McAfee & Taft Tops Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2005

June 15, 2005

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma City’s largest law firm, has been ranked number one in Oklahoma in the areas of corporate/mergers & acquisitions, employment law, general commercial litigation and real estate law in the recently released 2005 edition of the Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

In addition, 12 McAfee & Taft attorneys – the most of any law firm in Oklahoma – were listed as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas.   Named to this year’s prestigious list are Joseph H. Bocock (Litigation), W. Chris Coleman (Corporate/M&A), Theodore M. Elam (Corporate/M&A), Sam R. Fulkerson (Employment), Gary F. Fuller (Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions), John N. Hermes (Litigation), Frank D. Hill (Real Estate), John A. Kenney (Litigation), Richard A. Riggs (Real Estate), Reid E. Robison (Litigation), Peter T. Van Dyke (Employment), and Jerry A. Warren (Corporate/M&A).

Researchers with London-based Chambers & Partners Publishing, publishers of the 2005 guide, conducted more than 10,000 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.

Contributors to the 2005 edition praised McAfee & Taft’s corporate/mergers & acquisitions transactional practice group for its “great depth” and its broad clientele, which ranges from major national clients as well as family-run businesses  The firm was also recognized for complementing its broader commercial activities with “one of the largest labor and employment departments in the Southwest.”  Upon earning top marks in the area of litigation, commentators remarked, “McAfee’s litigation practice is, as one might expect from one of Oklahoma’s largest and best-known business firms, ‘top-flight.’  The firm’s litigators are credited with expertise in ‘just about everything.’”  McAfee & Taft’s highly experienced real estate practice group was described as possessing “the depth to take on larger projects within the state and beyond.  It is rated for its breadth of expertise, as well as the high-quality advice and intelligence of its attorneys.”

McAfee & Taft is one of the largest, most experienced law firms in Oklahoma, serving clients throughout the Southwest in the areas of aviation, business law, corporate and securities, employee benefits, environmental law, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, oil and gas, real estate, and tax and family wealth.  The firm employs over 200 Oklahomans, including more than 110 attorneys.