Keith Peters honored as OSCPA Trailblazer

published in Oklahoma City, OK | March 12, 2013

McAfee & Taft tax attorney Keith Peters has been honored by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants as one of its 2013 Trailblazers, recognizing his innovation, professional dedication and community commitment. Honorees are selected based on their achievements, awards, educational background, civic and professional service and career information.

In his letter nominating Peters, McAfee & Taft colleague Richard Craig said, “As a CPA and a lawyer, Keith exemplifies the best both professions have to offer, both substantively in the skill sets he brings to the professions and ethically in his approach to complex issues. I am proud he is a member of both professions, but even more proud he is a member of this firm.”

Among his notable achievements, Peters was awarded the Gold Medal by the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants for earning the highest CPA exam score in Oklahoma. His professional achievements have also earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (tax law) and Super Lawyers‘ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys. He has also been rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Ratings, signifying that other attorneys rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. In 2010, Oklahoma Magazine included Peters in the publication’s list of outstanding emerging professionals in the state.

Peters’s practice is focused on general tax planning for corporations, partnerships, and individuals; structuring business transactions; estate planning; and federal and state tax disputes. He has successfully represented taxpayers in appeals to the IRS, the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the U.S. Tax Court, and in other federal and state courts. He often collaborates with clients’ other advisors such as accountants, investment advisors, financial planners, insurance agents, appraisers and other attorneys to ensure that planning is successfully implemented and administered.

Peters is an author and speaker on various tax topics. He has authored articles in the Oklahoma Bar Journal, CPAFocus, and The Oklahoman; served as a seminar presenter for the Oklahoma Bar Association; and spoken to physician groups regarding asset protection. He has also been a guest lecturer on tax aspects of charitable giving for an Oklahoma City University graduate course in legal issues faced by non-profit executives.