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McAfee & Taft elects Courtney Bru and Craig Buchan shareholders

August 2, 2016

The shareholders of McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, have elected attorneys Courtney Bru and J. Craig Buchan as fellow shareholders. The announcement was made by managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Courtney Bru concentrates her practice on the representation of employers exclusively in labor and employment matters and other issues affecting the workplace. In addition to having extensive experience representing management in all phases of litigation before state and federal courts and regulatory and administrative agencies, a significant portion of her practice is devoted to counseling and training management and human resources professionals on the best practices for reducing risk, avoiding litigation, and maintaining a productive workforce. She also devotes a portion of her practice to commercial and civil litigation matters.

Bru is a frequent author and guest speaker on workplace issues and serves as co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations, and laws affecting Oklahoma employers. She is also a member of the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers.

Bru’s achievements have earned her inclusion in the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

Bru is a graduate of Auburn University and Vanderbilt Law School and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, the state of Georgia, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Georgia Bar Association.

Bru began her career as an associate with the Atlanta office of Littler Mendelson in 2005 and was a partner of a Tulsa-based law firm before joining McAfee & Taft in 2014.

J. Craig Buchan is an experienced, AV Preeminent peer review-rated trial lawyer whose broad litigation practice encompasses the areas of products liability, oil and gas litigation, complex tort matters, professional negligence, construction disputes, premises liability, and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive experience providing hands-on management of all aspects of civil litigation – from discovery to appeals – and has successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal courts in Oklahoma. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

The Oklahoma native holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is also a 2005 graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy at Stanford Law School.

Buchan is admitted in all state and federal courts in Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel and Defense Research Institute, a barrister and executive committee member with the Council Oak/Johnson-Sontag American Inn of Court, and a member of the Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and American bar associations.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft in 2014, Buchan was a partner with a Tulsa-based litigation firm.

McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm and one of the nation’s top 250 firms as ranked by the National Law Journal. With its deep roster of 176 attorneys, the firm serves clients locally, nationally and internationally in the areas appellate, aviation, banking and financial institutions, bankruptcy, business restructuring and workouts, business transactions and finance, employee benefits and executive compensation, energy and oil & gas, environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, securities, subrogation recovery services, and tax and family wealth.