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Chambers USA 2019 honors McAfee & Taft as top‑ranked firm

35 attorneys singled out for individual honors

May 10, 2019

Top ranked in Chambers USA 2019McAfee & Taft received top marks in the 2019 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the only Oklahoma law firm to receive the top Band 1 ranking in all six major categories of legal practice — corporate/commercial (including tax and healthcare), energy and natural resources (including environmental), intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate law. Additionally, for the first time since the publication’s initial release in 2005, McAfee & Taft was the sole honoree to earn a Band 1 ranking in the categories of Labor & Employment and Litigation.

In addition to group honors, 35 McAfee & Taft attorneys were singled out for individual honors.

Honorees in the “Corporate/Commercial” category were W. Chris Coleman, Bruce Crum and Joshua D. Smith. For “Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare,” honorees were Elizabeth L. Dalton, Michael E. Joseph and Patricia A. Rogers. For “Corporate/Commercial: Tax,” honorees were T. Michael Blake and Spencer W. Haines.

For “Energy & Natural Resources,” top-ranked is Timothy J. Bomhoff. For “Energy & Natural Resources: Environment,” honorees were Robert J. Joyce and Garry L. Keele, II.

Honorees for “Intellectual Property” were Rachel Blue, Clifford C. Dougherty, III, John A. Kenney, Michael J. LaBrie and Anthony Rahhal.

The top-ranked “Labor & Employment” honorees were Courtney Bru, Bill G. Freudenrich, Michael F. Lauderdale, Brandon P. Long, Charles S. Plumb, Tony G. Puckett, W. Kirk Turner and Nathan L. Whatley.

Honorees for “Litigation: General Commercial” were Mary Quinn Cooper, John N. Hermes, Drew Neville and Reid Robison.

Ranked for “Real Estate” were Robert L. Garbrecht, Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr., Frank Hill, Myrna Latham, Joe C. Lewallen, Jr., Cole Marshall and Richard A. Riggs.

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2018 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.

With more than 180 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by National Law Journal.