Ernest J. Istook Jr.

Ernest J. Istook Jr.

Remedying the wrongs that people encounter: injuries, disagreements, disputes
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability ...
  • Oklahoma, Utah
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Ernest Istook's legal work centers around litigation to remedy the wrongs which people encounter. This includes personal injury, medical malpractice, defective products, wrongful taking of property, business disagreements, real estate disputes, will contests, financial frauds, and untangling other challenging situations.

Ernest has been practicing law since 1977, but took a time out to serve 14 years as U.S. Congressman for Oklahoma’s 5th District, part of 25 years he served in federal, state and local office. He is licensed to practice law in Utah, Oklahoma, the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.

Ernest moved to Utah in 2015 and began teaching political science at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University and in 2019 joined Howard, Lewis & Petersen, the most-experienced law firm in the area.

His law degree is from Oklahoma City University and his B.A. in journalism from Baylor University.

In Congress, Ernest successfully negotiated bipartisan consensus on billions of dollars of projects, as a subcommittee chairman on the House Appropriations Committee.

A highly-effective advocate and communicator, Ernest is a former columnist for The Washington Times. His writings have also been published in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and multiple other print and online outlets. Ernest is a former talk radio host, plus the Bott Radio Network aired 1,976 of his daily radio commentaries on over 100 stations.

Married since 1973, he and wife Judy have five children and fifteen grandchildren. Ernest has served three times as a Scoutmaster and was honored by the Boy Scouts of America with its Silver Beaver Award for his efforts. He also has been active in service and leadership roles of church work.

Ernest is a Distinguished Fellow at the Frontiers of Freedom Foundation; formerly he was a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Professional Associations
Utah State Bar  # 15868
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oklahoma Bar Association
ID Number: 4565
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Utah State Bar
ID Number: 15868
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10th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Medical Malpractice
Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
White Collar Crime
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Appeals & Appellate
Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
Contact & Map
Howard Lewis & Petersen
120 East 300 North
Provo, UT 84606
Howard Lewis & Petersen
120 East 300 North
Provo, UT 84606
Telephone: (801) 373-6345
Fax: (801) 377-4991