PM Director Janet Hendrick praises Supreme Court LGBTQ decision

Phillips Murrah Director Janet A. Hendrick is featured as the lead source in a Dallas Observer article reviewing the Supreme Court decision to uphold workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans.

Janet Hendrick

Janet Hendrick is an experienced employment litigator who tackles each of her client’s problems with a tailored, results-oriented approach.

From the story:

Some employers’ advocates argue that, at the time the bill was drafted, it was intended to safeguard men or women from being discriminated against because of their sex. Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his dissenting opinion that the law wasn’t meant to include protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.

But it’s precisely because of their sex that gay, trans and gender-nonconforming people face workplace discrimination, said Janet Hendrick, a Dallas-based employment law attorney.

Although Texas’ Legislature does not explicitly outline protections for LGBTQ people, Hendrick said many companies have inclusive policies because “it’s the right thing to do.” Still, change can be slow going for certain small businesses in the Bible Belt, she said.

Hendrick, who works closely with employment advocacy groups like the North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said she was pleasantly surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision.

“It’s literally like a rainbow sparked up from ashes in light of all the bad news recently,” Hendrick said. “So for this decision to come coinciding with Pride Month, it’s wonderful, uplifting news.”

Hendrick is an employment law attorney based in the Firm’s Dallas office. Contact her by phone at 214.615.6391 or by email at jahendrick@phillipsmurrah.com.

Read the full article here: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/north-texans-happy-about-supreme-court-lgbt-decision-see-more-work-ahead-11919900

For more information about this Supreme Court decision, read a summary of the decision here.

Phillips Murrah PPE donation to OU Medicine follow-up

As part of Phillips Murrah’s efforts to assist in the Oklahoma City community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Firm once again partnered with NPR radio station KGOU. In addition to supporting KGOU’s ongoing work, Phillips Murrah raised $3000 for OU Medicine to assist in acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line medical workers, as part of May’s #GivingTuesdayNow pledge drive.

On Wednesday, our Firm presented the donation to Anne Clouse, Chief Development Officer for OU Medicine. Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, Phillips Murrah Director Catherine L. Campbell and Healthcare practice leader Mary Holloway Richard presented a six-foot-wide check, designed with appropriate social distancing in mind.

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Phillips Murrah Director Catherine L. Campbell (l) and Healthcare practice leader Mary Holloway Richard (r) presented a six-foot check to OU Medicine, designed with appropriate social distancing in mind.

“We are deeply grateful to Phillips Murrah for their generous gift to support OU Medicine’s COVID-19 response,” said Clouse. “Their donation will help support our healthcare workers taking care of patients on the frontline. What a kind a thoughtful gesture.”

“Phillips Murrah has long had a strong relationship with healthcare facilities and providers throughout our state,” said Richard, who represents institutional and non-institutional providers of health services. “We are proud to support the heroic efforts of OU Medicine and those on the front line ministering to all Oklahomans.”

“There is a certain element of good humor related to this giant, social-distancing presentation check, which Cathy and Mary safely presented to Anne in a parking lot on the downtown OU Medicine complex.” said Dave Rhea, Phillips Murrah Marketing Director. “However, supporting OU Medicine as they battle this virus is a very serious matter, and we are grateful to be able to help.”

#GivingTuesdayNow was a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

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Village Animal Shelter renovation project makes significant progress

The following article is an update to a February 2020 column by Thomas G. Wolfe, Managing Director of Phillips Murrah P.C., on the state of renovations being made to the Village Animal Shelter in Oklahoma City.

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Home builder Jim Abernathy, left, walks Village Animal League’s Tom Wolfe and Cheryl Steckler and The Village City Manager Bruce Stone, right, through his plans for the new Village Animal Shelter. Photo by OKC Friday

Plans for a renovated Village Animal Shelter in Oklahoma City are actively being executed, with Jim Abernathy, project supervisor and Village resident, optimistic for it’s completion ahead of the originally projected 90-day turnaround.

