Jim Roth chosen to lead Oklahoma City University School of Law as Dean

Jim A. Roth

Jim A. Roth

Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, was recently selected to become the Dean of the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He will assume his role on July 1.

“It is a huge honor to be able to serve my alma mater as its next Dean,” Jim said. “OCU Law School has given me so much, and being able to give back – especially at this level of commitment – is surreal and exciting.”

His role will include bringing his expertise and influence to the school in a variety of ways, including his natural ability to transcend typecasts associated with both the legal and academic professions. He noted that a goal is to help inspire future lawyers to place additional attention on the importance of preparedness and leadership in their profession, in their community and on the planet, all of which are quickly and constantly changing.

“The Dean today is not just the chief academic advisor and partner with the faculty,” Roth explained. “This role also requires excellence in admissions, success for student life and subsequently Bar passage, expanded opportunities for career placement, and work that connects Alumni and the broader community to improve the Law School’s impact.”

Jim Roth OCU Law commencement photo

Courtesy of OCU Law

Jim joined Phillips Murrah almost a decade ago and will continue to be an important part of our PM family. Having served as Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, and through his thought leadership and advocacy, he has been a key component in helping the renewable energy industry flourish in Oklahoma. “I love the work, and the way we work, at Phillips Murrah and remain committed to our clients’ best interests forever.”

Prior to joining the Firm, Jim served as an Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner from 2007-2009 and was elected District 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner from 2003-2007. This experience, along with his presence and influence in Oklahoma in numerous areas of community leadership and advocacy, was a recipe for success as a finalist candidate brought forward initially by the OCU Search Committee, then voted on by the law school faculty, and finally appointed by retiring OCU President Robert Henry and his replacement, President-Designate Martha Burger.

The Law Dean selection process was rigorous, according to press statement released by Oklahoma City University on Friday, May 11.

“Jim’s appointment follows a thorough national search process, and his selection from the robust pool of applicants is a testament to his strong leadership skills and his vision to grow OCU Law,” President Henry stated in the release.

For further details about Jim’s background and legal practice, visit phillipsmurrah.com/jim-roth

Firm supports Big Brothers Big Sisters 2018 Bowl for Kid’s Sake campaign

Phillips Murrah expands into Dallas

Phillips Murrah opens Dallas officeOklahoma City-based law firm Phillips Murrah announces it has opened an office in Dallas with the addition of new Director Mark Golman to the Firm. Golman, who is leading the expansion efforts south of the Red River, focuses his practice on the purchase and sale of businesses and assets, the negotiation of long-term supply agreements and financing arrangements, corporate counseling, and bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters.

“The opportunity to practice with an entrepreneurial firm in a structure that allows me to provide clients with top-notch services at lower rates was very attractive,” he said. “The fact that I have long-term relationships with many of my new colleagues only added to my interest in opening a Dallas office for Phillips Murrah.”

Golman, a partner at Strasburger & Price for the prior 20 years, joined Phillips Murrah at the time of his prior firm’s recent merger with a national firm. His background includes serving as lateral hiring partner for 18 years and intermittently as CMO at his previous firm, skills that he brings to the new Dallas office as Phillips Murrah seeks to grow through lateral additions in litigation, employment and real estate. His joining Phillips Murrah was preceded by a decade-long working relationship through a common membership in ALFA International.

Mark Golman

Mark Golman

“Expanding into Dallas fits perfectly with our overall growth strategy,” said Thomas G. Wolfe, Phillips Murrah’s President and Managing Partner.  “Dallas is a true growth market whose economic base is large and diversified.  The opportunities in Dallas have been recognized across the nation.”

Determining factors in Phillips Murrah’s decision to enter the Dallas legal market include Golman’s joining the firm as well as proximity of the two markets and existing client relationships.

Dawn M. Rahme, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, said, “We have significant clients in the Dallas area, including some that overlap with those Mark brings to the firm.  Additionally, a number of our Oklahoma City-based lawyers are licensed to practice in Texas and maintain strong relationships there.”

Shannon K. Emmons, also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, added “With an office in Dallas, we will be able to enhance relationships with existing clients while also growing our footprint and client base in Texas.”

