About Louis

Louis Bodnar

Louis Bodnar, also the author of El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, published last year by Morgan James Publishing, 2019, and Sunbelt, a Novel published in 1986, Quadrangle Press, is a retired attorney currently living in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with his wife Joan. A naturalized American citizen, he was born in Vilshofen, Germany, as his Hungarian parents fled from Budapest, Hungary at the end of World War II. Upon the death of his father, Dr. Steven Bodnar, the former Hungarian Minister of the Interior and one of the leaders of the Hungarian National Socialist Party, Arrow Cross, and The Earl of Legeney, he immigrated to Brazil with his mother and brother.

He spent eight years in Brazil with his mother Angela and older brother, Steven, three years of which he lived on a Brazilian Ranch, known as a “fazenda” and the remainder in a Sao Paulo emigrant slum known as Villa Anastacio.

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In 1958, through the efforts of his Aunt Ilona, a war bride of an American soldier she met in Germany, he and his mother immigrated to the United States to join their family in South Bronx, New York City. In March of 1958, his mother died of cancer and his aunt and uncle became his guardians. As the uncle, Ted Lewis was career military in the U.S. Army; his next military assignment was overseas to Tokyo, Japan, for three years. Louis attended a military dependents’ high school the first two years. Thereafter, Ted Lewis was assigned to Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma where he graduated from Lawton Senior High School.


He was educated in the United States in Oklahoma, receiving an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University; a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma; and was a candidate for an L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bodnar has practiced law in the Southwest since 1972 in Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Dallas and El Paso, Texas, and is a retired attorney currently in Education and living with his wife, Joan, and their rescue beagle mix dog, G. Reacher, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He has a son, Joey, and his wife, Missy, living in Waco, Texas, with two grandsons, Jacob and Logan. He also has a daughter, Angela Timmons, and son-in-law, Andrew, and two grandchildren, Bailey and Brady, living in Jenks, Oklahoma, as well as a step-son, Devin Dorney, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


While actively practicing law in El Paso, Texas, from 1987 to 2002, he was an Associate Municipal Judge for the City of El Paso and a Special Prosecutor in the State of Texas v. Maury Kemp, et. al insurance fraud case, that was then the single largest insurance fraud case in Texas to that time.

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