Thomas G. Wolfe, Managing Director of Phillips Murrah and Village Animal League board member, authored an article in February informing readers of plans for the Village Animal Shelter and calling for donations to reach the project funding goal.

The OKC Friday newspaper reported updates to the project in the June 5 issue:

Last week (Jim Abernathy) met with City Manager Bruce Stone and Village Animal League (VAL) board members Tom Wolfe and Cheryl Steckler at the site to review progress and finalize plans.

Abernathy reported they are making significant progress.

Wire fencing kennels and all the existing concrete around the enclosures have been removed. All wiring was removed in advance of the new electric service, which will have new wiring and lighting.

“Existing plumbing was disconnected and removed and we are preparing to rough in the new plumbing in the next week or so,” Abernathy said.

Also, workers removed the entire ceiling was removed and placed shoring in advance to install the new heating and air conditioning system.

“This alone will be a real game-changer regarding the comfort of these animals while they wait for a new home,” Abernathy continued.

The large steel frame roof structure between the kennel and building to the south is set to be reinstalled with metal roofing panels that will keep the dogs under a roof when inside the outside portion of the enclosures. The inside part should be completed in early June.

Abernathy plans to begin plumbing work reconfiguration and installing new water and drain lines for the kennel within a week or two.

While significant parts of the project are on track for completion, there are still items for the project that aren’t fully funded, Steckler said.

The Oklahoma Humane Society is accepting donations for this project through The Village Animal Shelter so that donations will be tax deductible.

Here’s How to Donate

  • Make checks payable to Oklahoma Humane Society, write in the memo line: “Village Animal League” or “VAL Fund,” and mail to PO Box 18471, OK 73154.
  • To donate online, go to www.okhumane.org/donate/one-time-donations, click the “Donate Now” button, reference “Village Animal League” or “VAL Fund.”
  • Or, call 405-286-1229.

Success Story

The OKC Friday also reported on Lucy Rose, a stray dog rescued by Village Animal League near their offices, and Wolfe’s assistance in getting her rehabilitated:

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Britton Road Vet’s Molly Ann Mauldin leads Lucy Rose into the clinic. Photo by OKC Friday

Lucy Rose is healing nicely after spending at least three days wandering The Village and being rescued by The Village Animal League.

A larger, brown, very skinny dog was first noticed last Wednesday outside the OKC FRIDAY Newspaper’s office on Quail Plaza Drive. Animal Control and Cheryl Steckler, a VAL board member, were called.

Cheryl said she followed the dog for an hour and a half and could not get her to come to her.

Sightings of the dog continued on Thursday and into Friday, often times she lay in the shade on FRIDAY’s island. Others also tried to approach her to no avail.

Cheryl brought a trap on Friday when finally the stray dog was found in the courtyard of a nearby building. Cheryl and volunteer Ann Hopkins were quick to shut the gates. By this time, the dog apparently was tired enough to let them take her to the Britton Road Vet Clinic.
In the meantime, Cheryl named her Lucy Rose. Dr. Todd Mauldin and his daughter Molly Ann are taking care of her.

Lucy Rose had two-week-old deep infected bite wounds through the muscle which required stitches. She was found to be heartworm negative, but had an heavy infestation of fleas and ticks, Cheryl said.

The dog weighed 43 pounds and needs to gain at least 10. Cheryl said Lucy Rose ate and slept well all weekend. She had a bath on Monday and spaying and chipping will take place after she heals up some.

“Dr. Mauldin said she is doing great,” Cheryl said. “She’s skittish, but doesn’t seem to want to bite anybody.”

Tom Wolfe, also of The Village Animal League, is paying Lucy Rose’s bill. Cheryl said others have expressed an interest in helping out.

She asked them to call the Britton Road Vet at 751-8007.


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Beau M. Patterson joins Phillips Murrah Dallas office

Attorney Beau M. Patterson

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 3, 2020) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce Beau M. Patterson has joined the Firm in its Dallas-based office as an Of Counsel attorney. His addition to the Firm brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the Texas market to fourteen.