Phillips Murrah sponsors OU Law’s Best Brief Award

Eight 1L students were awarded the Best Brief Award, sponsored by Phillips Murrah, on April 19 at the University of Oklahoma's Competitions and Clinic Awards Luncheon.

Eight 1L students were awarded the Best Brief Award, sponsored by Phillips Murrah, on April 19 at the University of Oklahoma’s Competitions and Clinic Awards Luncheon.

First-year law students in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law put their studies to the test to compete for the Best Brief Award, sponsored by Phillips Murrah law firm.

“All 1L students at OU Law are required to write an appellate brief in their Legal Writing and Research class, and this brief is later used to argue their case in the 1L Moot Court Competition,” Attorney Kendra M. Norman said.

Following the the 1L Moot Court Competition, top appellate briefs were judged and recognized at The Competitions and Clinic Awards Luncheon on April 19 at Robert S. Kerr Student Lounge on campus.

Norman and Hilary H. Clifton, Phillips Murrah Attorneys and OU Alumnae, represented the Firm in awarding the $5,000 Best Brief Award to the top eight students.

“Writing my first brief took an immense amount of research on the topic as well as meticulous editing and structuring of the brief to maximize the effectiveness and persuasiveness of the legal arguments involved,” Norman said. “It was a new style of writing for me, so I devoted a substantial amount of time to making my brief the very best that I could and learning the intricacies of how to effectively convey legal arguments.”

The $5,000 prize is divided among the winners and is the only OU College of Law writing award with a monetary gift.

“The moot court competition is a very exciting and frequently terrifying right of passage for all first year law students,” Clifton said. “At first, writing the brief seems like an insurmountable task, but it’s such a satisfying feeling to complete your first major piece of legal writing.

“The topics usually involve really interesting topics in Constitutional or criminal law, which is a nice change of pace from the fundamentals you spend most of your time learning as a 1L. My year, the brief was due at noon on St. Patrick’s day, and I remember frantically trying to finish so that I could go celebrate, but I’m pretty sure I spent the rest of the day catching up on sleep instead.”

Norman represents clients in a broad range of transactional matters, and Clifton represents individuals and companies in the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Click here to learn more about the OU College of Law.

Firm selects Employee of the Month for April 2018

Penny Stansberry

Penny Stansberry

Penny Stansberry, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for April 2018.

“I’m humbled by the recognition by my co-workers, and since we help each other a lot working here, I’d prefer to call them my friends,” Stansberry said. “I’ve been with Phillips Murrah and its predecessors a long time and that it feels like a family to me is the biggest reason I’ve been here so long.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Penny for more than 30 years between different firms and am glad we’ve made Phillips Murrah ‘home,’ ” Thomas G. Wolfe, Firm President and Managing Partner, said. “She is cheerful, reliable, and a vital part of the Firm.”


Journal Record and Oklahoman Best Places to Work of 2017

Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage three years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Sheets, Ybarra earn Journal Record’s Leadership in Law awards

law day robert n sheets monica y ybarra leadership in law

Robert N. Sheets and Monica Y. Ybarra hold their Leadership in Law awards from the Journal Record.

Director Robert N. Sheets and Attorney Monica Y. Ybarra were presented with the Journal Record’s Leadership in Law award on May 1 at the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s annual Law Day Luncheon.

Oklahoma County District Judge Trevor Pemberton and Attorneys Judy Hamilton Morse (Oklahoma City) and M. David Riggs (Tulsa) were also recipients of this year’s Leadership in Law Award.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition,” Ybarra said. “The list of honorees is really impressive, and I am humbled to be recognized along with these amazing attorneys that I look up to.”

Ybarra joined the Firm in 2014 and represents clients in the Firm’s Family Law Practice Group.

“As a young associate, it can be difficult to juggle work and family obligations and find time for community work, but community work and civic engagement is a vital part of connecting to the city and the people who live here and opens my eyes to the issues facing our community,” she said. “Finding ways to serve and engage not only enriches my life and experiences, but I hope it blesses others.

