Brandon P. Long

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader

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Brandon Long is an experienced, AV Preeminent-rated employee benefits attorney. He represents regional and national clients with thousands of employees, including large publicly traded corporations and governmental entities. Clients seek his advice for practical, creative solutions to complex problems, as well as his ability to make highly technical concepts understandable to executives, employees and other lawyers. His achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employee benefits/ERISA law) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers. In 2018, Brandon was named a “Notable Practitioner” by the researchers and publishers of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Brandon serves as leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, overseeing one of the Southwest’s largest and most experienced teams of employee benefits lawyers. He also serves as the president of the SouthWest Benefits Association, a 700-plus member organization based in Dallas, Texas, and he serves on the Steering Committee of the Employee Benefits Institute based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Brandon’s practice is focused on matters involving qualified retirements plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Brandon has counseled clients of all sizes on the interpretation and implementation of key compliance issues and cost-containment strategies. Brandon is a frequent speaker on various employee benefits issues before state, regional, and national audiences.

A portion of his practice has been devoted to complex litigation, including ERISA litigation. In 2007, on behalf of a major insurance company, Brandon co-authored the petition for a writ of certiorari that was granted by the U.S. Supreme Court, and he helped prepare for and attended the oral argument in the Supreme Court, which issued an opinion in his client’s favor.

More than 20 years ago, Brandon started in the mail room of another large Oklahoma City firm, worked as a legal assistant while going to law school at night, and graduated ranked first in his law school class. Brandon then practiced with large national and international law firms in Dallas and Washington, D.C. before returning to his hometown and joining McAfee & Taft. He holds a master of laws in taxation from the Villanova University School of Law.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

  • Advises companies of all sizes regarding complex compliance issues associated with their retirement plans.
  • Prepares and negotiates voluntary correction filings with the IRS under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) for qualified retirement plans, including anonymous submissions for company-threatening issues and/or creative solutions to difficult problems.
  • Regularly conducts legal plan audits for qualified retirement plans to identify legal risks prior to potential audits by the IRS or the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Advises Indian tribal clients and consultants regarding cutting-edge and extremely complicated employee benefits and tax issues, including sovereignty issues, comments to the IRS regarding proposed regulatory action, identification and separation of government and so-called “commercial” employees and plans, benefits structuring, entity structuring, controlled group issues, deferred compensation and health care reform.
  • Representation of clients before the IRS during plan audits.
  • Representation of clients before the U.S. Department of Labor during investigations and in correcting plan errors.
  • Advises clients regarding their fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Advises clients regarding prohibited transaction issues.
  • Advises clients regarding employee stock ownership plans, including difficult S corporation issues. Also represents clients with ESOPs that also have a 401(k) feature — or so-called “KSOPs.”
  • Conducts due diligence on employee benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advises clients regarding health and welfare plans, including healthcare reform issues, multiple-employer welfare arrangements, ERISA preemption issues, and COBRA.
  • Obtains private letter rulings for clients from the Internal Revenue Service on unique tax issues.
  • Successful representation of major insurance company in the United States Supreme Court in Safeco Insurance Company of America v. Burr, 551 U.S. 47 (2007).

Honors and Awards

  • Named a “Notable Practitioner” in the 2018 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings
  • Inducted in the Rose State College Alumni Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 list of outstanding young professionals (2014)
  • Honored with Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2011)
  • Named a finalist for Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award (2011)
  • Honored with Oklahoma City University School of Law’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (2010)
  • Honored with The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award, recognizing legal professionals for their professional and civic contributions to the state (2009)
  • Honored with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Community Service Award (2009)
  • Honored with the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Outstanding Director Award (2008)

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association (Assistant Vice Chair, ABA Section of Taxation’s Employee Benefits Subcommittee on Multiple Employers, Professional Employer Organizations and Controlled and Affiliated Service Groups)
  • SouthWest Benefits Association (President-Elect, Board of Directors)
  • Employee Benefits Institute of Kansas City, Inc. (Steering Committee)

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Oklahoma City University School of Law (Executive Board)
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (Board of Directors)
  • Royals Excellence in Education Foundation (President, Board of Directors)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (Big Brother, 1994 — 2007)
  • Leadership Oklahoma (Class XXVIII)
  • Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL Program (Class V)
  • Oklahoma Board on Legislative Compensation (Former Member)

