Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Phillips Murrah announces 37 attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 37 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City. The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law Elizabeth K. Brown […]

Roth: Energy industry provides help for public schools

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 14, 2017. Energy industry provides help for public schools School bells begin to ring across the state this month amid severe budget shortfalls. But there is hope yet, as schoolchildren receive inspiration, edification, and […]

Revised Form I-9 now available

Published on August 15, 2017 On Monday, July 17, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date […]

How to Survive a Labor Law Investigation: USDOL offers free compliance assistance seminars for employers

Published on August 15, 2017 The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) is offering free seminars to educate employers about the Wage and Hour Division, its enforcement of federal labor laws, and common violations to avoid. The USDOL encourages employers and representatives from all industries to attend. This training is provided at no cost to […]

OSHA revises online whistleblower complaint form

Published on August 15, 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced revisions its online whistleblower complaint form in July in order to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The updated form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. In the news release, […]

Bass Pro to pay $10.5 million to settle EEOC hiring discrimination, retaliation suit

Published on August 15, 2017 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced July 26 that Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, a leading retailer of fishing, camping, and hunting equipment and apparel, has agreed to pay $10.5 million and provide other significant relief to settle a hiring discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. The EEOC’s suit charged […]

Journal Record names Nikki Edwards to Fifty Making A Difference list

The Journal Record will honor Phillips Murrah Director Nikki Edwards as one of fifty female business and community leaders in Oklahoma named to their “Making A Difference” list. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller will be the keynote speaker at the 37th annual Woman of the Year gala set for Oct. 26 at the National Cowboy […]

Roth: Overshooting our planet Earth

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 7, 2017. Overshooting our planet Earth As of Aug. 2, we earthlings consumed more natural resources than Earth can renew throughout the entire calendar year. Eight months and a day into 2017 and we […]

Firm selects July Employees of the Month

Rosana Townsend, Legal Assistant, and Monica Ball, Accounting, are Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for July 2017. “Being chosen as Employee of the Month at Phillips Murrah was both a shock and an honor,” Rosana said. “I have the most wonderful co-workers anyone could ever ask for, both personally and professionally, so being chosen […]

Roth: A reprieve for ethanol?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 31, 2017. A reprieve for ethanol? Have you ever driven by a gas or convenience station and saw a “100% real gasoline” sign posted proudly by the station owner? In this summer driving season, […]

Attorney Cody Cooper elected Chair of OCBA Young Lawyers Division

Phillips Murrah Attorney Cody J. Cooper will begin his term as Chair of the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) this September after being elected last year. “Our focus is to keep young bar members engaged and perform community service,” Cody said. “My role will be to head the organization for the […]

Roth: What the H?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 24, 2017. What the H? Those early, and perhaps forgotten, lessons from middle school chemistry class of the periodic table may be coming around again as America and the world explore new fuel sources […]

Roth: Dry heat and the heat index

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 17, 2017. Dry heat and the heat index Friends have tried to convince me for years that 110-plus degrees in Arizona’s summer is fine because it’s a “dry heat.” I’ve scoffed for years because […]

Roth: When power attacks 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 July 10, 2017. When power attacks science What do Okemah, Oklahoma, today’s EPA and Galileo have in common? Life lessons about the resilience of science across the history of humankind, even when those in power […]

Roth: A gathering green trend for Oklahoma

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 3, 2017. A gathering green trend for Oklahoma For decades Oklahoma’s largest cities have focused more on infrastructure issues like roads, bridges and jails, at the expense of parks, sidewalks and trails. Nevertheless, the […]

Firm selects June Employee of the Month

Maribeth Mills, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for June 2017. “I’ve always enjoyed the work I do, but it is like icing on a cake to get a nod from your co-workers,” she said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to […]

Phillips Murrah rowing team competes in Summer 2017 season

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team Law & Oarder completed the Summer 2017 season by placing third in the annual regatta competition. The team competed on June 24 at the Stars and Stripes River Festival held at the OKC Boathouse District in the advanced league and achieved a 500-meter run of 2:02. “Rowing is a team effort much like the work we do at […]

Roth: Yellowstone grizzlies scratched from endangered list

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 26, 2017. Yellowstone grizzlies scratched from endangered list How many Yellowstone grizzly bears is enough? Well, it might appear that 700 is the number, based upon the Interior Department’s announcement this […]

Firm hosts Attorney General Mike Hunter for visit

Phillips Murrah welcomed Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General, on June 16 to discuss issues his office faces with everyday Oklahomans. “It was an honor to have Attorney General Mike Hunter as the Firm’s guest,” Director Elizabeth K. Brown said. “It was nice to hear firsthand about some of the issues being addressed by the Attorney General’s […]

Roth: Global decline of coal

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 19, 2017. Global decline of coal The global consumption numbers are in for 2016 and coal production and consumption hit a 35-year low in the United States and had an even […]

Roth: What happens in Vegas…

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 12, 2017. What happens in Vegas… It’s been said that “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” yet Las Vegas and Nevada are making news that is worth talking about for […]

Directors volunteer at annual Westminster fundraiser

Nikki and Marc Edwards, Directors at Phillips Murrah, gave their time to help make WestxWestminster, an annual fundraising auction hosted by Westminster School, a success. Arriving early to the April 1 event at the Bricktown Events Center, Nikki and Marc volunteered at the check-in table and worked a games table throughout the night. “While I support […]

U.S. House of Representatives passes Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Last month, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 1180, which states that private sector employees shall be given the option of receiving paid time off, known as compensatory time, in lieu of monetary compensation known as overtime pay. The Act, known as the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017,” amends the Fair Labor Standards […]

Roth: Syria, Nicaragua and Trump’s America

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 5, 2017. Syria, Nicaragua and Trump’s America You have probably heard by now that Donald Trump has announced his intentions to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris climate […]

Firm selects May Employee of the Month

Barb Robertson, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for May 2017. “What an honor to be chosen Employee of the Month,” she said. “Phillips Murrah has a lot of great employees, and it humbles me to be chosen for this honor by my friends. “It is really great to be able to come to work […]

The wrong approach

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 1, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney C. Eric Davis Oklahoma! Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain – and if some lawmakers have their way, it will be further taxed as it blows through. For the wind […]