“Additionally, I have greatly benefited from the community service of others throughout my life and my education, so finding ways to serve feels like I’m giving back what has so generously been given to me. The OCBA provides so many opportunities to serve, both in the legal profession and the greater OKC community. I am grateful to be a part of such a service-oriented organization and I look forward to finding more opportunities to be useful and to serve.”

Sheets, one of the Firm’s founders, represents both privately-held and public companies in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. This is the second time the Journal Record has recognized him with the Leadership in Law award.

“I was moved when I received the Leadership in Law award from the Journal Record in 2008, and I am honored even more so to be recognized with this award for a second time 10 years later,” Sheets said. “It’s a real testament to the work I’m permitted to do in the legal field and within the community, and I appreciate those who see me fit to hold such an honor.

“My position has afforded me the opportunity to become active in the community, specifically with the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Voices for Children committee. Thank you to the OCBA for allowing me to give back in a meaningful way, and thank you again to the Journal Record for the acknowledgment.”

Phillips Murrah Director Nicholle Jones Edwards was honored with the award in 2017.

Phillips Murrah presents Blocks For Bucks donation to OKC Thunder Cares Foundation at final regular season game

Oklahoma Law Firm Phillips Murrah presents Blocks for Bucks donation to OKC Thunder Cares Foundation

Oklahoma Law Firm Phillips Murrah presents Blocks for Bucks donation to OKC Thunder Cares Foundation.

During the final game of the 2017-2018 regular season, before a sold-out crowd, the law firm of Phillips Murrah presented a check to the Oklahoma City Thunder‘s charitable organization, the Thunder Cares Foundation.

The pre-game, mid-court check ceremony and donation of $16,700, on Wednesday, April 11, was the capstone for the season’s promotional campaign called “Blocks for Bucks,” where our Firm recognized our home team’s prowess at blocking shots by donating $100 to Thunder Cares for each blocked shot that the Thunder forced at home games during the regular season. By the end of the game, the donation had climbed to an official 2017-2018 amount of $17,000.

“The Thunder Cares Foundation is deeply appreciative of Phillips Murrah and the Blocks for Bucks campaign for this very generous donation,” said Thunder Vice President of Community Relations Christine Berney. “The impact will be felt in the community for years to come.”

Blocks for Bucks began in November of 2017, when Phillips Murrah initiated our partnership with the Thunder organization. Helping to improve the community is at the heart of of our Firm’s mission, and the prospect of achieving that through the Thunder Cares Foundation with such an exciting and entertaining campaign was irresistible.

“Phillips Murrah is proud to partner with the Thunder Cares Foundation,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner, Thomas G. Wolfe. “The Thunder has done so much in Oklahoma. We’re glad to join in their efforts.”

As the Thunder team racked up blocks throughout the season, video highlights were posted at the Blocks for Bucks page on the Thunder’s website, along with a blocks counter and a running donation amount tally.

“Working with the Thunder is an absolute pleasure,” said Phillips Murrah Marketing Director, Dave Rhea. “Being able to support Thunder Cares with this blocks campaign allows us to give back to the community while also driving home the point that, at the end of the day, we’re also huge Thunder fans!”

The Thunder Cares Foundation helps support the team’s community outreach projects, including Thunder-themed basketball courts in parks, schools and community centers across Oklahoma, as well as learning labs and activity rooms at organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, City Rescue Mission, and Positive Tomorrows, a school that serves homeless children in Oklahoma City. In celebration of the Thunder’s 10th season, the Thunder Cares Foundation is funding a matching grant through DonorsChoose.org in support of Health & Sports projects in public schools across Oklahoma.

In tandem with Blocks for Bucks, Phillips Murrah partnered with the Thunder to display our Firm’s brand imagery in Chesapeake Energy Arena’s lower bowl on 10 huge digital signs – which made for some very exciting photographs, along with television mentions and appearances. (see slideshow below)

 

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Phillips Murrah would like to thank the Oklahoma City Thunder for a great season and the wonderful experience of supporting the Thunder Cares Foundation!


Below: At the game that kicked off our Blocks for Bucks partnership campaign, KD gets blocked during the Nov. 22 Thunder victory over the Warriors.

