Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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. 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 – Listed: 2009-2014, 2018-2019 Lauren Barghols Hanna – […]

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

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on October 10, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Travis E. Harrison 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 […]

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 […]

Attorney Ashley Schovanec in article on potential Oklahoma civil lawsuit award caps

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, […]

Partners are not employees

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, […]

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 […]