Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Phillips Murrah announces 19 attorneys named to 2021 Super Lawyers list

Super Lawyers Phillips Murrah is honored to have 19 attorneys in 2021 recognized by the Super Lawyers rating service. Super Lawyers is a division of Thomson Reuters. 2021 Oklahoma Super Lawyers Rodney L. Cook – Listed: 2006-2021 Nicholle Jones Edwards – Listed: 2009-2014, 2018-2021 Lauren Barghols Hanna – Listed: 2013-2021; 2019 Top 50; 2019 Top […]

Gardner to discuss McGirt for OCAPL monthly meeting

Director Melissa R. Gardner will discuss issues related to Oklahoma oil and gas exploration to members of Oklahoma City Association of Professional Landmen on October 4. Gardner’s presentation will focus on the McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling and how it could impact oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. OCAPL meets the first Monday of each month, […]

Phillips Murrah commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Phillips Murrah is honored to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and its Hispanic and Latinx attorneys and staff. To commemorate this occasion, the Firm is continuing its support of the Oklahoma City Latino Community Development Agency by making a donation to the college scholarship fund in memory of late Director Shannon K. Emmons, who served […]

Phillips Murrah sponsors Lynn Institute fundraising efforts

Phillips Murrah was a proud sponsor of the Lynn Institute’s recent fundraising luncheon, which raised money for the organization and awarded local leaders and organizations for their community involvement. The Legacy Luncheon, hosted August 19 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, recognized Councilwoman Nikki Nice, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, Oklahoma City Police Lt. Wayland […]

Kayla Kuri, Phoebe Mitchell win NextGen Under 30 in Law

NextGen Under 30, which names top-performing Oklahomans under 30 years of age across various employment industries, has named Phillips Murrah attorneys Kayla M. Kuri and Phoebe B. Mitchell to its 2021 honorary list in the Law category. Phillips Murrah is one of two firms to have multiple winners in the category. “It feels great to be […]

Firm sponsors Goodwill’s “Work the Runway” fundraiser

Phillips Murrah is proud to be a sponsor for the inaugural “Work the Runway” fashion show, an event benefitting Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma’s Career Pathway Institute and the Mobile Job Connection Center and celebrating the organization’s 85 years of service. The show is at 6 PM on August 20 at Oklahoma Contemporary and is […]

Is this the end of non-compete clauses in America?

By Janet A. Hendrick and Angela M. Buchanan For decades, non-compete clauses and other restrictive covenants have protected American businesses from unfair competition by preventing departing employees from working for a direct competitor for a specified time and within a specified geographical area.  Today, non-competes are still a useful tool, but their effectiveness depends on […]

Angela Buchanan joins Phillips Murrah law firm’s Dallas legal team

DALLAS (August 11, 2021) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce Angela M. Buchanan has joined the Firm in its Dallas office as an Of Counsel attorney. Her addition brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the Texas market to 16. Angela is a litigation attorney whose primary focus is on complex commercial […]

Bankruptcy filings broke pattern in 2020, fell during pandemic onset

By Clayton D. Ketter This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Oklahoman on August 9, 2021. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, it was impossible to predict how the disruptions would affect the economy. Whole industries, such as restaurants, beauty salons, and tourism, were shuttered or significantly curtailed. Many individuals found themselves suddenly without […]

Attorneys to bowl for charity in support of Regional Food Bank

Phillips Murrah attorneys will put their bowling skills to the test at the annual Striking Out Hunger Bowling Tournament, hosted by Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) next month. “The event is open to all young lawyers, and judges will also be attending,” said Natalie M. McMahan, Phillips Murrah litigation attorney and OCBA […]

Gardner, Davis explore Oklahoma water laws, regulation in webinar presentation

Director Melissa R. Gardner and Attorney C. Eric Davis participated in a live webinar hosted by HalfMoon Education Inc. on July 13, examining issues related to regulating Oklahoma’s water utilities. “By exploring how Oklahoma regulates potable water systems, our main goal was to show that laws impacting drinking water supplies are aimed at keeping water […]

Executive order addresses cybersecurity

By Natalie M. McMahan This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Journal Record on June 23, 2021. Cybercriminals have held a number of industries hostage in recent months, and otherwise exploited companies’ vulnerabilities to profit directly from the stolen data. Most notably, ransomware attacks shut down meat producer JBS and the Colonial Pipeline. […]

