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Benchmark Litigation gives McAfee & Taft, attorneys top marks

October 17, 2013

McAfee & Taft earned highest ratings in the just released 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading business litigation firms and attorneys. In addition, 13 of the firm’s attorneys – the most of any law firm in Oklahoma – were singled out for recognition.

McAfee & Taft was recognized as “highly recommended,” reserved for those firms receiving the most mentions by peers and clients, and who were held as dominant in their particular jurisdiction.

Named as "local litigation stars" were Joseph H. Bocock, John A. Burkhardt, Mary Quinn Cooper, John N. Hermes, John A. Kenney, Michael F. Lauderdale, Michael D. McClintock, Charles S. Plumb, Reid E. Robison, Spencer F. Smith and Jeff L. Todd. Cooper was also named earlier this year to Benchmark’s annual list of the Top 250 Women in Litigation. Ronald T. Shinn Jr. and Amy D. White were highlighted as “future stars.” Benchmark recognizes “local litigation stars” as those attorneys “who were consistently recommended as incontrovertible stars by clients and peers.” Attorneys who were consistently recommended by peer partners, competitors and clients as litigators who are likely to appear as local litigation stars in coming editions were recognized as “future stars.”

Clients interviewed for the latest edition described the firm as “one of the premier law firms in Oklahoma.”

“I chose McAfee & Taft because of its oil and gas knowledge, litigation knowledge, creative solutions, reputation for integrity, billing efficiency, and responsiveness,” one client told Benchmark. “I don’t simply ‘use’ the firm. I have a relationship with the attorneys. The lawyers are all fantastic at what they do.”

Benchmark focuses on the U.S. litigation market, with a research team conducting face-to-face interviews around the country with leading legal professionals, in-house counsel and business owners. It is the only guide that does not classify litigation attorneys by strict practice areas, instead pinpointing the best all-around “bet-the-company” trial attorneys.

McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm and one of the nation’s top 250 firms as ranked by the National Law Journal. With its deep roster of 180 attorneys, the firm 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.