Brandon Long, a shareholder and ERISA attorney with the law firm of McAfee & Taft, took over the reins as president of the SouthWest Benefits Association, the region’s premier industry organization for benefits professionals, at its annual conference held last week in Austin, TX.
Long was first elected to the SWBA’s board of directors in 2014 and has previously served in a number of leadership roles, including president-elect, treasurer, chair of the audit and budget committee, director on its education committee, and chair of the organization’s 43rd annual conference this year.
As the leader of McAfee & Taft’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, Long oversees one of the Southwest’s largest and most experienced teams of employee benefits lawyers. In addition to advising and representing clients in matters involving qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation, he also frequently speaks on employee benefits issues before state, regional and national audiences.
The SouthWest Benefits Association was founded in 1975 to foster relationships and support the educational development of employee benefits professionals. Members represent a wide range of specialties, including corporate human resources, benefit plan administration, financial management, investment counseling, third party administration, health insurance, law, accounting, actuarial, and benefits consulting.
McAfee & Taft has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.