Entries by Dave Rhea

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 […]

Firm supports Positive Tomorrows at Cork & Canvas event

Phillips Murrah sponsored Positive Tomorrows’ annual Cork & Canvas on Thursday, April 2 at the Oklahoma City Farmers’ Public Market. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children and their families and prides itself on educating at-risk children by dedicating attention to their unique educational and social service needs. The event includes an evening of […]

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 […]

SCOTUS reverses lower court decision, Medicaid providers can’t bring injunction against Idaho officials

SCOTUS reverses a lower court decision in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, Inc.: Idaho residential care facilities sued the state for failure to implement higher reimbursement rates required by Medicaid which the Idaho legislature had not sufficiently funded.  The federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the facilities ruling that Idaho’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wind gets caught in political volley

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Feb. 13, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. Oklahoma’s cleanest and cheapest form of electricity comes from its own wind projects. Although our utilities don’t operate under a mandate, or what’s known as a renewable energy portfolio standard, […]

Online Evidence: Digital discovery during divorce

This Gavel to Gavel legal column was originally published in The Journal Record on Jan 28, 2015. By Nicholle Jones Edwards. View her attorney profile here. “Fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual,” Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren prophetically stated in 1963. Today, people use email, text messaging […]

Phillips Murrah announces new Directors for 2015

Tom Wolfe, managing director at Oklahoma City law firm, Phillips Murrah, announced that attorneys Nicholle Jones Edwards, Jennifer L. Miller, Jason M. Kreth and Candace Williams Lisle have been elected by the firm’s shareholders as new directors. Their appointments were made effective January 1, 2015, bringing the total number of directors in the firm to […]

Eyes on the contango play of 2015

Jim Roth’s Friday column, Earth Business, appears in The Journal Record. Originally published in The Journal Record on Jan 16, 2015. View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here. The plummet of the price per barrel of Brent crude oil has shocked nearly every major domestic and international producer. However, in the case of some energy companies and investors, […]

From the President: Emulate The Reading Man

By Jim Webb OCBA President We are already smack dab in the middle of the 2014 holidays. Wow. Regardless of your background and experience, most would agree this is a time of reflection, a time of renewal, a time of giving. As OCBA members, we are, in part, “dedicated to serving… [our] community in order […]

PM Director Bob Sheets discusses fracking ban on NPR

Phillips Murrah Director Robert N. Sheets participated in a broadcast interview with StateImpact Oklahoma / KGOU reporter Joe Wertz regarding using local referendums to ban hydraulic fracturing. This interview was broadcast in early November, 2014 and can be seen in its entirety at the StateImpact Oklahoma website. To listen, click on the player below: ______ […]

Phillips Murrah adds two attorneys

From The Journal Record: OKLAHOMA CITY – Jennifer Ivester Berry has joined Phillips Murrah’s Transactional Practice Group as an of counsel attorney. In her role with the firm, Berry counsels developers, commercial and institutional lenders and others involved in the purchase, sale, construction, leasing and financing of commercial real estate. Prior to joining Phillips Murrah, […]

Brown: Producing for Oklahoma

Guest article originally published in The Journal Record on Oct. 24, 2014. Click to see Elizabeth K. Brown’s attorney profile   A vibrant and growing oil and natural gas industry is paying dividends for Oklahoma, the most recent example being the increased payments to the state’s General Revenue Fund from taxes on the oil and […]

Responding to Ebola

Incidence of Ebola on American soil allows for review of legal underpinnings of the public health response to “catastrophic health emergencies.

Phillips Murrah adds new attorney

OKLAHOMA CITY – Charles E. Lundeen has joined Phillips Murrah’s Transactional Practice Group as an of counsel attorney. Lundeen represents privately-held and public oil and gas companies focusing mainly on title preparation, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, due diligence, and other related matters. Prior to joining Phillips Murrah, Lundeen served as Director of Land for American Energy […]

Phillips Murrah adds health services attorney

OKLAHOMA CITY – Mary Holloway Richard has joined Phillips Murrah’s Healthcare team as an of counsel attorney. Richard represents both institutional and non-institutional providers of health services, as well as patients and their families. Her career has included work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, behavioral health facilities, and rehabilitation facilities and clinics. Prior to joining Phillips […]