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Associates Land, Lissuzzo, Smith and Yeakley join McAfee & Taft

October 9, 2017

McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, has announced the addition of 2017 law school honors graduates Emma L. Land, Russell C. Lissuzzo III, Mackenzie L. Smith and Stanton Yeakley as associates.

Emma L. Land
Emma L. Land

Emma Land is a transactional attorney whose practice is primarily focused on representing clients in matters involving the buying, selling, leasing, registration, ownership and operation of aircraft. Land graduated with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and was a member of the Board of Advocates, Phi Delta Phi honor society, Organization for the Advancement of Women Lawyers, and Legal Group for Building Tolerance and Acceptance. She was also the recipient of two American Jurisprudence Awards and named to the Order of the Coif.

Prior to entering law school, Land received a Fulbright Commission scholarship from the U.S. Department of State and served as an English foreign language assistant in Germany for one year. During her time overseas, she also worked as an intern in the U.S. Consulate General Office for four months.

Russell C. Lissuzzo III
Russell C. Lissuzzo III

Russell Lissuzzo III is a trial lawyer whose civil litigation practice encompasses the areas of complex business and commercial disputes, mass torts litigation, insurance litigation, and product liability defense in both state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. He also represents management exclusively in labor and employment matters, including those involving claims of harassment and discrimination, wrongful and retaliatory discharge, wage and hour violations, breach of employment agreements, and other disputes arising from the employer-employee relationship.

Lissuzzo graduated cum laude from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he was named to the Phi Delta Phi honor society and earned a CALI Award in Legal Research and Writing II. While in law school he served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Barbara Swinton in the Oklahoma County District Court.

Mackenzie L. Smith
Mackenzie L. Smith

Mackenzie Smith is a trial lawyer whose civil litigation practice is concentrated in energy litigation, insurance litigation, and complex business and commercial disputes before state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings.

Smith graduated summa cum laude from the Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she was a member of the Oklahoma City Law Review and international law moot court team and was the recipient of 12 CALI Awards.

While pursuing her Juris Doctor, Smith served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Timothy D. DeGuisti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, a reference assistant for the Oklahoma City University School of Law library, and a social media intern for Oklahoma City University Counseling Services. Prior to entering law school, she served as an intern for the Office of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and a public affairs intern for the Office of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

Stanton R. Yeakley
Stanton R. Yeakley

Stanton Yeakley is a trial lawyer whose civil litigation practice involves the resolution of a broad range of complex commercial and business disputes in both state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings.

Yeakley graduated with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Tulsa Law Review, was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and the Phi Delta Phi legal honor fraternity, and earned three CALI Awards. At graduation, he was named to the Order of the Curule Chair.

With more than 170 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.