Entries by Nathan Hatcher

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 […]

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 […]

OK Supreme Court rules cap on noneconomic damages unconstitutional

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 […]

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. […]

Avoiding costly violations to the Anti-Kickback Statute

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 equality 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 […]

A bitter pill – avoiding medical malpractice lawsuits for new 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 […]