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McAfee & Taft

Oklahoma City

  • Tenth Floor
  • Two Leadership Square
  • 211 North Robinson
  • Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma
  • USA
  • OK 73102-7103
  • Tel:+1 405 235 9621
  • Fax:+1 405 235 0439
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • Managing Partner: Richard D Nix
  • Number of partners: 95
  • Number of other lawyers: 85

Firm Overview:
McAfee & Taft has distinguished itself by being an industry leader in developing innovative legal solutions for business for more than 60 years and ranks as Oklahoma’s largest law firm. McAfee & Taft is also the sole Oklahoma member of TerraLex® and the Employers Counsel Network.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Located just miles from the FAA in Oklahoma City, McAfee & Taft has one of the largest and most experienced FAA aviation groups in the nation. Its attorneys represent local, national and international clients of all sizes on aviation matters, including the documentation of aircraft transactions, aircraft title and registration matters, aircraft title insurance, escrow closings, closing and post-recordation opinions, and the Cape Town Convention and International Registry.

Banking & Finance:
McAfee & Taft has extensive experience serving the unique legal needs of commercial banks, thrifts and other providers of financial services. In addition to representing clients in a wide variety of banking and corporate transaction matters, the firm’s lawyers counsel clients on specific federal and state regulatory and compliance issues.

Business Law:
The firm has significant depth and expertise in representing clients in all aspects of business law, including entity formation, administrative law, agricultural law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, business restructuring and workouts, commercial contracts, financing, franchising and licensing, Native American law and gaming, and project finance.

Corporate & Securities:
The firm advises clients on corporate governance and compliance,mergers and acquisitions of private and public entities, divestitures, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, public and private offerings of securities, tender offers, and other forms of financing.

Employee Benefits:
McAfee & Taft’s premier Employee Benefits Practice offers specialized legal solutions in all major areas, including legal compliance, qualified plan design and implementation, multi-employer plans, collectively bargained plans, welfare plans and flexible benefits, executive compensation, plan terminations and surplus assets, plan investments, funding and taxation, plan fiduciary counseling, ERISA litigation, and health care reform compliance.

Energy, Oil & Gas:
The firm’s Oil and Gas Practice involves the structuring and negotiation of purchase, sale, financing, capital infusion, AMI, farmout, lease, drilling, and similar transactions with respect to oil and gas properties and oil and gas businesses, including securities offerings for oil and gas drilling programs and funds. The firm also represents clients involved in renewable and sustainable energy projects.

Environmental Law:
The firm offers in-depth expertise in issues arising in environmental permitting, compliance, enforcement and litigation involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, OSHA, Oil Pollution Act, PATRIOT Act, and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act.

The firm represents physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities and institutions in joint ventures, facilities development, financing transactions, payer contracting, affiliations and network development, regulatory compliance, investigations, medical staff matters, legal proceedings, risk management, and legal liability protection.

Intellectual Property:
McAfee & Taft represents clients in transactions and disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, patents, domain names, trade secrets, counterfeiting, rights of privacy, internet liability, unfair competition and false advertising claims, as well as entertainment law and multimedia rights. The firm’s transactional experience includes the registration, licensing, sale and acquisition of complex intellectual property rights.

Labor & Employment:
McAfee & Taft represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. Its practice includes drafting and negotiating labor agreements, resolving labor disputes through arbitration, defending unfair labor practice charges before regulatory agencies, designing and implementing preventive workplace practices, ensuring state and federal compliance, representing management before administrative agencies, and litigating employment claims in state and federal courts. The firm is actively involved in designing workplace arbitration agreements and arbitrating employment-related cases.

Litigation & Appellate:
Firm trial lawyers represent clients in all types of business and commercial disputes, including complex litigation and arbitration involving banking, bankruptcy, class actions, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, mass torts, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, products liability, real estate, securities, and tax.

Real Estate:
The firm has significant experience handling a variety of real estate transactions, including sales, purchases, financing and leasing transactions, as well as representing borrowers in secured and unsecured credit arrangements. The firm also has developed a particular expertise in structuring transactions to take advantage of various tax credits and government incentives.

Tax & Family Wealth:
The firm has long been a leader in providing sophisticated tax advice to individuals, tax-exempt organizations and the business community. It provides assistance in connection with all forms of estate and tax planning, including commercial and private transactions, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas operations, real estate transactions, like-kind exchanges, business succession planning, deferred compensation arrangements, gift and estate planning, foreign transactions and state and local tax issues.


