Best Lawyers names 15 McAfee & Taft attorneys 2013 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ in 16 categories

September 14, 2012

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named 15 McAfee & Taft attorneys as “Lawyers of the Year” in 16 legal practice specialties. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as “Lawyer of the Year.”

Named “Best Lawyers‘ 2013 Oklahoma City Lawyers of the Year” were Jennifer H. Callahan for employee benefits (ERISA) law, Robert Dace for energy law, Clifford C. Dougherty for intellectual property litigation, Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. for construction law, Michael E. Joseph for corporate governance law, Michael J. LaBrie for patent law, Anthony L. Rahhal for both patent litigation and trademark law, Reid E. Robison for appellate practice, Patricia A. Rogers for health care law, Peter T. Van Dyke for labor and employment litigation, and Erin M. Van Laanen for equipment finance law. Attorneys named “Best Lawyers’ 2013 Tulsa Lawyers of the Year” were Rachel Blue for copyright law, Reuben Davis for product liability litigation defense, Charles Greenough for bankruptcy litigation, and Kathy Neal for employment law (management).

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2013) is based on more than 4.4 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

“The lawyers being honored as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity,” said Steven Naifeh, president of Best Lawyers. “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession.”

McAfee and Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and 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. The firm employs 350 Oklahomans, including 180 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.