Michael F. Lauderdale

Shareholder, Managing Director

Paralegal: Allison McCombs
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Bio overview

In addition to serving as the firm’s managing director, Michael Lauderdale’s practice involves civil litigation focusing on the representation of employers and management in all phases of litigation before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and arbitration panels. He has represented management in a variety of matters involving employment discrimination litigation, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), including class action wage and hour litigation. He has also handled litigation matters involving the enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, arbitration, breach of employment contracts, handbook and personnel policy violations, wage and hour disputes, and other issues arising out of the employer/employee relationships.

Michael’s practice also involves assisting employers and management in all day-to-day human resource issues, including: hiring and firing; employee classification; drafting and implementing handbooks and policies and procedures; investigation of claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage, hour and compensation issues; drafting and implementing agreements with employees, including offer letters, contracts of employment, noncompete and confidentiality agreements, and commission and bonus agreements; and the drafting and implementation of company wide arbitration programs. He also assists employers in providing training on a wide range of human resource-related issues focusing on litigation prevention.

Michael’s extensive career experience in dispute resolution includes serving as a mediator specializing in FLSA class actions.

His work has earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (employment law – management; health care law; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation), Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he was noted for his “intelligent, aggressive and results-oriented style.” He was also selected by Best Lawyers as the “Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2016.

Michael has previously served on McAfee & Taft’s board of directors and as co-leader of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group, one of the largest of its kind in the region. From 2002–2005, he also served as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Representative Experience

  • Nationwide defense of employment litigation and arbitration matters
  • Representation of employers in litigation relating to employment contracts, commission and bonus disputes and non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Representation of employers before the EEOC and various state human rights agencies
  • Representation of employers in wage and hour and FMLA investigations by United States Department of Labor and wage disputes before state investigative agencies, including the Oklahoma Department of Labor
  • Representation of employers before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Representation of employers in FLSA class and collective action litigation and arbitration
  • Representation of employers in before various state unemployment agencies including the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
  • Representation of franchisors in disputes with franchisees
  • Representation of healthcare institutions for medical staff issues involving physicians
  • Obtained dismissal of claims that a publicly traded energy company’s arbitration policy prohibiting class and collective actions violated the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board judge ruled the NLRB’s stance on class waivers could not be sustained in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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 (employment law — management; health care law; labor law — management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Named “Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Administrative Law Judge, Oklahoma Department of Labor (2002 — 2005)

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (Board of Advisors)

Attorney Articles

Articles

DOL penalized for ‘bad faith’ conduct

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |

Arbitration policies for wage and hour claims

EmployerLINC |

NLRB continues quest to expand its authority

EmployerLINC |

Supreme Court rulings favor employers in retaliation, discrimination cases

EmployerLINC Employment Law Update |

New definition of ‘misconduct’ to assist employers in challenging unemployment benefit claims

EmployerLINC Employment Law Update |

Oklahoma passes law confirming enforceability of employee non-solicitation agreements

EmployerLINC Law Alert |

Amendments made to Oklahoma’s workplace drug- and alcohol-testing law

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Key changes to Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act

EmployerLINC Employment Law Update |

A tale of two stories

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Litigation: Tenth Circuit clarifies the burden of proof for wrongful termination claims

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |

Electronic workplace: What am I supposed to do with all this electronic stuff?

Oklahoma Employment Law Letter |
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At The Podium

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

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

Labor & Employment All-Star Q&A Panel

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

Navigating the Process of Conflicts and Waivers

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

Employers Under Pressure: Key workplace compliance and training strategies

2016 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 8, 2016

Key Employment Issues for Corporate Counsel in 2017

Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Luncheon
Oklahoma City, OK | September 29, 2016

Strategies for Discouraging High-Exposure Employment Litigation and Implementing Practical Pre-Employment Protection

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

Strategies for Discouraging High-Exposure Employment Litigation and Implementing Practical Pre-Employment Protection

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

Effective Methods for Discouraging High-Exposure Employment Litigation and Implementing Pre-Employment Protections

2015 Corporate Counsel Seminar
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | December 3, 2015

Avoiding litigation after an employee leaves

EmployerLINC 2014: In Compliance, Out of Court
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 16, 2014

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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

Operation: Sanity! — Dealing with the traps and pitfalls of employee terminations

EmployerLINC 2012: ‘Adventures in HR’
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 10, 2012

Practical ESI Management for HR: Rules for Controlling Electronically Stored Information

Audio Conference
Online | June 16, 2009
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Admissions:

  • Oklahoma, 1990
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Education:

  • J.D., with special distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1990
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A. (Finance), with special distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1987
    • Beta Gamma Sigma
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In The News

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

May 3, 2018

Five former Newton O’Connor attorneys join McAfee & Taft

The Journal Record | April 19, 2018

‘Workplace Issues in the News’ seminar draws record numbers

March 30, 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

‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

April 5, 2016

Oklahoma City law firm’s new managing director doesn’t want to get out of practice

The Oklahoman | February 14, 2016

Michael Lauderdale elected to lead Oklahoma’s largest law firm

January 4, 2016

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

November 2, 2015

Best Lawyers names 17 McAfee & Taft attorneys as 2016 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in 18 categories

August 24, 2015

Annual seminar continues to draw more employers with timely practical guidance

April 18, 2014

NLRB seeks to expand authority in nonunionized workplaces

The Oklahoman | April 17, 2014

NLRB Class Waiver Ban Can’t Survive AmEx Ruling: Judge

Law360 | November 12, 2013

New definition of ‘misconduct’ to assist Oklahoma employers in challenging unemployment claims

The Oklahoman | June 11, 2013

New workers’ compensation law means changes for employers

The Oklahoman | May 8, 2013

‘Government Gone Wild’ seminar draws record numbers

April 29, 2013

Oklahoma’s new workplace drug testing laws relax employer requirements

The Oklahoman | May 27, 2012

Plourde, Lauderdale quoted in feature story about financial crisis’ impact on Oklahoma

The Journal Record | September 29, 2008

Verdict underscores religious accommodation at work

The Oklahoman | July 1, 2008
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