  • Tenth Floor,
  • Two Leadership Square,
  • 211 North Robinson,
  • Oklahoma City,
  • Oklahoma
  • USA
  • OK 73102-7103
  • Tel +1 405 235 9621
  • Fax +1 405 235 0439
  • Email : info@mcafeetaft.com
  • Website : www.mcafeetaft.com
  • 1717 S. Boulder,
  • Suite 900,
  • Tulsa,
  • Oklahoma
  • USA
  • OK 74119
  • Tel +1 918 587 0000
  • Fax +1 918 599 9317

Corporate/Commercial - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This firm is widely recognized for the strength of its corporate practice. The team recently represented Dalea Partners in a highly complex matter involving the formation of a joint venture with Abraaj Capital, as well as in the ensuing acquisition of Viking Services from TransAtlantic Petroleum. The firm is also notable in the tax and healthcare sectors, recently advising Oklahoma Heart Hospital on a series of major commercial matters, including the expansion of its facilities. Other key clients include Chaparral Energy and the Oklahoma Publishing Company.

Sources say: "The firm performed magnificently. Their work was on par with any firm in the country, including East and West Coast megafirms."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Blake handles tax and transactional work for corporate clients. He is highly lauded by the market, with one interviewee labeling him "truly astounding" and "a super advocate for our company."

Chris Coleman is identified as "an outstanding lawyer in all regards." He acts on transactional matters across a number of industries, including energy, real estate, financial services and communications.

Michael Joseph is an experienced healthcare practitioner. He recently acted for the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park in its sale to the University of Oklahoma.

Bruce Crum is noted for his expertise in banking and finance matters. He has significant experience working for banks, financial institutions and private equity groups. Sources describe him as "a wonderful, thoughtful lawyer." 

Gary Fuller's mastery of tax law is widely acknowledged by the Oklahoma market. Fuller has a broad experience of dealing with corporate tax issues.

Spencer Haines has a broad tax practice covering general tax planning, wealth transfer tax and tax structuring for a range of commercial bodies.

Patricia Rogers continues to be noted for her work in the healthcare sector. She assists a range of clientele, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other healthcare facilities, on transactional and regulatory issues.

Martin Stringer has a broad business law practice which includes M&A and securities law. His clients include Stage Stores and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Elizabeth Tyrrell is identified as "a really great health lawyer" by her peers. She has been closely involved in the aforementioned matters for Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

"Excellent transactional attorney" Joshua Smith is described as "persuasive and creative in crafting solutions to solve complex problems" by clients. He was involved in the Dalea matters described above.

Energy & Natural Resources - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This firm is known for its work in the oil and gas sector, and is also heavily involved in the renewable energy field, with experience on significant wind energy projects. As well as its well-regarded strength in transactional work, the firm also houses expertise in dispute resolution. It has particular experience in spill response and remediation, and pipeline compliance. Noteworthy clients include Anadarko, Chesapeake Operating and Citgo Petroleum.

Sources say: "I have been overwhelmed with their service. I was using them at a previous employer too. They're our preferred provider in Oklahoma. They are great."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly regarded Mark Christiansen recently joined the firm from Crowe & Dunlevy. Sources highlight his "measured and thoughtful approach to problem solving." He is expected to add considerable strength to the firm's work for energy sector clients.

Tim Bomhoff is highlighted for being "very responsive and very easy to work with." His practice focuses on oil and gas litigation, through which he represents several major energy companies. He recently acted for Devon Energy on various matters related to its oil and gas operations.

Seasoned practitioner David Stinson has a wealth of experience acting on transactional matters in the oil and gas industry. He recently acted for RAM Energy Resources in its sizable private offering of common stock. Sources praise his pragmatic approach.

Terry Barrett has a wealth of experience in the oil and gas sector. He has represented a number of companies on various transactions. and has acted for a number of major energy companies of late.

Robert Joyce has litigated extensively on environmental issues and continues to represent significant players in the energy industry. His recent work includes a case involving a renowned Superfund site in Oklahoma.

Intellectual Property - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This state leader has a preeminent IP practice, with an extensive bench and a wealth of expertise. The team tackles a variety of matters, ranging from transactions to litigation. Recent transactional work includes acting for major companies in the oil and gas, food and drink, and chemical manufacturing industries. On the litigation side, the firm has recently undertaken a number of patent and trademark infringement disputes, acting for a range of clients, which include individual inventors and international companies. Notably, the firm defended the Professional Basketball Club, owners of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, in a copyright infringement dispute brought against the company.

