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Courtney Bru and Craig Buchan join McAfee & Taft

August 13, 2014

McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm with 180 attorneys, has further expanded its Tulsa office with the addition of employment attorney Courtney Bru and trial lawyer J. Craig Buchan.

Courtney Bru‘s practice is focused on the representation of employers exclusively in labor and employment matters and other issues affecting the workplace. In addition to having extensive experience representing management in all phases of litigation before state and federal courts and regulatory and administrative agencies, a significant portion of her practice is devoted to counseling and training management and human resources professionals on the best practices for reducing risk, avoiding litigation, and maintaining a productive workforce. She also devotes a portion of her practice to commercial and civil litigation matters.

Throughout her career, Bru has been a frequent author and guest speaker on workplace issues. Upon joining McAfee & Taft, she was appointed co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations, and laws affecting Oklahoma employers.

Bru’s achievements have earned her inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of Rising Stars, and the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Bru is a graduate of Auburn University and Vanderbilt Law School and is admitted to practice in the state of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Georgia Bar Association.

Bru began her career as an associate with the Atlanta office of Littler Mendelson and, more recently, was a partner of a Tulsa-based law firm, where she also served as leader of its Employment Law Practice Group.

J. Craig Buchan is an experienced, AV Preeminent peer review-rated trial lawyer whose broad litigation practice encompasses the areas of professional negligence, products liability, premises liability, complex tort matters, construction disputes, and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive experience providing hands-on management of all aspects of civil litigation – from discovery to appeals – and has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Oklahoma. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of Rising Stars. The Oklahoma native holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is also a 2005 graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy at Stanford Law School.

Buchan is admitted in all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute, a barrister with the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inn of Court, and a member of the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and American bar associations.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Buchan was a partner with a Tulsa-based litigation firm.

McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm and one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal. The firm’s Litigation Group and Labor and Employment Group have been perennially top-ranked in Oklahoma by the publishers of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.