50 Making a Difference Profile: Elizabeth Tyrell, McAfee & Taft Law Firm, OKC

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As director and shareholder for McAfee & Taft - one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Oklahoma - Elizabeth Tyrrell would seem to have enough on her plate to keep anyone busy. Yet this mother of three is notable not only for her career success but also for her dedication to both her family and her extensive volunteer work.

"Although it may be an odd philosophy for a lawyer, I don't like rules very much," Tyrrell said. "They stifle freedom and creativity. I prefer a single rule - the Golden Rule."

Tyrrell earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from Southern Methodist University, where she was named to the Order of the Coif. She was a member of Leadership Oklahoma's Class XXIII and is active in its alumni association, served on the development committee for Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma, and also is a sustainer of both the Junior League of Oklahoma City and the Go Red for Women executive leadership team.

Over the course of her career, Tyrrell has received numerous prestigious awards, including being named to The Best Lawyers in America (since 2003), and Oklahoma Super Lawyers (since 2006). She is a member of both the American and Oklahoma Bar associations, the American and Oklahoma Health Lawyers associations, and is former director of the latter. She also has been a strong leader for McAfee & Taft's Women's Initiative Committee, which was created to facilitate the professional development of the firm's female lawyers.

"Like most corporate lawyers of her caliber, Elizabeth rarely calls attention to her professional legal accomplishments, preferring instead to work diligently and quietly behind the scenes and letting her clients' success speak for itself," said McAfee & Taft fellow attorney Michael E. …