Sources say: "We're very happy - they're technically strong, really proactive, punctual and responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "diligent, highly professional and competent" Rachel Blue is widely commended for her expertise in trademarks. She recently represented Phoenix Software in a dispute relating to identical trademark registration. She also acts for a number of UK-based companies, advising them on US trademark matters.

Seasoned practitioner John Kenney is widely respected among peers. He continues to be a very active litigator, representing clients in patent infringement and trademark oppositions on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.

Clients appreciate Michael LaBrie's ability "to look at legal issues from a business perspective." He acts for a broad range of clients, including the Professional Basketball Club, as well as for a number of major food and drink companies. 

Clifford Dougherty is described as "a great strategist with strong customer focus." His broad IP practice serves clients such as Chesapeake Corporation and Tyson Foods. He recently acted for Tyson Refrigerated Processed Meats in opposing the registration of various trademarks.

Anthony Rahhal maintains a broad practice covering patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement. Among his clients are Halliburton Energy Services, Specialty Retailers and Carlisle FoodServe Products.

Labor & Employment - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This mammoth of the Oklahoma legal sector boasts breadth and depth of experience in labor and employment issues across an extensive range of industries. Peers laud the firm for its large ERISA/employee benefits practice, which deftly litigates and counsels for a range of major clients, including Chesapeake Energy and American Fidelity. Notably, the firm has undertaken benefits work for tribal clients, involving additional complexities such as sovereignty issues. The team has carried out a range of employment mandates, assisting clients with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as discrimination matters, health and safety issues, and de-unionizing.

Sources say: "We're always satisfied - the firm has a lot of excellent people."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Plumb is noted as a key figure in the employment market. In addition to acting for clients in various discrimination claims, he has also represented a number of municipalities in Oklahoma in significant labor and employment issues. He is lauded as "a top-shelf attorney and a great resource at the firm."

Tony Puckett has also undertaken work for Oklahoma municipalities. He also recently acted for a construction company in settling an occupational health and safety administration citation. "He does an absolutely outstanding job preparing for and briefing the case," mentions one particularly impressed interviewee.

Sam Fulkerson is described as a "quality, levelheaded" attorney. He has recently assisted clients with the termination of senior executive contracts, and also advised a major venture capital group on employment issues associated with the merger of multiple energy companies in advance of an IPO.

Kathy Neal "has always been very highly regarded," say sources. She is noted for representing a number of employers before the DOL in Fair Labor Standards Act claims, and recently acted for a large bottling company in relation to audits by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

The "detailed and methodical" Nathan Whatley recently provided union avoidance training to a tribe-owned casino. He has also been active in contributing to state legislation. Clients underscore his excellent business acumen and responsiveness.

Sources highlight Michael Lauderdale for his work as a litigator in this sector. He has experience acting for employers in various matters, including in noncompete covenants, wage and hour disputes, discrimination and the Fair Labor Standards Act. "I'm a big fan of his," mentions one impressed peer; "he's super to work with."

James Dudley Hyde has significant expertise in employee benefits and wider issues relating to tax. He is described as "a great attorney and innovator in this field."

Elizabeth Wood recently advised ProBuild on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Harbert Lumber Locations. She also continues her representation of Express Personnel Services in relation to EEOC and fair employment practice charges across the nation.

Senior statesman Peter Van Dyke is highlighted for his extensive career in labor law. He has a wealth of expertise in matters relating to unions, as well as in defending clients against unfair labor claims and in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. "Very levelheaded - I would recommend him to anybody," reports one interviewee.

Litigation - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This firm's preeminent litigation team is made up of practitioners with a wealth of trial experience who act on a broad spectrum of disputes. The group's size ensures that it has the capacity to deftly handle larger mandates, including those on regional and national scales. Its recent workload has included product liability cases, significant Superfund litigation and sizable class actions. In recent highlights, the team defended Ford and Kia Motors in separate manufacturer liability matters It has also been involved in the complicated Superfund matters linked to the Tar Creek site in northeast Oklahoma.

Sources say: "They acted for us as if we were their own company - how could you ask for more?"

KEY INDIVIDUALS Premier litigator John Hermes continues to be a dominant force in litigation. Impressing clients and peers, he is consistently described as "an excellent litigator." He recently defended MidFirst Bank against civil claims of facilitating fraud. His broad commercial litigation practice also encompasses oil and gas, real estate and healthcare matters, as well as general business disputes.

John Kenney has established a solid reputation as a go-to litigator. Sources widely acknowledge his expertise as an intellectual property litigator, specializing in trademark, patent and trade secrets litigation. He is "highly successful and confident in the courtroom," note sources.