Attorney Articles

Articles

IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

New White House memorandum likely to result in delay of fiduciary rule

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

ACA Cadillac tax delayed two years

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

The skinny on narrow networks

Mcafee & Taft Business & Legal Update |

The ACA’s Toyota tax

EmployerLINC |

Time to get serious about the Affordable Care Act’s employer reporting requirements

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Why you should care about the Affordable Care Act

Talking Stick |

Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

New action steps for employers and their health plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

ERISA = Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Big time for benefits

The Journal Record |

Administration issues new game-changing health care reform regulations

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

IRS issues new guidance on same-sex spouses

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Tax Laws and Employee Benefits

Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies |

Obama administration delays employer mandate until 2015

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Same-sex marriage decision raises questions about employer-sponsored health and retirement plans

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Governor signs legislation overhauling workers’ compensation system

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

Health care reform — steps employers should be taking now

The Journal Record |

Supreme Court upholds Health Care Reform law

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC Alert |

401(k) mistakes: Don’t worry, you can fix them

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Remember new mental health parity requirements

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Layoffs may cause a partial termination of your retirement plan

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Pensions and retirement benefits: Now is the time to think about automatic enrollment for 2011

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Has your company’s layoff caused a partial termination of your retirement plan?

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Alert |

Employee rights: Exercise caution before you rely on the gross-misconduct exception under COBRA

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Exercise caution before you rely on the gross‑misconduct exception under COBRA

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Exercise caution before you rely on the gross‑misconduct exception under COBRA

The Journal Record |
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At The Podium

Health Benefit Plans in a Post-Affordable Care Act World

State Chamber of Oklahoma Health Care Summit
Edmond, OK | October 10, 2018

Code Section 414 Controlled Group Principles & Native American Tribal Governments

American Bar Association’s 2018 Fall Tax Meeting
Atlanta, GA | October 5, 2018

Direct Contracts, Bundles, & Reference-Based Pricing: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

SouthWest Benefits Association Webinar
September 18, 2018

The Evolution of Benefits Law: Where we have been – where are we going

Don’t Take a Chance: HoganTaylor 2018 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Tulsa, OK | August 29, 2018

The Evolution of Benefits Law: where we have been – where are we going

Don’t Take a Chance: HoganTaylor 2018 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Springdale, Arkansas | August 28, 2018

Bonanza! The Healthcare Hot Topics Panel

SWBA 43rd Annual Conference — Wild West of Benefits
Austin, TX | May 10, 2018

Retirement Plan Fee Performance

Pension Focus Conference 2018
Branson, Missouri | May 3, 2018

Preparing for 401(k) Audit Season: How to make your audit run more smoothly

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

The ACA Lives, Lessons Learned in 2017, and Current Health Plan Trends

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Employee Benefits All-Star Q&A Panel

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Tulsa, OK | March 29, 2018

Preparing for 401(k) Audit Season: How to make your audit run more smoothly

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

The ACA Lives, Lessons Learned in 2017, and Current Health Plan Trends

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

Employee Benefits All-Star Q&A Panel

EmployerLINC18: Workplace Issues in the News
Oklahoma City, OK | March 27, 2018

No ACA Reform, More Money, More Risk, Less Benefits

2017 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | December 7, 2017

Affordable Care Act Update

4th Annual Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Education Conference
Norman, Oklahoma | October 6, 2017

Fiduciary Hot Topics

ASPPA Benefits Council of Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas, Texas | September 20, 2017

Using Bread Crumbs to Find Your Way Back Out of the Jungle

HoganTaylor 2017 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 30, 2017

Using Bread Crumbs to Find Your Way Back Out of the Jungle

HoganTaylor 2017 Employee Benefit Plan Update Seminar
Rogers, Arkansas | August 29, 2017

401(k) Compliance and Enforcement Update

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
Online | July 26, 2017

ACA Reform (or not)

Bundled Services Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 11, 2017

The Death of the ACA?

