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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roth: Clean water, local control and Oklahomans united against SQ 777

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 31, 2016. Clean water, local control and Oklahomans united against SQ 777 There is no question that this year’s political cycle has been a particularly divisive one. On the national level, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Roth: Time to garden?

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 26, 2016. Time to garden? Now that the autumnal equinox has begun and the heat of summer is subsiding, it might surprise you to know this is an excellent time to […]

Valuation discounts under threat

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Jan. 15, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Director Robert O. O’Bannon The current economic downturn in the oil and gas industry, combined with the low-interest-rate environment and the availability of valuation discounting techniques, creates a number of unique opportunities for […]

Roth: Sunny opportunity for Oklahoma 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 September 12, 2016. Sunny opportunity for Oklahoma schools? According to the Oklahoma Policy Institute and other reputable observers, “Oklahoma had the dubious honor of having made the deepest cuts to school funding […]

Roth: Happy birthday for all of us Americans

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 29, 2016. Happy birthday for all of us Americans If this heading makes you think you’ve picked up a copy of The Journal Record’s July 4th issue, I apologize for the […]

Roth: The built environment and coming trends

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 22, 2016. The built environment and coming trends I once read “A house is made of bricks and beams, a home is made of hopes and dreams,” which is a great […]