Mary Quinn Cooper has been especially active in product liability cases on behalf of Ford. "She's phenomenal in the courtroom," enthuse clients. Sources also highlight her nationwide experience and no-nonsense manner. 

Joseph Bocock stands out for his superb arbitration expertise. He has a wealth of experience in real estate, condemnation, oil and gas, and debtor-creditor disputes. "He does a terrific job," say sources.

The experienced Reid Robison has a broad business litigation practice, and is widely acknowledged as a quality litigator by his peers. He acts for a range of companies in disputes across the nation.

Richard Hix has recently acted in significant litigation in the oil and gas and energy sectors, and has accrued a wealth of experience across all manner of general commercial litigation. He has also undertaken cases involving tax, banking, environmental and antitrust disputes.

William Leach's practice covers insurance, product liability and complex contract disputes. He was recently involved in achieving a summary judgment in favor of Kia Motors following manufacturer liability and negligence allegations. Clients underscore his approachability and responsiveness.

Sources also appreciate the accessibility, concern and candor of Jeff Todd, whose recent work highlights include acting for agricultural producers in federal crop disputes around the country. He also litigates matters involving antitrust, intellectual property and real estate in both state and federal courts. "He easily overcomes hurdles," say clients.

Robert Dace enters the rankings on the back of strong recommendations as "an effective attorney who is good on his feet." His litigation practice covers a variety of matters, including insurance, intellectual property and environmental disputes. 

Brandon Buchanan is an up-and-coming litigation attorney with a broad practice encompassing commercial disputes, employment litigation and mass tort defense. Clients praise his diligence and efficiency.

Native American Law - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This firm has an active Native American practice representing tribes and tribal business interests. The team's expertise covers both transactional matters and litigation, and it acts for a range of clients including the Chickasaw Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. In relation to the latter, the firm recently achieved a groundbreaking land trust decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Keetoowah Cherokees' favor. The firm has also acted on business litigation related to economic development, and on employee benefits and tax issues for tribal clients.

Sources say: "The firm helped us navigate some tricky issues and was very knowledgeable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James McMillin is extensively involved in the firm's representation of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, recently playing a leading role in the aforementioned land trust matter. Sources describe him as "a good trial lawyer" and note his "great legal background."

Associate-to-watch Christina Vaughn is a key asset to the firm's practice. Sources praise her as "a diligent, detail-oriented lawyer who is excellent at stripping things back to the issue at hand."

Real Estate - Oklahoma

THE FIRM This firm houses one of the largest real estate practice groups in Oklahoma. The team undertakes a broad range of sophisticated real estate transactions, and is increasingly highlighted for its work involving tax exemptions, notably those in the charitable healthcare and manufacturing sectors. The firm recently acted for Belgian manufacturer ASCO Industries in its acquisition of a sizable facility in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It also acted for both the buyer and seller in American Fidelity's acquisition of real estate from the Oklahoma Publishing Company.

Sources say: "A unanimously positive experience."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Frank Hill is widely acclaimed by peers and clients for his wealth of experience in this sector. His expertise covers sales, acquisitions, exchanges, construction and business incentives. Sources describe him as "a unique talent" and "a real deal-maker." 

Richard Riggs is noted for his crucial work on wind farm projects, and cochairs the firm's renewable and sustainable energy group. "He's fabulous," says one source; "he did great research, negotiated excellently and provided great advice." He currently advises Apex Wind Energy on wind projects in Oklahoma, and also advised a Fortune 100 company on its equity investment in the Chisholm View Wind Farm Project.

Interviewees commend Jim Sharrock for "his varied practice and broad array of skills." He has experience representing clients from a number of industries, including agriculture, banking and construction. He recently acted for Mayo 420 in the financing and development of the Mayo Building in Tulsa.

Robert Garbrecht offers a "good, very responsive, high-quality service," according to interviewees. He is involved in the firm's representation of ASCO Industries, and also continues to act for various ProBuild entities on real estate matters across the country. His expertise includes acquisitions, sales, leasing and financing issues.

Myrna Latham comes highly recommended for her superb attention to detail. Her expertise encompasses a range of real estate matters, including leases and shopping center financing.

John Sargent is consistently highlighted for his expertise in condominium projects. He also has experience representing major tenants, developers and investors in various real estate matters, as well as in zoning engagements.

Clients are impressed by up-and-comer Stephen Hetrick, whose practice covers an array of real estate transactions, including leases, development and acquisitions. Sources appreciate that he has "experience well beyond his years."