Chambers USA honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, received top marks in the just-released 2013 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, 49 of the firm’s attorneys were honored as leading lawyers across 50 practice areas, more than any law firm in Oklahoma.

First-time honorees included Robert W. Dace (Litigation), Chris A. Paul (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), James W. Sharrock (Real Estate), Joshua D. Smith (Corporate/Commercial), and Christina M. Vaughn (Native American Law).

For the fourth consecutive year, John A. Kenney was honored in two categories, top-ranked in both litigation and intellectual property.

Others re-named to the prestigious list were Terry Barrett (Energy), T. Michael Blake (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Rachel Blue (Intellectual Property), Joseph Bocock (Litigation), Tim Bomhoff (Energy), Brandon Buchanan (Litigation), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/Commercial), Mary Quinn Cooper (Litigation), Bruce Crum (Corporate/Commercial), Clifford C. Dougherty, III (Intellectual Property), Sam Fulkerson (Employment), Gary Fuller (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Robert L. Garbrecht (Real Estate), Spencer Haines (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Stephen Hetrick (Real Estate), Frank Hill (Real Estate), Richard 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, William S. Leach (Litigation), James C. McMillin (Native American Law), Kathy R. Neal (Employment), Andrew Peterson(Intellectual Property), Charles Plumb (Employment), Tony G. Puckett (Employment), Anthony Rahhal (Intellectual Property), Richard Riggs (Real Estate), Reid Robison (Litigation), Patricia A. Rogers (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), John E. Sargent Jr. (Real Estate), C. David Stinson (Energy), N. Martin Stringer (Corporate/Commercial), Mary Ellen Ternes (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), Jeff L. Todd (Litigation), Elizabeth Tyrrell (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Peter Van Dyke (Employment), Nathan L. Whatley (Employment) and Elizabeth Scott Wood (Employment).

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2013 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 180 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.