Oklahoma Chapter of the College and University Professional Association
for Human Resources Spring 2017 Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 10, 2017

Using bread crumbs to avoid litigation

Pension Focus Conference 2017
Branson, Missouri | May 4, 2017

Are the EOBs from your TPPs deficient? Improving your health plan’s claims procedures

SouthWest Benefits Association 2017 Benefits Administration Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 7, 2017

The ACA and the Trump Administration: Where we are, where we are going

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Tulsa, Oklahoma | March 23, 2017

The ACA and the Trump Administration: Where we are, where we are going

EmployerLINC17: Back to Basics
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2017

Managing Benefits in a Bad Economy

SouthWest Benefits Association’s 27th Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Addison, TX | November 10, 2016

DOL Investigations of Your Retirement or Health & Welfare Plan

Employers Health Coalition’s Employer Health & Wealth Administrator Workshop
Columbus, Ohio | August 31, 2016

Clearing the DOL and IRS Hurdles for Employee Benefit Plans

Let the Games Begin: The 2016 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 17, 2016

Clearing the DOL and IRS Hurdles for Employee Benefit Plans

Let the Games Begin: The 2016 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Springdale, Arkansas | August 16, 2016

Paradigm Shift in Healthcare: Strategies employers can implement to save money and control costs

PremierSource Summer 2016 Seminar
Oklahoma City, OK | June 16, 2016

Benefit plan audits: Best practices for avoiding common problems

Pension Focus Conference 2016
Branson, Missouri | May 20, 2016

ACA Reporting: We survived! Lessons learned from an employer and vendor

SouthWest Benefits Association’s 41st Annual Conference
San Antonio, Texas | May 5, 2016

Lessons Learned From a Retired IRS Auditor: Best practices to stay prepared for a benefit plan audit

EmployerLINC16: Employers Under Pressure
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 5, 2016

ACA Update: Where we have been and where we are going

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Dallas, Texas | April 1, 2016

Lessons Learned From a Retired IRS Auditor: Best practices to stay prepared for a benefit plan audit

EmployerLINC16: Employers under pressure
Oklahoma City, OK | March 30, 2016

ACA Update: Where we have been and where we are going

SouthWest Benefits Association 2016 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 4, 2016

Leveraging wellness programs in the ACA age

McAfee & Taft Webinar Series
JurisIQ.com | February 10, 2016

Controlling Benefits Costs

PricewaterhouseCoopers HR Roundtable
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | February 3, 2016

Employee Benefits and the U.S. Department of Labor: How to ensure that your firm’s employee benefit programs are ready in case the DOL comes calling

Tulsa Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators
Tulsa, Oklahoma | January 21, 2016

Employee Benefits for Contingent Workers

American Conference Institute’s Minimizing Legal Risks in the Design, Implementation & Administration of Employee Benefit Plans
New York City, New York | November 18, 2015

ACA Legal Update: Is the hardest part behind us or ahead of us?

SouthWest Benefit Association’s Regional Health Benefits Forum
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 1, 2015

Top Issues for an IRS or DOL Investigation

Lockton Retirement Client Conference 2015
Grapevine, Texas | September 4, 2015

Affordable Care Act — 2015 Reporting Requirements

2015 Oklahoma Career Tech Summer Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 4, 2015

Employer Reporting Under the ACA

Oklahoma Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 16, 2015

DOL Correction Programs

2015 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference
National Harbor, MD | May 20, 2015

Affordable Care Act: Preparing for the Cadillac tax

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Retirement Plans: Fiduciary duties — why the industry is talking about fee leveling

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 30, 2015

Affordable Care Act: Preparing for the Cadillac tax

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 28, 2015

Retirement Plans: Fiduciary duties — why the industry is talking about fee leveling

EmployerLINC 2015: Case studies in costly mistakes
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 28, 2015

DOL Forecast: Audits, with a chance of investigations

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | April 3, 2015

The Affordable Care Act: Where are we going?

