Chambers USA 2015 honors McAfee & Taft as top‑ranked firm, 45 firm attorneys as leading lawyers for business

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, received top marks in the 2015 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, earning top rankings in the areas of corporate/commercial (including tax and healthcare), energy and natural resources, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and real estate law. The firm’s Native American law practice was also highly ranked. In addition, 45 of the firm’s attorneys were honored as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.

Bill G. Freudenrich was named a first-time honoree in the area of employment law, and John A. Kenney was honored in two categories, litigation and intellectual property, for the sixth consecutive year.

Others re-named to the prestigious list were T. Michael Blake (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Rachel Blue (Intellectual Property), Joseph H. Bocock (Litigation), Timothy J. Bomhoff (Energy), Courtney Bru (Employment), Jennifer H. Callahan (Employment), Mark D. Christiansen (Energy & Natural Resources), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/Commercial), Mary Quinn Cooper (Litigation), Bruce Crum (Corporate/Commercial), Robert W. Dace (Litigation), Clifford C. Dougherty, III (Intellectual Property), Sam Fulkerson (Employment), Gary Fuller (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Robert L. Garbrecht (Real Estate), Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. (Real Estate), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Stephen Hetrick (Corporate/Commercial), Frank Hill (Real Estate), Richard P. Hix (Litigation), James Dudley Hyde (Employment), Michael E. Joseph (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Robert Joyce (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), Michael J. LaBrie (Intellectual Property), Myrna Latham (Real Estate), Michael F. Lauderdale (Labor & Employment), Kathy R. Neal (Employment), Charles S. Plumb (Employment), Tony G. Puckett (Employment), Anthony Rahhal (Intellectual Property), Richard A. Riggs (Real Estate), Reid Robison (Litigation), Patricia A. Rogers (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), James W. Sharrock (Real Estate), Joshua D. Smith (Corporate/Commercial), C. David Stinson (Energy), N. Martin Stringer (Corporate/Commercial), Jeff L. Todd (Litigation), Elizabeth D. Tyrrell (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Peter Van Dyke (Employment), Christina M. Vaughn (Native American Law), Nathan L. Whatley (Employment), and Elizabeth Scott Wood (Employment)

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2015 guide, conducted in-depth interviews of attorneys and clients throughout the United States to identify and rank the nation’s leading business lawyers. The final rankings are based on such factors as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and serves clients locally, nationally and internationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment law, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth. The firm employs nearly 350 Oklahomans, including 175 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.