Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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 […]

Davis to present on Oklahoma open records laws issues

C. Eric Davis, an attorney in the Firm’s Government Relations and Compliance Practice Group, will give a presentation on Oklahoma open records laws Oct. 18 for Continuing Legal Education individuals. Davis will present at 10:15 a.m. at the National Business Institute’s seminar titled “Ensuring Local Governments Comply with the Law,” focusing on public records issues. […]

Three main methods of acquiring business

Acquiring a business is done through three main methods: merging with the selling company, referred to as the target company; purchasing the assets of the target company; or purchasing the stock or other equity interests of the target company. Each method has pros and cons depending on the legal, tax and business implications. Therefore, it […]

Gardner addresses current issues regarding Oklahoma Native American law

Director Melissa R. Gardner participated in a seminar in September for the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education individuals focusing on matters relevant to the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma. “My presentation covered the statutory landscape for Native American law,” Gardner said. “I discussed all of the Congressional acts that control the United States’s […]

State Lawmaker considers damages caps on civil lawsuits

Ashley M. Schovanec, Phillips Murrah Litigation Attorney, was quoted in a Journal Record article by Steve Metzer regarding the decision by Chris Kannady, chairman of the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee, to consider a legislative compromise to a ruling that made caps on certain damages in civil lawsuits unconstitutional. Read Schovanec’s comments below: Ashley M. Schovanec, […]

Law & Oarder to compete at 2019 Oklahoma Regatta Festival

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team, Law & Oarder, will put months of practice to the test as they compete in the annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival this Friday, Oct. 4. Law & Oarder will compete in a 500-meter run at 6:20 PM, marking the fifth year the team has competed. The festival runs from Oct. 4-6 and […]

Norman selected for LOYAL XV Class

Leadership Oklahoma City recently selected members for Linking OKC’s Young Adult Leaders’ (LOYAL) 2019-20 class, and Phillips Murrah attorney Kendra M. Norman made the cut. “I see my role in LOYAL as a community member and community leader who wants to experience personal growth with respect to leadership skills as well as further develop skills […]

Phillips Murrah welcomes three new attorneys to legal team

Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Justin G. Bates, Kara K. Laster, and Phoebe B. Mitchell to our Firm. Phillips Murrah welcomed Justin and Phoebe to the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group as associate attorneys. Each represents individuals and both privately-held and public companies in a wide range of civil litigation matters. Justin attended the University […]

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, […]

Are partners employees? What the IRS says about taxing partnerships

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 a partnership for federal income tax purposes, including limited liability companies, cannot be treated as employees for purposes of employment taxes and income tax withholding. Instead, […]