McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, received top marks in the just-released 2012 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, earning top rankings in the areas of corporate/commercial (including tax and healthcare), energy and natural resources, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and real estate law. The firm’s Native American law practice was also highly ranked. In addition, 51 of the firm’s attorneys were honored as leading lawyers in their respective practice attorneys, more than any law firm in Oklahoma.
First-time honorees included Brandon Buchanan (Litigation), Mary Quinn Cooper (Litigation), Stephen Hetrick (Real Estate), and Bill Leach (Litigation).
For the third consecutive year, two attorneys were honored in multiple categories. John A. Kenney was recognized as a leading lawyer for litigation and intellectual property, and Michael F. Lauderdale was ranked in the areas of litigation and employment law.
Others re-named to the prestigious list were
(Real Estate), Terry Barrett (Energy), T. Michael Blake (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Rachel Blue (Intellectual Property), Joseph Bocock (Litigation), Tim Bomhoff (Energy), Jennifer Callahan (Labor & Employment), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/Commercial), Richard D. Craig (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Bruce Crum (Corporate/Commercial), Clifford C. Dougherty, III (Intellectual Property), Sam Fulkerson (Employment), Gary Fuller (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Robert L. Garbrecht (Real Estate), Spencer Haines (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Frank Hill (Real Estate), Richard Hix (Litigation), James Dudley Hyde (Employment), Michael E. Joseph (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Robert Joyce (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), David J. Ketelsleger (Native American Law), Michael J. LaBrie (Intellectual Property), Myrna Latham (Real Estate), D. Keith McFall (Corporate/Commercial), James C. McMillin (Native American Law), M. Richard Mullins (Litigation), Kathy R. Neal (Employment), Andrew Peterson(Intellectual Property), Charles Plumb (Employment), Tony G. Puckett (Employment), Anthony Rahhal (Intellectual Property), Richard Riggs (Real Estate), Reid Robison (Litigation), Patricia A. Rogers (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), John E. Sargent Jr. (Real Estate), C. David Stinson (Energy), N. Martin Stringer (Corporate/Commercial), Mary Ellen Ternes (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), Jeff L. Todd (Litigation), Elizabeth Tyrrell (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Peter Van Dyke (Employment), James R. Webb (Litigation), Nathan L. Whatley (Employment) and Elizabeth Scott Wood (Employment).
Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2012 guide, conducted in-depth interviews of attorneys and clients throughout the United States to identify and rank the nation’s leading business lawyers. The final rankings are based on such factors as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.
McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and serves clients locally, nationally and internationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment law, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth. The firm employs nearly 350 Oklahomans, including 180 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.