Steven W. "Steve" McGrath

Conner & Winters, LLP

Recognized since 1995

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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Steve McGrath has practiced in the employee benefits and executive compensation area since the enactment of the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974. Mr. McGrath has served as the Firm's employee benefit and executive compensation practice leader for over 15 years. Prior to joining Conner & Winters, he served in a similar capacity for other law firms. Mr. McGrath advises large public corporations, privately held entities, colleges, universities, governmental bodies and tax exempt organizations. His employee benefit practice involves:

- The employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions

- ERISA litigation- Executive compensation

- Cash balance pension plan design

- Fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues

- Multiemployer plan issues

- Qualified plan and welfare plan design

- VEBA and taxable trust structuring, and

- General aspects of an employee benefit practice

Mr. McGrath is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Employee Benefits Law) and is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Mr. McGrath is also listed as a Super Lawyer (Employee Benefits/ERISA). He previously served as Chairperson of the Flexible Benefits Advisory Council for the State of Oklahoma which was responsible for the design of the flexible benefits program offered to employees of the State of Oklahoma. Mr. McGrath is a former member of the Governor's Cabinet Review Team for Oklahoma Health and Human Services Department and a former member of the Board of Directors of the SouthWest Benefits Association.

Mr. McGrath is a frequent lecturer on employee benefits issues including conferences sponsored by the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Bureau of National Affairs, SouthWest Benefits Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Oklahoma Bar Association, various universities and other national associations.

Contact & Links


  • 4100 First Place Tower
    15 East Fifth Street
    Tulsa, OK 74103


  • College of William & Mary, J.D., graduated 1974
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County, B.S., graduated 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1974


  • American Bar Association (Member: Tax Section, Employee Benefits Committee, Labor Law Section) - Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Association - Member
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association - Member
  • SouthWest Benefits Association - Member
  • Tulsa County Bar Association - Member
  • Tulsa Employee Benefits Group - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court - 1980

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tulsa (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Special Focus

  • Executive Compensation
  • Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Government Plans
  • Litigation
  • Multi-Employee Plans
  • Pension, Health and Welfare


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America© for Employee Benefits Law (1995-2020)
  • Listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers (Employee Benefits/ERISA)
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • Southwest Benefits Association – Member of Board of Directors 1997 - 2000
  • State of Oklahoma Flexible Benefits Advisory Counsel Chairperson 1989 - 1991
  • Tulsa Employee Benefits Group – Former Chair of Steering Committee
  • Governor's Commendation for Service on Flexible Benefits Advisory Council
  • William and Mary Law Review - Research Editor 1973 - 1974 and Member 1972 – 1974
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • American Jurisprudence Awards – Contracts, Evidence, Trusts and Estates
  • Publications Include: Chapter, "Employer Contributions", 4 Bender's Fed. Tax Serv. (MB) at C: 12-1, (1989), (Co-Author); Multi-Employer Pension Plans: Withdrawal Liability and Related Problems (PBI No. 1983-229); and Mandatory Maternity Leave: Title VII and Equal Protection, 14 Wm & Mary Law Review 1026 (1973) (Co-Author).


  • Aviation and Airlines
  • Banking and Finance
  • Church and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and Logistics


  • Employee Benefit Plan Design and Administration
  • Employee Benefits
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Tax

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