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An education attorney, Mackenzie is also a former teacher who understands the demands education clients face.

Prior to joining the firm, Mackenzie taught students of diverse abilities and backgrounds at a public charter school in Kansas City. She also served as a Teach for America Corps Member. At a granular level, Mackenzie knows what issues educators face on a day-to-day level. Known for being an approachable and effective communicator and listener, Mackenzie leverages her education background and legal skills to navigate educators through legal strategy and solutions.

Mackenzie guides clients on proactive compliance, training and policies that meet and exceed a wide range of changing regulations and place both public and private schools on optimal standing to face unexpected challenges. Her experience includes a variety of regulatory work, from changes of ownership and control to accreditation matters to authorization compliance. She has also represented clients during investigations, including Title IX investigations. When audits or claims arise, Mackenzie collaborates within the firm’s coast-to-coast footprint for optimal representation and resolution.




  • Education Law Association, August Steinhilber Award for Best Brief Writing in the Appellate Courts, 2023
  • Missouri Bar Pro Bono Wall of Fame, 2021


  • J.D., University of Kansas School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Kappa Phi
  • M.Ed., University of Missouri
    • Secondary Education
  • B.S., Bucknell University
    • Global Management
    • cum laude
    • Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Philanthropy Chair
    • Study Abroad, University of Virginia – Semester at Sea (Around the World)


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA)
2023 Pro Bono Contributor
Outside the Office

Mackenzie and her husband map out the states they’ve traveled together: 10 thus far. She plans restaurants, wineries and breweries on vacations spots, while her husband plans outdoor local hikes. A longer-distance trip to Fiji is on the shortlist. The couple are also avid college football and basketball fans. Their home is rounded out by their German Shepherd, Bellatrix.

Community Leadership
  • Lawrence Free State High School, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, 2017-2021
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman School, Basketball coach, 2015-2017