Roth: Time to reap benefits of hydrogen

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on September 11, 2017. Time to reap benefits of hydrogen A previous column considered hydrogen’s increased use primarily in fuel cell vehicles, but there are some exciting advancements for hydrogen’s potential use in utilities. Innovation requires effort […]

NewsOK Q&A: Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: August 31, 2017 Click to see full story – Forced pooling in mineral land leasing has upsides, downsides Click to see Melissa Gardner’s attorney profile Q: If you’re approached about leasing minerals, do you have options? A: You do have options. However, none of those options include avoiding leasing your […]

Roth: Sun shines as energy option in state

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 28, 2017. Sun shines as energy option in state Keeping with last week’s solar theme, I recently ran across an Aug. 28, 1982 news article by M.J. Van Deventer that highlighted another bright spot in […]

Amendment sharpens valuable tool

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 24, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Hilary A. Hudson The Oklahoma Open Records Act, Okla. Stat. tit. 51, § 24A.1, et seq, has been in place since 1985, but its value as a tool for discovering information related to private parties […]

Phillips Murrah Attorneys talk tech at the Firm’s AM@PM Breakfast Forum

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, Phillips Murrah hosted a technology-related panel discussion called “Real Risks in the Virtual World,” as a part of their AM@PM Breakfast Forum series. The panel was moderated by Director Juston R. Givens. Director and Phillips Murrah CIO Fred A. Leibrock discussed data security and breach avoidance practices. Director Kathryn D. Terry […]

Roth: The great American solar eclipse

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 21, 2017. The great American solar eclipse As we prepare for the solar eclipse on Monday, here are some facts and ideas I found to be worthwhile. First, a solar eclipse is when the […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Department of Labor Requests Public Input on Overtime Regulations

07/25/17 The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that they will publish a Request for Information for the overtime rule on Wednesday, July 26. In the news release, USDOL announced: “The RFI is an opportunity for the public to provide information that will aid the department in formulating a proposal to revise these regulations which […]

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 […]

In consideration of a living inheritance

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 13, 2017. By Phillips Murrah Director Robert O. O’Bannon When parents are in the financial position to give money or assets to their adult children, there are benefits for the donor and the child. Rather than a parent holding on […]

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 […]

The Wrong Claim – Defining boundaries to Burk tort actions

Complaints of wrongful termination by employees have been heard in courtrooms across the nation for as long as there has been a legal venue in which to bring and defend such claims. It can be argued that the nature of the employer-employee relationship has been evolving ever since. In Oklahoma, the employer-employee relationship is characterized […]