Entries by Nathan Hatcher

Firm employees welcome Westbrook after contract negotiations

Russell Westbrook made an appearance at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Aug. 4 to celebrate the extension of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and to celebrate what Mayor Mick Cornett proclaimed Russell Westbrook Day. Representatives from the Thunder put out a call to the public letting them know he would be at the arena […]

Hasenfratz: Commercial real estate development is a team effort

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 4, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Director Sally A. Hasenfratz Commercial real estate development is a complex undertaking and must be managed with precision. Taking a project from land acquisition to a sale or lease requires time, money and expertise. To ensure the project runs smoothly, […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys author update to commercial lending law reference book

A group of Phillips Murrah attorneys contributed to updating and creating a new edition of “Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law,” published by the American Bar Association. The book is meant to be a resource for attorneys who help clients across different jurisdictions. “A lot of the law […]

Roth: PSO, AMI and ROI

By Jim Roth, Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on July 25, 2016. PSO, AMI and ROI Wow, it’s hot. And it looks like it’s gonna be hot for a while still, as is not a surprise to us Oklahomans. And once […]

NewsOK Q&A: Data on your personal phone may be available to your employer

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: July 19, 2016 Click to see full story – Data on your personal phone may be available to your employer Click to see Kathy Terry’s attorney profile Q: What are personal electronic devices and why do they matter? A: The use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) in the workplace is […]

Phillips Murrah Director named as Secretary of Positive Tomorrows

Phillips Murrah Director Nicholle Jones Edwards was appointed Secretary of Positive Tomorrows, an organization aimed at helping homeless children in Oklahoma, on July 1. “Positive Tomorrows is my favorite charity and non-profit organization,” Edwards said. “As the only elementary school designated for homeless children in Oklahoma, it serves as a safe harbor for kids who […]

Firm selects June Employee of the Month

Legal Secretary Pat Murano is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for June 2016. “Phillips Murrah really is like a big family – we all look out for one another and help when we can,” Murano said. “This year the firm greatly improved the look of our work environment with beautiful artwork and updates.” “Pat not only excels […]

Phillips Murrah attorneys volunteer for Cavett Kids Foundation

Phillips Murrah attorneys Nicholle Jones Edwards, Kayce L. Gisinger, Monica Y. Ybarra, and Ashley M. Schovanec were on site at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center on July 6 to lend a helping hand to the children heading to Camp Cavett. “Monica, who is on the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Community Service Committee, let the Phillips […]

Phillips Murrah attorney graduates OBA Leadership Academy

Attorney Cody J. Cooper became one of 18 participants to graduate from the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in June. “This class was an excellent opportunity to meet and engage with other attorneys actively engaged in or seeking to engage in leadership roles throughout our community and the Bar Association,” Cooper said. “It introduced us to […]

Director Kathryn Terry speaks at Alpha Phi 71st Biennial Convention

Director Kathryn D. Terry rejoined her sorority sisters for the Alpha Phi 71st Biennial Convention from June 22-26 in Cleveland, Ohio. Terry, who serves as President of the board for the Alpha Phi house association at the University of Oklahoma, offered her guidance by speaking to the more than 400 Alpha Phi women from across the country who […]

NewsOK Q&A: High court’s tie in assault affirms tribe’s self-determination right

From NewsOK / by Paula Burkes Published: June 30, 2016 Click to see full story – High court’s tie in assault affirms tribe’s self-determination right Click to see G. Calvin Sharpe’s attorney profile Q: Generally speaking, what was the Dollar General case about, originally? A: In the original case, there was a Dollar General store operating within […]

Director shares insights into Oklahoma’s clean energy future with Sierra Club

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth spoke to the Sierra Club on June 16 about issues regarding Oklahoma’s future in the clean energy arena. “The Sierra Club has been a national leader in moving the American economy towards a low emission future,” he said. “Oklahoma is perfectly situated with low-emitting resources in abundance: clean burning natural gas; […]

Judge orders plaintiff to produce Facebook file

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on June 23, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Cody J. Cooper The prevalence of social media continues to change litigation practices. As the availability of data about individuals related to social media continues to increase, so do the requests by […]

Director provides toys, lifts spirits of children at Juvenile Justice Center

The season of giving is year-round for Phillips Murrah Director, Ray Zschiesche. He has made a habit of continuing his community service efforts, most recently, by helping children at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center. “Ray has given generously and repeatedly to the children here at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center,” Lisa Davis, Oklahoma County District Judge, […]

Director joins ALFA insurance coverage panel

Director Kathryn D. Terry participated in ALFA International’s EPL & Professional Liability Practice Group Seminar from June 8-10 in New York City covering issues related to insurance matters. “The panel discussed the impact of punitive damage verdict in employment practices litigation, including developing and potential issues related to insurance coverage for extra-contractual losses and the duty of good faith and […]

Firm names May Employee of the Month

Legal Secretary Karen Isaac is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for May 2016. “It’s nice to be recognized for what I consider to be my daily functions,” Isaac said. “I consider myself very fortunate to be an employee of Phillips Murrah.” “Karen is a self-motivated assistant who works hard without complaint,” attorney A. Michelle Campney said. […]

Director presents on real estate surveying skills

Director Robert N. Sheets will give a presentation on “Surveying Skills for the Real Estate Attorney” for Continuing Education professionals. Sheets will present at 11:15 a.m. on June 8 at the National Business Institute’s seminar titled “Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions Seminar.” “The purpose of the seminar is legal matters involved […]

Attorney re-elected mayor of Nichols Hills

Attorney Steven J. Goetzinger is beginning his second term as mayor of Nichols Hills. He joined the Nichols Hills City Council in May 2011 and was first elected mayor in 2013. He represents Ward 3. Goetzinger was born and raised in Woodward, Oklahoma and now resides in Nichols Hills, Oklahoma. He is currently a member of the […]

Director addresses workplace environments for OMCCA

Director Kathryn D. Terry spoke at the Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association‘s annual conference on May 17 at Oklahoma State University. Terry addressed issues on dress code dilemmas in the 21st century workplace, employee accountability, and conflict avoidance. “The Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association is made of municipal court clerks from all over Oklahoma,” she said. […]

What are involuntary bankruptcies?

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on May 12, 2016. By Phillips Murrah Director Clayton D. Ketter Bankruptcies are on the rise. Expectations are that, unless oil and gas prices reverse course, related bankruptcy filings will continue. The majority of these filings will be commenced by […]