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McAfee & Taft expands Energy and Oil & Gas Group, adds litigators Todd Woolery, Jodi Cole

December 18, 2013

McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, has further expanded its Energy and Oil & Gas Group with the addition of trial lawyers J. Todd Woolery and Jodi C. Cole.

Todd Woolery is an experienced litigator whose practice encompasses a broad range of matters affecting the energy industry, with specific emphasis on disputes involving oilfield and industrial pollution, bodily injury, property damage, surface damages, and class actions. His clients include oil and gas exploration and production companies, pipeline companies, oilfield service providers, and companies engaged in renewable energy projects. In addition to representing clients in litigation, he devotes considerable time to advising clients on risk management and other business matters.

Woolery’s achievements as a litigator have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers‘ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars” and recognition as a “future star” by Benchmark Litigation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental geography and a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

Jodi Cole‘s practice includes the representation of oil and gas exploration and production companies in class action royalty lawsuits as well as disputes involving surface damages, pollution and other environmental issues, quiet title, lease cancellation, bodily injury, property damage, and materialmen’s and mechanics’ liens. The transactional component of her energy practice includes negotiating oil and gas leases and drafting and negotiating industry-related agreements, with particular emphasis on master service agreements.

Cole holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Henderson State University and a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

The firm’s Energy and Oil & Gas Group, which represents energy companies ranging in size from small and medium-sized independent oil and gas companies to publicly traded Fortune 500 corporations, added to its ranks earlier this year with the notable addition of Mark Christiansen, a 33-year veteran attorney and one of the region’s most experienced oil and gas trial lawyers.

McAfee & 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 nearly 350 Oklahomans, including 180 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.