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McAfee & Taft’s Labor and Employment Group is one of the largest of its kind in the region and represents management exclusively in all areas of labor and employment law. Our attorneys also work closely with the firm’s highly regarded Employee Benefits (ERISA) and Executive Compensation Group on related compensation and benefits issues, providing employers with the full spectrum of legal counseling on issues affecting the workplace.

In the most recent edition of the legal industry’s highly regarded Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, researchers once again gave McAfee & Taft top marks in the area of labor and employment law and singled out eight individual attorneys — the most of any Oklahoma firm — for inclusion in the guide.

As leaders in the field of labor and employment law, McAfee & Taft attorneys are perhaps best known for reaching out to employers and equipping them with timely legal information, news, resources, insight and analysis through our EmployerLINC law blog, complimentary webinars and seminars, and monthly contributions to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, Midwest Employment Law Letter, and HRlaws.com. Our attorneys are also the exclusive editors for the Oklahoma sections of the annual guidebook for employers and human resources professionals, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.

Leaders in creating legal solutions for employers

While a majority of our clients are concentrated in the Oklahoma and surrounding states, we also represent a number of clients on a national level. The practice group’s widely recognized expertise, combined with the relatively low business costs in Oklahoma, makes McAfee & Taft the easy choice for regional and national representation in labor and employment matters. In recent years, our attorneys have been lead counsel in significant employment litigation in Texas, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California and Washington.

Our diverse clientele includes organizations of all types and sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, publicly owned and privately held businesses, self-employed individuals, family-owned businesses, professional employer organizations, Indian tribes and their affiliates, minority-owned businesses, municipalities, public and private educational organizations, and religious and charitable organizations. Such diversity has provided us with the depth of experience and skills needed to recognize and address virtually every kind of legal concern in the marketplace.

Individually, our labor and employment attorneys are perennially listed in leading industry publications, including Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

Our group also includes nationally recognized speakers who routinely address both attorney conferences and management seminars. For example, our attorneys have addressed audiences on the defense of disability discrimination claims, prevention of violence in the workplace, reductions in force, electronic records retention, Family and Medical Leave Act, and medical marijuana in the workplace. Our lawyers also collaboratively authored a treatise on age discrimination in the workplace published by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation.

In addition to writing for our EmployerLINC law blog, Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and 50 Employment Laws in 50 States, our attorneys’ writing credits include white papers and scholarly articles for industry journals, SHRM and employment-focused periodicals, law reviews and other professional publications.

Because of the Labor and Employment Group’s outstanding reputation in the field of employment law, McAfee & Taft was selected as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers regarding a wide variety of workplace issues and disputes.

Our straightforward approach to problem-solving gets results

The Labor and Employment Group has a straightforward approach to problem solving. The first goal is to avoid disputes and litigation through preventive practices, which includes knowing the client’s business, as well as ongoing consultation between practice group members and client representatives. We understand that the best way to avoid legal problems is to educate the right personnel within the client’s operation on a continuing basis. As a result, many of our attorneys have become day-to-day legal and business advisors for firm clients.

Active involvement with clients enables our attorneys to forecast potential problems and help prevent them from happening. It also allows us to assist clients in crafting efficient, long-range human resource plans. This approach to the practice of law results in actual savings in clients’ legal costs. It also results in long-term professional relationships, many of which are measured by decades rather than mere months or years.

The Labor and Employment Group also provides complimentary client seminars and webinars and client updates on new developments, as well as fixed-fee on-site training, which provides clients with affordable educational and compliance measures.

In the event of an employment-related dispute or litigation, Labor and Employment Group members are experienced at negotiating with individuals, private companies and government agencies. Our attorneys are also skilled litigators in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. McAfee & Taft’s approach to litigation is practical and efficient. In short, the paramount goal is to successfully resolve cases as quickly and inexpensively as possible. This often is achieved by aggressive motion practice or by forcing favorable settlement terms before legal costs mount. If a case is to be tried, however, McAfee & Taft has a well-deserved reputation in the courts and with the plaintiffs’ bar for thorough preparation and outstanding litigation skills.

The list of areas of labor and employment law include:


Employers Counsel Network (ECN)

Employers Counsel Network logoComprised of top-level law firms in all 50 states — plus Washington D.C. and Canada — the Employers Counsel Network (ECN) advises and represents employers regarding workplace issues and disputes. McAfee & Taft was selected as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the ECN because of its outstanding reputation in the field of employment law. Member firms provide legal assistance and representation to employers on a wide variety of issues, including FMLA, ADA, discrimination, harassment, workers’ comp, wage and hour, hiring, firing, layoffs, WARN Act, umemployment benefits, discipline, documentation, investigations, noncompete agreements, arbitration, HR audits, policies and procedures, OSHA, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, labor relations and more.

Practice Group Leader

Nathan L. Whatley

Labor and Employment Team

Courtney Bru

Shareholder

(918) 574-3052

Philip R. Bruce

Shareholder

(405) 552-2390

Todd Court

Shareholder

(405) 552-2330

Jacob S. Crawford

Shareholder

(918) 574-3014

Connor C. Curtis

Associate

(405) 552-2201

Kate N. Dodoo

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader

(405) 270-6057

Justine I. Ellis

Associate

(918) 574-3015

Roberta B. Fields

Shareholder

(405) 552-2366

Paige Hoster Good

Shareholder

(405) 552-2340

Harrison M. Kosmider

Shareholder

(918) 574-3038

Alyssa N. Lankford

Associate

(405) 552-2310

Michael F. Lauderdale

Shareholder, Managing Director

(405) 552-2257

Jennie M. Mook

Associate

(405) 270-6087

Kathy R. Neal

Attorney

(918) 574-3020

Charles S. Plumb

Shareholder

(918) 574-3003

Tony G. Puckett

Shareholder

(405) 552-2251

Natalie K. Ramsey

Shareholder

(405) 552-2325

Paul A. Ross

Shareholder

(405) 552-2383

Kristin M. Simpsen

Shareholder

(405) 552-2395

Curtis J. Thomas

Shareholder

(405) 552-2351

Isaac Treadaway

Associate

(405) 552-2252

W. Kirk Turner

Shareholder

(918) 574-3008

Nathan L. Whatley

Shareholder, Practice Group Leader

(405) 552-2365

Paralegals

Jenny Comodeca

Paralegal

(405) 228-7647

Lisa M. Jones

Paralegal

(405) 228-7612

Cynthia McHale

Paralegal

(405) 552-2388