Christian D. Barnard

Lead Litigator

Barnard_ChristianBy focusing exclusively on family law, Christian D. Barnard saw the opportunity to help his clients navigate the difficult and often confusing legal system in an area of law that has a real and lasting impact on people’s lives.

“I take pride in standing beside them as someone they can trust and rely on through the entire process; someone who has their interests and goals in mind every step of the way,” Mr. Barnard said.

Be it a client, judge, or opposing counsel, Mr. Barnard said he can easily build rapport with people, a skill that allows him to be extremely persuasive.

“It cannot be overstated how important it is to be persuasive and to use one’s connections and relationships to accomplish the client’s goals,” he said. “Divorce can be a confusing, difficult, and at times infuriating process and you cannot overestimate the value of having someone you can trust who will actively advocate for you and diligently protect your rights.”

Licenses & Admissions

Mr. Barnard is licensed in Oklahoma and admitted to practice in all federal judicial districts therein.


Mr. Barnard received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Cordell & Cordell, Mr. Barnard practiced family law, insurance defense, general civil litigation, and estate planning.


Mr. Barnard is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Tulsa Bar Association.


Mr. Barnard was recognized in 2015 as an Oklahoma Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers.

Speeches, Seminars, & Publications

Mr. Barnard has authored many family law articles on



“Christian is amazing! … Christian always keeps me updated. He makes sure I know what to expect. He seems like a really nice guy. He’s made this a great experience for me. I have already recommended him to a few people. Christian knows that I am pretty shy and quiet and has told me before that I am too nice. I know that he does this because he doesn’t want me to sell myself short. He definitely steps up for me. He makes sure what needs to be said is said. I came into this scared and worried. From the time I hired Christian, I’ve felt confident and like I was taken care of. Christian is just awesome!”


“Christian is always giving me the best advice and doing things for my benefit.  I appreciate everything he’s done for me. He is putting me first in many different ways. He understands my case, my situation, and how it’s coming together. He’s just doing a really good job.”


“Christian is outstanding! I have 100% confidence in Christian and I genuinely believe he has my best interest at heart. He has been completely honest with me from the very beginning. He told me this is going to take a long time and [will] get pretty expensive. I appreciate his honesty. At this time in my life, the last thing I need is for someone to sugarcoat things.  I know I am in good hands and trust Christian completely. I would like to point out how impressed I am with the office personnel and the office atmosphere, it’s seriously impressive. [Christian’s paralegal] is especially great! He has been very helpful each time I’ve come into the office.”


“I am very pleased with Christian, it doesn’t get any better than that! I feel that Cordell & Cordell are uniting as a team behind me. I have not had any court events yet, however, just from speaking to Christian I can tell he is very aggressive in wanting fairness for his clients. … He has been superb! I know everyone’s situation is different, [but] based off of my experience with Cordell & Cordell, I believe you all would help anyone as much as you’ve helped me.  Keep doing the great work you’ve been doing to help all of us in the community. You all have come together to help us as we go through these situations.”


“Christian does everything perfect! I am lucky to have a lawyer like him. Christian walks me through everything. He’s great!”



“Despite all of the difficulties I’m facing, I always know that I never have to worry about anything as far as my representation. I completely trust Christian. I know that he is always taking care of me.”



“Christian is a great guy! He’s not just a lawyer, he genuinely cares. He has really helped me keep my head up throughout all of this.”


“Whenever I am in contact with Christian, he is the man! It’s always game on! If I was a millionaire, I would just take all of Christian’s time and hire him full time for myself. The only downfall is that I have to share Christian with other clients.”


“Christian was great! He was very responsive and would get back to me even after hours. He was always frank and honest with his answers. I appreciate how direct and knowledgeable he was. …”


“Christian has been very good at staying in contact and keeping me informed. He is a definitely a straight shooter. His paralegal … has been very helpful as well.”


“Christian is fantastic to work with! I really appreciate him. He’s a real go-getter and  I like the way he operates. He is very, very personable.”


“Christian has been really friendly and very accessible. He is able to explain things in a way that I can understand easily which is so helpful for someone who hasn’t been through this! Overall, he’s a really personable guy.”


“Christian has always been very friendly and understanding. He has a good grip on what I’m going through and really knows what he is doing. His communication has been really good too.”


“I think things have been very good so far. I’ve actually already referred two people to Christian. He seems to be very intelligent.  He also shows a lot of confidence in his work, so I don’t have any complaints!”

*Check out more Cordell & Cordell reviews of Christian and the rest of our Oklahoma attorneys.


Mr. Barnard is involved with Tulsa Lawyers for Children, a non-profit organization representing children in juvenile court matters where the family is in distress and under the court’s supervision.