Bob Rabon has many years of experience as a lawyer, and he operates a general practice in Choctaw County serving the Southeastern Oklahoma area. He served more than 35 years as general counsel to the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations.
Mr. Rabon has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell and is a distinguished alumnus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. Mr. Rabon has previously served on the following boards and commissions:
- President of the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA)
- Vice-President of the OBA
- Member of the OBA Board of Governors
- Member & Chairman of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission
- Member & Chairman of the Oklahoma Council on Judicial Complaints
- Delegate to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting
- Member of the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents
- Member of the Oklahoma Crime Commission
- Trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation
Practicing with Distinction
Bob Rabon is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Before awarding this honor, the college checked his work, ethics, and track record over six months to determine his character. There are only approximately 100 lawyers in Oklahoma who carry this distinction, out of approximately 20,000 lawyers in Oklahoma.
Mr. Rabon has practiced in numerous state and federal courts in Oklahoma and Washington, DC, and has appeared as counsel in three cases before the Supreme Court of the United States. He has represented several boards and commissions including:
- Hugo City Council
- Hugo School System
- Ft. Towson City Council
- Talihina Oklahoma Hospital
- Jones Academy in Hartshorne
- Choctaw Housing Authority
- Choctaw Electric Cooperative Board of Directors
Building the Indian Nations
Bob Rabon currently serves as a judge in the Appellate Division of the Courts of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He helped to build the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations by working with them on legal matters over the years, including taking the US and State governments to court when they tried to circumvent the Indian nations' sovereignty by trying to tax them.
Participating in the Community
He is also practical and talks with a lot of folks about everyday problems. A few years ago he and a few select lawyers in Oklahoma were approached to help financially with the creation of a bronze Lady Justice statue for the Oklahoma Bar Center. He and fellow participants were given a smaller version of the statue, and he enjoys keeping it on his desk.