 

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 work with Maribeth on a daily basis,” Director Clayton D. Ketter said. “Her work ethic and dedication are of the highest caliber, as is her expertise in many areas of the law. The award is very much deserved.”


Journal Record and Oklahoman Best Places to Work of 2017

Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage three years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Phillips Murrah healthcare attorneys to address nation’s opioid epidemic

Oklahoma healthcare attorneys Mary Holloway Richard and Samuel D. Newton

Phillips Murrah attorneys Mary Holloway Richard and Samuel D. Newton

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 effective in our state and in explaining policies and programs to everyone they impact,” Richard said.

The program will be presented for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit by the Oklahoma Bar Association Health Law Section at noon on April 11 via live webcast.

“This program has been designed for policy makers, attorneys, healthcare professionals, regulators, law enforcement, patients and their families and community advocates,” Richard said.

Participants can expect the program to cover the statutes, regulations and policies being implemented to combat this epidemic by making services more available, detecting abuse and misuse within the healthcare system, and supporting enforcement and remedial processes, according to the Oklahoma Bar Association.

“The opioid epidemic touches every quadrant of our society with high costs to addicted individual and their families and presenting an unsustainable financial drain on our local communities, state and nation,” Richard said. “The presenters offer information about the depth and breadth of this problem in Oklahoma, responses from across the nation, and the programs that are in place in Oklahoma.”

Those interested may click here for more information and to register for this program.

Mary Holloway Richard is a healthcare lawyer who has written extensively in this area and has published a review of state programs across the nation.

Samuel D. Newton is an attorney who represents healthcare providers and practitioners with a special focus on long term care and licensure.

Click here for more information about Phillips Murrah’s Healthcare Law practice. 

Phillips Murrah attorneys “burn-up” competition in chili cook-off

Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2018

Jack Thach

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 teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Jack is dependable and always willing to pitch in or help with things outside his primary duty assignments,” David Carter, Lead Office Clerk, said.


Journal Record and Oklahoman Best Places to Work of 2017

Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage three years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Firm selects two Employees of the Month for January 2018

Nathan Hatcher and Lisa McAlister

Nathan Hatcher and Lisa McAlister

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 I am worthy of being ranked up there with them.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“More than being proud of working for an extraordinary law firm, I am proud of working with extraordinary peers that have presented me with this honor and recognition,” McAlister said.

In rare cases, the votes tallied end in a tie, and both winners receive the Employee of the Month honor.

“Nathan has worked with me for a few years, and I am continually impressed by how smart and diligent he is,” Executive Director Michelle Munda said. “His demeanor and personality are a complete delight every day.

“Lisa is a wonderful asset and Legal Assistant, and she takes the initiative to step in when she’s needed in other areas in a way that is very impactful and shows what a true team player she is.  We are lucky to have her here!”


Journal Record and Oklahoman Best Places to Work of 2017

Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage three years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Phillips Murrah welcomes established securities attorney

Susan E. Bryant

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, in-house counsel to large financial services complexes; and as a regulator.

She regularly advises clients on complex securities issues, regulatory issues and general business matters. Her clients include entities regulated by securities laws: small niche broker-dealers and investment advisers, firms providing both brokerage and advisory services and issuers of private offerings.

From 1986 to 1991, Bryant was the head of the Oklahoma Department of Securities where she oversaw a staff of 39 whose duties included broker-dealer and investment adviser registration, examination and licensing; enforcing the state securities laws through administrative, civil and criminal actions; review and evaluation of securities registration filings; and issuing responses to interpretive opinion requests.

Bryant started her career with the then largest firm in Oklahoma City, working on sophisticated, multi-level, private and public limited partnership securities offerings, primarily involving oil and gas and other tax sheltered investment programs.

She has spent her life living in a number of places, but considers Norman, Oklahoma her home. Bryant returned to Oklahoma in late 2017 from Maine, where, in addition to her legal practice, she managed a vacation rental business and served on the board of directors of the Camden Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys music and has rejoined the Norman Community Choral Society, where she sang many years ago.

