Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Firm selects November Employee of the Month

Tommye Johnson, Legal Nurse Consultant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for November 2017. “I am truly humbled to receive the Employee of the Month recognition from my peers,” she said. “Exhibiting the qualities which earn this recognition requires being surrounded by great co-workers who bring out the best in you. “I’m very fortunate […]

Roth: Putting politics aside for renewable 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 November 27, 2017. Putting politics aside for renewable energy Green cities continue to emerge from the coal dust. Optimistically, some leaders are even proving they will rise above politics with their efforts. After all, clean […]

Roth: Coal ash disposal and verb tense

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 27, 2017. Coal ash disposal and verb tense Back in 2014, the Obama administration, through the Environmental Protection Agency, passed a final rule called the Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities regarding […]

Roth: The Senate tax bill’s effect on 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 November 20, 2017. The Senate tax bill’s effect on energy Last week I considered how the House tax proposal would impact the energy industry. With the release of the Senate’s proposal, we now wait to see how […]

Why Weinstein’s creditors hired bankruptcy counsel

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 16, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Director Clayton D. Ketter Since the onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his film studio, The Weinstein Company, has wasted no time in firing its founder. Yet, the namesake studio […]

NewsOK Q&A: Not all jokes, propositions necessarily workplace sexual harassment

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: November 14, 2017 Click to see full story – Not all jokes, propositions necessarily workplace sexual harassment Click to see Kathryn D. Terry’s attorney profile Q: What is sexual harassment? A: The word “harassment” gets thrown around and used in a lot of contexts. or employment law purposes, unlawful sexual […]

Roth: A victory for fossil fuels over renewables

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 13, 2017. A victory for fossil fuels over renewables At this juncture, it isn’t shocking to read the new tax proposal and learn that it harms renewable energy. The headlines immediately bifurcated the energy […]

Director Jim Roth introduces Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to Oklahoma, state’s clean energy potential

Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice, was quoted in a Duncan Banner article by Katherine Farrow regarding a recent meeting he and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had in Duncan, OK on Nov. 8 in regards to Oklahoma’s clean energy future. Read Roth’s comments from the article below: Jim Roth, Director […]

Phillips Murrah named among 2018 Best Law Firms in 38 practice areas

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Law Firms” for professional excellence for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area in the following practice areas: Tier 1 Administrative / Regulatory Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Litigation Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Energy […]

NewsOK Q&A: Manufacturing sales tax exemption is tool for attracting, maintaining investment

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: November 3, 2017 Click to see full story – Manufacturing sales tax exemption is tool for attracting, maintaining investment Click to see Jim Roth’s attorney profile Q: What is Oklahoma’s manufacturing sales tax exemption? A: Goods and equipment used in a manufacturing operation can be purchased exempt from sales and […]

Roth: Sharing the warmth with solar 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 November 6, 2017. Sharing the warmth with solar energy You may have noticed the Salvation Army’s Share the Warmth program on your electric bill. Many areas have similar utility assistance programs that help residents who […]

Director Nikki Jones Edwards honored at Woman of the Year gala

Phillips Murrah Director, Nikki Jones Edwards, who heads up the Firm’s Family Law Practice Group, was honored Thursday, October 26, at The Journal Record’s “Woman of the Year – 50 Making A Difference” awards gala. The event, and accompanying morning forum and post-event magazine, highlights prominent female business and community leaders in Oklahoma. The honorees, […]

Firm selects October Employee of the Month

Abigail Duran, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for October 2017. “It was a wonderful surprise to have been selected Employee of the Month,” she said. “I have learned so much in just a short amount of time here, all thanks to the people that work here. “I am truly grateful to […]

Roth: A focus on conservation, climate science

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 23, 2017. A focus on conservation, climate science Once a year, I like to spread the word about an organization that is not only near and dear to me, but plays a vital role […]

Roth: The potential of offshore wind production

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 16, 2017. The potential of offshore wind production There have been so many exciting clean energy topics to cover lately that I want to circle back to one that was announced in late summer. […]

Phillips Murrah rowing team competes 2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team Law & Oarder completed the Fall 2017 season by placing third in the annual regatta competition. The team competed on Oct. 6 at the 2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival held at the OKC Boathouse District in the advanced league and achieved a 500-meter run of 2:16.688. “It’s always a great way to make sure I get outside and enjoy […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Twenty Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Seven attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained […]

Roth: Energy policies should communicate Oklahoma is open for business

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 9, 2017. Energy policies should communicate Oklahoma is open for business Oklahoma wind’s positive impacts on our state are well-documented: more than $12.3 billion invested, more than 8,000 home-grown jobs and $22 million paid […]

Firm selects September Employee of the Month

Deena Baker, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for September 2017. “It is an honor to be selected as Employee of the Month,” she said. “One of the best decisions I have ever made was joining the Phillips Murrah team a little over nine years ago. Wow, has time flown! “I have […]

Sharp spike in EEOC lawsuits

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 5, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Director Byrona J. Maule Fall is a time of change. But this fall, the transition from summer isn’t the only change we’re experiencing. This fall has also brought extraordinary action from the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Roth: National Clean Energy Week

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 2, 2017. National Clean Energy Week Friday marked the end of the inaugural National Clean Energy Week. The brainchild of several energy groups and associations, the idea is to give clean energy the attention […]

NewsOK Q&A: Feds paid $60 million in ‘improper’ Medicare payments last year

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: September 29, 2017 Click to see full story – Feds paid $60 million in ‘improper’ Medicare payments last year Click to see Mary Holloway Richard’s attorney profile Q: In 2016 the federal government paid out $60 million in “improper payments” to Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. What are improper payments? […]

Phillips Murrah named Best Place to Work by Journal Record

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our Firm has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma by The Journal Record. “We are excited to be recognized as being one of the Best Places to Work,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner, Tom Wolfe. “We take pride in providing […]

Phillips Murrah welcomes new litigation attorney

Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Mark E. Hornbeek to our Firm. Phillips Murrah welcomed Mark to the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group as an associate attorney. As a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Law, Mark earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure I, Torts I and Criminal Law. He served […]

Roth: When ‘America First’ meets American solar 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 September 25, 2017. When ‘America First’ meets American solar energy The plot thickens in the Suniva and SolarWorld case before the International Trade Commission. On Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that imported solar panels and […]

EEOC sues Dependable Health Services for disability discrimination

Published on September 22, 2017 BALTIMORE – Dependable Health Services, Inc., a health care staffing agency, violated federal law when it fired an employee with sickle-cell anemia instead of reinstating her or reassigning her to a position in another department where she had previously worked, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a […]

Life University sued by EEOC for race discrimination, retaliation

Published on September 22, 2017 ATLANTA – Life University, Inc., the largest chiropractic college in the United States, located in Marietta, Ga., violated federal law when it treated two black employees differently because of their race and then fired them for complaining about the discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a […]