He's got politics in his blood—but law in his heart.
Following his passion has landed Kevin Easley at Higgins Law Office in Claremore.
"I grew up in Broken Arrow and went to Broken Arrow High School. Then went to the University of Oklahoma, then OU Law School. I studied law abroad at Oxford University School of Law," Easley said.
From there, Easley began working at a firm in Tulsa doing commercial litigation.
He decided to make a change–and long-term Claremore attorney Bill Higgins was the catalyst.
"I got connected with Bill through my boss in Tulsa," he said. "I decided I wanted to make a change. Bill was in the area I wanted to change into. I met with him talked to him and here we are."
Easley said growing up he had friends in Claremore.
"And in college I worked some for Safenet Services, so I was familiar with Claremore," he said. "So, I decided to come here. I started with Bill one week and one day ago and I'm liking it a lot so far."
It may not be a corner office with a view, but their office on the corner has the perfect front row view of the Rogers County courthouse and jail. For a firm specializing in criminal law and family matters—the fit couldn't be more perfect.
Higgins believes Easley is the perfect for his firm, and for Claremore.
"I've been trying to find an associate for about a year now. I've interviewed a number of people and it was just never a good fit. With my type of practice, being a lot of criminal defense work and domestic relation work, you have to be able to interact with people and understand their feelings," Higgins said. "I've known his dad for a long time. His dad is pretty gregarious and gets along with people. Kevin is cut out of the same cloth. He meets people well, engages people well."
It's high praise from an attorney who has been practicing law in Claremore since 1974.
While Easley was reluctant to talk about himself, Higgins didn't miss a beat before bragging about his new associate.
"Straton Taylor has been his mentor since he was about 8-years-old," Higgins explained. "He comes from a family of politicians. His dad, Kevin Easley, was a senator and his grandmother was a senator."
Politics may be the family way, but Easley said he's known all along that he would pursue law.
"Since I was in probably sixth grade I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. I was lucky enough to be someone that knew what they want to do with their life at a young age. Being a trial lawyer was something I always dreamed of being, a goal of mine. From the time I was in high school I knew I wanted to attend law school after college," he said.
When asked if he plans on pursuing political aspirations, Easley chuckled— "I'm taking things one step at a time. Bill has got me busy enough in the first week I can't plan that far ahead."
When he's not in the office or the courthouse, Easley plans on being involved in as many Claremore clubs, groups and organizations as will have him.
He said, "I'm excited to be here. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting involved."