Entries by Nathan Hatcher

SBA disaster loan summary

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 2, 2020. This Gavel to Gavel column is a summary of our full-length Q&A on Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs. By Phillips Murrah Director Alison J. Cross and Attorney Kara K. Laster On March 27, Congress passed […]

Michele C. Spillman joins Phillips Murrah Dallas office

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 23, 2020) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce Michele C. Spillman has joined the Firm in its Dallas-based office as an Of Counsel attorney. Her addition to the Firm brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the Texas market to fourteen. With a background in both labor and employment […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2020

Abby Tompkins, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for February 2020. “It is a privilege to work with such a great group of people and for them to recognize me as Employee of the Month is an honor,” Abby said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff […]

Medicare Reimbursement Actions by the Government: Relief for Providers?

This article was originally published in the American Bar Association’s Health eSource newsletter in February 2020. By Mary Holloway Richard, Phillips Murrah, and Anna Stewart Whites, Attorney at Law, Frankfort, KY The tension between the government’s need to ensure appropriate use of Medicare funds and the need of providers to receive reasonable compensation for services […]

Attorneys continue winning streak at annual OCBA Chili Cook-off

Another year, another recipe vying for a coveted trophy at the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s annual Chili Cook-off. Phillips Murrah attorneys competed against local law firms in OCBA’s Young Lawyers Division on Feb. 28 at the Leadership Square Atrium in downtown Oklahoma City. Representing Phillips Murrah were attorneys Cody J. Cooper, C. Eric Davis, Mark E. Hornbeek, […]

Coronavirus 2020: Current Guidance for US Employers

By Phillips Murrah Attorneys Janet Hendrick and Phoebe Mitchell Around the globe, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases has risen to over 81,000. Although 95% of these confirmed cases are located in China, the number in the United States has grown to 53.[1] With many unanswered questions about the virus, including concrete information on how […]

Gardner named to Journal Record’s 2020 Achievers Under 40

The Journal Record will honor Melissa Gardner, Phillips Murrah Director and Shareholder, and 44 others as part of its 17th class of Achievers Under 40. The 45 honorees will be recognized at the Achievers Under 40 event on May 29 at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center at 741 N. Phillips Ave. “Young leaders […]

Dealing with domestic violence in divorce proceedings

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on February 20, 2020. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Molly E. Tipton Domestic violence. In the context of divorce proceedings, these notorious words too often either fly under the radar or are misunderstood and improperly handled. This highlights the importance of […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for January 2020

Nancy Walker, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for January 2020. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by your peers, especially by such a great group of talented people with whom I have the privilege of working,” Nancy said. “I am continually challenged and enhanced by my experiences here each and […]

Phillips Murrah attorney gives sixth graders glimpse into lawyer life

Attorney Kendra M. Norman gave students at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School a rare peek into the legal field. The school hosted a “Career Fair” on Jan. 24 to help expose 6th grade students to different career options. “I want to educate these students on the education and other requirements needed to be an attorney, but […]

Voth participates in Leadership OKC medical marijuana panel

Attorney Lauren S. Voth joined other panelists to discuss issues related to medical marijuana in Oklahoma. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosted the Leadership Oklahoma City panel on Jan. 23. Voth rounded out the panel of industry leaders including: David Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Stability Growth Stephen Prescott, MD, President of Oklahoma Medical Research […]

Director presents at Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association annual meeting

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum advised Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association members on legal issues related to aerial spray applicators at the 2020 OAAA Conference and Trade Show on Jan. 21 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, OK. Aptly titled “How to Defend Yourself in Court,” Hullum’s presentation relayed steps individuals and businesses can take […]

Court to interpret provisions of gaming compact

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 20, 2020. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Ashley M. Schovanec On Dec. 31, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed suit against the governor, asking a federal judge to determine whether Oklahoma tribes have the right to continue gaming activities under the tribal-state gaming compact […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for December 2019

Kat Mach, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for December 2019. “I find that a little bit of kindness and respect will get you so much further in the world,” Kat said. “It is really nice to have that noticed. Hopefully, we can start a movement in the world starting with just […]

Mindfulness in the legal profession

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 9, 2020. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra M. Norman Every morning, my Apple Watch vibrates on my wrist and tells me to start the Breathe app. My instinct is to ignore it, feeling like taking a few moments […]

Phillips Murrah law firm names newest Director, Shareholder

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 2, 2020) – Phillips Murrah proudly announces the promotion of Cody J. Cooper to a Director and Shareholder for the Firm. Cooper’s selection brings the Firm’s total number of Directors to 38. Cody is a member of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. His practice primarily concentrates on intellectual […]

Firm selects Employees of the Month for November

Sherree Williams and Rae White, Legal Assistants, are Phillips Murrah’s Employees of the Month for November 2019. “I am very excited and proud that my peers voted for me for Employee of the Month,” Sherree said. “This firm is like family and they make me feel appreciated. It is truly an honor.” The Employee of […]

Davis to explore Oklahoma Public Utility Division’s procedures, rules of practice

C. Eric Davis, an attorney in the Firm’s Government Relations and Compliance Practice Group, will give a presentation on Dec. 6 for Continuing Legal Education individuals. Davis will present at 8:30 a.m. at HalfMoon Education Inc.’s seminar titled “Issues in Oklahoma Energy and Electric Utility Regulation,” discussing Oklahoma Public Utility Division rules of practice and […]

Federal Medicaid match matters to state’s healthcare providers

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard answers questions about state and federal government’s role in funding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. What is the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)? The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage is the federal government’s share of the expenditures for medical services and administrative costs for a state Medicaid program and is […]

Medicaid, work and community engagement

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 27, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Of Counsel Attorney Becky Pasternik-Ikard Physicians, hospitals and other health care providers continue to experience not only shrinking reimbursement rates, but also an increasingly formidable regulatory presence. A recent controversial Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy reform permits states […]

The ABCs of the FLSA’s new overtime rules

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 21, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Martin J. Lopez III The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law regulating employee pay. Among other things, the FLSA covers minimum wages, maximum hours, overtime compensation and child labor. The […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for October 2019

Samantha Arnold, Administrative Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for October 2019. “From day one, this firm has made me feel more appreciated as an employee than I’ve ever felt before, and winning Employee of the Month is just another example of how my peers have made me feel invaluable as a colleague,” […]

Phillips Murrah named among 2020 Best Law Firms in 45 practice areas

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that our law firm has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Law Firms” for professional excellence for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area and, for the first time, the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the following practice areas: Oklahoma City Tier 1 Administrative / Regulatory Law Banking […]

Halloween party raises money for Oklahoma Regional Food Bank

Phillips Murrah staff members were given the chance to test their creativity and help raise money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Oct. 31 at the Firm’s annual Halloween Party. Contestants competed to win the annual costume contest, and Phillips Murrah raised $610 from those in attendance for Firm’s Annual Harvest Food Drive […]

Phillips Murrah announces 17 attorneys named to 2019 Super Lawyers list

Super Lawyers Phillips Murrah is honored to have 17 attorneys in 2019 recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service. Super Lawyers is a division of Thomson Reuters. 2019 Oklahoma Super Lawyers Jennifer Ivester Berry – Listed: 2010-2019; 2014 Top 25 Women Rodney L. Cook – Listed: 2006-2019 Marc Edwards – Listed: 2019 Nicholle Jones Edwards […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for September 2019

Rachel Schones, Receptionist, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for September 2019. “It is a great honor to be selected as Employee of the Month by my co-workers,” she said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm. “Rachel has […]