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Michael F. Smith appointed editor of Defense Counsel Journal

September 13, 2016

McAfee & Taft trial and appellate lawyer Michael F. Smith has been appointed editor of the Defense Counsel Journal, the scholarly legal publication of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Taking the viewpoint of the practitioner and litigator in the civil defense and insurance fields, the Defense Counsel Journal focuses on current legal trends and timely challenges that its readers may face in their practice. The publication is frequently and favorably cited by courts and other legal scholarship.

Formed in 1920, the International Association of Defense Counsel is the oldest international organization of civil defense lawyers and industry executives. Its approximately 2,400 invitation-only membership comprises some of the world’s leading corporate and insurance attorneys and executives, including partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate law departments, and insurance executives.

Smith’s practice is focused on defending clients in complex litigation, including manufacturers’ products liability, breach of contract, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith, and consumer protection class actions. He is particularly regarded for his expertise with appellate practice and procedure in the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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 appellate, aviation, banking and financial institutions, bankruptcy, business restructuring and workouts, business transactions and finance, employee benefits and executive compensation, energy and oil & gas, environmental, healthcare, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, securities, subrogation recovery services, and tax and family wealth. The firm employs nearly 350 Oklahomans, including more than 175 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.