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McAfee & Taft announces addition of seven new associates

October 2, 2017

2017 new associatesMcAfee & Taft, the state’s largest law firm, has announced the addition of Simon W. Bright, Hannah Cline Shoss, Andrew M. KingEmma L. Land, Russell C. Lissuzzo III, Mackenzie L. Smith and Stanton Yeakley as associates.

Simon Bright is a corporate attorney whose transactional practice encompasses a broad range of complex business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entity formation, securities offerings, and real estate acquisition, development, sales and financing. As a member of the firm’s Energy and Oil & Gas Industry Group, Bright leverages his prior career experience in the industry to represent clients engaged in energy exploration and production, transportation and marketing in a broad range of matters, including oil and gas property sales and acquisitions, leases, title work, securities offerings, development and operating contracts, and exploration, participation, farmout and joint venture agreements.

Simon is a 2017 honors graduate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While pursuing his Juris Doctor, he served as executive articles editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, was a member of the Energy Resources Law Student Association and Phi Delta Phi honor society, and was the recipient of four American Jurisprudence Awards.

Hannah Cline Shoss is a corporate attorney whose transactional and business counseling practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, entity selection and business formation, contract drafting and negotiations, corporate governance and compliance, and real estate sales, leasing, financing and development.

Hannah graduated magna cum laude from the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2017, where she served as articles editor of the SMU Law Review and was named to the Order of the Coif. While pursuing her Juris Doctor, she served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Martin J. Hoffman of the 68th Civil District Court in Dallas, TX.

Her prior career experience includes working as a business manager for a Texas-based medical practice, where she developed valuable hands-on experience and understanding of the healthcare industry and was involved in matters dealing with strategic planning, business succession, asset protection, human resources, provider credentialing, HIPAA compliance, the transition to electronic health records in accordance with Medicare regulations, and the construction, financing and development of a second practice location.

Andrew King is a transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of business and commercial matters, including business entity formation and organization, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, real estate transactions, contract negotiations, business taxation, and family wealth planning.

Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and graduated with highest honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2017. While in law school, he worked for the Immigrant Rights Project at the Boesche Legal Clinic, was a member of the Board of Advocates, and received the CALI Award for Advanced Legal Research.

Prior to embarking on his legal career, Andrew served in the Oklahoma Army National Guard for six years and led a mortar fire team in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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 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 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 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.