjurylaw.com/Attorney-Profiles/James-Belote...


  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer, 2018
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer, 2017
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2016
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Oklahoma Lawyers
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubble
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2015
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2014
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2013
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2012
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2011
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2010
  • Oklahoma Super Lawyer 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Executive Committee, Oklahoma Association for Justice, 2011
  • President, Oklahoma Association for Justice, 2009
  • Texas Bar Association, 1990
  • Oklahoma Bar Association, 1988
  • President elect, OAJ, 2008-2009
  • American Association for Justice
  • Executive Committee, Oklahoma County Bar Association, 2004-2010, 2012-2015
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Vice-President, Oklahoma Association for Justice, 2007-2008
  • OBA Administration of Justice Task Force, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • All Oklahoma State Courts
  • Executive Committee, Oklahoma Association for Justice, 2004-2010


  • In Willis v. Loomis Armored US LLC ( CJ-2015-142), the Jury awarded Ms. Willis $1,125,000 in damages. Loomis filed an offer to confess judgment before trial in the amount of $200,000.  The verdict of $1,125,000 included economic damages of $125,000 and non-economic damages of $1,000,000. The Jury and the Judge made a finding of gross negligence, so the cap on non-economic damages was lifted., 2018
  • $5.5 million - Trucking Accident, Wrongful Death
  • $6.025 Million - Trucking Accident, Wrongful Death
  • $1.75 million - Insurance Bad Faith, failure to pay insurance benefits
  • $1.9 million - Premises Liability, failure to properly maintain work place
  • $2.8 Million - Defective Product, permanent injuries
  • $2.2 Million - Defective Product, Explosion
  • $3.0 million - Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose Fracture
  • $5.5 million - Trucking Accident, Wrongful Death
  • $2.5 million - Products Liability, defective medical devices
  • In excess of $10 million - Class Action - Insurance Bad Faith, failure to pay interest benefits
  • $9 million - Trucking Accident, permanent injuries
  • $4.1 million - Insurance Bad Faith - failure to pay insurance benefits
  • $1.170 million - Trucking Accident
  • $1.020 million - Products Liability, door opening during rollover
  • Opitz, Inc., sued LeMars Insurance Company for breach of contract, bad faith and for punitive damages. The jury awarded Opitz, Inc., $415,000 in actual damages on the breach of contact and bad faith claim and $225,000 in punitive damages. The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the punitive damage award on May 7, 2013
  • In Cox v Southwestern Bell Telephone (SWBT), CJ-11-145. The Jury awarded Ms. Cox $836,000 in damages, which is more than three times the Defendant's best offer

Educational Background:

  • University of Oklahoma, B.B.A. in Finance, 1985
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Office Location for James A. Belote

9400 Broadway Extension
Suite 420
Oklahoma City, OK 73114

Phone: 405-896-8794

Fax: 405-607-1796

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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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