Attorney David C. Bean
David C. Bean has been a fixture in the Tulsa trial bar since 1988, when he received his juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Since then, he has developed his practice as a personal-injury lawyer working in several law firms and on his own before joining the Rode Law Firm in September, 2010. His practice at Rode is focused solely on representing clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others, including victims of motor vehicle accidents and premises liability injuries. Bean grew up in suburban Philadelphia and went to Wake Forest University in North Carolina to receive his undergraduate degree in history. He then returned to Pennsylvania to teach in public and private schools and coach sports, mostly baseball and football. He decided to change careers, came to Oklahoma in 1984 to go to law school, and has remained in the Tulsa area ever since. Although Bean no longer coaches, sports remain one of his major interests—and he believes the demeanor he developed as a coach suits him well in court, where he has a reputation as a zealous advocate for his clients, but one who maintains a calm and pleasant deportment. The aspect of practicing law that Bean likes best is the trial work—in large part because it’s similar to game day in sports. “I really enjoy the trial work,” he says. “I always compare it to coaching because, of course, you love the games. In football, you practice all week and your goal is the game on Friday night. The same is true in law; your goal—your game—is the courtroom. Your practice for the game is your daily routine working with the case. Obviously, not every case goes to court, but the end product of all your preparation and practice is getting into court.” He is admitted to practice in the Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of the U.S. District Court in Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. When he’s not practicing law, Bean enjoys boating, golfing, and spending time with his family—his wife, children, and now grandchildren—who share his love of sports and taking part in sporting activities of all kinds.