David McKenzie is one of the most accomplished and professionally recognized Criminal Attorneys in the State of Oklahoma.
David McKenzie has been fighting for the future of Oklahoma citizens since 1989, licensed to practice before all Oklahoma courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Over the past three decades, he has received virtually every recognition available to a criminal defense attorney, including the 1997 Clarence Darrow award from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, a “Super Lawyer” in criminal law, the 2010 Professional Advocate of the Year from the OBA’s Criminal Law Section, and the 2014 recipient of two awards from the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Earl Sneed Award for excellence in continuing legal education and the Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award for outstanding legal writing. Mr. McKenzie is listed in the “Top Lawyers of Oklahoma” in both criminal defense and appellate law. He has also retained AV-Preeminent status from Martindale-Hubbell for the past 23 years, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.
Mr. McKenzie was born in Ft. Lewis, Washington, and he has lived most of his life in Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1988.
After graduation, Mr. McKenzie served briefly as Assistant City Attorney in Moore, Oklahoma, where his duties included criminal prosecutions and civil municipal defense. He was in private practice from 1989 to 2000, where he specialized in criminal and constitutional litigation, and was a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association. He retired from the Office of the Public Defender of Oklahoma County in May 2015 and is currently Of Counsel with the Oklahoma City office of Mulinix, Edwards, Rosell & Goerke. During his practice, he has tried more than 200 criminal and civil jury trials in state and federal court, and conducted countless contested hearings. In addition to litigation, Mr. McKenzie is the legal analyst for KFOR television, Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the Oklahoma City University School of Law.
He is a former member of the Civil Procedure and Evidence Code Committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association and a current member of both the Oklahoma Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee and the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. Mr. McKenzie is the 2016-17 chair of the Oklahoma Bar Association Criminal Law Section, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In March 2015, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
David McKenzie is also a professional actor represented by Magna Talent Agency in Oklahoma City. He has appeared in six motion pictures, numerous television commercials and hosted a political talk radio program. On July 25, 2006, United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in a debate of the floor of the United States Senate, called David McKenzie a lawyer of courage for his public statements that racism is a pervasive problem in the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.