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U.S. News and Best Lawyers lists McAfee & Taft among ‘Best Law Firms’ in 2014 rankings

November 1, 2013

McAfee & Taft has been listed among the nation’s “Best Law Firms” in the 2014 rankings compiled and published by U.S News and World Report and Best Lawyers. The rankings aim to provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings. McAfee & Taft received top-tier rankings in 47 practice areas.

The fourth edition of these rankings features law firms recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers, according to Tim Smart, executive editor of U.S. News & World Report. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

U.S. News has more than two decades of experience in providing the public with the most accurate and in-depth rankings of a wide range of institutions, including our Best Law Schools rankings,” said Smart. “Law firms are an integral part of our rankings and a natural accompaniment to the law schools rankings.”

The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record, reports U.S. News. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. In addition, to provide personal insight, a new Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented in the decision-making process.

McAfee & Taft has 96 lawyers listed in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America — more than any other law firm in Oklahoma. The firm was top-ranked in the state in the areas of banking and finance law; banking and finance litigation; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law; bankruptcy litigation; biotechnology law; business organizations (including LLCs and partnerships); closely held companies and family businesses law; commercial litigation; construction law; construction litigation; copyright law; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; eminent domain and condemnation law; employee benefits (ERISA) law; employment law (management); energy law; environmental law; environmental litigation; equipment finance law; financial services regulation law; franchise law; health care law; intellectual property litigation; labor law (management); labor and employment litigation; land use and zoning law; mass tort litigation / class actions (defendants); mergers and acquisitions law; natural resources law; non-profit/charities law; oil and gas law; patent law; patent litigation; product liability litigation (defendants); real estate law; real estate litigation; securities / capital markets law; securities litigation; securities regulation; tax law; tax litigation; trademark law; trusts and estates law; trusts and estates litigation; and venture capital law.

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis, which includes the monthly U.S. News & World Report magazine, the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education, and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its “News You Can Use” brand of journalism and its series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more.

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over a quarter century, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the worldís major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

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 across nearly 100 different practice areas.