Director Jim Roth to speak on 2018 Legislative Session forum panel

Jim A. Roth, Phillips Murrah

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

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 the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Roth will be speaking during the Energy Panel alongside Mark Yates, Director of the Oklahoma Wind Coalition; Chad Warmington, President of Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association; and John Harper of American Electric Power who will be moderating.

“The Journal Record is bringing sunshine to the state capitol political sausage factory at an unprecedented time of budget woes and two concurrent legislative Sessions,” Roth said. “We will discuss the issues of the day and hope Oklahomans can gain information for their benefit going forward.”

Other panel topics include criminal justice reform, education and health care, and registration for the event is free.

Those interested can view a full list of speakers and panels here.

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

Director Patrick Hullum speaks at the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association annual convention.

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 often alleging ‘drift’ against the company,” Hullum said. ” ‘Drift’ occurs when the chemical spray dispensed by the aircraft moves beyond the intended target area. Such claims allege that the aerial spray caused chemical damage or harm to land or vegetation owned by someone else.”

Drift complaints must first be filed with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture within 90 days of the spray/damage before a lawsuit can be filed. Following this step:

  • The aerial spray company must be allowed access to the property to view alleged damage, inspect and obtain samples for testing.
  • The Department of Agriculture will conduct a complete investigation of any complaint and make a determination of whether the company committed any violations.
  • The complainant may still file a lawsuit following the Department of Agriculture investigation, even if the Department of Agriculture clears the company.

If the company is notified of a Department of Agriculture complaint or subsequent lawsuit, it needs to notify its attorney immediately, Hullum said.

“The attorney can quickly determine if the complaint and/or lawsuit was properly and timely filed and served, and whether the court has proper jurisdiction and venue,” he said. “The attorney can also quickly organize an inspection of the property and gather crucial maps, imaging, Satloc flight information, chemical testing, etc. and can determine whether the lawsuit has diversity of the parties and an amount in controversy to transfer from state to federal court.”

Hullum’s primary advice to these business owners is to be prepared.

“Overall, as an aerial spray business, be organized and diligent on the front end of your customer relations and service,” he said. “Speak openly with your customers and identify concerned neighbors, take video and photos of your spray applications, have your Satloc software up to date and in place, maintain Mesonet weather data for the days leading to/during/after the chemical application, maintain color satellite maps of the property areas and boundaries, obtain statements, and obtain samples for testing.”

To learn more about Patrick Hullum’s practice, visit his attorney profile here.

Phillips Murrah announces new Director, Shareholder for 2018

Director Kayce L. Gisinger

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 level of service to our clients but also the equally outstanding commitment to community service work here in Oklahoma City,” Gisinger said. “I feel very honored to be part of such an amazing group and look forward to my new role with the firm.”

As a litigation attorney with extensive trial experience with beginnings at the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office where she tried over 100 jury trials, Gisinger’s practice has grown to include the defense of cases involving product liability, auto and trucking negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, employment law and insurance litigation.

“Kayce has an expansive career as an accomplished litigator, and the Firm couldn’t be more proud to have her join our group of Directors and Shareholders,” said Thomas G. Wolfe, President and Managing Partner. “We expect Kayce’s expertise and commitment to her clients to flourish exponentially in her new role at Phillips Murrah.”

A native Oklahoman, Gisinger was raised in Lawton and has resided in Oklahoma City for the past 30 years. She is active in her community and volunteers at various animal shelters and local food banks.

She officially assumed her new role on Jan. 1, 2018.

Firm selects Employee of the Month for December 2017

Cristal Bazemore

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 appreciation and care for one another.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Cristal is a great worker with what seems to be boundless energy, and never lets anything get her down,” Director J. Mark Lovelace said.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage three years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

OKC Thunder TV announcer mentions BLOCKS FOR BUCKS campaign during Dallas game

Phillips Murrah’s Blocks For Bucks campaign is in high gear! Check out the video below:

OKC Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis talks about Phillips Murrah’s Blocks for Bucks campaign.

Click the image below to find out more details about Blocks For Bucks benefiting Thunder Cares Foundation or go to www.nba.com/thunder/blocksforbucks.

Blocks For Bucks presented by Phillips Murrah P.C.

