Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Roth: Reasons to stay ‘air aware’ in Oklahoma

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 21, 2018. Roth: Reasons to stay ‘air aware’ in Oklahoma Often Missouri is referred to as the Show Me State, yet we Oklahomans also typically like to see things ourselves to believe them. Yet, […]

Roth: Time for a long-overdue legislative break

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 14, 2018. Roth: Time for a long-overdue legislative break Oklahoma’s Senate, and later, state House, adjourned sine die May 4, earlier than planned, and not without objection up to the bitter end. This legislative […]

Business websites under legal pressure

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 10, 2018. By Phillips Murrah Director Kathryn D. Terry The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to government programs and services. The third section […]

NewsOK Q&A: For health care providers, safeguarding patients’ electronic health information is also an employment matter

In this article, Oklahoma City healthcare attorney Mary Holloway Richard discusses how safeguarding patients’ electronic health information is an employment matter with the Oklahoman newspaper. Q: In preparation for an employee or other members of a health care company’s workforce quitting, what preventive steps can be taken to ensure that patients’ health information is protected? A: […]

Roth: Intuitive energy trend?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 7, 2018. Roth: Intuitive energy trend? A good strategic partnership is even better when it can help the environment and a company’s bottom line. Intuit, known best for software programs TurboTax and QuickBooks, has […]

Phillips Murrah sponsors OU Law’s Best Brief Award

First-year law students in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law put their studies to the test to compete for the Best Brief Award, sponsored by Phillips Murrah law firm. “All 1L students at OU Law are required to write an appellate brief in their Legal Writing and Research class, and this brief is later […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for April 2018

Penny Stansberry, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for April 2018. “I’m humbled by the recognition by my co-workers, and since we help each other a lot working here, I’d prefer to call them my friends,” Stansberry said. “I’ve been with Phillips Murrah and its predecessors a long time and that it feels […]

Sheets, Ybarra earn Journal Record’s Leadership in Law awards

Director Robert N. Sheets and Attorney Monica Y. Ybarra were presented with the Journal Record’s Leadership in Law award on May 1 at the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s annual Law Day Luncheon. Oklahoma County District Judge Trevor Pemberton and Attorneys Judy Hamilton Morse (Oklahoma City) and M. David Riggs (Tulsa) were also recipients of this […]

Roth: Time to pay close attention to our energy future

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 30, 2018. Roth: Time to pay close attention to our energy future Last week, I discussed Oklahoma and U.S. exports and economic development. Electricity is one obvious requirement for all of that productivity. Farmers […]

Roth: Oklahoma and the future for exports

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 23, 2018. Roth: Oklahoma and the future for exports The U.S. exports both goods and services with major categories in the former including food, beverage, and feed. Service exports exceed goods exports, and include […]

Roth: The latest buzzzz on pollinators

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 9, 2018. Roth: The latest buzzzz on pollinators Nothing says, “April Fool’s” like a high of 40 degrees the day after it was 72. It was a rather timely coincidence since by last column […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for March 2018

Maribeth Mills, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for March 2018. “It is such a compliment to be recognized by an amazing team of co-workers,” Mills said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm. “I’m very proud to […]

Phillips Murrah healthcare attorneys to address nation’s opioid epidemic

Phillips Murrah Healthcare attorneys Mary Holloway Richard and Samuel D. Newton will be featured presenters for a program exploring the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma and across the country. “Our purpose is to provide information to the attendees about different policies and programs across the country, which is extraordinarily helpful in tailoring responses that will be […]

Roth: A quote to remember this spring

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 2, 2018. Roth: A quote to remember this spring It is officially spring. At least here in the Northern Hemisphere. In Oklahoma we’ve lost an hour of sleep but some of us enjoy the […]

The ins and outs of impeachment

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 29, 2018. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Mark E. Hornbeek It has been a Stormy few months for the current administration. With the headlines full of names like Robert Mueller, James Comey and Vladimir Putin, there has been plenty of […]

Roth: The Russians can’t take your microgrid

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 26, 2018. Roth: The Russians can’t take your microgrid On the list of benefits to increasing our use of renewable energy, safety is always one of them. Distributed generation, in particular, is more secure […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2018

Jack Thach, Office Clerk, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for February 2018. “I’m blessed to be able to work with such a great group of people, and it is a real honor to win this award,” Thach said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of […]

Roth: Tariffs affecting American energy?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 19, 2018. Tariffs affecting American energy? The threat of President Trump’s tariffs have again managed to bring together groups sometimes at odds with one another, when they attempted to dissuade the administration from imposing […]

Roth: Plugging into the charging infrastructure market

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 12, 2018. Plugging into the charging infrastructure market We know electric vehicle sales are charging ahead, but where do we charge them? Charging is no problem if you have a driveway and an outdoor […]

Roth: Electric vehicle market charging ahead

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 5, 2018. Electric vehicle market charging ahead Two million and counting. This was the title of the 2017 Electric Vehicle Outlook report by the International Energy Agency. The market for electric vehicles continues to […]

Roth: Energy independence closer to reality

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 26, 2018. Energy independence closer to reality As American oil production surpasses 10 million barrels per day, the latest World Energy Outlook report from the International Energy Agency indicates the U.S. is poised to […]

Roth: Counterintuitive renewable energy progress

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 19, 2018. Counterintuitive renewable energy progress I have often said renewables are here to stay, in spite of some resistance from some corners of our economy. Case in point, countries around the globe are […]

Firm selects two Employees of the Month for January 2018

Nathan Hatcher, Assistant Marketing Director, and Lisa McAlister, Paralegal, are Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for January 2018. “I know it’s hard every month for each of us to decide who should get this honor, because the Firm’s staff is full of hard-working, deserving individuals,” Hatcher said. “I am so thankful that they’ve decided […]

Avoiding construction contract litigation

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 15, 2018. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Samuel D. Newton Oklahoma heavy civil and oil and gas construction will likely increase in the near term due to increased activity in the oil and gas fields and President Trump’s proposed $1.5 […]

Roth: Energy protectionism in the form of solar tariffs

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 12, 2018. Energy protectionism in the form of solar tariffs While this column was on hiatus, the president made his decision on the Section 201 International Trade case by, somewhat unsurprisingly, adding steep tariffs […]

Phillips Murrah welcomes established securities attorney

Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Susan E. Bryant to the Firm’s Securities and Private Equity Practice Group as an of counsel attorney. Bryant provides advice to firms in the financial services businesses on securities, regulatory, compliance, transactional, corporate and related matters, based on over 40 years of experience as an attorney in private practice, […]

Director Jim Roth to speak on 2018 Legislative Session forum panel

Director Jim Roth will participate in a panel during the First Week Forum, an event hosted by The Journal Record designed to inform attendees about hot topics and major issues facing the state and nation during the 2018 Legislative Session. The First Week Forum will host sessions from 3 to 7 PM this Thursday at […]

Roth: The high cost of climate volatility

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 5, 2018. The high cost of climate volatility Natural disasters cost the United States $306 billion in 2017, matching a previous record set in 2011. Hearing this, we Oklahomans can recall that last year’s […]