Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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 […]

Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on noneconomic damages could have profound impact

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Oklahoma’s statutory cap on noneconomic damages violates the Oklahoma Constitution because it singles out for different treatment less than the entire class of similarly situated persons who may sue to recover for bodily injury. In plain terms, the court found the statute is a “special law” that limits […]

Supreme Court Holds Employees May Not Arbitrate Class Claims Unless Arbitration Agreement Unambiguously Provides for Class Arbitration

It’s been a big week in employment law at the Supreme Court.  Earlier this week, the Court agreed to hear three cases, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, Altitude Express, Inc. v. Zarda, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, to decide whether Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination “because of sex” protects LGBTQ employees.  […]

Phillips Murrah sponsors OU Law’s 2019 Best Brief Award

The University of Oklahoma’s Competitions and Clinic Awards Luncheon offered first-year law students the chance to compete and show how their studies have paid off on April 18. “We celebrated the hard work our students have put into our competitions and clinic programs,” said Camal Pennington, Director of Annual Giving at OU College of Law. […]

Medical practice support can be costly to suppliers, others

In this article, Oklahoma City Healthcare Attorney Mary Holloway Richard discusses the “Anti-Kickback Statute” and potential, federal violations of the statute as it relates to providers in the healthcare industry. What is the authority for the federal government to oversee providers’ relationships with durable medical equipment (DME) and device suppliers and drug companies, such as […]

Gender parity and the rise of women in the boardroom

It should come as no shock that, although women make up just over half of the U.S. population, they are underrepresented in corporate executive management, as well as in the boardrooms of public companies in the U.S. This is often due to stereotypes that characterize female leaders as abrasive, aggressive and emotional. This disparate societal […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for March 2019

Timi Mitchell, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for March 2019. “I am very honored to be Employee of the Month,” Timi said. “I think we have a great team atmosphere at our firm, and am blessed to be a small part of it.” The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously […]

Doing business by email can cause legal concerns

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney A. Michelle Campney discusses email practices that could be considered legally binding. What are the general legal concerns regarding conducting business through email? It is estimated that there will be almost 3 billion email users by the end of this year, with an average of 128 business emails sent […]

Lopez: A bitter pill – medical malpractice liability for new resident physicians

While becoming a resident physician is undoubtedly an exciting next step in the process, it inherently comes with daunting new realities – a plethora of health care regulatory compliance issues, constantly developing reimbursement requirements, and medical malpractice liability. This short article focuses on minimizing the risk of negligence-based medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical school residency match […]

OCU Law names Ybarra 2019 Outstanding Young Alumna

Monica Y. Ybarra, Family Law attorney and Oklahoma City University School of Law Class of 2014 alumna, will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumna at the OCU Law Awards Dinner. “These awards were created in the late 1990s to honor individuals, alumni and non-alumni, in the legal community who have exemplified themselves as champions of […]

Director named Alpha Phi sorority’s Woman of the Year

After 30 years of service to her sorority, one Alpha Phi alumna is being recognized by her peers. Director Kathryn D. Terry will be honored at the Greater Oklahoma City Alumnae Panhellenic Association’s Women of the Year luncheon on April 3. The annual fundraising event recognizes one extraordinary, local alumna member from each of the […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2019

Lisa McAlister, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for February 2019. “It gives me much encouragement to be recognized,” Lisa said. “I am very fortunate to work with such a great team of co-workers and friends.” The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and […]

NewsOK Q&A: Some qualifications necessary to conduct businesses in other states

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Travis E. Harrison discusses practical legal issues related to conducting business in multiple states. When is a corporation, limited liability company or other registered legal entity “transacting business” in another jurisdiction?A legal entity required to be registered under the laws of one state must be cognizant of whether its […]

Firm selects Employee of the Month for January 2019

Curt Bauer, File Manager, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for January 2019. “It always feels great to be recognized by your peers as we all have the same ultimate goal: to serve our clients as well as we possibly can,” Curt said. “I love working here as we are making great strides toward […]

Attorney Mary Holloway Richard authors update to AHLA publication

Mary Holloway Richard, Phillips Murrah Healthcare Law Attorney, lent her expertise to an update of the American Health Lawyers Association‘s Institutional Review Boards publication. In preparing the third edition, the AHLA recognized the need to update the previous edition based upon changes in statutes and regulations and to incorporate new guidance reflecting expertise and current, […]

NewsOK Q&A: Anyone can take part in utility rate cases

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney C. Eric Davis discusses the process utility companies must go through to request rate increases and how different parties can participate. Q: Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities have rate cases ongoing at the Corporation Commission. How does the rate case process work? A: In Oklahoma, investor-owned electric companies are “rate-regulated” by […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys team up to win big at annual chili cook-off

The new year signals a new race to claim a trophy at the annual Oklahoma County Bar Association Chili Cook-Off. Phillips Murrah attorneys competed in teams against local law firms in OCBA’s Young Lawyers Division to show off their chili-making prowess Jan. 25 at Twisted Spike Brewing Co. Representing Phillips Murrah were attorneys Hilary Hudson […]

Director speaks to Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association members on protecting aerial spray businesses

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum advised aerial spray applicators on ways to defend themselves in court to round out the annual Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association convention on Jan. 23. Hullum relayed steps individuals and businesses can take to protect themselves from claims of alleged “drift” from aerial spray. If the company is notified of a Department of Agriculture […]