John N. Hermes

Of Counsel, General Counsel

Paralegal: Toni L. Farrar
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  • Experience
  • Honors & Involvement
Bio overview

John Hermes is a veteran trial lawyer whose practice encompasses all forms of business-related litigation, including the prosecution and defense of cases involving banking, insurance coverage, franchises, healthcare, oil and gas, products liability, real estate transactions, securities, taxes, trusts, trademarks and other commercial controversies.

In addition to his active litigation practice, John serves as the firm’s general counsel.

John is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America (bet-the-company litigation; banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; ethics and professional responsibility law; securities litigation), Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Legal Media Group’s Guide to the Leading US Litigation Lawyers, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, where he was named to its prestigious list of “Top 10 Oklahoma Lawyers.” He was selected by Best Lawyers as the “Oklahoma City Banking and Finance Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 and 2015 and “Oklahoma City Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2019, honors given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each community.

John previously served as the firm’s managing director for six years.

Prior to entering law school, John served in the U.S. Army as a captain in military intelligence for four years.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

  • Representation of individuals and companies in business and commercial litigation and arbitration.
  • Representation of numerous banks in lender liability and regulatory disputes.
  • Representation of energy companies in various oil and gas related disputes.
  • Representation of both franchisors and franchisees in franchise disputes.
  • Representation of hospitals and other healthcare organizations in business and regulatory disputes.
  • Representation of individuals and businesses in insurance coverage disputes.
  • Representation of wholesale food distributors in various contract and employment disputes.
  • Defense of businesses in securities class action and derivative lawsuits.

 

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (bet-the-company litigation; banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; ethics and professional responsibility law; securities litigation)
  • Named “Oklahoma City Banking and Finance Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 and 2015 and “Oklahoma City Securities Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2019 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ lists of “Top 10 Oklahoma Lawyers” and ‘Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers’
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Named to Legal Media Group’s Guide to the Leading US Litigation Lawyers
  • Honored with the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award (2007)
  • Honored with The Journal Record’s Leadership in Law Award, recognizing legal professionals for their professional and civic contributions to the state (2006)

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association (Grievance and Ethics Committee; Former Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Oklahoma Legal Ethics Advisory Panel)
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
  • American Inn of Court CV (Master of the Bench)
  • Oklahoma Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Committee for Admissions and Grievances, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Oklahoma Lawyers for Children (Board of Directors and Former Chairman)
  • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (Former Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma (Former President of the Board of Directors)

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Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1975
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Education

  • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1975
    • Editor-in-Chief, Oklahoma Law Review
  • A.B. (Economics), Ripon College, 1968
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In The News

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

October 11, 2018

Best Lawyers honors 25 McAfee & Taft attorneys as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ for 2019

August 23, 2018

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

August 15, 2018

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

May 3, 2018

McAfee & Taft, 19 attorneys honored in 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation

October 5, 2017

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

August 15, 2017

Chambers USA 2017 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 39 McAfee & Taft attorneys as leading lawyers for business

May 26, 2017

McAfee & Taft, 19 attorneys honored in 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation

October 19, 2016

Chambers USA 2016 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 41 firm attorneys as leading lawyers

May 27, 2016

McAfee & Taft, 20 attorneys honored in 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation

November 2, 2015

John Hermes discusses Oklahoma Lawyers for Children on The Verdict

The Verdict | March 9, 2014

Profiles in Professionalism: John Hermes

Briefcase | March 27, 2011

John Hermes Elected to The American Law Institute

April 16, 2009

Oklahoma Bar Association Honors John Hermes and Frank Hill for Outstanding Service

November 12, 2007

John Hermes featured in Sooner Lawyer magazine

Sooner Lawyer | November 1, 2007

Law grads jockey for salary offers

The Journal Record | June 8, 2006

Seven McAfee & Taft attorneys named 2006 Leadership in Law Honorees

The Journal Record | May 2, 2006

John Hermes Named to List of Nation’s Leading Litigators

May 19, 2005
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Media

Veterans Day Tribute 2018

Veterans Tribute 2018

November 8, 2018