John Kenney on Writing Songs

The Oklahoma City litigator has a way with words

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By Beth Taylor on October 21, 2018


John Kenney knows how to speak to juries—and country music fans, too. The intellectual property attorney, who practices law at McAfee & Taft, talks about how he got started writing songs, and discusses the similarities between working a story into a song and telling the storyline of a case in a compelling way.

Kenney’s story is featured in the 2018 edition of Oklahoma Super Lawyers magazine.

“I take the idea—it may be funny, it may be serious, it may be catchy—and I put that into a story that I write out. Then I take that one or two pages and look for the key words or key phrases and try to put those down. … It’s the keys to building an opening statement and building a song.”

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