Express Employment Professionals Names McAfee & Taft Partner Keith McFall General Counsel
Legal Expertise Will Position Staffing Company for Continued Growth
OKLAHOMA CITY - December 10, 2012 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest privately held staffing companies in the U.S., today announced Keith McFall as general counsel effective Jan. 1, 2013. In his new role, McFall will support the company’s continued expansion and growth by overseeing legal and corporate affairs.
Employers relying more heavily on temporary staffing solutions have contributed to the company’s double-digit growth for the past three years. Express recently exceeded $2 billion in sales for the third straight year to become a driver of the nation’s job growth in an uncertain economy.
McFall joins Express from the Oklahoma City-based national law firm McAfee & Taft, where he led its Business Transactions Practice Group. Robert A. (Bob) Funk, Express Employment Professionals CEO and chairman of the board, praised McFall for his business acumen and ability to navigate complex legal issues.
“Keith brings invaluable executive experience in the legal and commercial fields to Express,” Funk said. “As a highly respected corporate lawyer, Keith has effectively advised a broad range of companies on a multitude of legal and business matters as well as successfully represented their legal interests during his extensive career.” Funk further described McFall as a consummate professional, thoughtful leader and outstanding business counselor recognized and respected for his integrity and insightfulness. “His experience in private equity and commercial financing, franchise law, corporate law, complex business transactions and employment law will enable us to more efficiently address the layers of regulatory complexities growing companies such as Express must address.
“Our ability at Express to attract a lawyer of the standing and stature of Keith speaks volumes of the significant potential we have to build the company and extend our reach and opportunity both nationally and internationally. I am confident Express will benefit immeasurably from Keith’s counsel and leadership in the years ahead, and I look forward with high anticipation to working with him.”
McFall has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in complex business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, franchising, major real estate and development projects and commercial financing. He has been involved in a number of high-profile commercial projects and merger and acquisition transactions.
Richard Nix, managing director of McAfee & Taft, said the law firm wishes McFall well. “We sincerely thank Keith for his many contributions to the firm and the leadership he provided our Business Transactions Group. We can appreciate the scope of the skills and talents he has to offer Express. While we are sorry to lose him, we are exceptionally proud of the excellent work and service McAfee & Taft has provided Express and its affiliates for well over a decade, and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Keith as a good friend and client.”
McFall said he appreciated the opportunity to work for an industry leader like Express. “For three decades, Express Employment Professionals has helped companies solve workforce challenges by providing personal service and innovative approaches. The business model built around independently owned franchises with common goals and shared values works very well.”
McFall added that he has long admired Bob Funk and looks forward to working with him to manage legal considerations while seeking new business opportunities.
McFall holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His legal achievements have earned him recognition from many of the industry’s leading publications, including the “Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Oklahoma Super Lawyers.” Prior to McAfee & Taft, he was a shareholder director with Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay and Murrah, a corporate law firm he co-founded in 1986 and for which he served as managing director for 16 years. McFall is also general counsel for the State Chamber of Oklahoma.
About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals offers a full range of employment solutions including evaluation hire, temporary staffing, professional search and human resources. With more than 600 offices in three countries, Express is committed to helping as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many clients as possible find good people. For more information, visit www.expresspros.com.
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