Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Roth: Happy Earth Day

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 16, 2018. Roth: Happy Earth Day Earth Day is approaching. It’s celebrated annually on April 22, a Sunday this year. Events are held in places all across the globe to promote environmental protection. It […]

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 […]

Phillips Murrah Director advises Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association on potential crop dusting legal issues

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum spoke to aerial spray applicators, or crop dusters, on January 16 at the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association’s annual convention about potential legal issues facing these business owners and pilots and ways to avoid them. “When legal or insurance claims are brought against an aerial spray business, the claims are most […]

Phillips Murrah announces new Director, Shareholder for 2018

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce Attorney Kayce L. Gisinger has been selected to join the Firm’s group of Directors, bringing the total number to 35. “Working at Phillips Murrah has been such a positive experience, and I have so much respect for everyone here; not just in terms of the commitment to providing the highest […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for December 2017

Cristal Bazemore, Administrative Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for December 2017. “It is an honor to win Employee of the Month,” she said. “I am grateful to be a part of such a great team and workplace! “It is nice to work with such a large group of people who show their […]

What’s in a name? Tremendous value

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 4, 2018. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Cody J. Cooper The holiday season is coming to an end, and most people have opened their Xboxes and Legos, eaten some HoneyBaked Ham, braved the cold in their North Face jackets and […]

NLRB Ditches Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test

Published on December 14, 2017 NEW YORK — A divided National Labor Relations Board on Thursday erased the landmark expansion of its test for determining joint employment that it had issued in the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries case, voting along party lines to revert back to its previous standard. Thursday’s NLRB majority said that while the panel in […]

EEOC seeks input on FY 2018-2022 strategic plan

Published on December 8, 2017 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released for public comment a draft of its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022, the agency announced today. The draft plan can be found at Regulations.gov.  Comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on Jan. 8, 2018. This draft […]

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 […]