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History Briefs

2022 officially marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of McAfee & Taft. Over the course of this milestone year, we’ll celebrate with weekly flashbacks from our firm’s illustrious and interesting history.

Firm History

1950

Attorney Kenneth McAfee registers the nation’s first drilling fund for Blackwood & Nichols, a predecessor company to Devon Energy Corporation, with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


1951

Richard G. Taft (right) joins Kenneth McAfee in practice.


1952

The law firm of McAfee & Taft is officially founded. The firm’s offices are located at 1316 Liberty Bank Building.

[Photograph taken in October 1951 of the Ramsey Tower in Downtown Oklahoma City, also known as the Liberty National Bank Building, the first home of the McAfee & Taft law offices. Credit: Meyers Photo Shop; Courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society]

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $3,850
Average cost of new home: $9,050
Average cost of new car: $1,700
Fuel cost: $0.20/gallon
Notables: 3 out of 5 families own a car, 2 in 3 have a telephone, 1 in 3 homes have a television; Mr. Potato Head toy first sold; First Chevrolet Corvette prototype unveiled; NBC's "The Today Show" debuts; Elizabeth II becomes Queen of England and United Kingdom; English version of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” published; World's first passenger jet, The Comet, produced in UK.

1957

Firm renamed McAfee, Taft & Cates.

Offices relocated to 2020 First National Building.


1958

Eugene Oscar Kuntz joins firm.

Firm renamed McAfee, Taft, Cates & Kuntz.


1960

Firm renamed McAfee, Taft, Cates, Kuntz & Mark.


1962

Kuntz, A Treatise on the Law of Oil and Gas is published. The multi-volume treatise, authored by Eugene O. Kuntz, provides an exhaustive survey of oil & gas conveyancing and operations and continues to this day to be widely cited by courts and lawyers alike.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $5,556
Average cost of new home: $12,500
Average cost of new car: $3,125
Fuel cost: $0.28/gallon
Notables: John Glenn becomes first American to orbit Earth; JFK sets goal of putting man on the moon before end of decade; First Wal-Mart discount store opens in Bentonville, Arkansas; First James Bond movie "Dr. No" becomes instant success; Johnny Carson takes over as host of "The Tonight Show"; Beatles release first single "Love Me Do"; Marvel's Spider-Man superhero makes his first appearance in a comic.

1963

Firm renamed McAfee, Dudley, Taft, Cates, Kuntz & Mark.


1966

After Eugene Kuntz leaves to become dean of OU Law, firm is renamed McAfee, Dudley, Taft, Cates & Mark.


1968

Jerry A. Warren hired as first associate out of law school.


1971

Firm renamed McAfee, Taft, Cates, Mark, Bond & Rucks after merger with Fowler, Rucks, Baker, Jopling, Grimlich & Mee, a successor to the Richardson, Shartel & Cochran firm.

Also that year, Eugene Kuntz re-joins the firm as of counsel.


1972

McAfee, Taft, Cates, Mark, Bond & Rucks relocates offices to fifth floor of 100 Park Avenue Building.

Terry R. Barrett and Dewey D. Dobson hired as first clerks.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $11,800
Average cost of new home: $27,550
Average cost of new car: $3,500
Fuel cost: $0.55/gallon
Notables: NASA’s Space Shuttle Program officially begins; First scientific hand-held calculator introduced; Intel invents single-chip microprocessor; Ray Tomlinson invents internet-based email; Atari kicks off first generation of video games with release of PONG; HBO launches in US as first subscription cable service; Carnival Cruise Lines begins sailing; Dow Jones closes above 1000 for first time.

1973

Firm announces change of its name to McAfee, Taft, Mark, Bond, Rucks & Woodruff.


1975

Becky Marshall and Connie Gore are first female attorneys to be hired at the firm.


1980

Articles of incorporation amended February 29, 1980; Firm renamed McAfee & Taft A Professional Corporation.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $19,500
Average cost of new home: $68,700
Average cost of new car: $7,200
Fuel cost: $1.19/gallon
Notables: “Miracle on Ice” in Lake Placid Olympics when US defeats Soviet Union in ice hockey; CNN begins broadcasting June 1; 3M unveils Post-It Notes; Rubik's Cube debuts; Pac-Man arcade game released; "The Empire Strikes Back" tops box office; Millions tune into "Dallas" to learn who shot J.R. Ewing.

1985

Firm moves into newly opened Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City, initially occupying the 8th, 9th and 10th Floors.


1993

McAfee & Taft establishes global Aviation practice to assist clients with aircraft title, registration, finance, and regulatory matters.


1998

In January, McAfee & Taft significantly expands its labor and employment practice with the addition of nine lawyers from Lytle, Soule & Curlee. The next month, McAfee & Taft establishes an intellectual property law practice by merging with Dougherty & Hessin, a boutique IP firm.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $38,100.00
Average cost of new home: $129,300.00
Average cost of new car: $17,200.00
Fuel cost: $1.15/gallon
Notables: Google founded; E-commerce takes off; Apple unveils the iMac; Assembly of International Space Station begins; Hit prime-time game show "Do You Want To Be A Millionaire" makes “Is that your final answer?” the latest catchphrase; On April Fools Day, Burger King publishes full-page ad in USA Today introducing new Whopper especially designed for lefties with same ingredients as original, but rotated 180°.

2006

Firm surpasses 115 lawyers, becoming the state’s largest law firm.


2008

McAfee & Taft opens Tulsa office located in ONEOK Building in downtown Tulsa.


2009

McAfee & Taft merges with Joyce & Paul, PLLC, continuing to add to the depth and expertise in the firm’s Tulsa office.

Renovation of Oklahoma City offices completed, occupying five floors of the Two Leadership Square. The $4 million construction project was performed in 18 phases over 20 months.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $39,423.00
Average cost of new home: $232,880.00
Average cost of new car: $26,300
Fuel cost: $2.73/gallon
Notables: Captain "Sully" Sullenberger makes successful crash landing in Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 struck by flock of geese shortly after takeoff; Bitcoin created; After 74 years of production, Kodak stops selling 35mm color film; James Cameron's epic "Avatar" dominates theaters.

2010

Tulsa office moves to MAPCO Building (8th, 9th and 10th Floors) at 1717 S. Boulder on the southside of Downtown Tulsa.


2011

McAfee & Taft merges with Eldridge Cooper Steichen & Leach, PLLC, a boutique litigation firm specializing in high-profile product liability defense.


2016

Firm moves its Tulsa office to Williams Center Tower II (11th and 12th Floors).


2017

Firm opens office in Springfield, Missouri, its first office outside of Oklahoma.


2021

Firm completes renovation of its Oklahoma City offices.

Firm further expands Tulsa office to include all of the 12th floor of the Williams Tower II building.

Snapshot

Average annual wages: $51,480
Average cost of new home: $408,800
Average cost of new car: $42,258
Fuel cost: $3.01/gallon
Notables: Oklahoma's Devon Energy tops S&P 500's best performing stocks for the year; "Squid Game" becomes most watched show in Netflix history; Cargo ship Ever Given gets stuck in Suez Canal, blocking vital global trade route for almost a week, and unexpectedly becoming an internet sensation; Christie’s sells first NFT artwork for $69 million; Chloé Zhao became first woman of color to win Best Director at the Academy Awards for her movie "Nomadland."