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McAfee & Taft

Oklahoma City

  • Tenth Floor
  • Two Leadership Square
  • 211 North Robinson
  • Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma
  • USA
  • OK 73102-7103
  • Managing Partner: Richard D Nix
  • Number of partners: 102
  • Number of other lawyers: 80

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.

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

Corporate & Securities:
The firm advises clients on corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, 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, condemnation and landowner rights, construction, corporate investigations and white collar defense, federal and crop insurance disputes, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, mass torts, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, products liability, professional 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

What the team is known for Handles the full range of corporate and commercial issues, from multimillion-dollar acquisitions and securities offerings to matters for emerging growth or family businesses. A large healthcare practice and strong taxation expertise, particularly on exemption and credit issues.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their reputation is top-notch and they have never let us down."

"They were knowledgeable and efficient and clearly worked to protect our interests.

Work highlights Represented Summit Bancshares in its merger with Commerce Bancshares, making it a wholly owned subsidiary. 

Advised ASCO Aerospace USA on a new market tax credit financing transaction for its recently acquired manufacturing plant in Stillwater. 

Notable practitioners  

Gary Fuller is a veteran taxation expert who specializes in the structuring and implementation of tax planning strategies. His clients include notable Oklahoma-based businesses. 

Michael Blake advises energy, food, healthcare and private equity sector clients on the tax implications of their transactions. One source identified him as "a good resource for contacts in many industries - he acts as the glue that holds everything together."

Healthcare law specialist Michael Joseph is noted for "taking the lead and negotiating well on behalf of his clients," and for having "an excellent rapport with physicians and key decision-makers."  

Bruce Crum is seen as being "top-notch for banking and finance." His "very efficient, business-minded" approach also attracts specific praise. He took a lead role in the Summit Bancshares merger with Commerce Bancshares.  

Chris Coleman acts on transactional matters for a broad spectrum of businesses. He advised HGC Holdings on its sale of a controlling interest in Harrison Gypsum and associated businesses to a private equity company.  

Patricia Rogers is described as "responsive, highly knowledgeable and experienced in healthcare regulation," in addition to being "very efficient in her utilization of time and in billing.

Elizabeth Tyrrell is respected by peers as "a very fine healthcare transactional attorney," while clients speak of her as being "extremely intelligent, managing multiple moving pieces with expertise." She was part of the team that advised the Shawnee Medical Center Clinic on its sale to SSM Health Care.    

Martin Stringer has a broad corporate practice and is particularly well regarded for his skill in structuring business transactions. According to one source, he has "a quick grasp of issues and an intuitive sense of how deals flow.

Joshua Smith has a broad transactional practice and particular experience of extractive industries. Clients praise his "excellent knowledge of contract law and ability to separate business advice from legal advice.

Significant clients Chaparral Energy, Global Gaming Solutions, MetaFund, Oklahoma City Thunder, St. Anthony Hospital.

Energy & Natural Resources - Oklahoma

What the team is known for Strong bench of energy and resources lawyers acting for local and international clients. Full coverage of contentious, transactional and environmental matters, with key strengths in the representation of oil and gas producers and the handling of regulatory and renewable energy issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very good firm that has done a fine job for us and that I wouldn't hesitate to ask again for help in the future."

"A depth of staffing and expertise not often seen in a regional law firm." 

Work highlights Represented Chesapeake Energy in a class action concerning an alleged failure to pay for the use of bar ditches to lay temporary water lines.

Advised Viking Services on its acquisitions of Central European Drilling Holdings and Acoustic Ventures, collectively worth $33 million.   

Notable practitioners  

Practice group co-leader Mark Christiansen is described as "a walking, talking encyclopedia of oil and gas law." One source added that he is "very client-oriented, very results-oriented and very valuable to our business." A noted litigator, Christiansen represented Marathon Oil in a gas royalty class action lawsuit. 

Group co-head Timothy Bomhoff is a highly regarded trial lawyer whom clients value for his dedication to their interests and his solution-oriented approach.

Robert Joyce is characterized as "a top-quality, seasoned litigator with a proven track record and excellent client responsiveness." He advised American Airlines on environmental issues such as the disposal of low-level radioactive waste.  

David Stinson concentrates on noncontentious work in the oil and gas sector. He acted for oil and gas exploration company RAM Energy Resources on its sale of common stock, notes and warrants.

Of counsel Terry Barrett has several decades of hands-on experience working with the Oklahoma oil and gas industry. His expertise on transactional matters attracts particular praise.

