McAfee & Taft attorney Brandon Long appointed to Oklahoma Board of Legislative Compensation

October 9, 2013

McAfee & Taft attorney Brandon Long has been appointed by Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon to serve on the state’s Board of Legislative Compensation.

Every two years, the Board reviews the compensation paid to members of the state legislature and is empowered to change the compensation. The Board is composed of nine voting members — five appointed by the governor, two by the president pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate and two by the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives — as well as two nonvoting members — the chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the director of the Oklahoma State Finance office.

Long is a McAfee & Taft shareholder and serves as leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, overseeing one of the Southwest’s largest and most experienced teams of employee benefits lawyers. His practice is concentrated on qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. His diverse client base includes Fortune 500 corporations, publicly traded and closely held businesses, large energy companies, middle-market companies, corporate trustees, hospitals, healthcare providers, partnerships, cities, universities and Indian tribes.

In addition to being recognized for his professional achievements, Long has received numerous honors for his service to the community. In 2011, he received the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award and was a finalist for Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award. In 2009, he was honored by The Journal Record for his professional and civic contributions to the state with its Leadership in Law Award. Also in 2009, the Oklahoma County Bar Association presented him with its Community Service Award, noting his personal involvement and volunteerism, his leadership in getting other young lawyers involved, and for serving “as an example to all of us in the legal community that we can do a little more to make the world a better place.” In 2008, he was honored with the Outstanding Director Award from the OCBA’s Young Lawyers Division.