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At Secrest Hill Butler & Secrest, our attorneys enjoy a reputation as aggressive litigators and experienced negotiators. Each of our lawyers has significant experience representing insurers, corporations, local businesses and professionals in a wide range of defense areas in the state of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

To reach any of our attorneys in Tulsa, call 918-494-5905 or contact us online and we will respond promptly.

Edward J. Main
P: 918-494-5905
F. 918-494-2847
Edward J. Main

Ed Main joined the firm as an associate in May 1988, and became a partner of Secrest Hill Butler & Secrest in August, 2004.  Most of his work has been in legal research and appeals and has involved a wide range of civil tort issues.  Ed has published several articles on law, law-related topics, and academic issues.

A native Tulsan, Ed graduated from The University of Tulsa in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history.  Following undergraduate school, he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he received a master’s degree in philosophy in 1974, and a doctorate, also in philosophy, in 1982. He then attended The University of Tulsa and received a Juris Doctorate with honors in 1986.  Before joining Secrest, Hill, Butler & Secrest, he served as a legal assistant for the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, Tulsa Divisions.  Ed has also taught quite a number of college level courses in Philosophy and Humanities.

Year Joined Firm:

  • 1988

Areas of Practice:

  • Appellate Advocacy, State and Federal
  • Dispositive Motions, State and Federal
  • Legal Research
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions:

  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma


  • J.D., with honors, The University of Tulsa College of Law, 1986
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1982
  • M.A., Philosophy, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1974
  • B.A., History, The University of Tulsa, 1969

Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Articles and Publications on Legal and Law-Related Matters:

  • Bad Faith After Badillo, Vol. 77 Okla. B.J., No.2, 149-157 (Jan. 14, 2006)
  • The Perfect(ed) Appeal, Vol. 75 Okla. B.J., No. 9, 749-756 (Mar. 13, 2004). Revised, July 25, 2007, for “Appellate Practice: Things You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” written materials and oral presentation Aug. 31, 2007, Sponsored by OBA/CLE and OBA Appellate Practice Section
  • Who Owns a Nursing Facility? Vol. 75 Okla. B.J., No.2, 111-119 (Jan. 17, 2004); cited in Fanning v. Brown, 2004 OK 7, ¶12 n.7, 85 P.3d 841, 846 n. 7
  • The Current State of Landowner Liability in Oklahoma, Vol. 63 Okla. B.J., No. 36, 2723-2731 (Sep. 30, 1992).
  • Bad Faith in the Workers Compensation Context: A Cause in Search of an Action, Vol. 30 Tulsa L.J., No. 3, 507-524 (1995)
  • Removal, Remand, & Review of ‘Bad Faith’ Workers Compensation Claims, Vol. 13 Thomas M. Cooley L. Rev., No.1, 121-141 (1996)
  • The Relevance of a Biological Definition of Life to Fundamental Rights, 6 Med. & L. 189-209 (1987)
  • The Neglected Prong of the Miller Test for Obscenity: Serious Literary, Artistic, Political or Scientific Value, 11 S. Ill. U. L.J. 1159-1177 (1987)
  • Practical Ultimacy and Hart’s Rule of Recognition, Aitia, Vol. 17, No.2, pp.11-13 (Winter, 1992).
  • Logic, Philosophy and the Fundamentals of Ethics, written materials and oral presentation, continuing legal education, sponsored by Tulsa County Bar Association, Nov. 27, 2007
  • How Do You Know What’s Right? written materials and oral presentation, continuing legal education, sponsored by Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel, Summer Meeting, June 19, 2008
  • Settlements after Nichols, OADC News, Spring, 1997, pp.1, 8-10
  • Service in Medical Liability Actions, OADC News, Sep. 2007, pp.2-3

Articles and Publications on Other Matters:

  • The Prufrock Challenge: Reflections on Meaning in Art, Crosstimbers, Fall [2006]/Winter 2007, pp. 20-28 (published by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma)
  • Art as Imagination: The Development of R.G. Collingwood’s Theory of Art, Dialogos, Ano XXIII, No. 51, pp.123-137 (Jan. 1988)
  • Hume’s Criterion for Historical Evidence (or Lack Thereof), Kinesis, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 62-74 (Spring, 1977)
  • Marx’s “Phenomenology” of Value, Auslegung, Vol IV, No. 1, pp.64-77 (Nov. 1976)

Reported Court Opinions (Briefing for Prevailing Party):

  • Edwards v. Pepsico, 268 Fed.Appx. 756 (10th Cir. 2008)
  • Bogart v. Caprock Communications Corp., 2003 OK 38, 69 P.3d 266
  • Burke v. Webb Boats, Inc., 2001 OK 83, 37 P.3d 811
  • Christopher v. Circle K Convenience Stores, Inc., 1997 OK 27, 937 P.2d 77
  • Beard v. Viene, 1992 OK 28, 826 P.2d 990
  • Leding v. Eastern Oklahoma. Medical Center, 1996 OK CIV APP 143, 932 P.2d 40
  • Cook v. Downing, 1994 OK CIV APP 178, 891 P.2d 611
  • Stotts v. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1994 OK CIV APP 134, 882 P.2d 1106
  • Warner v. Hillcrest Medical Center, 1995 OK CIV APP 123, 914 P.2d 1060,  cert. denied, 519 U.S. 861, 117 S.Ct. 165, 136, L.Ed.2d 108 (1996).
  • D.T. by M.T. v. Independent School Dist. No. 16 of Pawnee County, 894 F.2d 1176 (10th Cir., 1990), cert. denied, 498 U.S. 879, 111 S.Ct. 213, 112 L.Ed2d 172.
  • North American Specialty Ins. Co. v. Britt Paulk Ins. Agency, Inc., 579 F.3d 1106 (10th Cir., 2009).

Community Organizations:

  • Tulsa Artists’ Coalition (Board Member, 1986 to present)
  • Tulsa Philosophical Society (Board Member, 1988 to present)
  • Tulsa Photography Collective (Board Member, 1989 to 2008)

Prior Employment:

  • Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, Judicial Clerk, Nov. 1986 to May, 1988
  • Herrold, Gregg & Herrold, Inc., Attorneys at Law, Associate, Aug. 1986 to Nov. 1986
  • Tulsa Junior College, Part-Time Instructor of Philosophy, Sep. 1977 to May 1988
  • The University of Tulsa, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1985, 1982
  • Houston & Klein, Inc., Attorneys at Law, various positions, 1979 to 1983
  • Allentown College of St. Francis De Sales, Center Valley, PA, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Fall 1976 to Spring 1977
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Fall 1969 to Spring 1975

Aggressive Litigators & Experienced Negotiators

Our attorneys enjoy a reputation as aggressive litigators and experienced negotiators. We take great pride in our ability to bring parties together to resolve disputes without protracted litigation. However, when litigation is unavoidable, our clients appreciate our vigorous and tenacious advocacy in the courtroom.

Aggressive Litigators & Experienced Negotiators in Tulsa, OK

Delivering Results for Our Clients

Our assertive, results-oriented approach regularly results in favorable outcomes for our clients. If you are an insurer looking for an Oklahoma insurance defense lawyer, or a corporation, professional or local business with litigation threatening, contact our law firm online or call 918-494-5905. One of our attorneys would be happy to speak with you.

Delivering Results for Our Clients in Tulsa, OK