Employment Law Update: EEOC’s Latest Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines

By Janet A. Hendrick and Kim Beight Kelly On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published 21 updated FAQs supplementing its guidance on workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies.  This represents the EEOC’s first comprehensive update of its guidance regarding COVID-19 since December 2020, prior to large-scale vaccine availability.  Notably, the EEOC prepared […]

Hendrick presenting at 2021 Texas Diversity Equity & Inclusion Conference

Janet Hendrick, a Shareholder in Phillips Murrah’s Dallas office, will present at the 6th Annual Texas Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Conference on June 16, 2021. The conference will run from June 15-17 and is sponsored by Toyota, Texas Capital Bank, Southwest Airlines, Parkland Hospital, and other partners. Hendrick will discuss “The Future of DEI […]

ALFA International profiles Director Byrona Maule

ALFA International, a renowned, global network of independent law firms, featured Director Byrona J. Maule for the May 7 edition of its #FridayFeature attorney profile. Memberships to ALFA International are exclusive, and Phillips Murrah is the active member representing the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The weekly profile series shares personal stories from spotlighted attorneys and […]

Steve Sherman joins Phillips Murrah’s legal team in Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY – Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Steve Sherman to the Firm’s legal team. Steve Sherman is an Of Counsel attorney who concentrates his practice on business and real estate transactions, including business and real estate acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and land use. Steve represents numerous national, regional, and local real estate owners, developers, […]

Phillips Murrah supports Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Phillips Murrah is proud to sponsor the Cure FA Soirée hosted by The Gehr family on May 22 to benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). The Firm’s sponsorship for the annual event is supported by Director Heather L. Hintz who has been active with the organization and this fundraising event since its inception four years […]

United States Department of Labor launches Essential Workers, Essential Protections initiative

By Phoebe B. Mitchell In another demonstration of its pro-worker agenda, President Biden’s Administration has launched a new webpage: Essential Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic[1]. The webpage, created by the United States Department of Labor (DOL)’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), is aimed at furthering the WHD’s goal of “protecting and enhancing the welfare of […]

Gifting in 2021 is a case of ‘Use it or lose it’

By Jessica N. Cory This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Oklahoman on April 27, 2021. The federal government currently imposes a 40% tax on most lifetime gifts and transfers at death, with a few exceptions. For example, taxpayers can make “annual exclusion gifts,” or transfers of $15,000 per person per year, to […]

Virtual meetings increase public access

By C. Eric Davis This article appeared as a Guest Column in The Journal Record on April 21, 2021. As schools and businesses increasingly met virtually over the past year, so too did Oklahoma’s governmental bodies, including boards of education, city councils, and state commissions. Today, largely as a result of the pandemic, online governmental […]

Firm sponsors Make-A-Wish Pickleball Tournament

Phillips Murrah is sponsoring Make-A-Wish Foundation‘s inaugural Pickle N Wishes Pickleball Tournament on May 2. The tournament will be hosted by Make-A-Wish Oklahoma’s Wish Young Professionals Council of Oklahoma City, of which Attorney Phoebe B. Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors. “I have really enjoyed serving on the Make-A-Wish Young Professionals board,” Mitchell said. […]

Jennifer Christian, Kayla Kuri join Phillips Murrah’s legal team in Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 1, 2021) – Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Jennifer K. Christian and Kayla M. Kuri to the Firm’s legal team. Jennifer Christian is an Of Counsel attorney who assists clients in a wide range of transactional matters and litigation involving business law, contractual disputes, real estate, banking, healthcare, business divorce, construction, […]

McMahan elected to OCBA Young Lawyers Division board

The Oklahoma County Bar Association elected Attorney Natalie M. McMahan to the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) for 2021. “I am looking forward to being connected to the larger community of young attorneys in Oklahoma County,” McMahan said. “The Board’s efforts to connect its members and contribute to the larger community […]

Carter accepted into Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Michael D. Carter, Phillips Murrah Of Counsel Attorney, has been accepted as a new member to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). “As an active member of Defense Research Institute (DRI), I was aware of the FDCC as an exclusive, invitation-only sister organization of DRI. I was honored and humbled to receive an […]