Beau works primarily as an outside general counsel to his business clients, advising and assisting them in responding to existing legal needs while also helping to anticipate and plan for those that may not yet have come into focus.

Beau’s practice is primarily transactional, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, public and private capital raises, debt offerings, real estate transactions and restructurings. Prior to joining Phillips Murrah, Beau served for three years as General Counsel of a technology company which grew to more than 1,000 team members during his time with the company.

Beau was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and previously lived and worked in Oklahoma City. He attended Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Phillips Murrah opened its Dallas office in May of 2018.


CONTACT:

Phillips Murrah – Dallas Office:
3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 1420
Dallas, Texas 75219

Main: (214) 615-6365
Fax: (214) 434-1370​​

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405 Magazine selects Phillips Murrah for 2020 Oklahoma Top Attorneys

Phillips Murrah is honored to have 13 attorneys selected as Oklahoma Top Attorneys for 2020 by 405 Magazine. Attorneys are selected for the list by an online peer-voting and research process facilitated by DataJoe Research across various practice areas.

For more information on each listed attorney, visit their profile by clicking on their portrait or contact information below:

Oklahoma Top Attorney for Banking and Financial Law:

. Mark Lovelace Oklahoma Top Attorney Banking and Financial Law

J. Mark Lovelace, Director
405.552.2404
jmlovelace@phillipsmurrah.com

 

Donald A. Pape Oklahoma Top Attorney Banking and Financial Law

Donald A. Pape, Of Counsel
405.364.3346
dapape@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Business Law:

Robert O. O'Bannon Oklahoma Top Attorney Business Law

Robert O. O’Bannon, Director
405.552.2483
roobannon@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Civil Law Transactional:

A. Michelle Campney Oklahoma Top Attorney Civil Law Transactional

A. Michelle Campney, Of Counsel
405.552.2487
amcampney@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Commercial Litigation:

Thomas G. Wolfe Oklahoma Top Attorney Commercial Litigation

Thomas G. Wolfe, Director
405.552.2401
tgwolfe@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Health Care Law:

Mary Holloway Richard Oklahoma Top Attorney Health Care Law

Mary Holloway Richard, Of Counsel
405.552.2403
mhrichard@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Intellectual Property Rights:

Martin G. Ozinga Oklahoma Top Attorney Intellectual Property Rights

Martin G. Ozinga, Of Counsel
405.606.4721
mgozinga@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Labor and Employment:

Byrona J. Maule Oklahoma Top Attorney Labor and Employment

Byrona J. Maule, Director
405.552.2453
bjmaule@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Land Use – Environment:

Jim A. Roth Oklahoma Top Attorney Land Use Environment

Jim A. Roth, Director
405.552.2417
jaroth@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Medical Malpractice Defense:

G. Calvin Sharpe Oklahoma Top Attorney Medical Malpractice Defense

G. Calvin Sharpe, Director
405.552.2413
gcsharpe@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Oil and Gas:

Elizabeth K Brown Oklahoma Top Attorney Oil and Gas

Elizabeth K. Brown, Director
405.552.2423
ekbrown@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Real Estate:

Sally A. Hasenfratz Oklahoma Top Attorney Real Estate

Sally A. Hasenfratz, Director
405.552.2431
sahasenfratz@phillipsmurrah.com


Oklahoma Top Attorney for Tax Law:

Robert O. O'Bannon Oklahoma Top Attorney Business Law

Robert O. O’Bannon, Director
405.552.2483
roobannon@phillipsmurrah.com

 

Dawn M. Rahme Oklahoma Top Attorney Tax Law

Dawn M. Rahme, Director
405.606.4770
dmrahme@phillipsmurrah.com

 

View the full list of attorneys here:

Phillips Murrah sponsors OU Law’s 2020 Best Brief Award

Eight first-year law students at the University of Oklahoma received awards for their prowess in writing legal briefs through Phillips Murrah’s ongoing sponsorship of the Best Brief Award.

