Trial lawyer Jodi Dishman confirmed as new federal judge

December 19, 2019

On December 19, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed McAfee & Taft shareholder Jodi W. Dishman to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

Dishman was nominated by President Donald Trump in August to fill the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange took senior status. A month later, she appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was introduced and endorsed by U.S. Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma and was unanimously rated well-qualified for the bench by the American Bar Association.

“While we are very sad to see Jodi leave the firm, we know she will make an outstanding addition to the federal bench in Oklahoma City,” said McAfee & Taft managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Since joining McAfee & Taft, Dishman has concentrated her trial and appellate practice on high-stakes litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country, with an emphasis on complex business litigation, insurance bad faith and coverage disputes, group benefits disputes, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) actions, and class actions.

The Oklahoma native graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2002 and went on to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2005. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King and Judge Edward C. Prado, both of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before returning home to Oklahoma in 2012 to join McAfee & Taft, Dishman was an attorney in the San Antonio, Texas, office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Also confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a second vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma was U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard M. Jones, a McAfee & Taft alumnus.