Chambers USA Honors Firm, 19 Attorneys as Leading Lawyers for Business in 2007 Guide

August 3, 2007

Nineteen McAfee & Taft attorneys – the most of any law firm in Oklahoma – were honored as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas in the recently released 2007 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

First-time honorees are Terry R. Barrett (Energy), C. Bruce Crum (Corporate/ Commercial), Myrna S. Latham (Real Estate), Michael F. Lauderdale (Litigation) and C. David Stinson (Energy).

Re-named to the prestigious list are Joseph H. Bocock (Litigation), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/Commercial), Richard D. Craig (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Theodore M. Elam (Corporate/M&A), Sam R. Fulkerson (Employment), Gary F. Fuller (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Frank D. Hill (Real Estate), John A. Kenney (Litigation), Tony G. Puckett (Employment), Richard A. Riggs (Real Estate), Reid E. Robison (Litigation), N. Martin Stringer (Corporate/Commercial) and Peter T. Van Dyke (Employment).

Chambers USA also ranked McAfee & Taft number one among Oklahoma law firms in the areas of corporate/commercial, labor and employment, energy and natural resources, and real estate law.  The firm’s litigation group, which was praised for its efficiency and talent, was also highly ranked.

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2007 guide, conducted more than 14,000 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.

Contributors to the 2007 edition praised McAfee & Taft’s corporate/commercial transactional practice, which is the largest of its kind in Oklahoma, for its “service-oriented approach with the emphasis on partners rather than clients” and its significant depth.  The firm’s labor and employment practice group was also recognized for its size and depth, responsiveness, and strong ERISA litigation and employee benefits practice.  In the newly ranked area of energy and natural resources law, clients praised the 14-member team for “a level of understanding of the oil and gas industry that is second to none.”  The firm’s real estate group was noted for its depth, knowledge and expertise in covering all areas of commercial real estate, from complex financing transactions to mortgaging securitizations.

McAfee & Taft serves clients throughout the Southwest and nationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate, and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs over 210 Oklahomans, including more than 125 attorneys.