We speak from experience

published in McAfee & Taft AgLINC | March 1, 2010

By Richard Nix

Welcome to the inaugural edition of McAfee & Taft AgLINC, a publication specifically designed for clients and friends of the firm who are engaged in agriculture, equine and livestock-based businesses as well as for the organizations which actively support their efforts.

For years, McAfee & Taft lawyers have served as trusted counsel to clients in the agriculture and related industries — both locally and throughout the region — and last year we became the only law firm in Oklahoma to establish an Agriculture and Equine Industry Group specifically dedicated to providing full-service legal services to individuals, families, public and private companies, and organizations who make their living through these vital industries. Together, our lawyers provide clients with comprehensive business and legal solutions across a broad range of areas, including family wealth preservation and asset protection, business succession planning, business transactions and taxation, real estate and development, environmental issues, employee and labor relations, workplace safety, trademarks and branding, invention protection and licensing, and business dispute resolution.

For the majority of our 26 industry lawyers, understanding the realities, complexities and concerns of the agriculture and equine industries has been the result of years of hands-on experience working in the industry. In addition, our lawyers serve as outside general counsel to major farming and ranching operations and are actively involved in industry organizations such as the National Reining Horse Association, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, Sirloin Club of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Youth Expo. They are also frequent speakers at the Governor’s Conferences on Agriculture and Water Law and other ag-related seminars and conferences.

We hope you find the information provided to you through this newsletter valuable. Likewise, if you know of any other person or business that would like to start receiving this information, please let us know. We’d also like to know if you have any suggestions for future article topics.

To learn more about the comprehensive business and legal consulting services we offer through our Agriculture and Equine Industry Group practice, please visit our website at

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