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Three recipients of OU Law’s 2020 Best Brief Award: Jordan Stroh, Jen Mook, and Trae Havens

“We appreciate Phillips Murrah for their unwavering support for the OU College of Law,” said Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman.  “The Phillips Murrah Best Brief Awards illustrate their commitment to helping us fulfill our mission:  educating the next great generation of lawyers and leaders to serve our community.

“That our students continue to excel in the classroom and the courtroom is directly attributable to extraordinary partners like Phillips Murrah, and we are truly grateful.”

$500 First Place and $250 Second Place prizes were awarded to students in each of the four sections of the 1L Class.

“I’m beyond grateful to this firm for the award money they gifted me and for recognizing me for my writing skills I have developed through my time thus far at OU Law,” said Jordan Stroh, First Place recipient.

Though awards are typically given during an awards luncheon, this year’s ceremony was hosted via a Zoom video conference on April 16.

“I am so appreciative of winning the Phillips Murrah Best Brief Writing Award during my first year of law school,” said Jen Mook, Second Place recipient. “Being a strong legal advocate requires many skills; however, none may be as useful as effective persuasive writing.

”I am grateful that Phillips Murrah recognizes this by awarding students for our writing efforts early in our law schools careers.”

Awards are given to top appellate briefs following judging from the 1L Moot Court Competition.

“I’m incredibly grateful for Phillips Murrah and their dedication to lifting up the next generation of legal professionals,” said Trae Havens, First Place recipient. “It’s a unique honor to receive the Phillips Murrah Best Brief Writing Award!

“I’m working hard to improve my legal research and writing skills, always taking inspiration from the amazing attorneys at Phillips Murrah.”

Read More: Phillips Murrah sponsors 2019 Best Brief Award

Edwards named OCU Law’s Distinguished Practitioner for Fall semester

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Nicholle Jones Edwards’ practice focuses on family law, labor law and general civil litigation. Her family law practice includes litigation, complex custody issues and valuation issues.

Oklahoma City University School of Law recently named Director Nikki Edwards the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for the upcoming Fall semester.

“The role of Distinguished Practitioner in Residence is an exciting opportunity to interact with the students in a meaningful, interactive way, as opposed to a lecture format,” Edwards said. “I’m most looking forward to being able to play a small role in the exciting futures of our future lawyers.”

Edwards will be the third person and first female to hold the position, Jim Roth, OCU School of Law Dean and Phillips Murrah Director said.

“We at OCU School of Law are thrilled to host Nikki Edwards as our Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for the upcoming Academic Year ‘20-‘21 where she will lead our lucky students through a Litigation Practicum covering all issues from A to Z,” Roth said. “As our first female lawyer in this role, it’s an extra special way to highlight not only her wonderful skills, but to bring attention to the under-representation of women in litigation practices.

“We have tremendous faith that Nikki will educate and inspire men and women to become great practitioners for their clients and the profession.”

Highlighting the Firm’s focus on gender equity in law firm leadership, Edwards hopes her role can bring more visibility to women in the legal field.

“I am honored to be the first female to serve as Distinguished Practitioner In Residence,” Edwards said. “Today more than 50 percent of law students are women, yet a very small percentage of trial lawyers are female.

“I would love my students to realize that women can be strong, effective, trial lawyers, and the courtroom is not only a place for men. A big part of my life’s work is supporting other women as a mentor, friend and colleague. As a shareholder of Phillips Murrah P.C., our firm has a much larger percentage of female shareholders than the state and national average, which is something I am very proud of. I think the future should and will have more female litigators, and that is why being chosen by Dean Roth and OCU Law for this position is such a high honor.”

Enrollment for the course is now open. Learn more at OCU School of Law’s website.

“I hope students learn to love the practice of law and not just the substantive case law found in various subjects,” she said. “A significant takeaway will be that as lawyers in litigation we have the ability to really change lives and that the students realize how important our representation is to our clients, the public and the judiciary.

“Importantly, litigation and trial work can be extremely exhilarating and exciting, but also very frightening for new lawyers, so I hope each student feels a basic comfort level with the process at the conclusion of the class.”

