Webb has been at McAfee & Taft for 17 years, including the last 12 years as a partner. He was part of the legal team retained by the Professional Basketball Club LLC, owners of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA franchise, in their legal fight against the city of Seattle. The resolution of that case led to the team's relocation to Oklahoma City.
“While I'm very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with Chesapeake, I'm immeasurably grateful for the support of my law partners and the incredible experiences I've had while at McAfee & Taft these past 17 years,” Webb said in a statement.
Richard Nix, managing director of McAfee & Taft, said the firm was excited for Webb and his family.
“Chesapeake is a wonderful organization with an already talented legal department, and Jim's talents and experience will continue to serve them well,” Nix said in a statement. “This is, without a doubt, an exceptional opportunity for both him and Chesapeake, and we wish them all the best.”
Webb graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and has a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He worked at the Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis before moving to Oklahoma City to work at McAfee & Taft.