Carla R. Stinnett

Carla R. Stinnett

Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Carla Stinnett grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, attended Connors State College and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Communications in 1997 from Oklahoma State University. While working in Public Relations/Marketing for the Oklahoma Beef Industry Council and then the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Ms. Stinnett obtained a Master of Liberal Arts with a Communication emphasis at Oklahoma City University in 1999. That same year, she entered law school at the University of Oklahoma. Following a highly successful law school career that included numerous moot court and trial competition team wins, membership and publication in the Oklahoma Law Review, American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice and much success in the Criminal Defense Clinic, Ms. Stinnett graduate in 2002 with Highest Honors and in the Order of the Barristers.

Her legal career began at the firm of James R. Gotwals and Associates in Tulsa, Oklahoma doing exclusively family law. As Ms. Stinnett started her family, she wanted to move to a small town, so she opened up her solo practice in Bristow, Oklahoma. As a new lawyer, with a new baby, Ms. Stinnett struggled, but was able to position herself as an inexpensive, yet competent young lawyer and built a practice of family law and criminal defense in Bristow. In the summer of 2004, local criminal defense legend Creekmore Wallace asked Ms. Stinnett to come and help him run his Sapulpa practice while he was out defending Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols. Ms. Stinnett moved her practice in with Mr. Wallace in Sapulpa. During her 3 years with Mr. Wallace, Ms. Stinnett learned many valuable criminal defense lessons and became sought after by those with complex criminal legal issues requiring briefing and argument. Ms. Stinnett and Mr. Wallace tried several cases together, including a capital trial in Tulsa County. After completing two sessions of the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College and being co-counsel to Mr. Wallace, Ms. Stinnett continues to be among the handful of women in Oklahoma qualified to try a death penalty case.

In 2007, Ms. Stinnett decided to expand her career from the criminal and family arena and ventured into personal injury. She joined Gregory J. Denney & Associates, PC in April 2007 and began her personal injury practice. Having two offices, one in Sapulpa and one in Tulsa, the firm gave Ms. Stinnett an opportunity to grow her personal injury practice while maintaining her commitment to her Creek County community. During this time, Ms. Stinnett honed her skills in personal injury law while building the Sapulpa criminal and family practice. In 2012, the firm became Denney & Stinnett, PLLC and Ms. Stinnett was a partner. Around this time, Ms. Stinnett added another practice area that is very near to her heart today. Ms. Stinnett started working on Federal Civil Rights cases, mostly against jails where inmates had died, or otherwise suffered severe injury while in the jail's care and custody. Today, this work still occupies much of her time and, in addition to criminal defense, is her passion. In late 2015, the firm of Denney & Stinnett, PLLC dissolved and Ms. Stinnett opened STINNETT LAW. With the assistance of two associates, two paralegals and a receptionist, STINNETT LAW is poised to become the absolute leader in the delivery of all legal services to Creek County and all Oklahoma residents.

Ms. Stinnett is truly a lawyer who loves practicing law and subscribes to the maxim: "to those whom much is given, much is expected." She is beginning her second year as the Creek County Bar Association President and has community service and community education as two of her main goals for the organization. During her tenure, she has lead the association in re-developing organizational by-laws, collecting and donating heaps of pajamas to the local clothes closet, collecting and donating school supplies to local schools, developing a LAW DAY program worthy of a statewide award and many other projects and programs that continue to flourish and develop. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, trial lawyer organizations promoting fairness in the American judicial system. She helps fundraise for several organizations, including NEW HOPE, an organization dedicated to ending the cycle of incarceration by providing mentoring, after school programs, summer camps and other resources for children whose parents are jailed or in prison.

Making her home in Sapulpa, Oklahoma with her husband and four children, Ms. Stinnett is an up and coming community leader. She firmly believes that living in the community you serve is the best way to understand your client's needs and goals, however, has traveled statewide to represent clients in criminal, family, and personal injury matters. STINNETT LAW has the staff and resources to handle almost any legal need across the state in a personalized setting. Our motto, "Every Client Matters," is practiced every day in our firm to deliver Big City Results with Small Town Compassion.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Agricultural Law


  • University of Oklahoma College of Law, Norman, Oklahoma
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Practice
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Barristers
    • Law Review: Oklahoma Law Review, Member
  • Oklahoma State University
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1997
    • Major: Agricultural Communications
  • Oklahoma City University
    • Master of Liberal Arts - 1999
    • Major: Mass Communications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Creek County Bar Association, President
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • James R. Gotwals and Associates in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Gregory J. Denney & Associates, PC, 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • Fund Raiser, New Hope