Entries by Dave Rhea

What happens when a general contractor files for bankruptcy?

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 […]

Phillips Murrah celebrates International Women’s Day

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 […]

Data breaches still HIPAA compliance concern for healthcare providers

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 […]

Not a Trump Card? Shuttle Drivers are Independent Contractors Under NLRB Test Emphasizing Entrepreneurial Opportunity

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 […]

Mandatory arbitration agreements and independent contract drivers

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 […]

Sign of the Times – The Nuts and Bolts of Raising Awareness

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 […]

Texas Court Sends Non-Compete Agreement Lawsuit to Arbitration

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 […]

Highly litigated common law marriage still recognized in Oklahoma

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 […]

Phillips Murrah helps bring NPR’s StoryCorps to OKC

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 […]

ALFA International Video

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 Janet Hendrick mentioned in Power Players: Women Leading in Law

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 […]

Phillips Murrah announces 21 attorneys named to 2018 Super Lawyers list

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. […]

Phillips Murrah continues Blocks for Bucks partnership with Thunder Cares Foundation

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 featured in Super Lawyers magazine

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 […]

Dallas employment attorney Janet A. Hendrick tells Law360 why she joined Phillips Murrah

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 welcomes Janet A. Hendrick to Dallas office

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 […]

Phillips Murrah announces passing of Director Shannon K. Emmons

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 […]

Phillips Murrah expands into Dallas

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 […]