Attorneys & Staff

Michael F. Lauderdale
Tenth Floor
Two Leadership Square
211 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-7103

(405) 552-2257 direct
(405) 235-0439 fax
Practice Areas
Industry Groups
Energy and Oil & GasHealthcareSports
  • Oklahoma, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D., with special distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1990; Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A. (Finance), with special distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1987; Beta Gamma Sigma
Professional Organizations and Memberships
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Administrative Law Judge, Oklahoma Department of Labor (2002 – 2005)
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Michael F. Lauderdale



Michael Lauderdale’s practice involves civil litigation focusing on the representation of employers and management in all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. He has represented management in a variety of matters involving employment discrimination litigation, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including class action wage and hour litigation. He has also handled litigation matters involving the enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, arbitration, breach of employment contracts, handbook and personnel policy violations, wage and hour disputes, and other issues arising out of the employer/employee relationships.

Michael’s practice also involves assisting employers and management in all day-to-day human resource issues, including: hiring and firing; employee classification; drafting and implementing handbooks and policies and procedures; investigation of claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage, hour and compensation issues; drafting and implementing agreements with employees, including offer letters, contracts of employment, noncompete and confidentiality agreements, and commission and bonus agreements; and the drafting and implementation of company wide arbitration programs. He also assists employers in providing training on a wide range of human resource-related issues focusing on litigation prevention.

His work has earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; health care law; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, and Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he was noted for his “intelligent, aggressive and results-oriented style.”

Michael has previously served on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors and as co-leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, one of the largest of its kind in the region. From 2002–2005, he also served as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.


  • Nationwide defense of employment litigation and arbitration matters
  • Representation of employers in litigation relating to employment contracts, commission and bonus disputes and non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Representation of employers before the EEOC and various state human rights agencies
  • Representation of employers in wage and hour and FMLA investigations by United States Department of Labor and wage disputes before state investigative agencies, including the Oklahoma Department of Labor
  • Representation of employers before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Representation of employers in FLSA class and collective action litigation and arbitration
  • Representation of employers in before various state unemployment agencies including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
  • Representation of franchisors in disputes with franchisees
  • Representation of healthcare institutions for medical staff issues involving physicians
  • Obtained dismissal of claims that a publicly traded energy company’s arbitration policy prohibiting class and collective actions violated the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board judge ruled the NLRB’s stance on class waivers could not be sustained in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.