Kirk Turner, litigation team join McAfee & Taft
W. Kirk Turner, one of Oklahoma’s most prominent labor and employment lawyers and a frequent speaker and author on workplace issues, has joined McAfee & Taft as a shareholder. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a director and the leader of the Labor & Employment Law Group at Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum, a law firm he co-founded in 1995.
Joining him at McAfee & Taft are colleagues Samanthia Sierakowski Marshall, Jacob S. Crawford, Harrison M. Kosmider, and Micah J. Petersen.
For nearly 30 years, Turner has represented companies and management exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a specific emphasis on litigation before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters. He has particular experience representing automobile dealerships in legal issues unique to that industry.
Turner earned his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University and went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, and American Bar Association.
Turner’s achievements have earned him numerous honors, including national recognition by the researchers and publishers of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers, where he has been named to the list of “Top 50 Oklahoma Lawyers.”
Samanthia S. Marshall, a 2009 graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, joins the firm as of counsel and concentrates her practice on the representation of employers exclusively in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation. She is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, and Hudson-Hall-Wheaton American Inn of Court. She also serves as president of the board of directors of The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and is a graduate of Leadership Tulsa.
Marshall’s achievements have earned her inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys.
Associate Jake Crawford is a trial lawyer and member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2012, is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association, and serves as vice president of legislative affairs for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association.
Associate Harrison Kosmider is a 2014 honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, and Council Oak Johnson-Sontag American Inn of Court. He concentrates his work in the field of labor and employment law and devotes a portion of his practice to general civil and business litigation.
Associate Micah J. Petersen is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice encompasses the areas of complex business litigation, products liability, professional liability, personal injury, and insurance defense. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2014 and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel. In addition to his private practice, he also serves as a volunteer attorney for Tulsa Lawyers for Children.
Petersen’s achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.”