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McAfee & Taft elects four new shareholders

January 1, 2017

2017 ShareholdersThe shareholders of McAfee & Taft have elected associate attorneys Michael K. AveryBrian C. BeattyH. Cole Marshall and Curtis J. Thomas as fellow shareholders, effective January 1, 2017. The announcement was made by managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Michael K. Avery is a trial lawyer whose state and federal practice focuses on general civil litigation, including complex business litigation and appeals. During the course of his career, he has represented public and private entities, as well as individuals and non-profit organizations, in a variety of industries, including healthcare, banking, oil and gas, insurance, real estate, automotive and agriculture. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s top up-and-coming attorneys.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2009 and served as a law clerk to the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit for one year before joining McAfee & Taft in 2010.

As a transactional attorney with the firm’s global aviation practice, Brian C. Beatty represents clients nationally and internationally in transactions involving the title, registration, buying, selling, leasing and financing of aircraft and concentrates his practice on matters that fall under the purview of the Federal Transportation Code, Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, FAA Aircraft Registry, Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Aircraft Protocol, and International Registry.

Brian graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2000 and served as a captain in the U.S. Army, including in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, before graduating from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2008.

H. Cole Marshall is a corporate lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of business transactional matters, including general business, real estate, corporate governance, healthcare and agriculture. His achievements have earned him inclusion in the prestigious Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of real estate law and on Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.”

Cole in a 2009 honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Prior to entering law school, he worked as a business analyst for a global business consulting firm.

Curtis J. Thomas is trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice is focused on business and commercial litigation as well as the representation of management in labor and employment matters. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars.”

Curtis graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2009. Prior to attending law school, Curtis worked for two years for the Oklahoma Municipal League.