Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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 […]

Phillips Murrah welcomes two new oil and gas attorneys

Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Molly E. Tipton and C. Eric Davis as oil and gas attorneys. Tipton represents both privately-owned and public companies in a wide variety of oil and gas matters, with a strong emphasis on oil and gas title examination. In her practice, Molly has prepared numerous drilling, division order, and […]

Roth: Solar and its erosion of socialism

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 28, 2016. Solar and its erosion of socialism Since long before the Affordable Care Act, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Social Security, Americans have relied upon socialism to safeguard their lives, […]

Director’s Woman of the Year honor shared in hometown newspaper

Phillips Murrah Director Dawn Rahme was featured in an article in the Ponca City News noting her achievement as one of the Journal Record’s Women of the Year. “Hard work, integrity and passion will guide me to success throughout my life,” Rahme said in the article. “Though my life has been much easier than his – […]

Roth: Too early to know for sure

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 21, 2016. Too early to know for sure With the new president not yet taking office until Jan. 20, it is surely too early to know for sure what changes are […]

Firm selects October Employee of the Month

Margaret Petit, legal assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for October 2016. “It is a real honor to have received this award from my co-workers,” she said. “Just know that I believe that I am a good ‘team player’ because every member of my team/Phillips Murrah family is a Super Star and we all excel in […]

Roth: Is there a price for nationalism?

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 7, 2016. Is there a price for nationalism? This year we have seen perhaps the best of nationalism and perhaps the worst of it. From the 2016 Olympic Games and the […]

Team of Phillips Murrah employees participate in Race for the Cure

A group of Phillips Murrah employees joined together in late October to participate in a 5K for Race for the Cure at Bicentennial Park at the Civic Center Music Hall. “My family and I have participated in the Race for the Cure for a number of years,” Paralegal Nanette Morris said. “We have had friends, […]

Phillips Murrah named among Best Law Firms in 36 practice areas

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “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 Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and […]

The tax audits are coming!

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Oct. 27, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Chase H. Schnebel The state of Oklahoma has ramped up efforts to collect tax revenue from those that may not be paying their fair share. Senate Bill 1579, signed into law in […]

Roth: A ‘rigged’ election?

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 24, 2016. A ‘rigged’ election? I know, I know, we are all growing tired of the 24/7 news around our election for a new U.S. president and in just two weeks […]

Roth: FedEx, CNG and leadership

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 17, 2016. FedEx, CNG and leadership Leadership matters. And FedEx is the perfect example. In fact, read this quote from its founder, Fred Smith, and I think you will agree: “Leadership […]

Firm selects September Employee of the Month

David Carter, Lead Office Clerk, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for September 2016. “It is an honor to be selected by my co-workers for this award, thank you,” he said. “The work atmosphere here while oft times busy is also team oriented with staff volunteering to assist one another with rush assignments. “The Firm’s directors […]

Two Phillips Murrah Directors given Super Lawyers top honors

We are proud to announce Directors Fred A. Leibrock and Shannon K. Emmons were selected for top honors in the 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers listing. Leibrock is named to the Top 50 attorneys in the state, and Emmons is selected as one of the Top 25 Women in the 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers rankings. Click here to see […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2016 Super Lawyers

Eighteen Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Four 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 a […]

Roth: Our own efforts to reduce carbon

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 10, 2016. Our own efforts to reduce carbon Last week we discussed the historic nature of recent carbon levels and the Earth’s atmosphere. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration […]

Director Jim Roth presents for Sierra Club

Jim Roth, Director and Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, presented at the Solar Summit for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club on Saturday at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s Student Center. “Jim Roth’s former role as a Corporation Commissioner and his current work on cases involving the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, along with […]

Roth: 400 ppm tipping point?

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 3, 2016. 400 ppm tipping point? Safe carbon levels in Earth’s atmosphere are now a thing of the past, as many scientists conclude we may have just passed the tipping point […]