McAfee & Taft announces addition of seven new associates
McAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, has announced the addition of Eleanor C. Burg, Colby J. Byrd, Cole McLanahan, T. Lake Moore V, Jennifer B. Puckett, Melissa Revell and Emalie L. Rott as associates.
Eleanor Burg is a transactional attorney whose practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and business matters, including business entity formation and organization, mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock acquisitions and divestitures, and real estate transactions. While in law school, Burg served as managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was a director on the Board of Advocates, was a member of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team, and was named to the Order of the Barristers. The honors graduate was also the recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Outstanding Third-Year Student Award and the Joel Jankowsky Award, which recognizes the graduating student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in leadership, scholarship, and selfless service to others.
Colby Byrd is a trial lawyer whose civil litigation practice concentrated in the areas of condemnation disputes, landowner rights and agricultural litigation, with a specific emphasis on the representation of agriculture producers in federal crop insurance disputes and federal farm program litigation nationwide. While in law school, Byrd served as note and comment editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was crowned national champion of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy competition, and received several honors, including the Comfort Scholarship and three American Jurisprudence Awards. Upon graduating with honors, he was named to the Order of the Coif and Order of Barristers.
During law school he also served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Robert E. Bacharach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Cole McLanahan is a trial lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of business and commercial litigation, including the resolution of intellectual property and banking-related disputes, before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
McLanahan holds undergraduate degrees in both finance and accounting from Oklahoma State University. Prior to entering law school, he served as a compliance analyst for one of the nation’s largest mortgage servicing companies and as an audit supervisor for the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector for the State of Oklahoma.
While pursuing his Juris Doctor, McLanahan served as the executive articles editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was a member of the Board of Advocates, and earned an American Jurisprudence Award for Legal Research and Writing. He also served as an extern for The Honorable Scott L. Palk of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Lake Moore is a transactional attorney whose practice encompasses a broad range of business and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, complex financing arrangements, business entity formation and organization, contract negotiations, corporate governance and compliance, and real estate transactions. During law school, Moore was a member of the American Indian Law Review and Phi Delta Phi honor society and was the recipient of several honors, including the Chesapeake Scholarship, Frank and Edna Elkouri Scholarship, Cole E. Adwon Memorial Scholarship, Aubrey M. Kerr Sr. Endowed Scholarship, and American Jurisprudence Award for Mergers and Acquisitions. He also served as judicial intern to The Honorable Kim West of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and as a legal intern in the General Counsel Unit of the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General.
Jennifer Puckett is a trial lawyer whose state and federal civil litigation practice is focused on the resolution of complex business disputes, with a specific emphasis on insurance litigation and matters affecting the energy industry. A portion of her practice is devoted to the representation of management exclusively in labor and employment disputes. While in law school, Puckett served as articles editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was crowned National Champion of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and was named to the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. She was also the recipient of numerous scholarships and other honors, including the Comfort Scholarship, Judge Wayne Alley Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, and eight American Jurisprudence Awards for academic excellence.
Puckett currently serves on the Young Alumni Advisory & Pro Bono Council of the International Business & Human Rights Center at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Melissa Revell is a corporate attorney who focuses her practice on transactional, corporate and regulatory matters. Her state and federal healthcare regulatory practice includes issues relating to Medicare fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, licensure and accreditation requirements, and Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, billing and reimbursement. During law school, Revell served as an articles research editor of the Tulsa Law Review, Speaker Pro Tempore for the Student Bar Association, Student Ambassador, and Alumni Relations and Fern Holland Banquet Chair for the Women’s Law Caucus. She received the William W. Means Professionalism Endowed Scholarship, Steele Scholarship, and four CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. Revell also served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Russell Lloyd of the First Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas, and as a legal extern for both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board, Civil Remedies Division and the American Health Lawyers Association in Washington, D.C.
Emalie Rott is a trial lawyer whose practice encompasses the areas of civil litigation and intellectual property law. As part of her litigation practice, she represents individuals and businesses in disputes involving intellectual property assets, defends manufacturers and distributors against product liability claims, and represents individuals in domestic family law matters. While in law school, Rott served as an articles research editor of the Tulsa Law Review and as executive director of the Board of Advocates, was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honor society and the Women’s Law Caucus, was named to the Order of the Curule Chair and Order of the Barristers, and earned five CALI Excellence for the Future Awards. She also served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Gregory Frizzell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. While participating in the University of Tulsa College of Law’s study abroad program with University College of Dublin during the summer of 2016, she worked as an intern for Barrister William Ryan, a prominent intellectual property and entertainment barrister, in Dublin, Ireland.
With more than 185 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.