Joel Stafford returns to McAfee & Taft’s Tax & Family Wealth Group

Joel D. Stafford, an attorney and CPA who has served as a trusted tax advisor to individuals and companies of all sizes for nearly 40 years, has rejoined the Tax & Family Wealth Group at McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm. Leveraging his decades of experience working with entrepreneurs and energy-sector companies, he will continue focusing his practice primarily on corporate and transactional planning, as well as tax audit and controversy matters.

Stafford began his career as an accountant in private practice and later worked as a controller for an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company. After earning his law degree from the University of Oklahoma and his master of law’s degree in taxation from New York University, he worked as a tax attorney at McAfee & Taft from 1989 to 2000. Prior to rejoining the firm in 2022, he served for eight years as senior tax counsel at Devon Energy Corporation, where he was responsible for overseeing and managing all of the public company’s income tax planning, strategy, and transactional matters.

Stafford is a member of the Oklahoma County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Tax Section of the American Bar Association, Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, and Mineral Lawyers Society of Oklahoma City.

Throughout his career, Stafford has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the Oklahoma City University School of Law, and the East Central University Department of Accounting. He most recently taught Individual Income Tax at OU Law and is currently helping coach the National Tax Moot Court team at OU Law for the Spring 2022 semester.

With nearly 175 attorneys and offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.