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McAfee & Taft names new shareholders

January 5, 2011

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, has named attorneys Rachel BlueVickie J. BuchananSpencer W. Haines and Gerald L. Hilsher as shareholders, effective January 1, 2011. The announcement was made by managing director Richard D. Nix.

Rachel Blue is a veteran intellectual property attorney whose practice is primarily focused on trademark clearance and prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings and enforcement, as well as the licensing of all types of intellectual property. A portion of her practice is also dedicated to franchise law, unfair competition matters and entertainment law. Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Rachel was a partner with a Tulsa-based law firm.

Vickie J. Buchanan is a trial lawyer whose practice encompasses a wide range of business-related litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in commercial arbitration. Her experience includes representing clients in class action and multiple party lawsuits and disputes involving insurance, banking, bankruptcy, family law, mass torts, products liability, real estate and employment matters. Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Vickie was a director with another large civil practice law firm in Oklahoma.

Spencer W. Haines is a tax and family wealth lawyer whose practice includes tax planning for corporations, partnerships, and individuals; wealth transfer tax planning; local, state and federal taxation; Section 1031 tax-deferred transactions; and tax structuring of complex business transactions. He has been a certified public accountant since 1999 and holds a master’s degree in taxation from New York University.

Gerald L. Hilsher is a seasoned litigator whose trial and appellate practice is focused on complex commercial and intellectual property litigation, business torts, environmental litigation and select white-collar criminal defense, including environmental crimes, Medicare fraud, bank fraud, and violations of the False Claims Act. His extensive career experience includes serving as a criminal prosecutor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department, federal adjunct settlement judge, and as a lawyer in private practice with another Oklahoma law firm.

McAfee & Taft is one of the largest, most experienced law firms in the region, serving 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 more than 300 Oklahomans, including 165 attorneys, with offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.