SouthWest Benefits Association, Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 6, 2015

When leave laws collide: Tackling complex health plan coverage issues

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | March 3, 2015

Strategies for Shielding Owners and Board Members from HR and Benefits Liability

2014 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 4, 2014

Lessons in Leadership

Midwest City, OK | November 18, 2014

Employee, Independent Contractor and Class Action Penalties under PPACA

SouthWest Benefits Association’s Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Dallas, Texas | November 14, 2014

Minimum Essential Coverage and Excepted Benefits

SouthWest Benefits Association’s Annual Benefits Compliance Conference
Dallas, Texas | November 14, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 13, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 12, 2014

Don’t Gamble: Be In Compliance

2014 Employee Benefit Plan Update
Springdale, Arkansas | November 11, 2014

ERISA Fiduciary Duties

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 30, 2014

Real-world strategies for ACA compliance

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | October 29, 2014

Unique Affordable Care Act Challenges Facing College and University Housing Officers

Association for College and University Housing Officers-International
Online | July 17, 2014

ACA: Ready, Set, Report

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | July 10, 2014

Sovereignty Issues Affecting HR and Benefits

Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
Thackerville, Oklahoma | July 10, 2014

Risky Business… Misclassifying Independent Contractors

Western OK Human Resource (WOKHR) Meeting
Clinton, Oklahoma | June 12, 2014

Claims, Costs and Control — Workers’ comp under the Oklahoma Option

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | June 3, 2014

DOMA

2014 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada | May 15, 2014

Employee Benefits Case Update

2014 AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada | May 15, 2014

Red-Light, Green-Light and the Affordable Care Act: Employer Compliance Strategies

2014 OSCPA Governmental Accounting & Auditing Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | May 6, 2014

Action steps for employers in 2014

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 17, 2014

After DOMA—Understanding New Laws, Guidance Regarding the Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses in the Workplace

OKC Metro Employer Council Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 25, 2014

Healthcare Reform Update: PPACA’s Impact 2014 and Beyond

Southwest Benefits Association's Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 14, 2014

Time to play or pay — (Finally) final regs for the employer mandate

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | March 13, 2014

After DOMA — Understanding new laws, guidance regarding the treatment of same-sex spouses in the workplace

EmployerLINC Webinar
Online | January 22, 2014

Affordable Care Act: Another Year, More Changes

Perry Chamber of Commerce Presentation
Perry, Oklahoma | January 14, 2014

The Affordable Care Act — Employer Compliance Challenges for 2014 and Beyond

Council Of Petroleum Accounting Societies
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 19, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: Employer Compliance Challenges for 2014 and Beyond

Oklahoma County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Presentation
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 10, 2013

Benefits Law Update

OPHRA 2013 Winter Quarterly Training Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 6, 2013

PPACA Mandate Issues, PPACA Litigation, and Guidance Impacting Wellness

SouthWest Benefits Association's Annual Conference for Practitioners & Plan Sponsors
Dallas, Texas | November 8, 2013

Employee Independent Contractor Issues

SouthWest Benefits Association's Annual Conference for Practitioners & Plan Sponsors
Dallas, Texas | November 8, 2013

Benefit Plans – Common Legal Issues

HoganTaylor Employee Benefit Plan Administrators’ Educational Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 6, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Options for 2014

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Choice Informational Breakfast
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 29, 2013

Benefit Plans – Common Mistakes and Pitfalls

PartnerSource 2013 Employers' Conference
Dallas, Texas | October 17, 2013

Failing, Cheating and Still Succeeding

Rose State College Lessons in Leadership Class for Scholarship Recipients
Midwest City, Oklahoma | October 15, 2013

Healthcare Reform – Upcoming Compliance Challenges

Industrial Relations Association Conference
October 3, 2013

Workers Compensation Reform & Employee Benefits

Oklahoma Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | September 11, 2013

Healthcare Reform – Upcoming Compliance

Executive Officer Network Meeting
September 4, 2013

Employee Benefits Issues Facing Healthcare Employers

Oklahoma Medical Management Group Association Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 10, 2013

The Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act

EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers' Compensation Overhaul
Tulsa, Oklahoma | June 20, 2013

The Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act

EmployerLINC Seminar: Workers' Compensation Overhaul
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | June 19, 2013

The Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA): Are you Ready?

Reed Conference Center - Midwest City, Oklahoma
Midwest City, Oklahoma | May 22, 2013

The Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA): Are you Ready?

Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 16, 2013

Unique Employee Benefits Issues Facing Indian Tribes as Employers

Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 7, 2013

Health Care Reform Update

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Tulsa, Oklahoma | April 26, 2013

Health Care Reform for Employers

Healthcare Financial Management Association, Oklahoma Chapter
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 25, 2013

Health Care Reform Update

EmployerLINC 2013: 'Government Gone Wild'
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 23, 2013

Health Care Reform: 2013 & Beyond

Stillwater Area Human Resource Association
April 18, 2013

The Travels of Mr. Trevis: An Ethics Presentation

2013 Oklahoma County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference
Lone Wolf, Oklahoma | April 13, 2013

Negotiating and Reviewing Service Contracts

SouthWest Benefits Association 2013 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | March 22, 2013

Benchmarking Fees: Questions You Should Ask Your DC Provider

SouthWest Benefits Association 2013 Plan Administrator Skills Workshop
Dallas, Texas | March 8, 2013

Health Care Reform: New Year, New Regs, New Changes

Tulsa Area Employer Council
Tulsa, Oklahoma | February 12, 2013

The Affordable Care Act

Tulsa Area Human Resources Association Annual Employment Law and Practices Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | November 1, 2012, 03:00

Health Care Reform + Supreme Court Ruling = Now What?

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | August 23, 2012

Health Care Reform + Supreme Court Ruling = Now What?

McAfee & Taft Employee Benefits Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | August 22, 2012

Common Retirement Plan Mistakes and Corrections

2011 Pension Focus Conference
Branson, Missouri | May 20, 2011

Employee Benefits: Compliance Strategies to Avoid Sanctions, Penalties and Litigation

EmployerLINC 2011 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 20, 2011, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

It’s a Scandal! It’s an Outrage! — An Ethics Presentation

2011 Oklahoma County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference
April 9, 2011

Common Retirement Plan Mistakes and Corrections

Oklahoma State Council for Human Resource Management Seminar in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | November 4, 2010

Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise: Avoiding Wage & Hour Traps and Surviving a DOL Audit

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 26, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Health Care Reform: New Rules, New Laws and What It Means for HR

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma | October 26, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Health Care Reform: New Rules, New Laws and What It Means for HR

Enid Society for Human Resource Management Annual Fall Conference
Enid, Oklahoma | October 21, 2010

Regulatory Enforcement on the Rise: Avoiding Wage & Hour Traps and Surviving a DOL Audit

Fall 2010 Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 20, 2010, 8:25 AM - 12:00 PM

Health Care Reform: New Rules, New Laws and What It Means for HR

Western Oklahoma Human Resources
Weatherford, Oklahoma | October 12, 2010, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Electronic Delivery of Benefits-Related Documents: Cheaper, Faster, Riskier?

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
May 26, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Electronic Delivery of Benefits-Related Documents: Cheaper, Faster, Riskier?

Spring 2010 Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits Seminar
Tulsa, Oklahoma | May 19, 2010, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Employee Benefits Update

LEEB University
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | October 2, 2009
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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 2004
  • Texas, 2005
  • District of Columbia, 2012
  • Chickasaw Nation, 2013
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Education

  • LL.M., Taxation, Villanova University
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Oklahoma City University, 2004
    • Outstanding Academic Performance Award (for graduating ranked #1 in the class); Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Graduate Award; Berry-Opala Outstanding Graduate Award; Law Review, Articles Editor; Law Review, Editor-in-Chief Award; Law Review, Outstanding Comment Award; West Group Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; Judge Tom Brett Award; Merit Scholar; Lloyd Henry Scholar; numerous CALI Awards
  • B.S. (Accounting), University of Central Oklahoma, 2000
  • A.A.S. (Legal Assistant Studies), Rose State College, 1996
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In The News

Small businesses have new opportunity to establish 401(k) plans

The Oklahoman | November 6, 2018

Oklahoma Super Lawyers honors 113 McAfee & Taft attorneys in 2018 edition

October 11, 2018

Presidential executive order could help small businesses participate in 401(k)s

The Oklahoman | September 7, 2018

The Best Lawyers in America names 107 McAfee & Taft attorneys to 2019 edition

August 15, 2018

New association health plan rules provide opportunity for small businesses

The Oklahoman | June 26, 2018

Brandon Long elected president of SouthWest Benefits Association

May 15, 2018

Chambers USA 2018 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 35 attorneys singled out for individual honors

