Brita Cantrell honored with 2019 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award
McAfee & Taft shareholder Brita Haugland Cantrell was one of five women honored with the Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award during the Oklahoma Bar Association’s 2019 Women in Law Conference on October 25, 2019, at the Renaissance Waterford Hotel in Oklahoma City.
Since 1996, the Spotlight Awards have been given annually to five women who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and who have lit the way for other women. In 1998, the award was named to honor the late Mona Salyer Lambird, the first woman president of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and one of the award’s first recipients. Previous winners include McAfee & Taft attorneys Susan Shields, Mary Quinn Cooper, and Kathy Neal.
Brita is a trial lawyer whose practice is focused on products liability defense and family law litigation. She also serves as the leader of the firm’s Family Law Group and represents clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce, complex business valuations and asset and debt apportionment, division of retirement and pension plan assets, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, guardianship and Hague Convention matters. In addition to her civil litigation and counseling practice, Brita also frequently handles pro bono litigation, has been a volunteer advocate for Legal Aid of Oklahoma, and has served by court appointment as a guardian ad litem.
Brita’s legal career has spanned both the private and public sectors. Upon graduating from The University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1987, she worked as an associate in private practice for two years before transitioning her practice and serving as assistant attorney general for the State of Oklahoma from 1989 to 1994. She then served as executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of The Nature Conservancy for six years before returning to private practice in 2000.
Brita’s achievements have earned her inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.