Click here to learn more about Nikki’s practice.

PM Director Kathy Terry featured in article about liability related to workplace reopening

Phillips Murrah Director Kathy Terry is featured as a source in a Journal Record article regarding liability that companies may face as Oklahoma begins to re-open as directed by Governor Stitt.

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The emphasis of Kathryn D. Terry’s litigation practice is in the areas of insurance coverage, labor and employment law and civil rights defense. She also represents corporations in complex litigation matters.

From the story:

As thousands of businesses reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 crisis, they’ll be facing a new type of risk that could be even more devastating to them than a pandemic.

Oklahoma businesses could face lawsuits filed by customers claiming they contracted COVID-19 while in their restaurants, bars or showrooms, forcing court cases that could cost tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

“We’re going to see the lawsuits. Lots of lawsuits,” said Kathryn Terry, an attorney with Oklahoma City law firm Phillips Murrah.

The issue may be the latest tragic tranche to unfold in the coronavirus saga that has seen more than 60,000 U.S. deaths and millions of people out of work. Some say the legal fallout could continue long after the disease is a distant memory.

Terry said COVID-19 tort claims against businesses are not likely to be successful. Plaintiffs would have to clear a high bar to prove they contracted the virus from a specific business or from a specific person.

For businesses that are following government guidelines and operating safely, an unfavorable judgment is not necessarily the biggest risk. Their main concern is the legal fees they could face trying to defend themselves. For small businesses, the cost could be devastating.

Terry estimates fees in a COVID-19 liability case could range from $35,000 to $50,000.

You may contact Kathy at 405.552.2452 or by email at kdterry@phillipsmurrah.com.

Read the full story here: https://journalrecord.com/2020/04/30/legal-protection-lots-of-lawsuits-loom-as-oklahoma-businesses-prepare-to-reopen/

#GivingTuesdayNow: Phillips Murrah partners with KGOU to support OU Medicine PPE

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#GivingTuesdayNow is May 5.

It is certainly an understatement to say that the past month and a half has been disruptive to the way of life of so many. As we adapt to this strange new world, we seek out ways to be helpful to those around us.

As part of Phillips Murrah’s efforts to help, our Firm has once again partnered with KGOU – Your NPR Source to support their participation in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5th. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

In addition to supporting KGOU’s ongoing work to deliver reliable news and information, Phillips Murrah will give $3000 to OU Medicine as part of a pledge grant.

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From KGOU: “We don’t want to take any time away from coverage of this fast-moving crisis, so we are forgoing our traditional pledge drive this spring. But the coronavirus will not stop our commitment to you. KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma and our network reporters are tracking the latest developments, including economic impact, medical research, impact in other countries, and, most importantly, what you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Your gift to KGOU will have triple the impact, because you’ll be doing something more. The law firm of Phillips Murrah will provide support to OU Medicine for personal protective equipment–masks, gloves, gowns and the like–for workers on the front lines. Phillips Murrah will give $3000–$10 for each of the first 300 donors to KGOU.”

#GivingTuesdayNow is May 5. You can give online now to be counted in this campaign – or call KGOU’s pledge line at (405) 325-5468. Also, you may mail a check to the address below.

KGOU Public Radio
860 Van Vleet Oval, Copeland Hall, Rm 300
Norman, OK 73019

Norman named University of Oklahoma’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor

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Attorney Kendra Norman stands with Alpha Omicron Pi board members.

Attorney Kendra M. Norman was recently named Outstanding Chapter Advisor of Alpha Omicron Pi at University of Oklahoma, having been elected to the position just this past fall.

“I was shocked and so humbled! I never expected to receive this award after just taking on this position,” she said. “I am very proud to represent Xi Chapter and Alpha Omicron Pi in this position. Receiving this award just further encourages me to continue to do my best for Xi Chapter and our community!”

OU Fraternity and Sorority Programs and Services chooses recipients for a variety of annual awards, including Outstanding Chapter Advisor, from various Chapter President submissions by the Interfraternity Council, Independent Greek Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association organizations.

