Entries by Dave Rhea

PM Director nominated for OCBA Board of Directors

OCBA Nominations & Election Committee announced its candidates for 2015-2016 Board of Directors elections. Phillips Murrah Director Ray Zschiesche has been nominated and is currently featured in the June 2015 Briefcase publication on page 11. From OCBA Briefcase: Ballots will be mailed the first week in July and should be returned no later than July 31, […]

Ex-Im Bank must have its life span extended

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on July 17, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. The hotly contested Export-Import Bank of the United States has been in existence since 1934 by executive order, was made a separate agency by Congress in 1945 and exists to […]

Levelland Productions puts OKC at top of Oklahoma music scene

Levelland Productions got a lot of good press last week with their actions that are propelling the Oklahoma City music scene. “It’s been exciting to see these guys get to this point,” said Phillips Murrah Director Juston R. Givens. “They’ve put in a lot of hard work and it’s fun to watch that come to fruition.” For background, we mentioned Levelland […]

PM attorney Jennifer Ivester Berry to discuss wind energy for ABA CLE course

Phillips Murrah attorney Jennifer Ivester Berry will be a panelist for a discussion about issues that arise in the wind development project process as a result of competing land uses. She will also present strategies for addressing such disputes, specifically competing interests of the oil and gas industry with renewable energy development. The program, The World […]

Attorney Monica Ybarra featured in The Journal Record

Phillips Murrah attorney Monica Y. Ybarra was featured in an article in The Journal Record titled, “Raising the bar: Law firm success includes developing talent, not just hiring the best.” The article is about hiring practices within law firms: OKLAHOMA CITY – Cultivating excellence at a law firm goes beyond hiring smart talent. Experts said developing […]

In the face of industry uncertainty, proactively protect assets and family wealth

This article was published in OIPA Wellhead, a publication produced by Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and distributed to its membership. Worried about the future? Take a proactive look at asset protection planning, family wealth preservation trusts By Elizabeth K. Brown and Mike McDonald For those of us who lived in Oklahoma during the 1980s, it may feel a […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys quoted in OCC, OG&E story in The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Corporation Commission judge says no to replacing OG&E’s Mustang plant in $1.1 billion compliance case By Paul Monies, Published: June 9, 2015 – Read the entire story here. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. should be able to recover some costs related to environmental compliance, but should not get pre-approval to spend $400 million to replace […]

Phillips Murrah “Law & Oarder” rowing teams gear up for race day

Phillips Murrah’s rowing teams, “Law & Oarder,” are on the home stretch as they prepare for their second annual corporate regatta. This summer’s race will be held during the Stars & Stripes River Festival June 27th at the OKC Boathouse District. Corporate racing begins at 5 p.m. Below is a brief interview with Melissa Gardner, co-captain and organizer […]

PM attorney, distinguished BBBS advocate to attend national conference as Oklahoma State Governing Board Chair

Byrona J. Maule, Phillips Murrah Director and co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, will be attending the 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference as Oklahoma’s State Governing Board Chair. The conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA on June 2-3, 2015. Byrona is a passionate community advocate who has devoted much […]

PM attorney Mary Richard appointed vice chair of AHLA Behavioral Health Task Force

Mary Holloway Richard, Of Counsel to Phillips Murrah’s Healthcare Practice Group, has been appointed Vice Chair of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Behavioral Health Task Force. Richard was formerly a co-chair of the Providers and Clinicians Committee of the Behavioral Health Task Force. She has represented both institutional and non-institutional providers of health services, as […]

An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law

This scholarly article contains updated material concerning Oklahoma Product Liability Law. Phillips Murrah President and Director, Tom Wolfe co-authored the original article with former colleague, Chris Pearson, who is now a partner at the Law Firm of Germer, Beaman & Brown in Austin. The first update, which garnered a 2003 Maurice Merrill Golden Quill Award from the Oklahoma […]

Technology: E-Discovery Under Rule 26

Published 3/16/2013 in The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 84, No. 8 By Cody Cooper Under Rule 26(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP), opposing parties must now discuss e-discovery at least 21 days before a scheduling conference is heard or a scheduling order is due under Rule 16.1 Rule 26(f) also applies to […]

