Charles S. Plumb


(918) 574-3003

Charlie Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.

As part of his labor practice, Charlie represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.

Charlie is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. He is also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers. He has previously served as leader of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.

Charlie is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before state, regional and national audiences, has been interviewed by local and national media on a variety of state and federal employment law matters, and has been a guest legal columnist and contributing author to numerous business and professional publications, including The Oklahoman, The Journal Record,, and EmployerLINC, a legal blog dedicated to employers and workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers, as well as co-editor for the Oklahoma section of the annual guidebook for employers and human resources professionals, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.

Charlie’s achievements have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation), Oklahoma Super Lawyers (“Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers”), Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he has been lauded as “an impressive public speaker who utilizes his vast experience to effectively defend clients.” Researchers at Chambers & Partners also quoted market observers as admiring him for his “practicality of advice and specialized knowledge of complex legal issues,” with sources commenting that he “immediately commands respect, is always up to date and knows how to handle a problem.” He was named by Best Lawyers as the “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014, 2019 and 2024 and “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, honors only given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each community.

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a “Local Litigation Star” and “Labor & Employment Star – South” by Benchmark Litigation
  • Named “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014, 2019 and 2024 and “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Named “Tulsa Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and “Tulsa Labor Lawyer of the Year (Management)” in 2014 and 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Top 50 Lawyers”
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Labor Council)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Employers Counsel Network

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Circle Cinema Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, Inc. (Board of Directors)
  • The Booker T. Washington Foundation (Former Member, Board of Directors)


Speaking Engagements

  • Religious Accommodations in Employment

    2024 Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference

    May 9, 2024
    | Edmond, OK
  • Under Pressure: Labor & Employment “Ask the Experts” Panel

    EmployerLINC24: Workplace Soundtrack

    March 6, 2024
    | Tulsa, OK
  • I’ll Be There for You: Updated Guidance on Accommodations Processes

    EmployerLINC24: Workplace Soundtrack

    March 6, 2024
    | Tulsa, OK
  • Religious Accommodation: New Requirements for Employers

    Tulsa HRC

    February 7, 2024
    | Tulsa, OK
  • How to Conduct Workplace Investigations

    OAEC HR Association Annual Meeting

    September 18, 2023
    | Oklahoma City, OK
  • Cannabis in the Workplace

    2023 Oklahoma Labor/Management Conference

    May 4, 2023
    | Oklahoma City, OK
More speaking engagements
  • Oklahoma, 1982
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • J.D., with honors, The Ohio State University, 1982
    • Editor, The Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1979