Journal Record names three McAfee & Taft lawyers to its ‘Power List of Young Legal Professionals’

Graphic with Braden Hoffmann, Anna Wolfe and Isai Molina.

McAfee & Taft lawyers Braden Hoffmann, Isai Molina and Anna Wolfe have been named by The Journal Record to its 2023 “Power List of Young Legal Professionals,” which was published in the June 8, 2023 edition of the publication.

“This Power List features young professionals in the legal industry, 34 men and women making an impression in their firms, courtrooms, and other places of business where legal savvy is essential to better their companies,” wrote Jennifer Sharpe, deputy editor. The honoree profiles describe “how they are making a difference and the impact they are having on Oklahoma’s future”

Braden Hoffmann is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice encompasses a broad range of civil disputes, including those involving claims of breach of contract, personal injury, professional negligence, premises liability, and other torts. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to defending national insurance companies against claims of bad faith, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent underwriting, and violations of consumer protection laws.

Braden told The Journal Record that he initially wanted to pursue a career in tax law but became interested in becoming a litigation attorney after taking an American legal history class his last semester of law school.

“In that class, we discussed America’s love for the jury system and the ways in which the people are empowered by that system,” he said. “We also learned about how attorneys bridge the gap between the people and government. This class motivated me to pursue a career in litigation, and I haven’t looked back since.”

Isai Molina is a shareholder and transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and business matters, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financing of transactions, commercial lending, and business contracts. In addition to his private practice, he volunteers his time for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children and Rebuilding Together OKC, and is a board member of PlaySmart OKC.

Isai told The Journal Record that in his 10 years of practicing law, he has realized how much the legal industry influences people.

“The law represents the backbone of modern society, and its intricate rules and regulations have a profound impact on the decisions that individuals and companies make on a daily basis. I find it both challenging and exciting to help people navigate this complex terrain,” Isai said.

“I am grateful for the opportunities that led me to where I am today, and I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the lives around me.”

Anna Wolfe is a shareholder and trial attorney whose state and federal practice is focused on general civil litigation, including insurance defense, ERISA litigation, and complex business litigation. Her achievements have earned her inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch and Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.”

Anna told The Journal Record that in her time practicing law, she has come to realize how many different ways a lawyer can support the community.

“The skills we learn in law school go beyond a courtroom or transaction. We are taught how to effectively communicate, build support for positions, and reach resolutions. These skills can be used in countless ways,” she said, adding that she has learned that the best results in the legal profession often come from finding common ground and reaching a compromise instead of viewing the law as adversarial.