Go-To Counsel for Employers

Collaborative, not competitive.

That’s what defines the attorneys at McAfee & Taft.

On any given day, you’ll find the lawyers from McAfee & Taft’s Labor and Employment Group and Employee Benefits (ERISA) and Executive Compensation Group working collaboratively to counsel and represent employers of all types and sizes — from small privately held businesses and nonprofit organizations to large public corporations and universities — on the full array of issues affecting the workplace. And when they’re not in the office, you’ll frequently find them out in the community, educating clients and other HR and benefits professionals on workplace best practices as well as trends and new developments in the law.

Those are just two important reasons why we’re the go-to counsel for hundreds of employers nationwide.

Labor and employment attorney and practice group leader Paul Ross: “Well, we’re exceptionally fortunate at McAfee & Taft that we represent the most prominent names of companies that you can identify that are associated with Oklahoma, and we also represent the smallest businesses in the most rural areas of Oklahoma. When it comes to labor and employment law, it affect every employer and so we have an opportunity to work with the employers in Oklahoma specifically but also in the surrounding states and even nationwide. Some of our clients have workforces that are spread out across the country and even outside of the country. So we do have the opportunity to work in courts, in particular, all across the country.”

Executive compensation and employee benefits attorney Jennifer Callahan: “The ability to address every type of workplace issue is critical to providing the service that we need to provide to our client. There is so much specialty. There is such a volume of new regulations that are released all of the time in these various areas that having the access to people that specialize in the different niches is critical to making sure that we get the answer right.”

Employee benefits attorney and practice group leader Brandon Long: “When I started here, one of our lawyers started the year before ERISA was passed and so even though they may not know the exact answer to the question, just having their instincts on things, people that have been doing this for a long time, being able to go to them and ask questions about something that’s weird that I hadn’t seen before, getting their kind of initial reactions. A lot of times, their initial reactions is pretty close to right even if they don’t know exactly what the answer is, and so just having people that are around that have the expertise is really helpful. I also think we have incredible relationships, I mean, really incredible relationships, with government. Our law firm for the last 30 years has worked hard to develop relationships with kind of key leaders in the IRS and the Department of Labor, so you know there’s a lot of different resources we have within the firm and then also within governmental officials, too, to help us.”

Labor and employment attorney Charlie Plumb: “And one of the things I think we do very well is, in keeping up with new laws and new trends, is getting our arms around that and then getting that news out, not only to our clients but to the business community and to employers generally. So it keeps us on our toes. I mean, we have to keep up with the new developments. We have to keep up with the new trends in order to be in a situation where we can go pass that information on. It is a very practical area of the law, so it makes us more practical. When you’re out there in front of industry groups, when you’re out there in front of employers, when you’re out there with HR professionals at workshops, conferences, meetings, explaining practical paths to follow to avoid problems, that’s not only good for them, it’s good for us. It keeps us sharp.”

Labor and employment attorney Courtney Bru: “Clients that work for us for a long period of time are learning as they go. They’re able to address issues themselves in a much more sophisticated way. You know, it makes our interaction with our clients at a different level because we don’t have to have sort of the ramp up educational discussion. They know what the issues are. We’re keeping them up to speed, so when they have a problem, they can reach out to us, and we can have a very high level discussion to resolve it.”

Employee benefits attorney Bill Freudenrich: “Well, I think working with educated clients is a lot easier than working with non-educated clients, and the more they know, the more they say, ‘Hey, that could be an issue. I need to call my attorneys over at McAfee and say, Is this an issue?’ And I think working with general counsel, informed HR professionals, tax professionals, it’s easier for us to do our job than to start from scratch. So it makes our life a lot easier, and it’s good for the client.”

Labor and employment attorney Natalie Ramsey: “For us, it is a very team-oriented approach servicing our clients. We don’t get lost in competing with one another. We spend our time trying to be the champion for the client. And being able to go down the hall and have an open door to talk to someone about any topic, any area, and really feel like you are building a level of expertise on an issue with a client to help them move forward is invaluable to me. And I think it’s what sets us apart as a larger law firm, and I think it’s what sets us apart as a go-to law firm. You are going to get our full team if you need us, and you’re going to get strategic partners in all kinds of areas of practice because that’s just the way we approach providing service to our client.”