The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch

Twenty-six McAfee & Taft lawyers — 17 from the firm’s Oklahoma City office, one from Springfield, and eight from Tulsa — were named to the 2022 list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch. This honor recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers, with the majority of recipients having been in private practice for 5–9 years. Recognition by Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch is based entirely on peer review and employs the same methodology as the publisher’s namesake publication, The Best Lawyers in America, which made its debut in 1981.

Attorneys named to the most recent list, as well as the practice areas in which they have been recognized, are:

  • Elizabeth Bowersox (labor and employment law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Simon Bright (business organizations; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law)
  • J.D. Brown (transportation law)
  • Philip R. Bruce (labor and employment law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Judy Burdg (employee benefits/ERISA law)
  • Kaitlyn Schrick Chaney (banking and finance law; business organizations; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law)
  • John R. Chubbuck (transportation law)
  • Melissa J. Cottle (employee benefits/ERISA law; labor and employment law – management; workers’ compensation law – employers)
  • Jacob S. Crawford (labor and employment law – management)
  • Valerie L. Dixon (commercial litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants; personal injury litigation – defendants; product liability litigation – defendants)
  • Alex Duncan (commercial litigation; securities litigation; white-collar criminal defense)
  • Paige Hoster Good (labor and employment law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Danae V. Grace (business organizations; closely held companies and family business law; corporate governance and compliance law; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law)
  • William J. Holland (commercial litigation; insurance law; privacy and data security)
  • Barbara Klepper (tax law)
  • Harrison M. Kosmider (labor and employment law – management; labor and employment litigation)
  • Emma L. Land (transportation law)
  • Allison C. McGrew (administrative/regulatory law; transportation law)
  • Andrew J. Morris (appellate practice; commercial litigation; insurance law)
  • Hayley Blair Myers (commercial litigation; health care law)
  • Emalie Rott (construction litigation)
  • Will Silvia (business organizations; corporate law; real estate law)
  • Patrick L. Stein (commercial litigation; energy law; environmental litigation)
  • Jeffrey L. Vogt (banking and finance law; business organizations; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate law)
  • Chase C. Webb (intellectual property law; patent law; technology law)
  • Anna E. Wolfe (commercial litigation; insurance law; product liability litigation – defendants)

Best Lawyers lists are compiled using Purely Peer Review™ methodology. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers publications are considered a singular honor.