Phillips Murrah 2017 Holiday E-Card

Thank you for a wonderful year. As we welcome the Holiday Season and prepare to say goodbye to 2017, we invite you to enjoy this holiday e-card from your friends at Phillips Murrah P.C.

 

Phillips Murrah BLOCKS FOR BUCKS campaign mentioned on TV during OKC Thunder game

Blocks For Bucks presented by Phillips Murrah P.C.

Click to find out more details about Blocks For Bucks @ www.nba.com/thunder/blocksforbucks.

Phillips Murrah’s Blocks For Bucks campaign is in high gear! Check out the video below:

As Paul George shoots a free throw, OKC Thunder play-by-play announcer Brian Davis talks about Phillips Murrah’s Blocks for Bucks campaign.

Phillips Murrah honored as a Top Workplace for a third year by The Oklahoman

Top Workplace 3rd year runningFor the third year in a row, Phillips Murrah has been recognized as a Top Workplace in Oklahoma. For 2017, P|M was the only law firm listed as a Top Workplace, and was also recognized as the highest year-over-year improver of the list’s category of “Genuine Appreciation” among company employees.

“Our Firm really cares about our work environment and tries to be receptive to requests and issues, which gradually makes our workplace better in ways that are meaningful,” said Tom Wolfe, Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner. “That these efforts are recognized and appreciated by the people who work at Phillips Murrah is the best outcome.”

From Newsok.com:

Phillips Murrah, an Oklahoma City law firm that employs 111, rose to No. 21 from No. 29 last year. The firm led improvements in the statement area, “I feel genuinely appreciated at this company,” up by 7 percent.

Phillips Murrah spokesman David Rhea attributes his law firm’s gains to the company’s continued responsiveness to requests and issues as they arise.

“Congeniality was literally one of the firm’s founding principles when we started in 1986,” Rhea said. “So that type of culture/atmosphere is just sort of baked into the cake.”

On December 10, The Oklahoman newspaper published their annual Top Workplaces list. In determining the defining criteria of Top Workplaces, The Oklahoman partners with the Philadelphia-based company, Energage, which evaluates companies across the country, pertaining to internal components of healthy workplace dynamics.

Every year, the newspaper encourages local participants in Oklahoma City to nominate businesses for the program. The methodology of candidate evaluation is determined from anonymous surveys, detailing employee satisfaction, company values, internal communication, leadership and other various determinates.

To learn more about the workplace culture and opportunities at Phillips Murrah, visit our Careers page: http://phillipsmurrah.com/careers.

Firm selects November Employee of the Month

Tommye Johnson

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 to work with the most professional and caring people at Phillips Murrah.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Tommye is a consummate professional whose strong work ethic, expertise and wide breadth of experience have solidified her as an essential team member to the litigation group at Phillips Murrah,” Director Juston R. Givens said.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage two years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Blocks For Bucks: Phillips Murrah partners with Thunder Cares Foundation

Blocks For Bucks presented by Phillips Murrah P.C.

Click to find out more details about Blocks For Bucks @ www.nba.com/thunder/blocksforbucks

 

“In your face!!”

It’s that old, familiar basketball smack-talk line that gets served up after a blocked shot like a one-two punch. If you’ve ever played basketball with any amount of skill, surely the feeling of shutting down your opponent’s attempt to score still resides in the halls of your memory. The excitement of a well-delivered blocked shot is one of the sport’s great thrills – perhaps even up there with the slam dunk and the alley-oop assist.

Beginning with the Nov. 22 Thunder vs. Warriors game, the law firm of Phillips Murrah began a new partnership with the Thunder Cares Foundation called Blocks For Bucks. To recognize our home team’s accomplishments in blocking shots, Phillips Murrah is donating $100 to the Thunder Cares Foundation for each blocked shot that the Thunder forces at home games during the regular season.

“Phillips Murrah is proud to partner with the Thunder Cares Foundation,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner, Thomas G. Wolfe. “The Thunder has done so much in Oklahoma. We’re glad to join in their efforts.”

