If you are a subcontractor or owner on a project where the general contractor has declared bankruptcy, you should act quickly to ensure, to the extent possible, that your rights are protected. 1) Whether you are a subcontractor or owner: Examine your contract and realize that termination due to bankruptcy is likely unavailable. Once an […]
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Today, March 8, 2019, is International Women’s Day. Phillips Murrah would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and importance of women leaders in the workplace. The theme of this year’s IWD is gender balance, and Phillips Murrah is doing our part to help realize this important societal goal. We are proud to […]
HIPAA concerns, established in 1996 and evolving ever since, continue to be a very real compliance concern for healthcare providers. As an example, last year HHS collected $28.7 million from providers of healthcare services and payors for responses to HIPAA data breaches that HHS considered inadequate. According to Modern Healthcare, this is $5.2 million over […]
Although licensed medical marijuana businesses are now legal under Oklahoma state law, conflicting federal law creates a number of challenges for business owners, particularly with respect to federal income tax law.
By Janet A. Hendrick January 28, 2019 Focusing on “entrepreneurial opportunity” available to shared-ride drivers, the Republican-majority National Labor Relations Board handed employers a victory on January 25, 2019 by holding that Dallas-Fort Worth area SuperShuttle drivers are independent contractors, rather than employees who may unionize. The decision, which overturns a 2014 decision that favored […]
A new case filed in federal court in Colorado challenges the process of force pooling certain mineral owners and working interest owners.
Let’s say an employee invents something during the course of his or her employment. Who owns the invention? There is a common misconception that the employer always owns the rights to the invention. However, that is incorrect. The correct answer is that typically the employee owns it.
In a unanimous opinion (except for Justice Kavanaugh, who was recused from the case) expected to have broad implications for the transportation industry, the Supreme Court delivered a blow to employers that seek to enforce mandatory arbitration agreements for claims filed by drivers and other transportation workers classified as independent contractors. The high court affirmed […]
What’s in a name? For Phillips Murrah, our name represents over 30 years of dedication and partnership with our clients and our community. We are proud to announce our new exterior sign, which proudly hangs on OKC’s Corporate Tower, wherein our headquarters is located. It’s no secret that Phillips Murrah has ramped up our effort to […]
Phillips Murrah is happy to announce that we are a 2019 National Association of Women Lawyers sustaining partner.
Reversing a decision that an employee’s lawsuit to declare her non-compete agreement void was not subject to arbitration, the First Court of Appeals in Houston held yesterday that the lawsuit fell within the scope of the parties’ arbitration agreement. Sue Ann Lopez was a sales representative for IPFS Corporation, which provides insurance premium financing, before […]
As we find ourselves in the midst of another holiday season, it’s a good time to contemplate the joys this time of year brings. For many, that list includes extra time with loved ones, hearty food, and cozy pajamas. Hopefully, holiday-specific “legal woes” are less likely to come to mind. Nevertheless, holidays often have their […]
I heard a song the other day by Pistol Annies called “Got My Name Changed Back.” The lyrics include the line, “it takes a judge to get married, takes a judge to get divorced.” Well, if you live in Oklahoma, only half of these lyrics is correct. Oklahoma is one of only eleven states that currently recognize […]
November 16, 2018 Today, the Austin Court of Appeals held that the Austin paid sick leave ordinance, which would require private employers to provide an hour of paid sick leave to employees for every 30 hours worked beginning on the first day of employment, violates the Texas Constitution because it is preempted by the Texas […]
In February of 2018, Phillips Murrah partnered with local NPR radio station, KOSU, to bring the nationally renowned StoryCorps MobileBooth to Oklahoma City. Through StoryCorps, Oklahomans were able to record their meaningful, intimate personal stories in the MobileBooth, an Airstream trailer containing their travelling recording studio. From February 8 to March 9, 2018, as part of a cross-country […]
Phillips Murrah is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With 145 member firms across the globe (80 in the United States) ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms whose success is driven by broad, deep, local relationships all over the world.
Phillips Murrah Director and employment attorney Janet A. Hendrick was mentioned in the October edition of Power Players: Women Leading in Law newsletter, published by University of Texas at Austin School of Law‘s Center for Women in Law. The mention was regarding Janet’s move to Phillips Murrah’s Dallas office. Janet is deeply committed to the advancement […]
Super Lawyers Phillips Murrah is honored to have 21 attorneys in 2018 recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service. Super Lawyers is a division of Thomson Reuters. 2018 Oklahoma Super Lawyers Jennifer Ivester Berry – Listed: 2010-2018; 2014 Top 25 Women Rodney L. Cook – Listed: 2006-2018 Nicholle Jones Edwards – 2009-2014, 2018 Sally A. […]
Today (Oct. 16) marks the beginning of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season, and that means Phillips Murrah is cranking up our second year of partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s philanthropic organization, the Thunder Cares Foundation via our Blocks for Bucks campaign. What is Blocks for Bucks? Attorneys and staff at Phillips Murrah are huge Thunder […]
Phillips Murrah Attorney Amy D. White is featured in the Oklahoma 2018 edition of Super Lawyers magazine this month. Super Lawyers is a division of Thomson Reuters. The article, titled, “Amy D. White dreams of horse farms – and another conversation with her grandparents,” appears on page 5, which you can view online, HERE. Amy is a trial […]
On Oct. 10, Law360, an in-depth legal industry publication, published an article about Phillips Murrah Director, Janet A. Hendrick, who recently joined our Firm in the Dallas office. Janet is an employment attorney with almost two decades of experience. She is deeply committed to the advancement of women lawyers and is a thought leader and […]
Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce that Janet Hendrick has joined the Firm in its Dallas-based office. Janet is an employment attorney with nearly 20 years of experience. She brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the Texas market to twelve. “We are excited that Janet has joined Phillips Murrah as we continue […]
In this article, Oklahoma City healthcare attorney Mary Holloway Richard discusses GDPR, a newly enforced EU privacy law, and what it means for businesses in America. Q: What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? A: It’s a law regulating data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It gives control to […]
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On this day (June 27) in 1977, Bates v. State Bar of Arizona recognized attorneys’ First Amendment right to advertise.
“Forewarned is forearmed.” I adopted that as one of my guides. Nowhere is that more true than in the lawyer mentor selection process within AHLA. I want to share some thoughts with you to make your selection more likely to lead to a meaningful mentor relationship to help you along your path in this broad, […]
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Partner at Phillips Murrah, Shannon K. Emmons. Shannon was a Director, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Please see her obituary listed below: Obituary Shannon Kathleen Emmons, 57, of […]
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 […]
Oklahoma 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 […]
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