“As a city attorney, you literally have to know everything from human-resources law to contracting law to construction law to telecommunications law,” said Mayfield, who has been in practice for nearly 15 years and joined Lauber Municipal Law, LLC, in 2017. “There really isn’t an area of the law this practice does not touch on.”
Mayfield, a University of Iowa and University of Missouri School of Law graduate, is city attorney for Tipton, Russellville, Centralia, Fayette, Sturgeon, Lincoln, Blackwater and Huntsville, and the village attorney for Arrow Rock and Windsor Place. She’s also the appointed city prosecutor for the Village of Windsor Place and the City of Huntsville, and special counsel for the cities of Moberly and Mexico. She also serves as the assistant city attorney for numerous cities including Peculiar, Butler, Odessa and Lawson.
Prior to joining Lauber, Mayfield worked as deputy counsel for the Office of the Public Counsel and as senior counsel with the Missouri Public Service Commission focusing on issues surrounding investor-owned water and sewer systems, electrical companies and gas utilities.
Mayfield now is her firm’s utilities expert and one of few people in the state practicing in the area. She finds the subject particularly fascinating as more cities experience increased pressure to do more with less resources. In cities with declining tax bases, the cost to rebuild aging infrastructure can be particularly daunting.
“Not only do I get to practice law and sit in front of a computer and do what I think of as the ‘grind of the practice,’ I get to go out with public-maintenance directors and workers and look at the plant, the pipes, all the infrastructure that right now in many cities is falling apart,” Mayfield said. “I help them figure out how to get from point A to point B without raising rates so high people can’t afford it.”
Mayfield also serves as the rural caucus chair for the Missouri State Democratic Party. In her role, she works with rural candidates to help them craft strategic messages and find campaign-funding resources. Mayfield ran for the position of Cooper County Assessor in 2016, with the goal of making the office more mobile to better serve disabled residents, particularly servicemen and women. The experience, she said, made her think of other ways she can serve her community.
Her focus moving forward is on championing civil rights.
“Missouri is going to be in need of the very first female attorney general,” she said. “Why shouldn’t that be me one of these days?”