Veteran employment attorney Kathy Neal joins firm

August 5, 2009

McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, has further expanded its labor and employment practice with the addition of Kathy R. Neal, an accomplished attorney whose achievements in labor and employment law have earned her national recognition by leading industry publications Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in America, and Oklahoma Super Lawyers.

The firm now has more than 40 lawyers who represent management exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law and litigation.

Neal represents employers with respect to all aspects of their relationships with employees. In addition to counseling employers and providing management training on best practices to avoid employment disputes, Neal has broad experience in both state and federal courts, before administrative and regulatory agencies, and in arbitration and mediation. Her litigation expertise includes defense of claims of discrimination, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, enforcement of non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and wage and hour disputes.

In addition to her employment practice, Neal has successfully litigated commercial claims involving breach of contract and manufacturers’ products liability. She has been a frequent speaker and author on workplace issues and served a number of years as an adjunct settlement judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

In 2005, Neal was awarded the Fern Holland Award by The University of Tulsa College of Law Women’s Law Caucus for her work with Springboard — Educating the Future, a non-profit organization responsible for building 200 schools for young girls in rural Egypt.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Neal previously practiced with Tulsa-based Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach PLLC.

McAfee & Taft is Oklahoma’s largest law firm, serving clients throughout the region and nationally 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.  The firm employs nearly 300 Oklahomans, including nearly 145 attorneys, with offices in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.