Leadership in Law profile: Jim A. Roth, Phillips Murrah PC

From The Journal Record
Published: May 1, 2009
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Jim A. Roth, Phillips Murrah

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

“If you chase the buck, you will never have enough. If you pursue what interests you and races your heart, then you will find fulfillment and have plenty,” Jim Roth advises others entering the legal profession.

Earlier this year, Roth re-entered private practice after 15 years of public service. He is an attorney of counsel for Phillips Murrah’s alternative energy and regulatory practice groups and represents individuals and both publicly owned and private companies in a wide range of business, energy and environmental matters.

“We Oklahomans, and our fellow Americans around this region and country, need to explore every natural resource blessing we have and move our businesses in the direction of meeting energy demand, while also being good stewards of Mother Earth,” Roth said. “My personal goal is to grow our state’s full promise (for its people, its energy, its economy and its environment) by helping Phillips Murrah to be the leader bringing focus to Oklahoma’s future.”

From June 2007 through January 2009, Roth served out an appointment by Gov. Brad Henry to a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He served as an Oklahoma County commissioner from January 2003 to May 2007. He was a chief deputy and attorney for a previous commissioner and the Oklahoma County clerk’s office for eight years.  Before that Jim was in private practice.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Roth received his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1994. He is a member of the Oklahoma and Kansas bar associations. He is a former president of the National Association of Civil County Attorneys and former board member of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Roth, a devoted community advocate, also is a former president of The Winds House – an AIDS support program. He is a member of several civic clubs and previously served on the board of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

“I believe our democracy requires participation from all of us regardless of our views or perspectives. We are a stronger nation and our collective community is better off if people get involved and work towards a more perfect union,” Roth said.

His honors include a national award from The National Association of Counties for his initiatives helping senior citizens. In 2006, he received the Equality Award from Oklahoma’s Cimarron Alliance Group, representing the gay and lesbian community, and an Oklahoma County Friend of Education award for his work helping schools.

Kansas State University (B.A., Political Science/Pre-Law, 1991)
Oklahoma City University (J.D., 1994)
Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Graduate, 2004)
United States Air War College’s National Security Forum (Graduate, 2004)
The Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University (Graduate, 2007)

Primary practice areas:
Business, energy and natural resources, regulatory

Admitted to practice in:
1994, Kansas
1995, Oklahoma

Travel, running/working out, politics, spending time with family and friends