Alyssa N. Lankford


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Alyssa Lankford represents management in all phases of labor and employment law, including litigation in state and federal courts, before regulatory and administrative agencies, and in arbitration matters. Her practice includes counseling and representing clients in a broad range of matters arising out of the employer-employee relationship, including employment discrimination, harassment, approved leave, wage and hour issues, collective and class actions, discipline and termination, policies and procedures, drug and alcohol testing, arbitration provisions and programs, and non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, as well as litigation avoidance and compliance with other federal and state laws. She also devotes a portion of her practice to the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes.

Alyssa is a contributing author to the Oklahoma Employment Law Letter, Midwest Employment Law Letter, EmployerLINC,, and

In addition to working in private practice, Alyssa’s career experience includes serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, from 2021–2022, and as a full-time elementary school teacher and part-time elementary content specialist with Teach for America from 2014–2016.

Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Westminster College with a double major in transnational studies and Spanish in 2014, and with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in May 2019. At OU Law, she served as the editor-in-chief of the American Indian Law Review, received the American Indian Law Review Outstanding Note Award, and was a member of the National Order of the Scribes. Additionally, she served as a legal extern for the Honorable Judge Robert Bacharach of the Tenth Circuit, held leadership positions in the Board of Advocates and the Organization for Women in the Law, worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and received three American Jurisprudence Awards for academic excellence.

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Experience, Honors, & Awards

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Oklahoma Bar Association

Civic Involvement and Leadership

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA volunteer)

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At The Podium

Do or Do Not, There is No Try: Getting the FLSA Right

EmployerLINC23: HR in Reel Life
Oklahoma City, OK | March 23, 2023

Because of Sex: Gender discrimination claims after Bostock v. Clayton County

Online | March 10, 2021
Attorney Articles


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EEOC targeting discriminatory use of artificial intelligence

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |
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States and cities limit AI use in employment decisions

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |
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House passes Equality Act as some states head in different direction

McAfee & Taft EmployerLINC |
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Employer responsibilities for reinstating employees returning from FFCRA leave

McAfee & Taft LINC |

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District: A Tribe’s Successful Fight for Federally Reserved Water Rights

American Indian Law Review |

Industry Groups



  • Oklahoma, 2019
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit


  • J.D., with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 2019
    • Editor-in-Chief, American Indian Law Review; National Order of Scribes; Board of Advocates; Organization for Women in the Law; 3 American Jurisprudence Awards
  • B.A. (Transnational Studies and Spanish), magna cum laude, Westminster College, 2014


2023 Firm Announcement

February 2, 2023
2020 Firm Announcement

2020 Firm Announcement

January 7, 2020