47 Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America 2007

October 20, 2006

Forty-seven attorneys from McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City’s largest law firm, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007. Since the last edition was published, seven McAfee & Taft lawyers have been named to the prestigious list for the first time.

First-time honorees are Steven W. Bugg (Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law), David J. Ketelsleger (Corporate Governance and Compliance Law; Securities Law), Richard D. Nix (Employee Benefits Law), Patricia A. Rogers (Health Care Law), Mary Ellen Ternes (Environmental Law), Erin M. Van Laanen (Equipment Finance Law), and Jerry A. Warren (Corporate Governance and Compliance Law; Securities Law).  Rogers holds the distinction of being the first associate attorney from McAfee & Taft to be named to the list.

Other attorneys re-selected for the Best Lawyers list are:
Terry R. Barrett, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law
Joseph H. Bocock – Commercial Litigation
W. Chris Coleman – Corporate Law
Richard D. Craig – Tax Law; Trusts & Estates
C. Bruce Crum – Banking Law; Corporate Law
Clifford C. Dougherty, III – Intellectual Property Law
Theodore M. Elam – Corporate Law
S. Gregory Frogge – Health Care Law
Sam R. Fulkerson – Labor & Employment Law
Gary F. Fuller – Corporate Law; Tax Law
Robert L. Garbrecht – Corporate Law
E. Harrison Gilbert, III – Intellectual Property Law
Robert H. Gilliland, Jr. – Commercial Litigation
Philip D. Hart – Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law
John N. Hermes – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation
Frank D. Hill – Real Estate Law
Henry D. Hoss – Construction Law
James Dudley Hyde – Employee Benefits Law
Michael E. Joseph – Corporate Law; Franchise Law; Health Care Law
John A. Kenney – Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property Law
Michael J. LaBrie – Intellectual Property Law
Michael F. Lauderdale – Health Care Law
John McHenry Mee – Corporate Law
Sally Mock – Banking Law; Real Estate Law
J. Michael Nordin – Health Care Law; Real Estate Law
Ross A. Plourde – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Frank L. Polk – Corporate Law; Equipment Finance Law
Louis J. Price – Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
James C. Prince – Employee Benefits Law; Health Care Law
Tony G. Puckett – Labor & Employment Law
Anthony L. Rahhal – Intellectual Property Law
Dee A. Replogle – Tax Law
Richard A. Riggs – Real Estate Law
Reid E. Robison – Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law
John E. Sargent – Real Estate Law
John N. Schaefer – Trusts and Estates
C. David Stinson – Natural Resources Law; Oil & Gas Law
N. Martin Stringer – Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Elizabeth Tyrrell – Health Care Law
Peter T. Van Dyke – Labor & Employment Law

Published biennially since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top attorneys throughout the country cast more than 1.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their specialties, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion is considered a singular honor.

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

McAfee & Taft is one of the largest, most experienced law firms in the Southwest, serving clients throughout the region and nationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs over 200 Oklahomans, including 123 attorneys.