McAfee & Taft elects six new shareholders

January 1, 2018

2018 New ShareholdersThe shareholders of McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, have elected attorneys Sasha L. Beling, Jessica John Bowman, Emily Wilson Bunting, Brian A. Burget, Terra Lord Parten and Christopher M. Scaperlanda as fellow shareholders, effective January 1, 2018. The announcement was made by managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Sasha L. Beling is a patent lawyer whose practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, Internet law, unfair competition, and trade secrets. Her experience includes the representation of clients in federal courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Emily Wilson Bunting is a tax lawyer whose practice covers federal and local tax planning for businesses as well as individuals, wealth transfer tax planning, tax structuring of business transactions, and local, state and federal taxation. She also represents clients in proceedings before the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

Brian A. Burget is an aviation lawyer who represents aircraft lenders, lessors, purchasers and sellers in relation to commercial, corporate and regional aircraft. He is also a member of the firm’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group, representing clients facing complex cybersecurity, privacy and data challenges. He counsels corporations on privacy and security program management, cyber incident response, and surveillance and information sharing.

Jessica John Bowman is a patent and trial lawyer whose practice is focused on intellectual property, environmental, and appellate litigation. Her experience includes maintaining an active practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, assisting numerous retailers, manufacturers, and banking institutions in opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Terra Lord Parten is a business transactions lawyer whose practice encompasses the areas of mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, corporate governance and formation issues, contract negotiations, and other general business matters. A portion of her practice is also devoted to advising healthcare industry clients on a broad range of regulatory matters.

Christopher M. Scaperlanda is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice encompasses a broad range of commercial matters, including those involving insurance disputes, securities claims, directors’ and officers’ liability, contract disputes, and other complex business litigation.

McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.