Three McAfee & Taft attorneys named ODOL administrative law judges

McAfee & Taft attorneys Paul Ross, Kathy Neal and Peter Van Dyke were recently named by the Oklahoma Department of Labor to serve as administrative law judges. All three are members of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group and together have more than 80 years of collective legal experience.

Acting as the Oklahoma Labor Commissioner’s designees, administrative law judges are responsible for hearing and deciding wage and hour disputes, as well as disputes involving an employer’s failure to provide workers’ compensation insurance for its employees, and for issuing final ODOL agency orders.

Ross, a shareholder based out of McAfee & Taft’s Oklahoma City office, has been named a “Rising Star” in the field of employment law by Oklahoma Super Lawyers for his litigation defense practice and day-to-day counseling to employers. Also a highly regarded speaker and author on issues affecting the workplace, he routinely provides training to other Oklahoma lawyers and human resource professionals on various employment law topics.

Neal is based out of the firm’s Tulsa office has nearly 30 years experience as a trial lawyer and counselor on labor and employment issues. Her achievements have earned her recognition in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

Van Dyke, a shareholder based out of Oklahoma City, is a veteran attorney with more than 40 years of legal experience. His work has earned him inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Oklahoma Super Lawyers, and the Labor Relation Institute’s list of “Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States.” Most recently, he was named “Best Lawyers’ 2011 Oklahoma City Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year.”

With 165 lawyers and offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm. The firm 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.