TULSA AUTHOR – NOVELIST – RETIRED ATTORNEY
Mr. Bodnar, a graduate of Lawton High School, Lawton, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma University College of Law, practiced law first in Oklahoma City for two decades (1972 – 1981), in Washington, D.C. for almost three years, before moving to El Paso, Texas, where he practiced law for some fifteen years.
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 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.
After the oil and real estate bust began in the mid-80’s, Mr. Bodnar practiced law with a Washington, D.C. law firm for almost three years before going back to Oklahoma City and opening a solo practice and had a stint as a CEO of an Oklahoma City banking concern. While in Washington, Mr. Bodnar attended Georgetown Law Center as a candidate for a Master’s in Legal Studies (LLM) Law Degree in International and Comparative law. The author is retired and currently in education living in Broken Arrow, with him wife Joan, and their rescue beagle mix dog, G. Reacher. He has a son and daughter-in-law living in Waco, Texas, with two grandsons, and a daughter and son-in-law living in Jenks, Oklahoma, with a granddaughter and grandson. He also has a step-son living in Tulsa.
Mr. Bodnar is the author of El Paso Sunrise, a Novel, published worldwide last year by Morgan James Publishing; the continuation novel, El Paso Sunset, a Novel, to be published by Morgan James Publishing as well Spring 2021; the author of Sunbelt, a Novel, published in the Southwest U.S. by Quadrangle Press (Washington, D.C. – Florida – Oklahoma) in 1986, and Layers of Evil, a Novel that is yet un-published.
After a lifetime of turmoil, pain and addiction, Bodnar found peace and serenity and transformation while living and practicing law in El Paso, Texas. After September 11, 2001, when Muslim radical terrorists were responsible for almost 3,000 American deaths, as the first attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor that began World War II for the United States of America, Mr. Bodnar relocated to Dallas, Texas, practiced law there and retired from a north Dallas law firm and returned home to Oklahoma to be with his family. He then met and married the love of his life, his wife Joan, and continues to live in Broken Arrow where he works in education, teaching at Glenpool High School, and continues to write, working with his wife as his primary editor.