“Xi Chapter has achieved so much and has had myriad successes this year,” Norman said. “I have learned an amazing amount about leadership, working with different personalities, and how to motivate and support others.

“During the past few weeks, I have also learned to power of positivity and the importance of that mindset in a leadership position.

Norman worked in conjunction with Alpha Omicron Pi Properties earlier this year to revitalize and update a memorial rose garden in front of their facility to honor Lisa Wieder, a member who tragically passed away during Spring Break 2004, one of her proudest achievements since assuming her role.

“It was important to me that this garden adequately reflect and celebrate her life as well as continue to serve as a reminder to our members and the Greek community at OU to be safe while enjoying Spring Break and to always carry their identification with them just in case,” she said.

As for her future with the organization, the opportunities in Alpha Omicron Pi are endless, Norman said.

“I love the position of Chapter Adviser, and I hope to have the opportunity to serve Xi Chapter in this role for several years to come,” she said. “Being able to mentor, encourage and empower these amazing women is an incredible opportunity.

“Not only does Alpha Omicron Pi have local volunteer opportunities, but members can also volunteer on an international level. There are countless volunteer positions that allow alumnae to contribute to the membership experience, engagement, and development of collegiate members as well as work with the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation and Alpha Omicron Pi Properties. I look forward to any future opportunities that will allow me to work with and connect with the amazing women of Alpha Omicron Pi.”

 

Read more: Norman elected Chapter Adviser for University of Oklahoma sorority

Firm selects Employee of the Month for March 2020

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Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for March 2020.

“It is an honor to be nominated as Employee of the Month,” Donna said. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be a part of this loving work family!”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Donna is more than just a legal assistant to me, she feels like family,” Attorney Molly E. Tipton said. “She is reliable, diligent, positive and very smart.”

The Firm makes a donation to the winner’s charity of choice, and Donna chose National Kidney Foundation.

To learn more about National Kidney Foundation, click here.

 

Read more: Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2020


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage five years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

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Michele C. Spillman joins Phillips Murrah Dallas office

Michele C. Spillman

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 23, 2020) – Phillips Murrah P.C. is pleased to announce Michele C. Spillman has joined the Firm in its Dallas-based office as an Of Counsel attorney. Her addition to the Firm brings the number of Phillips Murrah attorneys serving the Texas market to fourteen.

With a background in both labor and employment law and commercial litigation, Michele represents employers in a wide variety of industries and provides advice and counsel on federal and state employment laws regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, medical leave requests and accommodations, and wage and hour issues.

Michele also assists employers with human resources matters, including employment policies, handbooks, severance agreements, non-competition matters, and internal investigations into alleged violations of various employment laws.

Michele is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and Attorneys Serving the Community.


CONTACT:

Phillips Murrah – Dallas Office:
3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 1420
Dallas, Texas 75219

Direct: (214) 615-6365
Fax: (214) 434-1370

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An update from Phillips Murrah P.C. about health and safety related to COVID-19

ALERT: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

03/18/20

Tom Wolfe

Thomas G. Wolfe, Phillips Murrah P.C. Managing Partner

As has become apparent, the COVID-19 pandemic is an unstoppable disruptive influence across almost every aspect of our lives. Like so many of our friends and clients, we have been preparing in earnest.

To that end, starting yesterday, our Firm began transitioning to working remotely. As always, our attorneys are accessible to clients via e-mail and phone. Our office is still open in order to deliver the most critical services. Additionally, please be assured that we are taking all appropriate measures to robustly protect and ensure the health and well-being of our attorneys and staff.

I would like to personally reiterate that our plan is designed to ensure continuity of the top-quality, reliable, and safe legal representation that Phillips Murrah’s clients expect. While the playing field constantly changes, our dedication to seamlessly delivering excellent service does not.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about our remote working arrangements or any other concerns with which we can assist. We understand that the uncertainty that unfolds in the wake of this pandemic can be unsettling at best, and understandably frightening to many who wonder what the future holds. Please know that we are here to help.