Significant clients Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Chevron USA, ONEOK, SandRidge Energy. 

Intellectual Property - Oklahoma

What the team is known for Comprehensive IP service with extensive experience of advocacy in federal courts and before regulatory tribunals. A large practice that handles patent and trademark prosecution in both domestic and foreign jurisdictions. Attorneys with notable technical expertise in chemical, biological and engineering disciplines.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Our main reason for using them is their expertise in areas where we have a lot of IP interests."  

"A strong IP practice."

Work highlights Represented Skycam in a misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition action against Actioncam.

Represented Serva Corporation in a dispute with Allen, Allen & Associates over the alleged infringement of a patent for a cement mixing system for use in oil wells.  

Notable practitioners  

Rachel Blue is highly regarded for her trademark expertise. She acted for several clients in Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings initiated by Major League Baseball. 

John Kenney is a "universally well-respected" attorney who combines his position as head of the firm's litigation group with an active IP practice. 

Practice head Michael LaBrie attracts particularly enthusiastic client praise, with one source dubbing him a "shining star of the McAfee & Taft IP practice," and another citing his "masterful knowledge." He has expertise in the food, oil and gas, and sports industries. 

Anthony Rahhal is particularly well regarded for mechanical engineering matters. He assists a number of high-profile companies in the management of their copyright, patent and trademark portfolios. 

Significant clients Chesapeake Energy, Halliburton Energy Services, Koch Industries, University of Oklahoma.

Labor & Employment - Oklahoma

What the team is known for A large practice that handles all contentious and noncontentious aspects of workplace law, including employee benefits and ERISA compliance. Strong litigation capability, particularly for class actions and FLSA issues, and an impressive roster of clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I couldn't do business without them - they have some of the top experts in the region and a deep bench."

"An exceptional law firm for labor and employment.

Work highlights Advised Mercy Health Oklahoma Communities on a case against a former employee who claimed that her dismissal had violated the ADA and FMLA.

Represented the Oklahoma City municipality in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police labor union.

Notable practitioners  

Charles Plumb is well regarded for his advice on regulatory compliance and dispute avoidance strategies. He is a "very respected lawyer" and sources appreciate his ability to acquire "a very good grasp of the facts in a short time."  

Tony Puckett is an "outstanding labor relations attorney," noted for his "exceptional attention to detail and knowledge of the law." He represented several Oklahoma city municipalities in labor arbitrations. 

Sam Fulkerson is respected for his counseling of employers on best practice policies. Commentators also describe him as "an intelligent, aggressive and great advocate" in the courtroom.

Practice co-leader Michael Lauderdale is noted for his effective courtroom style. He also advises on a range of day-to-day employment issues and is described as "responsive, charismatic, quick at problem-solving and great at mitigating risk."  

Kathy Neal is "very good in the courtroom and good at analyzing a case." She acts for employers on both contentious and advisory matters, including breach of contract, wage and hour disputes, and noncompete agreements. 

Nathan Whatley is "very experienced in both litigious and advisory labor and employment matters." He has tried cases in numerous states and recently settled a sexual orientation claim for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores in Oregon. 

Clients praise Jennifer Callahan's "ability to explain complex employee benefits and taxation concepts." One source attested: "You could put her up against anybody in the entire country on a benefits or executive compensation issue."

James Dudley Hyde advises clients on the full spectrum of employee benefit issues, including retirement plans, executive compensation and deferred compensation. His ERISA expertise attracts specific praise.

Elizabeth Scott Wood is regarded as a versatile employment lawyer who is "very helpful on more technical employment law issues." Satisfied clients describe her as "smart, kind, zealous and well versed in the law."  

Of counsel Peter Van Dyke advises clients on labor issues as well as union avoidance strategies and NLRB proceedings. He serves as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.

Courtney Bru is praised for her understanding of the business environment and for her "good response time and knowledge of the field." She possesses particularly notable expertise in the handling of wage and hour issues and has extensive litigation experience. Bru recently joined the team from Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson, LLP.

Significant clients Devon Energy, Dolese, Halliburton, ONEOK, University of Oklahoma. 

Litigation - Oklahoma

What the team is known for Highly respected litigation practice with dispute experts acting across a comprehensive range of business sectors, including key local industries such as aviation, healthcare, and oil and gas. Advises clients at both regional and national level, and also handles appellate work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have dealt with countless lawyers and I cannot think of any firm or attorneys who could have done a better job for us." 

"A strong, well-respected fixture in the Oklahoma City area."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel for PwC in a multibillion-dollar professional liability case brought in the Tulsa District Court by the trustee of the SemGroup Litigation Trust.

