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Chambers USA 2020 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 32 attorneys singled out for individual honors

April 23, 2020

McAfee & Taft received top marks in the 2020 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was the only Oklahoma law firm to receive the top Band 1 ranking in all major categories of legal practice — corporate/commercial (including healthcare), energy and natural resources (including environmental), intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, and tax law. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, 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, 32 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.

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

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

“Labor & Employment” honorees were Courtney Bru, 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 and Drew Neville.

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.

T. Michael Blake was honored in the corporate area of “Tax.”

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2020 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 175 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.