The firm sends its best wishes for a much-deserved and happy retirement to Glenda Holden, a veteran paralegal with more than 42 years of experience, including 26 with McAfee & Taft. A special reception attended by her family, colleagues and friends, was hosted in her honor on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the firm’s Oklahoma City offices.
Glenda began her legal career with the Oklahoma City-based boutique intellectual property law firm of Laney, Dougherty, Hessin & Beavers (later known as Dougherty & Hessin) in 1981 and joined McAfee & Taft in 1998 when the two firms merged in 1998. At the time of her retirement, she was the longest-serving member of the firm’s intellectual property group and had a significant impact on those with whom she worked.
“I have worked with Glenda for my whole career to date,” said IP attorney Cliff Dougherty. “I met Glenda on my first day as a law clerk with Dougherty & Hessin during law school. She has always been an excellent legal assistant and willing to help out in any way needed. More importantly, she has always greeted me with a smiling face and treated me as a friend. I will miss her.”
For more than 25 years, Glenda worked directly with patent attorney Tony Rahhal, another Dougherty & Hessin alum, who praised her for both her personal and professional contributions. “Glenda has always had a great work ethic, and she will be greatly missed. During the time we have worked together she has been more than just a co-worker, she has been a friend.”
Like Cliff, Mike LaBrie first met Glenda when he clerked with the law firm of Dougherty & Hessin during law school. “Glenda has always been willing to help in any capacity and (almost) always had a smile on her face. I wish her happiness in her well-deserved retirement.”
Over the course of her career, Glenda was an active member of the Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants, served as an officer of the organization, and was named COALA’s Paralegal of the Year in 2014.
Colleague Lu Ann Williams described Glenda as a “firm icon” who represented McAfee &Taft with poise, dignity, and professionalism. “We have all learned from Glenda’s expertise and consider her our friend. She will be missed!”
“Glenda’s funny, matter-of-fact attitude makes her a pleasure to be around and made her a pleasure to work with,” said Zach Oubre. “She is and has been a constant at McAfee & Taft and she will be greatly missed (particularly our OU/OSU banter as she is an avid Pokes fan). I wish her the best and a wonderful retirement.”
Thank you, Glenda, for your decades of dedication, professionalism and friendship. We appreciate you!