Mr. Turpen is a native of Tulsa and Graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1972. He received his Juris Doctorate from The University of Tulsa in 1974. Following law school, Mike moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he joined the Muskogee Police Department as the Police Legal Advisor. He then joined the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office where he would serve as the Chief Prosecutor and then as the First Assistant District Attorney. In 1976, Turpen was elected, as a Democrat, as the District Attorney for Muskogee County. He served in that position until 1983. From 1983 to 1987 Mike served at the Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma.
Since leaving public service in 1987, Mike has been a partner in the law firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison, and Lewis in Oklahoma City. In 2009, Turpen was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to serve as a member of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. In 2010, Mike was also inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
Mike is a long time friend of and provider attorney for LegalShield.