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Michael Lauderdale elected to lead Oklahoma’s largest law firm

January 4, 2016

Michael F. Lauderdale, a shareholder with McAfee & Taft and one of the state’s leading employment attorneys, has been elected to lead Oklahoma’s largest law firm as its managing director. He succeeds Richard Nix, who recently completed his third three-year term in the position.

The Muskogee native joined McAfee & Taft in 1990 after graduating with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Throughout the course of his 26-year career with the firm, he has served in numerous leadership roles, including as co-leader of one of the region’s largest labor and employment practices and, more recently, as a member of its board of directors.

“Mike is an accomplished lawyer and leader whose skills, intelligence and vision make him the ideal person to direct our firm,” said Nix. “He has the knack for understanding client needs, identifying opportunities for growth, and solving problems of all kinds. Moreover, he has played a very active role in the firm’s management for many years now and has had the opportunity to cultivate strong relationships within the firm, among our clients, and in the Oklahoma business community.”

In addition to serving as managing director, Lauderdale will continue to maintain an active legal practice focused on the representation of employers and management in all aspects of employment law and civil litigation, as well as a mediator specializing in FLSA class actions.

His accomplishments as a lawyer have earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also holds the distinction of being named “Labor and Employment Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America.

Lauderdale currently serves on the board of advisors for the University of Oklahoma College of Law and previously served as an administrative law judge for the Oklahoma Department of Labor.

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 175 attorneys, and has offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.