Chambers USA 2023 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 38 attorneys singled out for individual honors

McAfee & Taft received top marks in the 2023 edition of the exclusive 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 nine major categories of legal practice — Corporate/Commercial, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax.

Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year, McAfee & Taft was the sole Oklahoma firm to earn a Band 1 ranking in the category of Litigation.

In addition to firm honors, 38 McAfee & Taft attorneys – including three first-time honorees – were singled out for individual honors. Those named to the prestigious list for the very first time were Danae V. Grace (Corporate/Commercial), Tony Mastin (Tax), and Patrick L. Stein (Energy & Natural Resources).

Returning honorees in the “Corporate/Commercial” category were W. Chris Coleman and Joshua D. Smith.

Timothy J. Bomhoff and J. Todd Woolery were recognized in “Energy & Natural Resources,” and J. Derek Hardberger, Robert J. Joyce and Garry L. Keele, II were honored in “Environment.”

Elizabeth Dalton, Michael E. Joseph, Terra Lord Parten, and Patricia Rogers were once again named in the “Healthcare” category.

Returning honorees for “Intellectual Property” were Rachel Blue, Clifford C. Dougherty, III, Michael J. LaBrie, Zachary A.P. Oubre, 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, William S. Leach and Drew Neville.

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

T. Michael Blake, Bonner J. Gonzalez, and Matthew B. Hickey returned as top-ranked honorees in the corporate area of “Tax.”

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2023 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 170 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.