Veteran Oklahoma City litigator joins McAfee & Taft

published in The Oklahoman | February 17, 2019

Shortly after joining McAfee & Taft after practicing 44 years with the same firm, veteran trial lawyer Drew Neville was profiled in an Executive Q&A with The Oklahoman.  In it, he talked about his roots, his early career as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Henry Bellmon and as a federal prosecutor in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and some of his most memorable, high-profile cases.

“I feel that we reached favorable settlements in defending the Las Vegas Hilton against allegations of negligence in the infamous Tailhook sexual assault case and in protecting the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce of Toronto, after Enron shareholders filed a class action against the bank for its involvement with the corrupt corporation,” said Neville.  “In Tailhook, more than 100 U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted 83 women and seven men during the 35th Annual Tailhook Association Symposium in September 1991. For the Enron case, I worked with a Chicago firm, Mayer Brown, which had offices worldwide. The firm has no ties to Oklahoma City, but I met and worked alongside associates during litigation following the fall of Penn Square Bank. The litigation catapulted Oklahoma’s bar into national prominence. It centered in federal court in Oklahoma City and was the largest securities litigation in the U.S. All the huge firms from the East and West Coasts were in Oklahoma City. The silver lining to the bank collapse was the national exposure for me and other lawyers. It put us on the map.”

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