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Best Lawyers in America

Ninety-six attorneys from McAfee & Taft were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. McAfee and Taft was top-ranked in Oklahoma in the total number of attorneys listed and the most attorneys listed in 43 distinct practice areas. The firm was also top-ranked in the United States in the practice area of Equipment Finance Law. Many of the attorneys were recognized in multiple areas, representing 303 individual honors in all.

Recognized attorneys

  • Mark H. Allen (business organizations; leveraged buyouts and private equity law; mergers and acquisitions law)
  • Terry R. Barrett (natural resources law; oil and gas law)
  • T. Michael Blake (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law, corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law; trusts and estates; venture capital law)
  • Rachel Blue (copyright law; intellectual property litigation; trademark law)
  • Joseph H. Bocock (commercial litigation; eminent domain and condemnation law; real estate litigation; securities litigation)
  • Timothy J. Bomhoff (commercial litigation; employment law – management; energy law; environmental litigation; labor and employment litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants; oil and gas law; product liability litigation; product liability litigation - defendants; securities litigation)
  • Brandon L. Buchanan (commercial litigation)
  • Steven W. Bugg (bankruptcy, creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; bankruptcy litigation)
  • John A. Burkhardt (commercial litigation)
  • Jennifer H. Callahan (employee benefits/ERISA law; non-profit/charities law)
  • Gary W. Catron (energy law; oil and gas law)
  • Stephanie Chapman (closely held companies and family businesses law; tax law; trusts and estates)
  • Mark D. Christiansen (commercial litigation; energy law; natural resources law; oil & gas law)
  • Steven P. Cole (business organizations; corporate law; tax law; tax litigation and controversy; trusts and estates; trust and estates litigation)
  • W. Chris Coleman (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; securities/capital markets law; securities regulation; venture capital law)
  • Mary Quinn Cooper (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; product liability litigation – defendants)
  • Richard D. Craig (business organizations; corporate law; tax law; tax litigation and controversy; trusts and estates; trust and estates litigation)
  • Ryan Cross (Patent Law)
  • C. Bruce Crum (banking and finance law; corporate law; financial services regulation law)
  • Robert W. Dace (commercial litigation; energy law; environmental litigation; intellectual property litigation; oil and gas law)
  • Cheryl Vinall Denney (securities/capital markets law)
  • Bradley K. Donnell (commercial litigation; construction law; construction litigation; labor and employment litigation; real estate litigation)
  • Clifford C. Dougherty III (copyright law; intellectual property litigation; patent law; patent litigation; trademark law)
  • Gregg B. Eichner (banking and finance law)
  • Theodore M. Elam (corporate law)
  • Bill G. Freudenrich (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • S. Gregory Frogge (health care law)
  • Sam R. Fulkerson (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Gary F. Fuller (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law; trusts and estates)
  • Robert L. Garbrecht (corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate law)
  • E. Harrison Gilbert III (copyright law; patent law; trademark law)
  • Robert H. Gilliland, Jr. (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; energy law; environmental litigation; real estate litigation; securities litigation)
  • Charles Greenough (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; banking and finance litigation; bankruptcy litigation)
  • Spencer W. Haines (tax law)
  • Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. (construction law; international trade and finance law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate litigation; real estate law)
  • Philip D. Hart (appellate practice; energy law; natural resources law; oil and gas law)
  • John N. Hermes (bet-the-company litigation; banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; ethics and professional responsibility law; securities litigation)
  • Frank D. Hill (corporate law; land use and zoning law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate law)
  • Gerald L. Hilsher (appellate practice; commercial litigation; environmental litigation; real estate litigation)
  • Richard P. Hix (commercial litigation; securities litigation)
  • Henry D. Hoss (commercial litigation; construction law; construction litigation)
  • Larry Huffman (Corporate Law)
  • James Dudley Hyde (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • Michael E. Joseph (biotechnology law; business organizations; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; franchise law; health care law; non-profit/charities law; project finance law)
  • Robert J. Joyce (environmental law; mining law)
  • John A. Kenney (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; intellectual property litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants; patent litigation; product liability litigation – defendants)
  • Michael J. LaBrie (copyright law; intellectual property litigation; patent law; patent litigation; trademark law)
  • Myrna S. Latham (real estate law)
  • Michael F. Lauderdale (employment law – management; health care law; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • William S. Leach (commercial litigation; insurance law; mass torts litigation / class actions – defendants; personal injury litigation – defendants; product liability litigation – defendants)
  • Robert T. Luttrell III (banking and finance law; banking and finance litigation; commercial finance law; corporate law; financial services regulation law)
  • Mark W. Malone (trusts and estates litigation)
  • Michael D. McClintock (commercial litigation; construction litigation; environmental litigation; securities litigation)
  • Scott D. McCreary (equipment finance law)
  • James C. McMillin (antitrust litigation; commercial litigation; securities litigation)
  • M. Richard Mullins (bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; health care law; securities litigation)
  • Kathy R. Neal (commercial litigation; employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Richard D. Nix (corporate law; employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • J. Michael Nordin (business organizations; commercial transactions/UCC law; corporate law; health care law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate law)
  • John A. Papahronis (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • Keith E. Peters (tax law)
  • Ross A. Plourde (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; bankruptcy litigation)
  • Charles S. Plumb (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Frank L. Polk (corporate law; equipment finance law)
  • Louis J. Price (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; commercial financy law; bankruptcy litigation)
  • James C. Prince (employee benefits/ERISA law; health care law)
  • Tony G. Puckett (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Anthony L. Rahhal (copyright law; intellectual property litigation; patent law; patent litigation; trademark law)
  • Natalie Ramsey (employment law – management)
  • Dee A. Replogle (tax law; tax litigation and controversy)
  • Richard A. Riggs (commercial transactions/UCC law; equipment finance law; real estate law)
  • Reid E. Robison (antitrust litigation; appellate practice; bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; environmental litigation; legal malpractice law – defendants; mass tort/class actions – defendants; product liability litigation – defendants; securities litigation; tax litigation and controversy)
  • Patricia A. Rogers (health care law)
  • Paul A. Ross (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • John E. Sargent (land use and zoning law; real estate law)
  • John N. Schaefer (trusts and estates)
  • Philip Sears (corporate compliance law; corporate governance law)
  • Scott W. Sewell (trusts and estates)
  • Jay Shanker (entertainment law – motion pictures and television)
  • Susan B. Shields (business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; non-profit and charities law; tax law; tax litigation and controversy; trust and estates; trust and estate litigation)
  • Barry L. Smith (health care law; medical malpractice law – defendants)
  • Michael F. Smith (commercial litigation)
  • Mark D. Spencer (commercial litigation; employee benefits/ERISA law; ERISA litigation)
  • Thomas E. Steichen (commercial litigation; product liability litigation – defendants)
  • C. David Stinson (natural resources law; oil and gas law)
  • N. Martin Stringer (corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law)
  • Jeff L. Todd (commercial litigation; eminent domain and condemnation L=law; real estate litigation; water law)
  • Elizabeth D. Tyrrell (business organizations; corporate law; franchise law; health care law; non-profit/charities law)
  • Peter T. Van Dyke (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Erin M. Van Laanen (equipment finance law)
  • Drew D. Webb (bankruptcy litigation; commercial litigation; construction litigation)
  • Nathan L. Whatley (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Jennifer Wheeler (corporate law; health care law)
  • Sharolyn C. Whiting-Ralston (employment law – management)
  • Elizabeth Scott Wood (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation)

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The Best Lawyers in America is published by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.