Chambers USA 2018 honors McAfee & Taft as top-ranked firm, 35 attorneys singled out for individual honors

Chambers USAMcAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, received top marks in the 2018 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the ranked areas of corporate/commercial (including tax and healthcare), energy and natural resources, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, and real estate law. In addition, 35 of the firm’s attorneys were singled out for individual honors.

First-time honoree Joe C. Lewallen, Jr. was recognized as a leading lawyer for his work in the field of real estate law, and trial lawyer John A. Kenney was the only Oklahoman to be honored in two categories – litigation and intellectual property.

Others re-named to the prestigious list were T. Michael Blake (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Rachel Blue (Intellectual Property), Timothy J. Bomhoff (Energy), Courtney Bru (Employment), Mark D. Christiansen (Energy & Natural Resources), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/Commercial), Mary Quinn Cooper (Litigation), Bruce Crum (Corporate/Commercial), Elizabeth L. Dalton (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Clifford C. Dougherty, III (Intellectual Property), Bill G. Freudenrich (Employment), Robert L. Garbrecht (Real Estate), Spencer W. Haines (Corporate/Commercial: Tax), Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. (Real Estate), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Frank Hill (Real Estate), Michael E. Joseph (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Robert J. Joyce (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), Garry L. Keele, II (Energy & Natural Resources: Environment), Michael J. LaBrie (Intellectual Property), Myrna Latham (Real Estate), Michael F. Lauderdale (Labor & Employment), H. Cole Marshall (Real Estate), Charles S. Plumb (Employment), Tony G. Puckett (Employment), Anthony Rahhal (Intellectual Property), Richard A. Riggs (Real Estate), Reid Robison (Litigation), Patricia A. Rogers (Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare), Joshua D. Smith (Corporate/Commercial), W. Kirk Turner (Employment), and Nathan L. Whatley (Employment).

In addition, ERISA attorney Brandon P. Long was named a “Notable Practitioner” in the field of employment law.

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2018 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 175 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by National Law Journal.