Longtime Oklahoma City energy attorney Mark Christiansen has joined McAfee & Taft and will colead the law firm's energy industry group.
Christiansen, 57, joined McAfee & Taft after being at Crowe & Dunlevy. He has more than 30 years of experience, including litigation of energy industry lawsuits at the state, federal and appellate levels, the defense of class-action lawsuits, and advising clients on regulatory and operational matters.
Richard Nix, managing director for McAfee & Taft, said Christiansen has distinguished himself as a trusted lawyer and adviser for oil and gas companies of all sizes.
“The firm has always had the utmost respect for the quality of his work, his incredible work ethic, and his involvement in leading industry organizations, and we are very pleased he will be serving in a leadership role in an area of law that is so central to both our firm's and our state's future,” Nix said. “What makes Mark particularly unique is that he is known almost as well in Texas among the oil and gas industry bar as he is known in Oklahoma, and that is a rare accomplishment for an attorney practicing in Oklahoma City or Tulsa.”
Christiansen, a 1980 graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, said he has watched McAfee & Taft's growth in recent years.
“Without question, McAfee has positioned itself as a regional law firm that offers top legal talent and quality of service in virtually every relevant area of legal practice,” he said. “Given that McAfee & Taft has been doing as a law firm what I have always aspired to do in my own practice, it is a very natural fit, and I wanted to be part of the future of the firm.”
Christiansen has won several awards in oil and gas law, including the Eugene Kuntz Award, co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Bar Association and OU's law school, and the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association of Oklahoma.
Christiansen will colead the firm's Energy and Oil and Gas Industry Group with Tim Bomhoff.