Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Firm selects Employee of the Month for August 2019

Abigail Duran, Accounting Specialist, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for August 2019. “It is a great honor to be chosen by my peers as Employee of the Month,” she said. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm. “Abbie […]

Norman elected Chapter Adviser for University of Oklahoma sorority

Alpha Omicron Pi’s Xi Chapter members recently elected Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra M. Norman to serve as Chapter Adviser for the sorority’s University of Oklahoma house. Chapter Adviser is elected annually and advises the Chapter President, the Leader’s Council—which consists of women elected as leaders of the chapter—as well as the chapter as a whole, […]

Partners are not employees

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 29, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Jessica N. Cory On June 28, the Internal Revenue Service finalized Treasury regulations relating to the tax treatment of partners (T.D. 9869). These regulations confirm that owners of an entity treated as […]

Cooper named Court Appointed Special Advocates board member

Attorney Cody J. Cooper has joined the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Oklahoma County as a member of the Board of Directors. “As a director, I’ll being involved in helping CASA continue the success it is has experienced in serving Oklahoma County at-risk youth while helping to build off those prior successes to expand CASA’s […]

Phillips Murrah announces 48 attorneys named to 2020 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 48 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 list in Oklahoma City. 2020 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law Elizabeth K. Brown – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation Michael […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for July 2019

Bradley Burt, Legal Secretary, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for July 2019. “Phillips Murrah is a fantastic place to work, and it’s a privilege to be surrounded by such amazing people,” he said. “I try to learn and grow in my field each day, and Phillips Murrah fosters a really positive environment for […]

Attorney Lauren Voth leads SmartTalks presentation on medical marijuana in the workplace

SmartTalks Virtual User Group Meeting: Medical Marijuana in the Workplace Thursday, Aug. 15 12 PM to 1 PM (CST) Free to participate with registration   Employers can still enforce drug-free workplace policies and implement drug-testing policies even after their state legalizes Medical Marijuana.  However, you must ensure your policies comply with state law. Phillips Murrah […]

Attorney Mary Holloway Richard delivers presentation on behavioral health protections

Mary Holloway Richard, Phillips Murrah healthcare law attorney, participated in a CLE webinar panel for healthcare counsel on Wednesday. Strafford Publications presented the webinar on protecting patients’ behavioral health information, and disclosure requirements and limitations. Richard’s presentation defines best practices for healthcare providers in situations where a potential breach in patient privacy may arise. The […]

Kelly selected to join Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class

The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers has selected Phillips Murrah attorney Kim Beight Kelly to join the association’s exclusive Leadership Class for 2019. Each year, the DAYL selects approximately 40 young lawyers of all practice areas, firm sizes and levels of experience to participate in the DAYL Leadership Class. The Leadership Program was created in […]

Employers should examine paid parental leave policies

The notorious absence of any federally mandated paid family leave in the United States was a significant issue during the 2016 presidential election. Recent legislative proposals indicate that the issue will only gain steam through 2020 and beyond. Paid parental leave is not a partisan issue, as demonstrated by legislators on both sides of the […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for June 2019

David Carter, Lead Office Clerk, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for June 2019. “It is a great honor to be chosen by my peers as Employee of the Month,” he said. “We are like family here, and it’s as a team we complete each task and assignment. “I’m proud to be part of […]

How to determine whether to hold or terminate an oil and gas lease

When a landowner leases property to an energy company, the lease agreement typically contains a held-by-production provision, also known as a habendum clause. In Oklahoma, habendum clauses in oil and gas leases establish that after the primary lease term has ended, the lease shall remain in force as long as the land is capable of […]

OCBA Young Lawyers Division deems Phillips Murrah “Friend of the YLD”

The Oklahoma County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division honored Phillips Murrah as a “Friend of the YLD” at the annual OCBA Awards Luncheon on June 21. “Phillips Murrah was chosen for this award because of their consistent support of the Harvest Food Drive and the Regional Food Bank,” said Debbie Gorden, OCBA Executive Director. “They […]

Journal Record awards Phillips Murrah law firm top Reader Rankings honors

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce our Firm received top honors in five of The Journal Record’s Reader Rankings categories. “It’s an honor to be recognized in our community for the challenging work our attorneys do every day,” Marketing Director Dave Rhea said. Phillips Murrah received awards for Best Civil Litigation Firm, Best Family Law […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for May 2019

Summer Rider, Administrative Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for May 2019. “Wow!! What a privilege to be named Employee of the Month,” she said. “It has been beyond a blessing to work for such an amazing Firm and alongside so many awesome co-workers as well!” The Employee of the Month is selected […]

Hendrick to give keynote presentation at Texas Business Equality Conference

Janet A. Hendrick, Director and member in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, will provide an update on legal developments in LGBTQ workplace protections on June 11 at the 4th Annual Texas Business Equality Conference hosted by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. Her presentation will highlight current state and federal legislation, upcoming […]

Maule to present at nonprofit business seminar

Byrona J. Maule, Director and member in the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, will give a presentation on the current state of human resources on June 4 at a Nonprofit Accounting and Finance Seminar hosted by Arledge & Associates, P.C. Accounting and finance professionals are invited to attend the seminar which is tailored to […]

Federal income tax challenges for medical marijuana businesses in Oklahoma

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Jessica N. Cory explores the conflict between federal and state law as it pertains to Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses. What is the primary federal tax issue for Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses? Jessica Cory, attorney with Phillips Murrah law firm answers: The primary tax issue for Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses […]

Who should define the terms of an oil and gas lease?

Whose job is it to determine which expenses can be deducted from royalty payments under the terms of an oil and gas lease? Is it the lessee or the operator? People argue both positions and all parties desire clarity in who bears this burden. Unfortunately, there are many interpretations of the differing forms of deductions […]

Firm supports Big Brothers Big Sisters 2019 Bowl for Kid’s Sake campaign

Months of fundraising events culminated into a night of bowling for Phillips Murrah employees, families and friends. The Firm celebrated its annual fundraising efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake campaign on May 16 with a Bowling Night event at Dust Bowl Lanes. Director Byrona Maule spearheaded the campaign, raising $4,700. “Thank you […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for April 2019

Monica Ball, Accounting, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for April 2019. The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm. “Monica is a valued member of the Accounting Department and her contributions help to make the Firm run efficiently,” Controller […]

Kim Beight Kelly joins Phillips Murrah Dallas office

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 13, 2019) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce that Kim Beight Kelly has joined the Firm in its Dallas-based office as an Associate attorney. Kim is a civil litigator who represents individuals and corporations in both federal and state courts. She brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the […]

Phillips Murrah law firm names new Director and Shareholder

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 8, 2019) – Phillips Murrah proudly announces the promotion of Cindy Hastie Murray to a Director and Shareholder for the Firm. Murray’s selection brings the Firm’s total number of Directors to 40. Cindy is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. She represents individuals as well as privately-held and public […]