Kim D. Parrish

Kim Parrish earned a J. D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law, M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and B.S. from Oklahoma State University

After serving as an Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney, Judge Parrish was in private practice for fourteen years with the firm of Derryberry, Quigley, Parrish and Solomon before his appointment as a federal administrative law judge in 1995. He is the co-editor of The Harvard Guide to Influential Books, and author of the national award-winning Cowboy Up: John Smith Leads the Legendary Oklahoma State Cowboys To Their Greatest Season Ever. He is currently working diligently on his third book!

Judge Parrish has taught, written, and practiced in the areas of negotiation, mediation, dispute resolution, and public diplomacy for more than 30 years. He also serves as a lead instructor for incoming federal administrative law judges and has spoken in numerous continuing professional programs in the area judicial administration throughout his career.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Kim D. Parrish
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Making Things Better: Wes Watkins’ Legacy of Leadership

Wes Watkins was a common man who overcame personal insecurities and a speech impediment to become a powerful leader. He fought against the odds and used unexpected weapons to make a difference. His life story is a testament to the coming of age of an awkward and backward state, and the power of words kept sanctified.

Cowboy Up

John Smith led the Oklahoma State wrestling squad on a grueling schedule in 2004 in pursuit of their third consecutive national title. Kim D. Parrish was granted unprecedented access to the Cowboy program for an entire season, and wrote an intimate, revealing story of the team's historic effort. Coach Smith's journey from a slight boy from Del City to one of the greatest American athletes of the 20th century is an inspiring story of glory and heartbreak.