Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Roth: Pushing American ingenuity forward

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 20, 2017. Pushing American ingenuity forward Two cars leave Detroit at the exact same time, traveling 60 miles per hour, headed to drive through every state in the continental United States […]

Director commemorates 20 years of service for Positive Tomorrows

Twenty years ago, when Phillips Murrah Director Nikki Jones Edwards first set foot on the Positive Tomorrows campus, she was hooked. Two decades later, she’s still going strong and is now one of the organization’s biggest advocates. “In law school, I thought I would graduate and work for the ACLU, or some other grassroots community […]

Roth: Storm clouds and a silver lining?

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 13, 2017. Storm clouds and a silver lining? As Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry looks ahead, cautiously optimistic into 2017 and beyond, it seems there are reasons to be hopeful and […]

Doing business in multiple states

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on March 9, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra M. Norman One of the first considerations in forming a business entity is where to organize or incorporate. However, there is another important and frequently overlooked inquiry, which is where else […]

Oklahoma Bankers Association marks increase in check, wire fraud attempts

Oklahoma Bankers Association recently issued a Fraud Alert, a notice seldom sent to its members. The notice brings to light increases in two types of fraud at banks: Check fraud and wire fraud. Regarding check fraud attempts, banks have reported receiving “account funds availability” verification calls on existing accounts, followed by a call from the “customer” who claims to […]

Firm selects February Employee of the Month

Curt Bauer, File Room Manager, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for February 2017. “I don’t work or do any of what I do to get Employee of the Month or to get recognized. I do it because it is my job and I believe in what I do,” he said. “With that said, it is […]

Phillips Murrah supports Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2017 campaigns

The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of Phillips Murrah’s sponsorship campaign for Big Brother Big Sister of Oklahoma’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event. The Firm kicked off its annual campaign with a Thunder ticket raffle, garnering $1,600 in donations, as the organization’s Taste of OKC event concluded Feb. 4. Phillips Murrah served as a table sponsor […]

Director Jim Roth to moderate Energy Roundtable discussion

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth will take the helm as moderator for an upcoming roundtable discussion on Oklahoma’s energy future. Oklahoma City University School of Law will host the Energy Roundtable at 11:45 a.m. on March 9. Steve Dixon, President and CEO of Tapstone Energy, will be the speaker for the discussion alongside panelists including Mike Teague, […]

Roth: Right-wing social engineering?

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 27, 2017. Right-wing social engineering? Not long ago American conservatives professed free-market solutions and an economy without job-killing regulations that pick winners and losers, yet those principles seem to be a […]

Roth: Florida taxes oranges?

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 13, 2017. Florida taxes oranges? If you were to read a headline that the state of Florida was looking to add a 25-percent tax to the price of oranges, you might […]

Roth: Make American streams dirty again?

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 6, 2017. Make American streams dirty again? If you were asked whether you favored clean streams and waterways for America, you would probably agree. But if the question were framed more […]

Firm selects January Employee of the Month

Sherree Williams, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for January 2017. “I am very thankful to my co-workers for choosing me to be Employee of the Month,” she said. ” I am proud to work with wonderful people and for an amazing company. “It is such an honor, both personally and professionally! I love working here and […]

Roth: We need more energy markets, not fewer

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 30, 2017. We need more energy markets, not fewer Oklahoma’s energy blessings far exceed our own state’s needs and demand, which is why we have long sought markets beyond our borders. […]

Medical bankruptcies likely to rise

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Jan. 26, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Director Clayton D. Ketter One of the central promises of Donald Trump’s candidacy was that, once elected, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) would be repealed. Now, with President Trump in office, […]

Office Visit: Therapists need liability protection

By Mary Holloway Richard, Of Counsel for Phillips Murrah. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 18, 2017. Office Visit: Therapists need liability protection Behavioral health is a unique subset of health care law. I long have been privileged to see firsthand the challenges in working as a therapist while successfully […]

Director Jim Roth teaches OCU Energy Law seminar for Spring 2017

Jim Roth, Director and Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, began a new role at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law last week. “Dean Valerie Couch reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in their inaugural ‘Distinguished Practitioner in Residence’ effort for this Spring Semester,” Roth said. Roth will teach a […]

Roth: The energy baseline

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 16, 2017. The energy baseline The following information is proven by independent, empirical data provided from the nonpartisan Energy Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Energy and is not “fake […]

Phillips Murrah announces new Director for 2017

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce Attorney John M. Bunting has been selected to join the Firm’s group of Directors, bringing the total number to 35. “I’m proud to be a part of the Phillips Murrah team, and I hope to use this new position to continue helping our clients succeed,” Bunting said. His practice […]

Roth: Let it snow

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 9, 2016. Let it snow Snow: (noun) a precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less […]

Firm selects December Employee of the Month

Caitlin Berg, Administrative Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for December 2016. “I am very thankful to have received this award from my co-workers,” she said. “I really enjoy the workplace and the people that work here. It’s a great place.” The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of […]

Roth: One-eyed vision?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on December 19, 2016. One-eyed vision? Proverbs 29:18 KJV tells us: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” And while there is debate […]

Roth: Are you dreaming of a green Christmas?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on December 12, 2016. Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? Although White Christmas, the 1942 Irving Berlin classic made most famous by singer Bing Crosby, is a holiday staple in many American […]

Firm sponsors panel exploring civility between opposing counsel

An upcoming panel discussion plans to “bridge the divide” between attorneys in the courtroom. Phillips Murrah is sponsoring “Behaving Badly is For Toddlers: Bringing Civility Back into Civil Litigation,” a Continuing Learning Education opportunity hosted Dec. 12 at the Oklahoma Bar Association. “This CLE was established in an effort to remind both sides of the value of civility […]

Firm selects November Employee of the Month

Paralegal Lisa McAlister is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for November 2016. “More than being proud of working for an extraordinary company, I am proud of working with extraordinary co-workers,” she said. “I am grateful to my peers for choosing me to be Employee of the Month. “It is such an honor, both on a personal […]

Roth: Thanks, OPEC?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on December 5, 2016. Thanks, OPEC? As an American consumer, more often than not OPEC has truly been a four-letter word, causing price spikes and negative impacts to our broader economy. But as […]

Phillips Murrah paralegals complete bankruptcy certification

Phillips Murrah paralegals Lisa McAlister and Maribeth D. Mills recently completed the Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants’ program to become Certified Bankruptcy Assistants. The ABJA is a national organization formed by judicial assistants to U.S. Bankruptcy Judges who found that understanding certification in a particular field can promote and maintain professional standards. According to ABJA’s website: […]

Director hosts presentations on workplace regulations

Phillips Murrah Director Byrona J. Maule gave two presentations in November, one for Cornerstone Credit Union League and the other to the Women’s Mastermind Group, regarding potential changes in labor and employment matters. The presentations covered new wage and hour regulations regarding overtime that were slated to go into effect on December 1, 2016. Maule gave […]

Office Visit: Taming the Reptile lawyer

By Director G. Calvin Sharpe. This guest column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 29, 2016. Office Visit: Taming the Reptile lawyer The Reptile Theory is a legal trend that has recently gained popularity with the plaintiff’s bar. It is a strategy used to shift jury attention from considering complex trial details typical […]