Kathrine D. Burleson


Kadi Burleson is a legal professional and former judicial assistant who provides comprehensive paralegal support for attorneys whose practices are concentrated in energy and natural gas litigation on the state, federal and appellate levels. Her primary responsibilities, which focus on trial preparation from inception to conclusion, include maintaining litigation files, document management, coordinating and responding to discovery requests, reviewing discovery, scheduling and summarizing depositions, preparing and filing pleadings, docketing, preparing and organizing documents and exhibits for trial, and assisting attorneys at trial.

Kadi joined McAfee & Taft in 2021, bringing with her nearly 28 years of diverse hands-on legal experience working in both the public and private sectors and for three federal judges. She began her career in 1991 working as a defense litigation paralegal for an Oklahoma City-based firm. In 1999, she moved to Kansas City, where she worked as a transactional paralegal for an AmLaw 100 law firm, as a commercial loan closer for a commercial real estate mortgage company, and as lead paralegal for the general counsel of the Missouri Housing Development Commission. Upon relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008, she returned to working as a litigation paralegal for two firms over the course of seven years. From 2015 – 2020, she worked as a judicial assistant in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma for The Honorable Lee R. West, The Honorable Charles B. Godwin, and The Honorable Bernard M. Jones. 

The Kansas City native studied business at the University of Kansas and is a graduate of the Oklahoma School of Photography.

Since 2014, Kadi has been an advocate and team leader for the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide.

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