Daman Cantrell District Judge


Judge Daman Cantrell, the son of a welder and a homemaker, was the first college graduate in his family. He is a lifetime Oklahoman, who graduated on full scholarship for the debate team from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1982, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1985. Judge Cantrell began practice as an Assistant Oklahoma Attorney General, under Oklahoma Attorney General Michael C. Turpen and Robert H. Henry. He then served as a federal law clerk in the United States District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma, for the Honorable Doyle W. Argo, Federal Magistrate Judge, and as an Assistant Public Defender in both Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, during which time he was lead counsel in over 60 felony jury trials.

Daman Cantrell family In 1999, Judge Cantrell was appointed by the District Judges of Tulsa County as a Special District Judge, and served in this capacity on numerous dockets until his election as District Judge in 2006. He has presided over 100 major civil jury trials and hundreds of nonjury matters in this time.

Judge Cantrell received the prestigious Alma Wilson Award in 2006 from the Oklahoma Bar Association for his work on his docket saving the Family Drug Court from elimination, allowing it to flourish and become a model court in the nation for families with children removed from the home because of substance abuse from the parents. The judge also received the President’s Award from the Tulsa County Bar Association in both 2007 and 2009 for his work with the Tulsa County’s Lakeside Group Home, for troubled youths. In 2016 he received the James C. Lang mentoring award for his work with law students all over the state in establishing “virtual internships,” as well as his 29-year involvement with the Oklahoma Mock Trial program, his lifelong volunteer passion in the law.

For any additional help or assistance,
please contact us at:

(918) 596-5390
Fax: (918) 596-5402
500 South Denver Avenue,
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103-3832

Minute Clerk
Melissa Norris 596-5392

Law Clerk/Bailiff
David Williams, J.D.

Court Reporter
Kim White

Tulsa District Court's website
Judge Cantrell's docket (Civil Division)