Please be safe and kind to one another. We are grateful for our relationships and look forward to a brighter day together.

Thank you,

Thomas G. Wolfe
Phillips Murrah P.C.
Managing Partner

 

OUR MEASURES:

  • We are following the Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines regarding how to handle our office operations in the event of an exposure or diagnosis experienced by Phillips Murrah employees and their families.
  • Our Information Technology team has activated our remote access plan to avoid contamination. We are confident in our ability to provide consistent service if total office closure is required.
  • Our Firm is aware of the importance of “social distancing,” and we are practicing these measures. During the pandemic, we are opting for telephone meetings, video depositions and remote closings.
  • If any face-to-face meetings are required, participants are able to remain separated from one another by six feet or more.
  • We have educated and encouraged our employees to implement behavior changes, if necessary, to ensure safety. This includes frequent hand washing, cautious and transparent travel plans and awareness of the value of remaining away from the office during any remote office mandate.

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Firm selects Employee of the Month for February 2020

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Abby Tompkins

Abby Tompkins, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for February 2020.

“It is a privilege to work with such a great group of people and for them to recognize me as Employee of the Month is an honor,” Abby said.

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“I am thrilled that Abby was recognized as Employee of the Month,” Director Sally A. Hasenfratz said. “Those who work with her closely know that she is a hard worker, she has her head in the game and helps spot issues, she has a keen willingness to learn new things and she is poised and great with clients. A well-deserved honor!”

The Firm recently began making a donation to the winner’s charity of choice, and Abby chose Focus on Home.

To learn more about Focus on Home, click here.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage five years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

 
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Attorneys continue winning streak at annual OCBA Chili Cook-off

Phillips Murrah attorneys team up for OCBA’s annual chili cookoff

Another year, another recipe vying for a coveted trophy at the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s annual Chili Cook-off.

Phillips Murrah attorneys competed against local law firms in OCBA’s Young Lawyers Division on Feb. 28 at the Leadership Square Atrium in downtown Oklahoma City.

Representing Phillips Murrah were attorneys Cody J. CooperC. Eric DavisMark E. Hornbeek, Kara K. Laster, Martin J. Lopez III, Phoebe B. Mitchell, Ashley M. Schovanec, and Molly E. Tipton.

“I always love participating in the chili cook-off, not just because I am a very competitive person (and not a sore loser at all),” Tipton said. “I always find myself making new acquaintances that I look forward to seeing again in the court house or out and about!”

Attorney Phoebe Mitchell poses with her prize-winning chili and “Hottest Chili” trophy

The Firm’s team continued their winning streak, scoring the “Hottest Chili” prize with Mitchell’s recipe.

“The secret ingredient to my chili was definitely the spicy Mexican chocolate,” she said. “We had so much fun participating in the OCBA YLD chili cook-off. It is always great to come together and compete to raise money for a worthy cause like the Regional Food Bank.”

Phillips Murrah has had at least one team compete in the Chili Cook-Off each year since it first started more than ten years ago.

In 2019, the OCBA YLD named Phillips Murrah “Friend of the YLD” for the Firm’s consistent support of their charitable efforts.

To learn more about the YLD, visit OCBA’s website here.


See more: Phillips Murrah’s Commitment to the Community

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Phillips Murrah Directors to team up with Animal Legal Defense Fund at OCU Law symposium

Heather Hintz

Heather L. Hintz primarily represents banks, commercial entities and municipalities in litigation in state and federal courts with an emphasis on protecting hard-fought rulings throughout the appeals process.

Two Phillips Murrah Directors will participate in the upcoming “Animal Law Symposium: Oklahoma City,” supported by Animal Legal Defense Fund and Oklahoma City University School of Law.

“OCU Law is glad to partner with Animal Legal Defense Fund to host this symposium,” said Jim Roth, Phillips Murrah Director and OCU School of Law Dean. “With the launch of our Animal Law Program last fall through the generosity of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, our students have shown incredible interest in this growing area of law.