Defended Commerce Bank in proceedings in four courts concerning its alleged involvement in a conspiracy to commit securities fraud.  

Notable practitioners  

John Hermes is praised for his "tremendous experience and analytical skills" in commercial litigation. His expertise covers a variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, oil and gas, and real estate.  

Practice head John Kenney is "universally well respected," particularly in intellectual property, product liability and technological disputes. He acted for Biogen in a causes of action lawsuit regarding the alleged effects of one of its pharmaceutical products. 

Joseph Bocock is "extremely experienced, intelligent, sharp, succinct and focused." Described as "very good in the courtroom," he is also noted for his arbitration experience and knowledge of the oil and gas and real estate sectors.  

Mary Quinn Cooper attracts extensive praise for her "ability to quickly understand and evaluate a case" and her "persuasive, engaging and tenacious" courtroom style. She is best known for her product liability expertise and has acted for clients such as Boeing. 

Sources comment that Reid Robison is a "dean of the Oklahoma City Trial Bar." He recently defended online auctioneers QuiBids against putative class actions in Oklahoma, California and Illinois. 

Robert Dace is admired as a particularly versatile, reliable and effective trial attorney. His courtroom experience includes issues arising from the intellectual property, insurance, and oil and gas spheres.  

William Leach is sought out for insurance and product liability matters, and clients appreciate his tenacity and responsiveness. One client commented: "We were very pleased with our results.

Jeff Todd is an "excellent litigator and good communicator" who is especially "well spoken and prompt with work." He advised Northwest Crane Service on a dispute with Gamesa Wind US. 

Significant clients Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Ford, GM, Sharp Electronics.

Native American Law - Oklahoma

What the team is known for Full-service offering to tribal clients on transactional, contentious and governance issues, with strong emphasis on gaming and land-related deals. Also advises nontribal clients, particularly in the energy sector, on business transactions with Native American interests. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand tribal sovereignty issues, how to explain and translate them to commercial markets, and how to structure deals that work." 

Work highlights Advised the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians on a range of issues, including a landmark action alleging gross mismanagement of trusts by the Department of the Interior.  

Notable practitioners  

James McMillin is "held in very high regard" by commentators, who highlight his flair for managing the practice and "making things cogent.

Associate Christina Vaughn advised a Canadian energy distributor company on the construction of an oil pipeline across tribal lands. Sources praise her "remarkable ability, especially in high-stress, time-driven situations."

Significant clients Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Global Gaming Solutions. 

Real Estate - Oklahoma

What the team is known for Deep bench that provides comprehensive coverage of transactional and contentious real estate issues to an array of clients, from startups to multinationals. Niche strength in transactions involving charitable or business incentive tax exemptions, including healthcare and low-cost housing developments. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An excellent bench of outstanding real estate specialists."

"World-class capabilities."  

Work highlights Advised Kestrel Investments on its $4.275 million acquisition of a 2.71 acre property in downtown Oklahoma City for the construction of a 20-story tower. 

Represented SSM Health Care of Oklahoma in a range of issues, including land acquisitions, commercial leasings and the development of new healthplexes in Edmond, Midwest City, Mustang and South Oklahoma City.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Hill is seen by peers as a natural choice for referrals and one client identified him as a go-to attorney for "really complicated issues." His recent work includes advising on the acquisition and financing of a major apartment complex development.  

Myrna Latham attracts a high level of positive feedback as "an incredibly good transactional attorney." She is specifically praised for "working diligently to manage risk and identify solutions" and for "understanding what you're trying to accomplish and not losing sight of it."

Richard Riggs is "a very business-oriented, pragmatic attorney who knows the local laws and players very well." Especially well known for his expertise in renewable energy issues, he advised Helaba and KeyBank as the lenders on two new wind farm projects. 

Robert Garbrecht has a broad commercial practice with a strong real estate component and is admired for his "hands-on approach, tailored solutions, flexibility and availability.

Lloyd Hardin is a "really gifted real estate lawyer," esteemed by clients for his "business-minded" approach and "capability for thinking outside the box.

John Sargent represents clients at all stages of real estate projects, from zoning and financing through to sale or leasing. His experience includes significant condominium, hotel, office and ranch developments.  

James Sharrock is "very knowledgeable, straightforward and easy to deal with." He is a key point of contact for clients involved in the development of affordable housing projects. 

Significant clients Devon Energy, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma Publishing Company, Precor Realty Advisors, Presbyterian Health Foundation.