The Thunder Cares Foundation helps support the team’s community outreach projects, including Thunder-themed basketball courts in parks, schools and community centers across Oklahoma, as well as learning labs and activity rooms at organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, City Rescue Mission, and Positive Tomorrows, a school that serves homeless children in Oklahoma City. In celebration of the Thunder’s 10th season, the Thunder Cares Foundation is funding a matching grant through DonorsChoose.org in support of Health & Sports projects in public schools across Oklahoma.

You can check into the Thunder Cares Blocks For Bucks landing page throughout the season to see an updated Blocks Counter, a total amount of funds raised and videos snippets of key blocks highlights, including the one below.

KD gets blocked during the Nov. 22 Thunder victory over the Warriors.

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

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, visits NextEra Energy with Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group

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 and Chair of law firm Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, said that he was contacted by Zuckerberg’s office approximately four months ago to set up the visit.

“Mr. Zuckerberg has undertaken a year of travel challenge where he’s going to all parts of America, and particularly states he’d never been to before — his office reached out to me about four months ago — inquiring about if they were to come to Oklahoma, what would I recommend they see,” Roth said. “I began to describe to them the promise of Oklahoma’s wind energy and future solar energy and that seemed to pique their interest.”

Kismet dictated that Zuckerberg and his team would be visiting the week before Veteran’s Day, and Roth knew that wind energy giant NextEra would be the perfect destination due to their veteran-friendly hiring policies.

“One of Oklahoma’s larger wind developers also has a program where they actively recruit and employ veterans and this week of his planned visit being near Veteran’s Day, I think that was also interesting to them,” said Roth. “So, it was nice that NextEra wind energy, with its Rush Springs wind project that came online just last year, was able to play host.”

Zuckerberg spent his time at the wind farm speaking with wind technicians, land owners and neighbors of the project about the ways wind energy has been beneficial to their lives.

“Mr. Zuckerberg wanted a chance to have a casual, relaxed, engaging conversation with actual Oklahoma wind technicians,” Roth said. “He asked that some surrounding neighbors and landowners that had turbines on their properties come and join and sit down for lunch. So, it led to just a really great dialogue where he asked questions and they provided some neat answers and he got to learn about — what it takes to be a certified wind technician. What other careers that some of those employees had — before and why they loved being in wind energy today. He’s heard from the landowners, their appreciation for how the funding goes directly to local schools, how the wind turbine royalty payments have helped their farms with some secondary income and generally just had a really nice exchange. He’s very gracious, the guests and the wind techs — had a great time engaging with him and all in all it was definitely a nice conversation.”

A look at a horizontal blade that was on the ground as well as a tour of an actual wind turbine and tower were two of the items on the agenda for Zuckerberg, who according to Roth, very much enjoyed the time spent and knowledge gleaned from the experience.

“He just talked about how kind everybody was — how much he enjoyed it, I think he really enjoyed the back-and-forth with the local landowners and the wind-techs, so I would say all-in-all he seemed to have a really positive experience,” Roth said.

Even Zuckerberg’s advance team enjoyed their look at Duncan and the surrounding areas, according to Roth. The team reportedly was in the area several days in advance to make sure the visit ran smoothly and had nothing but glowing reviews for Duncan and Stephens County.

“—His team had arrived a few days in advance, enjoyed themselves in Duncan, had a chance to site visit the day before just to make sure everything went smoothly,” said Roth. “They shared with me they had a wonderful, positive visit to Duncan and they loved, ‘How friendly everyone in Duncan is.’ ”

Roth said he was extremely impressed with Zuckerberg, as well and hopes to be able to boast of another Facebook founder visit to the state someday.

“There’s just this human element, right? Where he arrives in jeans and a hoodie and is unassuming and was just down-to-earth and very gracious and treated everybody equally. I saw him really demonstrate a level of intellectual curiosity and just a graciousness toward people that was nice to get to witness firsthand,” Roth said. “I’m thrilled that — they had such a good visit and I hope they’ll come back and even invest more in Oklahoma.”

Read the full article from the Duncan Banner.

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 Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Banking & Finance
  • Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Litigation – Tax
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law

Tier 2

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law – Individuals
  • Litigation – Antitrust
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Tier 3

  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Venture Capital Law

This list is for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the United States.