Director Bob Sheets featured in article about nursing home arbitration

Phillips Murrah Director Bob Sheets featured in the media as a source in a story by Oklahoma Watch investigative journalist, M. Scott Carter. The story, titled “Price of Admission to Nursing Homes: No Lawsuits,” is about nursing homes in Oklahoma that require arbitration agreements as part of the admission process. From the article: Oklahoma City […]

Possible summer effect on gas prices

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Apr. 17, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. Most consumers have assumed for years that gasoline prices will increase in the summer. New research from the Center for Economic Analysis suggests that this perception is false, and that […]

PM attorneys publish Oklahoma Product Liability Law article in Bar Journal

By Chris Pearson, Thomas G. Wolfe, Lyndon Whitmire and Cody J. Cooper The Oklahoma Bar Association published an update to an article “An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law” in the April 18, 2015 edition of the Oklahoma Bar Journal.   SCHOLARLY ARTICLE: An Overview of Oklahoma Product Liability Law Any discussion of Oklahoma product liability law […]

Phillips Murrah receives Service Provider of the Year award at ASA-OK Denim & Diamonds Gala

On Saturday, April 28th, the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma held their 2015 Denim & Diamonds Awards Gala at the Oklahoma History Center. The gala recognizes excellence in the construction industry through the ASA-OK awards. Phillips Murrah was honored to receive the award for Service Provider of the Year. PM was one of 11 professional service […]

In the news: Director Terry Hawkins hired to help with school finance projects

Phillips Murrah Director Terry Hawkins was featured in the Claremore Daily Progress newspaper in relation to $2.4 million in building bonds being issued to build and renovate schools and related projects. In the story, “School board sets date for sale of building bonds,” reporter Mark Friedel wrote: The $2.4 million in building bonds is part of the […]

Phillips Murrah celebrates Grand Opening of OCU Law School

On Friday, Mar. 27, Oklahoma City University School of Law held their grand opening ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City. On hand for the event were Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, host of ABC’s hit show, The Bachelor/OCU Law alumnus Chris Harrison and others were on hand to welcome OCU to […]

In the news: Phillips Murrah President quoted in NewsOK clean energy article

Phillips Murrah President and Director, Tom Wolfe, is quoted in The Oklahoman regarding the Kingfisher wind project. NewsOK: Kingfisher wind project pauses some construction as Texas oil company questions locations by Paul Monies, Published: March 25, 2015 KINGFISHER — Apex Clean Energy has agreed to pause construction on part of its Kingfisher wind farm until more […]

Eminent domain raises questions when used on behalf of the private sector

Q&A from NewsOK: Phillips Murrah attorney Jennifer Ivester Berry discusses the what, when, how and why of eminent domain. View Jennifer Ivester Berry’s attorney profile page here. By Paula Burkes – Published: March 25, 2015 View the article at NewsOK.com here. Q: What is eminent domain? A: Eminent domain, condemnation, taking power — these words sound ominous […]

Avoiding the b-word: The many faces of financial restructuring

Clay Ketter’s guest column, Gavel to Gavel, originally published in The Journal Record  on Mar. 11, 2015. View Clay Ketter’s attorney profile here. The current price of crude oil is sure to make people use language that is inappropriate in polite conversation. As news of idled rigs, layoffs and credit defaults becomes a daily occurrence, […]

Overcome obstacles to profiting from expiring patents

The recent increases in patent maintenance fees has led many patent holders to abandon an increasing number of patents because the cost of maintaining a large portfolio is becoming too high. Selling patents that are about to lapse is one option, however, doing so presents two primary concerns: lack of investment in expiring patents and […]

Phillips Murrah congratulates music venue The Criterion on groundbreaking

Phillips Murrah Director and Shareholder, Juston R. Givens, expresses congratulations to his clients as they break ground on The Criterion, a world-class music venue being constructed downtown Oklahoma City. “It’s great that there is a dedicated live music venue of this quality and calibur coming to Bricktown,” Givens said. “I’m extremely proud of these guys […]