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Eight recent law school graduates join McAfee & Taft

September 24, 2019

2019 New Associates

McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, has announced the addition of J. Cooper Davis, Allison Meinders Harvey, Katelyn M. King, Alyssa N. Lankford, Micah G. Mahdi, Adrienne M. Martinez, Hayley Blair Myers, and Collen L. Steffen as new associates.

J. Cooper Davis is corporate and tax lawyer who represents clients of all sizes in a broad range of business matters, including entity formation and structuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, transaction financing, and business and transaction taxation. He also advises tax-exempt organizations on legal and business matters specifically applicable to nonprofits. Davis graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2019, where he was awarded the Nathan Scarritt Prize for the highest academic record in his graduating class.

Allison Meinders Harvey is a transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses the areas of business transactions and financing, real estate, and tax law. The Woodward, OK, native graduated summa cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University in 2016 and devotes a portion of her practice to representing individuals and families in family wealth and estate planning matters. Harvey graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2019.

Katelyn M. King is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice involves the resolution of a broad range of disputes, including products liability defense, energy and oil & gas litigation, and other complex business and commercial litigation. She graduated summa cum laude from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2019, where she was a Hatton Sumners Scholar, a member of Oklahoma City University Law Review, and the recipient of 13 CALI Awards for academic excellence.

Alyssa N. Lankford represents management in all phases of labor and employment law and litigation and devotes a portion of her practice to the resolution of complex business and commercial disputes. Lankford graduated with distinction from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2019. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, she served as editor-in-chief of the American Indian Law Review, held leadership positions in the Board of Advocates and the Organization for Women in the Law, was named to the National Order of Scribes, and worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

Micah G. Mahdi is a corporate lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and business transactions, including real estate sales, acquisition, development, and leasing matters. While attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law, the honors graduate was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review, served on the Dean’s Leadership Council and Dean’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion, served as president of the Black Law Student Association and was named the 2018-2019 Southwest Region of the BLSA Chapter President of the Year, and was honored with the 2019 Joel Jankowsky Award.

Adrienne M. Martinez 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. She graduated magna cum laude from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2019, where she served on the Dean’s Committee on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, was awarded the Judge Dwain Box Memorial Award for Outstanding Appellate Advocacy, and was selected as a national member of the Order of Barristers.  She also holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology and a bachelor’s degree in forensic science.

Hayley Blair Myers’s business and litigation practice is focused primarily on issues affecting the healthcare industry, including regulatory compliance matters, day-to-day business operations, HIPAA compliance and health privacy, healthcare transactions, and related litigation. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, the 2019 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law was a member of the law school’s Health Law Society, worked as a legal intern for a Texas-based health system, and was the recipient of the Dean’s Leadership Award, Chancellor’s Law Scholarship, and Weldon Wilson Scholarship.

Collen L. Steffen is a transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas transactions and real estate law. The Kansas native graduated summa cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in finance from Oklahoma State University in 2016 and with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2019. While in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Oklahoma Law Review, was honored with the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Senior Law School Student Award, and was named to the Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, and National Order of Scribes.

With more than 180 attorneys and offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Springfield, McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.