THE FIRM This premier firm has recently joined forces with Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach, and has been strengthened by several litigators. It advises on all aspects of civil litigation, from agriculture and aviation to construction and healthcare-related matters. Notable highlights include acting for Eureka Water Company in a case against Nestlé Waters North America, and acting for Chesapeake Appalachia on its dispute with Citrus Energy regarding a sale of oil and gas properties. The team also continues to serve as coordinating counsel in Double Eagle Refinery Superfund litigation. Clients praise the litigators at McAfee & Taft for their professionalism, timeliness and critical thinking abilities.
Sources say: "We have an excellent working relationship with the team. It's top of the class in client care and business acumen."
KEY INDIVIDUALS John Hermes is described as "incisive, helpful and good at evaluating strengths and weaknesses of the case." He recently represented Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in a class action related to a proposed acquisition of the company by Hertz Global Holdings.
John Kenney is highly recommended for IP litigation matters. In the past year he acted for Skycam in a lawsuit alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and a breach of requirements concerning nondisclosure of confidential information.
Joseph Bocock is lauded for his presentation skills, intellect and arbitration capabilities. His recent highlights include eminent domain-related litigation matters and representing a client from the manufacturing sector in a qui tam action.
Reid Robison is "an excellent lawyer" whose long-standing experience encompasses antitrust, securities, white-collar criminal cases, contract and insurance disputes.
James Webb is described by a peer as "very very good young lawyer on his way to becoming an outstanding lawyer." He concentrates on corporate governance, shareholder derivative claims, class actions and securities fraud cases.
Richard Hix represents clients in a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters. His expertise includes breach of contract cases, UCC issues, business torts, class actions, banking, antitrust, insurance, employment and securities.
Michael Lauderdale has an excellent reputation for his employment litigation practice. He handles matters involving employment discrimination litigation, and claims arising under the ADA, FMLA and FLSA.
Richard Mullins advises on a wide range of business-related litigation matters, from healthcare to business torts to antitrust and insurance litigation. He represents hospitals, physician groups, government contractors, retailers, manufacturers and insurance companies.
Jeff Todd represents clients from the agricultural sector in federal crop insurance disputes nationwide. In the past year he also acted for Chicago Title Insurance in a lawsuit for bad faith filed by Blazingwood Enterprises.
William Leach has recently joined from Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach and concentrates on insurance defense matters. "He stands out by virtue of his tenacity, and is able to thoroughly pursue and vigorously defend the case," clients comment.
Brandon Buchanan is "a think-tank person, who knows the law" and specializes in employment law, product liability defense, and contract and insurance disputes. In the past year he co-defended online travel companies Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, Expedia and their related entities in a tax-related case brought by the State of Oklahoma.
Another recent joiner from Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach, Mary Quinn Cooper defends product liability claims and class actions across the country. "Her tenacity, aggressiveness and thoroughness make her different from other lawyers, and are supported by the quality of her intelligence," clients say.