Kimber is an accomplished attorney with broad expertise and a rare combination of skills. He primarily focuses on providing businesses with legal solutions in areas such as complex litigation, environmental matters, corporate compliance, employment law issues, business transactions, and contract drafting and negotiation. While he is well-versed in all business legal services, Kimber has a particular emphasis toward administrative and regulatory matters.
Before entering private practice with Crooks Stanford & Shoop, Kimber served 11 years as Senior Counsel and Managing Director of Legal for Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company ("OG&E"), the largest and oldest investor-owned electric utility in the state of Oklahoma. Here, Kimber oversaw all legal activities of the publicly traded company and managed a team of internal and external counsel. His OG&E experience is extensive and diverse – from leading efforts to implement federal transmission rates before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") to managing legal issues in areas such as human resources and contract disputes. He served as the lead environmental counsel for OG&E and first chair for numerous rate cases and regulatory proceedings at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. As part of his duties at OG&E, Kimber was selected to provide testimony on the issue of federal regulatory reform before the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.
Prior to joining OG&E, Kimber served as Associate Attorney at the law firm of Troutman Sanders in Washington D.C. While at Troutman Sanders, he represented and counseled electric utilities, gas pipelines and local distribution companies and energy trading companies before the FERC and filed applications seeking various approvals under the Natural Gas Act, the Natural Gas Policy Act and the Federal Power Act. While at Troutman Sanders, Kimber began representing clients in special investigations and audits before state and federal agencies.
Kimber received his BA in Government from the University of Virginia and his JD from the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated with distinction. He also graduated from the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho in 2014 after being selected by OG&E management to attend the program. This course has a worldwide reputation as the premier industry-driven executive education program designed specifically for utility leaders.
Kimber has been active in state and national politics. He previously served as an adviser and Campaign Manager for Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, as well as an adviser for various other public officials including Bob Dole, Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys, former State Representative Fred Morgan and Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson. While in law school, Kimber also worked as a legislative liaison for University of Oklahoma President David Boren.
In 2011, Kimber was recognized by the Journal Record as an "Achiever Under 40" and also graduated from Leadership Oklahoma (Class 24). Kimber attends Henderson Hills Baptist Church, where he teaches Sunday School and attends mission trips to Uganda, Africa. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and is passionate about his community, with a special fondness for performing arts. He has been a member of the Screen Actor Guild since 1978, when he worked as a child actor in television commercials and movies. Kimber has been married to his wife Jennifer for over 15 years and he has three children.
Professional Memberships and Organizations
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- District of Columbia Bar Association
- Energy Bar Association
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
- Screen Actor Guild – member since 1978
- Leadership Oklahoma – Class 24 and Advisory Board Member
- Science Museum Oklahoma – Board Member
- Mercy Health Foundation Oklahoma City – Board Member
- deadCenter Film Festival – former Board Member
- Red Earth – former Board member and Treasurer
- Oklahoma Humanities Council – appointed to the Board by Governor Mary Fallin