Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]