Entries by Dave Rhea

USDOL withdraws 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs announced the withdrawal of recent guidance regarding joint employment and independent contractors. OPA News Release: June 7, 2017 [link] WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 and 2016 informal guidance […]

Director Jim Roth sourced in article about proposed task force to examine Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission

Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice, was quoted in a Journal Record article by Sarah Terry-Cobo regarding a House Bill that seeks to create an 11-member task force to examine Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission is structure and funding. Read Roth’s comments from the article below: OKLAHOMA CITY –  Utilities, drillers, and […]

Russell Westbrook has his own room at the Hawkins’ house

Russel Westbrook has his own room at the home of Phillips Murrah Director Terry Hawkins, who leads the Firm’s Public Finance Practice. From the story in the Sunday Oklahoman: There’s no bigger Russ fanatic. (Brenda Hawkins) has replicas of every jersey the Thunder superstar has worn. She has copies of dozens of magazine covers he’s graced, […]

Phillips Murrah donates neckties for Tie Day

Attorneys at our Oklahoma law firm Phillips Murrah rallied overnight to help Journal Record reporter Molly Fleming collect neckties for Tie Day. Our attorneys donated just over 52 ties, which Molly will bring to a couple of local elementary schools, where they will be given away along with lessons on how to properly tie them. Molly […]

Director Juston Givens joins Board of American Banjo Museum

Phillips Murrah Director Juston R. Givens was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Banjo Museum. The American Banjo Museum is a $5 million, world-class 21,000 square foot facility honoring the rich history of the banjo. The museum’s collection contains more than 400 instruments, recordings, film, video, printed music, instructional materials, ephemera […]

Phillips Murrah named a Top Workplace for second year by The Oklahoman

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that, for the second year in a row, our Firm is recognized as one of Oklahoma City’s Top Workplaces. The Oklahoman newspaper published their annual list of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces on Dec. 11. The Oklahoman partnered with Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics, the employee research and consulting firm, to determine the region’s Top […]

Valuation discounts under threat

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Sept. 14, 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 […]

Phillips Murrah Director organizes Oklahoma commercial real estate group for women

(See the updated story here) The Oklahoma commercial real estate industry has a new organization for women practitioners called Commercial Real Estate Women, or CREW. It is a professional network that represents multiple disciplines within the industry, including lawyers, developers, bankers, architects and engineers. “We have an outstanding group of initial board members,” said Phillips Murrah […]

Phillips Murrah attorney Doug Branch featured in The Oklahoman

Phillips Murrah attorney, Douglas A. Branch, is featured in today’s Oklahoman newspaper regarding his career in biotechnology. Doug is one of the prime movers in the diversification of the Oklahoma City economy to include biotech. He recently accepted the position of CEO of Biolytx Pharmaceuticals, and he continues his legal practice at Phillips Murrah as an of counsel attorney. […]

‘Prequalifying’ Primes Pays Off for Subcontractors

By David A. Walls & A. Michelle Campney. From The Contractor’s Compass, an educational journal of the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association. Published Q2 2012 – originally posted Jun 18, 2012 IN THIS ARTICLE . . . Research primes’ reputations. Research project liens and litigation records. Investigate financial strength of prime and project financing. Imagine […]

Phillips Murrah launches AM@PM Breakfast Forum series

Bright and early Thursday morning, April 21, Oklahoma City law firm Phillips Murrah launched a new learning series called AM@PM Breakfast Forum. The hour-long presentation was held at Vast on the 50th floor of OKC’s iconic Devon Tower. Firm Directors Jason A. Dunn and Kathyrn D. Terry each talked to attendees for about 20 minutes. Jason […]

Low oil and gas prices create opportunity for estate tax planning

This article was published in OIPA Wellhead, a publication produced by Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and distributed to its membership. By Elizabeth K. Brown and Mike McDonald Act now to preserve your estate. Low oil and gas prices create opportunity for estate tax planning. The current economic downturn in the oil and gas industry combined with the […]

Jim Roth: Focusing on the meaning of the holidays

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Dec. 7, 2015. Focusing on the meaning of the holidays During this holiday season with parties, travel and the mad dash to purchase (and afford) […]

Phillips Murrah recognized as a Top Workplace by The Oklahoman

On Sunday, The Oklahoman Newspaper published their annual list of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces. Phillips Murrah takes pride in our healthy, positive workplace, and the Firm is honored to be on the 2015 list. “We are excited to be recognized as having one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces,” said Phillips Murrah President and Managing Partner, Tom Wolfe. “We […]

What’s a nation to do?

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on Nov. 23, 2015. Warning: The following column may contain offensive or disturbing ideas to your otherwise pre-conceived notions of safety. We Americans pride ourselves on […]

Phillips Murrah recognized as Best Law Firm in 32 practice areas

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Law Firms” for professional excellence for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area in the following practice areas: Tier 1 Administrative / Regulatory Law Banking and Finance Law Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and […]

Phillips Murrah serves as local counsel for Google Fiber in OKC

Phillips Murrah is excited to serve as local counsel for Google Fiber and to help this great company explore bringing fiber to OKC. Local coverage: Oklahoman: Google Fiber takes a look at Oklahoma City Journal Record: Rapid expansion: Google Fiber looks at OKC KGOU Radio: Google Fiber Exploring Adding Service to Oklahoma City KFOR-NBC: City […]

Jim Roth speaks at Society of Environmental Journalists 25th annual conference

Congratulations to Director Jim Roth for his efforts at this year’s Society of Environmental Journalists 25th Annual Conference, titled Environmental Journalism 2015 – Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood. Jim spoke during Saturday’s lunch session on the topic of “Our Energy Future.” “Oklahoma is a microcosm of energy rights and energy fights across the nation. […]

Phillips Murrah rowing team, Law & Oarder, completes 2015 season

The Phillips Murrah rowing team, Law & Oarder, completed the 2015 season on Friday with a solid, 500-meter run of 1:52.818. “It has been amazing to see how wholeheartedly the firm supports our team,” said Phillips Murrah attorney and L&O team leader, Melissa Gardner. “I definitely think rowing is an outlet to build relationships outside […]

Director Sally A. Hasenfratz featured on “The Exit Plan Show”

Recently, Director Sally A. Hasenfratz was featured on The Exit Plan Show, and online interview series hosted by financial adviser, Norman A. Hood. From http://exitplanshow.tv/: The Exit Plan Show – We interview America’s top advisors to help business owners enjoy more freedom, grow companies faster and retire on their own terms. Sally is a member of the […]

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth featured in EPA story on Oklahoma News Report

Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, Jim Roth, was featured on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report as a part of a segment about recent federal Environmental Protection Agency rules. From ONR: “Utility companies are already headed toward the goals set out in the President’s clean power plan while the state files […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys and summer clerks visit nursing home

Friday afternoon, Aug 7, the Oklahoma County Bar Association Community Service Committee had a Luau-themed party for the residents of the Edwards Redeemer Nursing Home. Phillips Murrah attorneys Director Ray Zschiesche and Monica Ybarra were on hand to dance and visit with the Edwards Redeemer Nursing Home residents, along with our summer clerks, Hillary Hudson, Kendra Norman, […]