Kendall’s practice focuses on criminal defense and family law, including divorce and child custody, post-decree modifications of custody, visitation and child support, complex multi-jurisdictional custody issues, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and adoption. Kendall enjoys representing clients on all aspects of civil and criminal appellate advocacy – legal research, brief writing and oral argument. Ms. Sykes’ background is in family law, appellate advocacy, and criminal defense matters. Kendall previously consulted as a member of the legal team for the adoptive parents in the “Save Baby Veronica” case, involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, in the successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
More recently, Ms. Sykes served as legal counsel for the adoptive parents in the “Bring Sonya Home” case out of Tennessee for which she appeared with her clients on the nationally televised program, “The View.” Kendall volunteers her time with Legal Aid Services, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and is a committee member for Wine & Howl, which raises thousands of dollars at its annual silent auction to benefit the care and adoption of Oklahoma City’s lost and abandoned pets.
Ms. Sykes obtained her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from the University of New Mexico, and she is a 2007 graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the CALI award in criminal procedure and a member of the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. She is an active member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association and is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma state courts and in federal court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Ms. Sykes is a Barrister in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Courts and a board member for the Oklahoma Guardian Ad Litem Institute, which provides services for low income families.