Labor & Employment Lawyer and JurisIQ Managing Editor
Paul Ross is a trial lawyer with McAfee & Taft whose primary practice involves the representation of employers in labor and employment disputes. His experience includes first-chair management of discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge matters in both federal and state courts, trial and appellate, as well as in arbitration and before governmental agencies. He routinely represents employers in a wide variety of matters, including claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal and state laws governing employers.
Paul also provides training and on-demand advice to employers regarding litigation avoidance and assists in day-to-day planning and decision-making, discrimination and harassment investigations, development of policies and procedures, employment contracts, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, reductions-in-force, and alternatives to reductions-in-force. His diverse client base includes municipalities and nonprofit organizations as well as companies engaged in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, energy, telecommunications, retail and business services.
Paul recently served as leader of McAfee & Taft's Labor and Employment Group, one of the largest of its kind in the region. He is a highly regarded speaker on issues in employment law, regularly addressing various human resource groups and management-level employees, and is a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and EmployerLINC, a legal blog dedicated to employers and workplace issues. He has also provided training to other Oklahoma lawyers on employment law topics through the Oklahoma Bar Association's Law of the Workplace program in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Labor & Employment Lawyer and JurisIQ Editor
Charlie Plumb represents management in all phases of employment law and labor relations. Much of his practice is dedicated to counseling employers on compliance with a broad range of state and federal employment laws and regulations and educating management on best practices for avoiding disputes arising from the employer/employee relationship. He also has extensive litigation experience before federal and state courts, regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, breach of contract, and constitutional law violations.
As part of his labor practice, Charlie represents unionized employers in collective bargaining negotiations with labor unions, arbitrates grievances, and defends management against a variety of claims before the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Justice and in state and federal courts. He also represents employers who seek to maintain a non-unionized workforce by counseling management on union avoidance strategies and by providing training and advice to management and supervisors. His clients include numerous municipalities throughout Oklahoma and companies engaged in the manufacturing and distribution, construction, energy, public utility, technology and business services industries.
Charlie currently serves as leader of McAfee & Taft's Labor and Employment Group, one of the largest of its kind in the region. He is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Labor Council. He is also the designated representative of McAfee & Taft as the exclusive member firm representing Oklahoma in the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of leading law firms providing legal assistance and representation to employers.
Charlie is a frequent speaker on workplace issues before state, regional and national audiences, has been interviewed by local and national media on a variety of state and federal labor and employment law matters, and has been a guest legal columnist and contributing author to numerous business and professional publications, including The Oklahoman, The Journal Record, HRlaws.com, and EmployerLINC, a legal blog dedicated to employers and workplace issues. He is also co-editor of the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, a monthly review of new court decisions, regulations and laws that affect state employers, as well as co-editor for the Oklahoma section of the annual guidebook for employers and human resources professionals, 50 Employment Laws in 50 States.
Labor & Employment Lawyer
Courtney Bru is a labor and employment attorney with McAfee & Taft whose practice is focused on the representation of employers in state and federal labor and employment matters and other issues affecting the workplace. In addition to having extensive experience representing management in all phases of litigation before state and federal courts and regulatory and administrative agencies, a significant portion of her practice is devoted to counseling and training management and human resources professionals on the best practices for reducing risk, avoiding litigation, and maintaining a productive workforce.
Courtney has extensive experience representing local, regional and national clients with respect to claims and potential claims arising from the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, wage and hour issues arising under various state laws, and discrimination and retaliation issues arising under various state and federal laws. In addition, she frequently assists employers with day-to-day issues, including interviewing and hiring, discipline and termination, employment and nonsolicitation agreements, workplace policies and handbooks, drug and alcohol testing, employee classification, internal investigations, audits by state and federal agencies, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, reductions in force, and severance programs.
Labor & Employment Lawyer
Phil Bruce is a labor and employment attorney with McAfee & Taft who counsels and represents employers exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law, including matters involving wage and hour law, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, employee handbook policies and procedures, discipline and termination, drug and alcohol testing, medical and disability leave, litigation avoidance, and compliance with a myriad of state and federal laws. He also defends employers in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies, and in arbitration against claims of workplace harassment, Title VII employment discrimination, FLSA violations, and wrongful discharge and retaliation. A portion of Phil’s practice is devoted to complex business litigation, including breach of contract cases, breach of confidentiality cases, and cases involving Lanham Act violations.
Phil’s major writing credits include co-authoring Oklahoma Employment Law: Practice and Forms Manual, published by Data Trace Publishing Company, since 2013. He also serves as a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter and EmployerLINC.
Labor & Employment Lawyer
Roberta Fields is a trial lawyer with McAfee & Taft whose primary practice is focused on the representation of employers in all areas of employment law, including litigation in state and federal courts, in arbitrations, and before regulatory and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Department of Labor (DOL). She has successfully handled litigation involving claims of wrongful discharge, harassment and employment discrimination (based on race, age and disability) as well as disputes involving wage and hour matters, medical leave, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, employee handbook and company policy violations, and breaches of employment agreements.
As part of her employment practice, Roberta trains and counsels employers on a broad range of matters affecting the workplace, including hiring, discipline, terminations, policies and procedures, drug and alcohol testing, anti-discrimination and anti-harassment, employment contracts and confidentiality agreements, workplace safety, and the National Labor Relations Act. For companies who seek to remain non-unionized, she also provides counseling on union avoidance strategies.
Isai Molina is a business lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and business matters, including real estate, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, financing of transactions, commercial lending, and business contracts. In addition to his private practice, Isai volunteers his time for Oklahoma Lawyers for Children and Rebuilding Together OKC, and is a board member of the Senior Law Resource Center and PlaySmart OKC. His achievements have earned him inclusion in Oklahoma Super Lawyers’ list of “Oklahoma Rising Stars,” which recognizes the state’s up-and-coming attorneys.
Prior to law school, Isai worked as an investigator for the Child Protective Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. He is fluent in Spanish.
Patricia Rogers is a healthcare lawyer with McAfee & Taft whose practice is concentrated in the areas of administrative and regulatory compliance, healthcare transactions, and business consulting.
She is particularly regarded for her knowledge and expertise on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and leads the firm’s dedicated HIPAA Compliance and Health Privacy Team. Her extensive work in the area includes assisting clients in assessing their vulnerabilities and risks, developing and implementing HIPAA-compliance programs and guidelines, conducting internal investigations, and responding to consumer complaints and state and federal investigations regarding alleged breaches. She also provides training to covered entities and their business associates.
She has previously served as leader of the McAfee & Taft's Healthcare Group.