Karen Megert named director of HR and recruiting at McAfee & Taft

July 6, 2021

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, has named Karen J. Megert, MHR, PHR as its new director of human resources and recruiting.

In her new role, Megert is responsible for ensuring workplace compliance with state and federal employment laws, overseeing and directing the firm’s employee staffing and development needs, promoting employee engagement and satisfaction, and overseeing the administration of the firm’s employee benefits programs.  She is also responsible for strategic and succession planning as well as working with McAfee & Taft’s Associate Committee to recruit summer law clerks and new associates to the firm.             

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Karen worked at Chesapeake Energy Corporation where, over the course of nearly 11 years, she managed multiple teams of employees and gained valuable experience in numerous facets of human resources and employee benefits administration, including employment law and ERISA compliance, risk management, hiring and training on a large scale, payroll and data management, analysis and improvement of business processes, implementation of cost-saving measures, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Megert holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing her MBA and Graduate Certificate in Digital Technologies.   She is a certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute and a Birkman Certified Professional through Birkman International, an industry-leading behavioral and occupational assessment company.  

With more than 170 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.