McAfee & Taft elects six new shareholders

2016 ShareholdersThe shareholders of McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, have elected attorneys Jeremy M. Black, Jodi C. Cole, Laura J. Long, Kristin M. Simpsen, Joshua W. Solberg and J. Todd Woolery as fellow shareholders, effective January 1, 2016. The announcement was made by managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Jeremy M. Black is a tax lawyer whose practice covers federal and local tax planning for businesses as well as individuals, tax structuring of complex business transactions, entity selection and related tax analysis, Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges of property, and general business advisory services.

Jodi C. Cole is a trial lawyer whose practice is primarily focused on matters affecting the energy industry, including the defense of oil and gas companies in class action royalty lawsuits as well disputes involving environmental claims, quiet title, lease cancellation, bodily injury, and property damage. The transactional portion of her practice involves negotiating oil and gas leases and industry-related agreements.

Laura J. Long is a trial lawyer whose practice encompasses energy litigation and complex business litigation, including local and multi-state class actions, mass actions, and qui tam litigation. She also advises clients in a variety of industries in matters involving intellectual property, contract disputes, personal injury, and creditor’s rights, including liens, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

Kristin M. Simpsen is trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice is focused on labor and employment law and general civil and business litigation, including the resolution of matters involving contract disputes, construction matters, insurance-related disputes, and condemnation actions. In addition to her private practice, she also serves as a volunteer attorney for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.

Joshua W. Solberg is a trial lawyer who counsels and represents businesses in all areas of labor and employment law, including litigation matters involving all types of wrongful discharge claims, wage and hour disputes, unemployment claims, employment contracts, and other disputes arising from the employer-employee relationship.

J. Todd Woolery is a lawyer whose broad-based practice is concentrated on litigation and transactional matters affecting the oil and gas, manufacturing, and renewable energy industries. As part of his practice, he also serves as outside general counsel for an oilfield service provider and a manufacturing company.

McAfee and Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal and serves clients locally, nationally and internationally in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, entertainment law, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate and tax and family wealth. The firm employs 350 Oklahomans, including 175 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.