MICHAEL L. WILLIS, is the principal of Willis Consultants, LLC and is of counsel to the Newton, OíConnor, Turner & Ketchum P.C. law firm. Prior to joining the law firm, Mr. Willis worked as Chief of Staff to Congressman Steve Largent. During Mikeís tenure with Congressman Largent, he also held the roles of legal counsel and legislative director where he worked on all Commerce Committee issues including 3 major subcommittees, Energy, Telecom and Financial Services. Some of the key legislation during this time was the Financial Services Modernization, Electricity Deregulation and the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Prior to joining Congressman Largentís staff, Mr. Willis was engaged in private legal practice.

In serving as Congressman Largentís Chief of Staff, Mike developed expertise on federal and state legislative issues and forged relationships with influential governmental leaders in his home state of Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. His firm focuses primarily on providing counsel to companies in statutory and regulatory compliance, as well as engaging in government relations work in Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. In addition to government relations, Mr. Willis also works in Newton and O'Connor's labor and employment law group providing legal representation to business organizations in employee benefits and labor and employment law.

Mr. Willis received a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he graduated with highest honors. Mike was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, served on the Law Review and was awarded the Order of Barristers and Order of Curule Chair. He was also a member of the American Inns of Court.

Mr. Willis is a respected leader in both legal and political circles. He is involved in numerous charitable endeavors, including currently serving as chair of the Executive Committee for North Tulsa Young Life.