Makenzie is the newest addition to the Griffith & Associates team. Makenzie has been licensed to practice in Texas since October 2019. Makenzie worked as a summer intern for Griffith & Associates while still in law school, during which she further developed her passion for criminal defense. She believes the role of the criminal defense attorney is to protect those accused of crimes and those condemned by society by telling their stories and seeking the truth.
Makenzie graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in May 2019. She was selected to participate in the 8-person Criminal Defense Clinic during her final year of law school. There, she represented more than two dozen indigent clients on various criminal cases, both felonies and misdemeanors, from start to finish. She received the "Top Grade Award" for her work there. Makenzie also was selected for membership in the Texas Tech Law Review after completing a writing competition for which she won the Darby Dickerson Top Writing Award, which is reserved for the student who receives the competition's top-score. She was one of eight students selected for publication in Vol. 51 for her criminal law article entitled Bullies Behind Bars: How Changes to Statewide Cyberbullying Policy May Do More Harm Than Good.
Makenzie has been recognized for her work in indigent defense. In addition to serving on the Pro Bono Board, she received the Brendan Murray Criminal Defense Public Service Award, the Elma Moreno Graduating Student of the Year Award, the Judge Ken G. Spencer Award, and earned membership in the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas three years in a row.
Makenzie spent her early years Red Oak, Texas, and later moved to Dallas, where she graduated from Bishop Lynch High School. She went on to study at Texas Tech University, where she received a Communications degree with minors in both Legal Studies and Spanish.