May 3, 2018

‘Workplace Issues in the News’ seminar draws record numbers

March 30, 2018

Harvey victims may find relief in retirement loans, distributions

The Oklahoman | September 7, 2017

The Best Lawyers in America names 102 McAfee & Taft attorneys to 2018 edition

August 15, 2017

Uber could face Affordable Care Act penalties if drivers reclassified as employees

The Oklahoman | August 3, 2017

Brandon Long elected president-elect of SouthWest Benefits Association

June 5, 2017

McAfee & Taft seminar draws large crowds looking for answers about new administration

March 24, 2017

New Trump memorandum likely to delay fiduciary rule

The Oklahoman | February 8, 2017

Changes to ACA could be smoother in Oklahoma

The Journal Record | November 30, 2016

Presidential outcome could impact employee health insurance, more

The Oklahoman | November 11, 2016

Not all benefits are subject to retirement income security law

The Oklahoman | June 16, 2016

‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

April 5, 2016

Internal Revenue Service delays Affordable Care Act reporting

The Oklahoman | January 1, 2016

Congress delays implementation of ‘Cadillac Tax’ on employers

The Oklahoman | December 18, 2015

Time to make choices for 2016 flexible spending plan

The Oklahoman | November 18, 2015

Federal budget repeals controversial piece of Obamacare

November 6, 2015

Employer-provided identity theft protection leads to tax questions

The Oklahoman | September 4, 2015

Annual seminar offers employers real-world examples of costly, common mistakes

May 1, 2015

Employers dangle carrots, swing sticks to get workplace wellness

The Oklahoman | April 26, 2015

Employers get IRS advice, fee cut on fixing retirement plan errors

The Oklahoman | April 10, 2015

Leaves of absence give companies challenges with health plans

The Oklahoman | March 31, 2015

Large employers should stay focused on health care rules

The Oklahoman | March 20, 2015

Affordable Care Act, wellness programs give firms challenge

The Oklahoman | December 10, 2014

Agent of change: Employers review insurance, sick leave policies after high court ruling on same‑sex marriage

The Journal Record | October 8, 2014

Companies can allow employees to carry over some flex dollars

The Oklahoman | October 1, 2014

Adoption assistance benefits are not hard for businesses to add

The Oklahoman | September 10, 2014

Provisions in Affordable Care Act in peril as court rulings conflict

The Oklahoman | July 31, 2014

McAfee & Taft publishes video series from EmployerLINC2014 seminar

June 16, 2014

Labor Department rule changes coming for job health coverage

The Oklahoman | June 11, 2014

ERISA attorney Brandon Long elected to board of directors of SouthWest Benefits Association

June 6, 2014

Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

April 18, 2014

Retirement plans may need to be amended after DOMA decision

The Oklahoman | April 9, 2014

Workers’ comp shake-up

The Journal Record | April 9, 2014

Many OK businesses set for 2014 health coverage

The Oklahoman | November 16, 2013

Oklahoma legislators will not receive a pay raise this year

Tulsa World | October 16, 2013

McAfee & Taft attorney Brandon Long appointed to Oklahoma Board of Legislative Compensation

October 9, 2013

Employers now can’t use health reimbursement accounts to help workers buy insurance on a tax‑favored basis

The Oklahoman | October 8, 2013

New IRS guidance on employee benefits for same‑sex spouses

The Oklahoman | September 13, 2013

‘Government Gone Wild’ seminar draws record numbers

April 29, 2013

Clock is running for businesses to make health care coverage decisions

The Oklahoman | April 28, 2013

Employers face new fees under health care reform

The Oklahoman | February 21, 2013

McAfee & Taft elects three new shareholders

January 2, 2013

McAfee & Taft to host webinar on the rising costs of misclassifying independent contractors

November 13, 2012

15 McAfee & Taft attorneys honored as ‘Oklahoma Rising Stars’

October 28, 2009

Oklahoman article spotlights ‘Super 401(k)’ developed by firm attorneys

The Oklahoman | January 23, 2008

Business Week spotlights cutting-edge benefits plan developed by McAfee & Taft attorneys

Business Week | December 10, 2007

Long outlines Geico case ruling

The Journal Record | July 6, 2007
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