Entries by Dave Rhea

AM@PM Breakfast Forum – Real Risks in the Virtual World

Every day, businesses face increasingly dangerous challenges as a growing dependence on the Internet, electronic data storage and personal devices prevails. What are business owners and leaders expected to know and do about these digital-related threats? Phillips Murrah has assembled an expert panel of attorneys who will discuss the following topics and provide insight on how […]

United States Department of Labor WHD RFI Questions

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on on Tuesday, July 25, that they will publish a Request for Information for the overtime rule on Wednesday, July 26. (See news release)  Instructions on submitting public comments are located in the RFI, which you can view here. Comments may also be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. RFI QUESTIONS: 1. In […]

USDOL Reinstates Wage & Hour Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that they will reinstate the issuance of opinion letters, which had been replaced in 2010 by issuance of USDOL general guidance. This action allows the USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division to use opinion letters as one of its methods for providing guidance to covered employers and employees. Opinion […]

USDOL withdraws 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs announced the withdrawal of recent guidance regarding joint employment and independent contractors. OPA News Release: June 7, 2017 [link] WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance […]

Director Jim Roth sourced in article about proposed task force to examine Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission

Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice, was quoted in a Journal Record article by Sarah Terry-Cobo regarding a House Bill that seeks to create an 11-member task force to examine Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission is structure and funding. Read Roth’s comments from the article below: OKLAHOMA CITY –  Utilities, drillers, and […]

Russell Westbrook has his own room at the Hawkins’ house

Russel Westbrook has his own room at the home of Phillips Murrah Director Terry Hawkins, who leads the Firm’s Public Finance Practice. From the story in the Sunday Oklahoman: There’s no bigger Russ fanatic. (Brenda Hawkins) has replicas of every jersey the Thunder superstar has worn. She has copies of dozens of magazine covers he’s graced, […]

Phillips Murrah donates neckties for Tie Day

Attorneys at our Oklahoma law firm Phillips Murrah rallied overnight to help Journal Record reporter Molly Fleming collect neckties for Tie Day. Our attorneys donated just over 52 ties, which Molly will bring to a couple of local elementary schools, where they will be given away along with lessons on how to properly tie them. Molly […]

Director Juston Givens joins Board of American Banjo Museum

Phillips Murrah Director Juston R. Givens was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Banjo Museum. The American Banjo Museum is a $5 million, world-class 21,000 square foot facility honoring the rich history of the banjo. The museum’s collection contains more than 400 instruments, recordings, film, video, printed music, instructional materials, ephemera […]

Phillips Murrah named a Top Workplace for second year by The Oklahoman

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, our Firm is recognized as one of Oklahoma City’s Top Workplaces. The Oklahoman newspaper published their annual list of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces on Dec. 11. The Oklahoman partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, the employee research and consulting firm, to determine the region’s Top […]

Valuation discounts under threat

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Sept. 14, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Director Robert O. O’Bannon The current economic downturn in the oil and gas industry, combined with the low-interest-rate environment and the availability of valuation discounting techniques, creates a number of unique opportunities for […]

Phillips Murrah Director organizes Oklahoma commercial real estate group for women

(See the updated story here) The Oklahoma commercial real estate industry has a new organization for women practitioners called Commercial Real Estate Women, or CREW. It is a professional network that represents multiple disciplines within the industry, including lawyers, developers, bankers, architects and engineers. “We have an outstanding group of initial board members,” said Phillips Murrah […]

Phillips Murrah attorney Doug Branch featured in The Oklahoman

Phillips Murrah attorney, Douglas A. Branch, is featured in today’s Oklahoman newspaper regarding his career in biotechnology. Doug is one of the prime movers in the diversification of the Oklahoma City economy to include biotech. He recently accepted the position of CEO of Biolytx Pharmaceuticals, and he continues his legal practice at Phillips Murrah as an of counsel attorney. […]

‘Prequalifying’ Primes Pays Off for Subcontractors

By David A. Walls & A. Michelle Campney. From The Contractor’s Compass, an educational journal of the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association. Published Q2 2012 – originally posted Jun 18, 2012 IN THIS ARTICLE . . . Research primes’ reputations. Research project liens and litigation records. Investigate financial strength of prime and project financing. Imagine […]

Phillips Murrah launches AM@PM Breakfast Forum series

Bright and early Thursday morning, April 21, Oklahoma City law firm Phillips Murrah launched a new learning series called AM@PM Breakfast Forum. The hour-long presentation was held at Vast on the 50th floor of OKC’s iconic Devon Tower. Firm Directors Jason A. Dunn and Kathyrn D. Terry each talked to attendees for about 20 minutes. Jason […]

Low oil and gas prices create opportunity for estate tax planning

This article was published in OIPA Wellhead, a publication produced by Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and distributed to its membership. By Elizabeth K. Brown and Mike McDonald Act now to preserve your estate. Low oil and gas prices create opportunity for estate tax planning. The current economic downturn in the oil and gas industry combined with the […]

Jim Roth: Focusing on the meaning of the holidays

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Dec. 7, 2015. Focusing on the meaning of the holidays During this holiday season with parties, travel and the mad dash to purchase (and afford) […]