Earlier in the year, Phillips Murrah announced that 37 of our attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America for 2018.

Firms included in the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence, quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey and the Law Firm Leaders Survey and Best Lawyers peer-review.

Firm Halloween Party raises funds for Harvest Food Drive

Phillips Murrah staff members were given the chance to test their creativity and help raise money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Tuesday at the Firm’s annual Halloween Party.

Director Nikki Jones Edwards honored at Woman of the Year gala

Phillips Murrah Directors Nikki Jones Edwards and Marc Edwards

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, selected among hundreds of nominations from across the state, are recognized for their professional and personal contributions in Oklahoma communities.

This year, which marks the 37th year of the Woman of the Year gala, featured keynote speaker Shannon Miller, Olympian gold medalist and health and fitness entrepreneur. It was Nikki’s first time to be honored as a part of the Woman of the Year event.

“The ‘Making a Difference’ list not only displays the important professional work of Oklahoma women, but also the personal investments they are making to positively impact every sector of our state,” she said.

Nikki is involved in numerous Oklahoma community service and philanthropic projects, including  Leadership OKC’s Signature Program Class 36, which educates civic-minded business people on how to develop greater capacities for local leadership. She is also a board member of both Positive Tomorrows, an educational non-profit developing programs for homeless children and their families to stop the cycles of poverty, and the Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship program, which awards scholarships to low-income single parents to help them achieve self-sufficiency through post-secondary education.

Family Law Attorneys Nikki Jones Edwards and Monica Y. Ybarra

Nikki also helped pioneer a program to develop the next generation of law and leadership in Oklahoma. A founding advisory board member for the University of Oklahoma, Women and Gender Studies program, Nikki routinely guest lectures on important topics such as women in leadership programs, women in law, gender equality in the legal field and family law. Accordingly, Nikki was honored with the Journal Record’s “Leadership in Law” award in both 2008 and 2017.

“The Women and Gender Studies program is unlike anything in the state of Oklahoma,” she said. “It is important to further the public support and education of such programs, fostering all generations of women in the legal field, and beyond. “

Nikki endeavors to have a lasting influence on the future leaders of Oklahoma through positive mentorships in her professional and personal life.

“It is about paying it back and then paying it forward,” she added. “Establishing local networks of mentorships, accessible to individuals from all backgrounds and sectors in Oklahoma, can help prepare the next generation of leaders. I’ve been fortunate to have great mentors in my life and I want to contribute to a proactive, public service-minded environment by being a positive mentor to others in my community.”

Phillips Murrah is proud to sponsor The Woman of the Year endeavors, and we congratulate Nikki, and all of this year’s honorees. Thank you for all you do to make Oklahoma the best place to live and work.

Firm selects October Employee of the Month

Abigail Duran

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 be working at such an amazing place.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Abigail has been a wonderful addition to the Firm,” Director Joshua L. Edwards said. “She’s extremely bright, diligent and has a great ‘can do’ attitude.

“She’s willing to take on whatever is asked of her, and her performance has been impressive.  We are lucky to have her on our team.”


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 by The Journal Record and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage two years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Phillips Murrah rowing team competes 2017 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Law & Oarder, Phillips Murrah’s rowing team, stands with the medals they won after competing in the 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 my co-workers,” said Melissa R. Gardner, Director and Law & Oarder team leader. “We were so excited to place in an Intermediate category when almost half of our boat was novice!”

In all seven seasons the Firm’s rowing team has competed, team members consisted of both attorneys and staff members.

“The best part about rowing is seeing all the hard work come together on race day,” said Samuel R. Lincoln, Director of Information Technology. “It is the most exhilarating and exhausting 2 minutes of your life!”

The team will resume practice in the Spring for the Stars & Stripes Festival in June 2018.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in 2017 and an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/WorkplaceDynamics two years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemTwenty 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 a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Super Lawyers:

Directors G. Calvin Sharpe and Lyndon W. Whitmire were among the Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017. Directors Shannon K. Emmons and Sally A. Hasenfratz were listed on the Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Oklahoma Rising Stars: