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An archive of the Inside OU Law Newsletter, Class Notes and additional alumni news. 

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*Categorized in Alphabetical Order According to Alumni Year.
(Collected between May  5, 2020 – Sept. 14, 2020)

1950s

1960s

N. Martin Stringer (’64) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for corporate law; corporate governance law; mergers and acquisitions law. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Dee A. Replolge Jr. (’68) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for closely held companies and family businesses law; tax law; tax litigation and controversy; trusts and estates. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

 

1970s

Cleveland County Associate District Judge Stephen Bonner (’70) retired in July 2020.

Michael Cawley (’72) was announced as an official member of the OU Board of Regents.

Drew Neville (’72) - was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition for antitrust litigation; bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; securities litigation; white collar criminal defense. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Robert T. Luttrell, III (‘73) was honored as “Financial Services Regulation Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is of counsel to and practice group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

John N. Hermes (’75) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition for bet-the-company litigation; banking and finance litigation; commercial litigation; ethics and professional responsibility law; securities litigation. He is of counsel to McAfee & After in Oklahoma City.

John A. Kenney (’75) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; intellectual property litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants; patent litigation; product liability litigation – defendants; trade secrets law. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Cleta Mitchell (’75) delivered remarks during an event on the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment in the Blue Room of the White House.

Michael E. Joseph (’76) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for biotechnology and life sciences practice; business organizations; corporate compliance law; corporate governance law; corporate law; franchise law; health care law; non-profit/charities law; project finance law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

C. Bruce Crum (’77) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for banking and finance law; business organizations; corporate law; financial services regulation law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. (’77) was named “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is an attorney for McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

For the fourth consecutive year, Crowe & Dunlevy, along with attorney Cynda C. Ottaway (‘78), have received Band 1 rankings in the annual 2020 Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide.

Louis J. Price (’78) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; bankruptcy litigation; commercial finance law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

 

1980s

Elizabeth Scott Wood (’80) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021for employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation. She is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

James C. Prince (’81) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for employee benefits/ERISA law; health care law. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Steven W. Bugg (’82) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for bankruptcy, creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; bankruptcy litigation. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

W. Chris Coleman (’82) was honored with the distinction of being named as “Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year” in two areas of practice, Business Organizations Law and Venture Capital Law and included in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

In the Tulsa market, William S. Leach (’82) was named “Personal Injury Defense Litigation Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Robert W. Dace (’83) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; energy law; environmental litigation; intellectual property litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants; oil and gas law. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Richard D. Craig (’84) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law; corporate law; tax law; tax litigation and controversy; trusts and estates; trust and estates litigation. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Roberta B. Fields (’84) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition for employment law — management; labor and employment litigation. She is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Steven P. Cole (’85) was named “Tax Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Clifford C. Dougherty III (’85) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for copyright law; intellectual property litigation; patent law; patent litigation; trademark law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Myrna Schack Latham (’85) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; real estate law. She is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Joe C. Lewallen Jr. (’85) was honored as “Commercial Transactions/UCC Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder and director of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Richard D. Nix (’85) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for corporate law; employee benefits/ERISA law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Kimberly Korando (‘86), an attorney at Smith Anderson, was recognized by Chambers USA, one of the leading rankings agencies for law firms and lawyers, as being among the top practitioners in North Carolina. She was also recognized as Smith Anderson’s 2021 “Lawyers of the Year” for Raleigh.

Brita Haugland Cantrell (’87) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for family law. She is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Charles Greenough (’87) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; banking and finance litigation; bankruptcy litigation; commercial litigation. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Timothy J. Bomhoff (’88) was honored as “Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder and director of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Richard G. McGee (‘88) published a second book, “Drafting Tribal Employment Laws & Handbooks.”

M. Richard Mullins (’88) was included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition for bet-the-company litigation; commercial litigation; health care law; health care litigation; securities litigation; qui tam law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Tony G. Puckett (’88) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

S. Gregory Frogge (’89) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; health care law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

 

1990s

Ryan N. Cross (’90) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for patent law. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Robert L. Garbrecht (’90) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; real estate law. He is shareholder and practice group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Michael F. Lauderdale (’90) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; employment law – management; health care law; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation. He is shareholder and managing director of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Erin M. Van Laanen (’91) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for aviation law; equipment finance law. She is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Anthony L. Rahhal (’91) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for copyright law; intellectual property litigation; patent law; patent litigation; trade secrets law; trademark law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Scott D. McCreary (’92) was named “Equipment Finance Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder and practice group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Nathan L. Whatley (’92) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for employment law – management; labor law – management; labor and employment litigation. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Andrew L. Richardson (’94) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Christian S. Huckaby (’95) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for product liability litigation – defendants. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

T. Michael Blake (’96) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; closely held companies and family businesses law, corporate law; mergers and acquisitions law; tax law; trusts and estates; venture capital law. He is a shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Jennifer H. Callahan (’96) was named “Nonprofit/Charities Lawyer of the Year,’ and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. She is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Alan G. Holloway (’96) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for tax law; trusts and estates. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Jeff L. Todd (’97) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for agriculture law; commercial litigation; eminent domain and condemnation law; environmental litigation; real estate litigation; water law. He is shareholder and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

 

2000s

Brandon Buchanan (’00) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; construction litigation; insurance law; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Justin L. Jackson (’00) was named “Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year,” and included The Best Lawyers in America 2021 edition. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Todd Woolery (’00) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; oil and gas law. He is shareholder, practice group leader and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Chickasaw attorney, jurist Dustin P. Rowe (’01) was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

J. Craig Buchan (’02) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Natalie K. Ramsey (’02) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for employment law – management; labor and employment litigation. She is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Ronald T. Shinn Jr. (’02) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial litigation; health care litigation; qui tam law. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Stephen M. Hetrick (’03) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations. He is shareholder and director of McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bonner J. Gonzalez (’04) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for commercial finance law; corporate law; tax law. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Jeremy M. Black (’05) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law; tax law. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Joshua D. Smith (’05) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for business organizations; mergers and acquisitions law. He is shareholder, practice group leader and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Wagner Dias da Silva (’07) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for mergers and acquisitions law; securities/capital markets law. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Reagan E. Bradford (’08) and Ryan K. Wilson (’17) have established Bradford & Wilson PLLC. Bradford serves on the College of Law’s Board of Visitors, and he previously served as deputy general counsel at Chesapeake Energy and as the Managing Partner of The Lanier Law Firm’s Oklahoma City office.

Laura J. Long (’08) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for energy law; environmental litigation; oil and gas law. She is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Caroline A. McClimon (‘08) has joined Austin, Texas law firm Bollier Ciccone LLP as an associate attorney in the family law practice.

First-time honoree Kristin M. Simpsen (’08) was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for her work in the field of labor and employment litigation. As a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, she was named by the editors of Benchmark Litigation to its 2020 “40 & Under Hot List” of the nation’s most notable up-and-coming litigators.

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Evan G.E. Vincent (‘08) was selected for the annual Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List 2020 publication, an exclusive ranking of U.S. litigators 40 years of age or younger.

Richard D. Johnson (’09) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for nonprofit/charities law; tax law; trusts and estates. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

H. Cole Marshall (’09) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for real estate law. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

 

2010s

Sasha L. Beling (’10) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for trade secrets law; trademark law. She is shareholder and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

John R. Chubbuck (’10) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is of counsel to McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Christopher M. Staine (‘10) was selected for the annual Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List 2020 publication, an exclusive ranking of U.S. litigators 40 years of age or younger.

Philip R. Bruce (’11) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Danae V. Grace (’11) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. She is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Zachary A.P. Oubre (’11) was re-selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for intellectual property litigation; trade secrets law. He is shareholder and industry group leader of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Patrick L Stein (’11) - was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is shareholder of McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Jacob S. Crawford (’12) - was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is an associate at McAfee & Taft in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

J.D. Brown (‘13) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is an associate at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Paige Hoster Good (’13) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. She is an associate at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Choctaw Nation attorney Cory C. Ortega (’13) was appointed as a U.S. Attorney.

Alex Duncan (’15) was named to the publication’s inaugural list of The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated outstanding professional excellence earlier in their careers. He is an associate at McAfee & Taft in Oklahoma City.

Ryan K. Wilson (’17) and Reagan E. Bradford (’08) and have established Bradford & Wilson PLLC. Wilson previously worked at The Lanier Law Firm and Crowe & Dunlevy. The firm will focus on civil litigation, including class action litigation, commercial litigation and oil-and-gas litigation.

 

2020s

Jonathan Rogers (‘20) has joined Hall Estill as an Associate in the Oklahoma City office. Rogers received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Oklahoma Law Review, volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and was awarded the Comfort Scholarship. Upon graduation, Rogers was inducted into the National Order of Scribes.

We Remember

(Collected between May  5, 2020 – Sept. 14, 2020)

Alumni (in alphabetical order):

Thomas Hockman Alford (’76)
Harry Edwinn Brown, Jr. (’59)
Philip Franklin Horning (‘68) 
Thomas Scott Hunter, Sr.(’64)
Alan L Jackere (‘71)
William Eugene “Bill” Jameson (’86)
The Honorable Arlene (Joplin) Johnson (’71)
John Oscar Lagerberg (’83)
Cleo Raymond Patton (’76)
The Honorable Lee R. West (‘56)
Doug Williams (’68)

Friends of OU Law:

Steven Barghols

Dedication to Late Professor Emeritus Osborne M. Reynolds

Osborne M. Reynolds, who served on the OU College of Law Faculty from 1968 to 2002, passed away on September 4, 2020. Although retired, he continued his affiliation with the College, maintaining an office in the Emeritus Faculty wing. Professor Reynolds taught courses in land use planning, local government, regulated industries, and torts. He was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Betta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta and the American Bar Association.

Additional tributes to Professor Osborne Reynolds:

*Photo provided by Justice Dustin Rowe
From left: Justice Dustin Rowe, Professor Osborne Reynolds
*Photo provided by Justice Dustin Rowe

 

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