Michael McClintock is an experienced trial attorney whose practice encompasses all forms of business-related litigation in both state and federal courts as well as commercial arbitration. Based on a survey of judges and attorneys in the Oklahoma region, he has earned the distinction of an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, a certification mark signifying that a lawyer’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. His achievements have earned him inclusion The Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation; construction litigation; environmental litigation; intellectual property litigation; patent litigation; securities litigation) and Oklahoma Super Lawyers (“Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers”), as well as recognition as a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. In 2022, Michael was selected by Best Lawyers as “Oklahoma City Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” an honor given to a single lawyer in each legal specialty in each market.
Michael represents clients in all aspects of business litigation, including contract disputes, real estate, intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyrights), class action defense, securities, oil and gas, environmental law, and other business controversies. He also serves as outside general counsel for business and has represented leading corporations and businesses in a variety of industries, including technology, advertising, manufacturing, energy, real estate, media and publishing, banking, construction and pharmaceutical.
Michael serves as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University School of Law, teaching trial practice techniques and substantive courses, and has served as co-leader of the firm’s Litigation Group.
Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Michael served as a federal judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert H. Henry, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Before attending law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving as the electronic warfare officer, electronic material officer, and communication officer on the U.S.S. Joseph Hewes, FF-1078.Download Bio (PDF)
- Obtained dismissal of a lawsuit against of the operators of a website in a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit brought in Wisconsin state court in which the plaintiff alleged the website facilitated the private sale of a firearm later used in a fatal shooting.
- Successful representation of a Singapore-based international manufacturer and distributor as lead counsel in a five-day jury trial involving claims of breach of contract and breach of warranty.
- Successful representation of nationwide catalogue and television marketing corporation as lead trial counsel in a seven-day jury trial involving claims of trademark and trade dress infringement, breach of contract, conspiracy to breach fiduciary duty, and dissolution of a related business entity.
- Successful representation of a grinding product manufacturer in defense of a claim of patent infringement resulting in a jury verdict of invalidity, a finding of inequitable conduct and a finding for the client on its claim of tortious interference of business relationships in an amount in excess of $2.1 million.
- Successful representation of a software development company as lead trial counsel in a three-day arbitration trial before the American Abritration Association (‘AAA’) involving claims of breach of a software development contract and copyright infringement.
- Successful representation of a manufacturer of valves and controls for the oil and gas industry as lead counsel in a trademark infringement lawsuit against a competitor knocking-off several of the client’s most successful products and involving counterclaims by the infringer for alleged invalidity of trademark registrations, fraud on the Patent and Trademark Office, and antitrust violations.
- Successful representation of a national lumber distributor to professional contractors in the commercial residential construction industry as lead counsel in breach of a non-compete agreement against a competitor arising out of a multi-million dollar merger and acquisition.
- Successful representation of a Texas real estate development company that developed a high-end, luxury hotel and adjoining condominiums as lead counsel in a trademark infringement lawsuit against a competitor corporation’s competing condominium development utilizing a nearly identical and confusingly similar name in order to trade on the goodwill of the client’s successful hotel and condominium development.
- Successful representation of an American subsidiary of a Finland-based international supplier of plumbing and heating systems for residential and commercial building markets as lead counsel in a CERCLA and toxic tort lawsuit regarding liability and remediation of groundwater contaminated with the chemicals Trichloroethylene (‘TCE’) and Trichloroethane (‘TCA’), resolution of which was impeding the liquidation of the Finland parent corporation’s real property holdings in the United States.
- Successful representation of a Texas preferred provider organization (a ‘PPO’) as lead counsel in a breach of contract lawsuit against a corporation for failure to pay for PPO services provided to its customer-employer groups.
- Successful representation of a regional financial institution as lead counsel in an international domain name arbitration, conducted in dual languages, against a company located in Korea and operating a pornography website using the financial institution’s federally registered trademark and trade name as an Internet link to its pornography site.
- Successful representation of a manufacturer of valves and controls for the oil and gas industry in a lawsuit alleging millions of dollars in damages arising from a boiler explosion that resulted in catastrophic burns and other injuries to the plaintiff.
- Coordination of pre-litigation investigation, accident reconstruction, and negotiation with potential plaintiff resulting in manufacturing client not being named as a defendant in a lawsuit regarding the explosion of a tank-truck inside a commercial building.
- Successful representation of a manufacturer of industrial valves and controls against a personal injury lawsuit arising from the explosion of a gas line that severed the legs of the plaintiff.
- Accuweather, Inc. v. Total Weather, Inc., 223 F.Supp.2d 612 (M.D.Pa. 2002) (Lead trial counsel for the defendants)
- First United Bank & Trust Co. v. Jinseok Yang (Seoul, South Korea); Claim Number: FA0206000114649 (Lead trial counsel for the claimant/plaintiff)
- Q-Trade Canada, Inc. v. Bank of Hydro Oklahoma, Case No. AF-0169; (Lead trial counsel for the respondent/ defendant)
Honors and Awards
- Named a “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation
- Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation; construction litigation; environmental litigation; intellectual property litigation; patent litigation; securities litigation)
- Named “Oklahoma City Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2022 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-Hubble Peer Review Ratings
Professional Organizations and Memberships
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Historical Society
- Oklahoma County Bar Association (Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections)
- Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
- William J. Holloway American Inn of Court (Barrister)
Civic Involvement and Leadership
- Oklahoma City University Law School Alumni (Board of Directors)
- Oklahoma County Bar Association (Fee-Grievance Committee)
- Westminster Presbyterian Church (Deacon)
- Youth Soccer, Baseball and Basketball Coach