Oklahoma City law firm’s new managing director doesn’t want to get out of practice

Executive Q&A with Michael Lauderdale

published in The Oklahoman | February 14, 2016

McAfee & Taft labor and employment attorney Michael Lauderdale, who took over the reigns of managing director on January 1, 2016, was featured in an Executive Q&A in The Oklahoman on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

Unlike his predecessors, who have suspended much of their practices while leading the state’s largest law firm, Lauderdale said he plans to continue practicing employment law.

“Certainly, we have capable employment law attorneys to transition my work to. But I don’t want to give up my practice,” he said. “I’ve worked really hard to develop it, plus I feel I have an obligation to my clients to still be available to them when they need me.”

With the hiring of a new chief operating officer last year, Lauderdale said he will be able to continue practicing law while also focusing his attentions on strategic planning, growth opportunities, finances, client development and retention, and conflict issues.

“Our goal,” Lauderdale said, “is to take care of clients and partner with them to not just provide legal advice, but to be reliable trusted advisers who can offer development and other strategies to help them grow and succeed.”