McAfee & Taft honored as top-ranked firm by Chambers USA 2021, 33 attorneys singled out for individual honors

Chambers USA 2021

McAfee & Taft received top marks in the 2021 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and was the only Oklahoma law firm to receive the top Band 1 ranking in all nine major categories of legal practice — Corporate/Commercial, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Real Estate, and Tax.

Additionally, for the third consecutive year, McAfee & Taft was the sole Oklahoma firm to earn a Band 1 ranking in the categories of Labor & Employment and Litigation.

In addition to firm honors, 33 McAfee & Taft attorneys were singled out for individual honors. First-time honorees named to the prestigious list were J. Derek Hardberger (Environment) and Jessica John Bowman (Intellectual Property).

Returning honorees in the “Corporate/Commercial” category were W. Chris Coleman and Joshua D. Smith.

Timothy J. Bomhoff was top-ranked in “Energy & Natural Resources,” and Robert J. Joyce and Garry L. Keele, II were honored in “Environment.”

Elizabeth Dalton, Michael E. Joseph, and Patricia Rogers all received Band 1 ratings in the “Healthcare” category.

Honorees for “Intellectual Property” were Rachel Blue, Clifford C. Dougherty, III, John A. Kenney, Michael J. LaBrie and Anthony Rahhal.

“Labor & Employment” honorees were Courtney Bru, Michael F. Lauderdale, Brandon P. Long, Charles S. Plumb, Tony G. Puckett, W. Kirk Turner and Nathan L. Whatley.

Honorees for “Litigation: General Commercial” were Mary Quinn Cooper, William S. Leach and Drew Neville.

Ranked for “Real Estate” were Robert L. Garbrecht, Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr., Frank D. Hill, Myrna Latham, Joe C. Lewallen, Jr., Cole Marshall and Richard A. Riggs.

T. Michael Blake was top-ranked in the corporate area of “Tax.”

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2021 guide, conducted in-depth interviews of attorneys and clients throughout the United States to identify and rank the nation’s leading business lawyers. The final rankings are based on such factors as technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/ astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.

With more than 170 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by National Law Journal.