Former Tulsa Mayor and Oklahoma Commerce Secretary Kathy Taylor has joined the law firm of McAfee & Taft. After eight years of public service, including most recently as education advisor to Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, Taylor is returning to the practice of law. In addition to consulting on a diverse number of legal and business matters for business and government, Taylor will focus her practice on franchising and distribution, corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and the facilitation of public-private partnerships.
“With nearly 30 years of collective experience as a lawyer in private practice, business owner, senior executive and general counsel for an international franchising company, and public servant, Kathy brings an exceptional insight and understanding of the business concerns of the public, private, nonprofit and civic sectors,” said managing director Richard Nix.
In 2003, Gov. Henry appointed Taylor to serve as Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, Tourism and Workforce Development, a multi-faceted leadership position responsible for overseeing the state’s economic development. From 2006-2009, she served as elected mayor of Tulsa, where she combined her broad-based career experience to advance the economic, civic, cultural and educational interests of the city and state. After her mayoral term, she returned to Gov. Henry’s cabinet to serve as Chief of Education Strategy and Innovation, leading the bipartisan passage of legislation which provides a mandatory statewide framework for teacher and principal evaluation.
Active in the community and throughout the state, Taylor serves on the board of directors of Sonic Corp., the Oklahoma Heritage Association, the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is also co-chair for Street School’s 2011 fundraiser.
Taylor has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Mona Lambird Spotlight Award (2003), the Pinnacle Award from the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women (2004) and the Tulsa Press Club’s Headliner Award (2004). In 2010, she was inducted in the Tulsa Hall of Fame and named “Tulsan of the Year” by Tulsa People.