“The symposium will provide an important opportunity for students to connect with practitioners and learn more about the different aspects of Animal Law.”

The symposium will take place at Oklahoma City Law School on March 6 from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Roth will kick off the symposium with welcoming remarks. Heather L. Hintz, Phillips Murrah Director and Shareholder, will participate in the “Farmed Animals and the Law: Challenges and Opportunities for Change” panel set to begin at 1:45 p.m.

“Oklahoma is deeply rooted in agriculture and resource stewardship,” Hintz said. “A 2016 study published in the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine states that the general public has a high level of concern for animal welfare in food production, but lacks corresponding knowledge.

“The study further suggests that if provided information, the public may be encouraged to translate its concerns into market decisions that will improve farmed animal welfare. My studies prior to law school focused on how information leads to educated market decisions that can impact social change. I remain interested in that concept. I also agree with the philosopher Anne Conway (1631-1679) that every part of nature is in sympathetic harmony with every other, and if we harm one part, we harm the others, including ourselves.  I anticipate the Symposium will better enable participants to make informed decisions that can help improve farmed animal welfare and in turn, the welfare of us all.”

The day-long event is set to provide attendees insight from top voices within the animal law community, and the Oklahoma State Bar has approved the symposium for 7 CLE credits.

Learn more about the symposium and Animal Legal Defense Fund at their website here.

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Gardner named to Journal Record’s 2020 Achievers Under 40

Melissa Gardner is a Director who practices in the Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group. She represents both privately-owned and public companies in a wide variety of oil and gas matters, with a strong emphasis on oil and gas title examination.

The Journal Record will honor Melissa Gardner, Phillips Murrah Director and Shareholder, and 44 others as part of its 17th class of Achievers Under 40.

The 45 honorees will be recognized at the Achievers Under 40 event on May 29 at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center at 741 N. Phillips Ave.

“Young leaders in Oklahoma set the pace of progress in our state,” said Russell Ray, editor of The Journal Record. “Choosing the 45 honorees was difficult. Many of these honorees will undoubtedly be the chief architects of change in our state.”

The Journal Record’s 2020 Achievers Under 40 are:

  • Maurianna Adams, Progress OKC.
  • Cinthya Allen, University of Oklahoma.
  • Rob Allen, Sage Sotheby’s International Realty.
  • Laura Aufleger, OnCue.
  • Katy Battiest, One Gas Inc.
  • Merleyn Bell, Oklahoma House of Representatives.
  • Hailey Benton-Thomas, TBS Factoring Service LLC.
  • Carrie Blumert, Oklahoma County.
  • Mickey Dollens, Oklahoma House of Representatives and Energy Assist Foundation.
  • Andrea Durbin, MA+Architecture.
  • Lori Elms, The First State Bank.
  • Ryan Forsythe, Verizon.
  • Kelley Gann, Freestyle Creative.
  • Melissa Gardner, Phillips Murrah.
  • Aundria Goree, Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
  • Jonathan Gray, Enel North America.
  • Rachael Gruntmeir, The Black Scintilla.
  • Jordan Haygood, SSM Health – Oklahoma.
  • Alison Heasley, ADG P.C.
  • Carri Hicks, State of Oklahoma.
  • Marcus High, Mercy Hospital Ardmore.
  • Jonathan Hillman, BKD CPAs & Advisors.
  • Alex Kaiser, Simmons Bank.
  • Stephanie Keller, Eide Bailly.
  • Jake Krattiger, GableGotwals.
  • Jennifer Lepard, State Chamber Research Foundation.
  • Lisa McLarty, Mabrey Bank.
  • Autumn McMahon, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.
  • Mark McMullen, Tulsa Community College.
  • Nikki Nice, City of Oklahoma City.
  • Travis Noland, Cherokee Nation.
  • Matthew Peacock, Peacock Design.
  • Melissa Phillips, AT&T.
  • Jonas Rabel, Integris Grove & Miami Hospital.
  • Brent Rempe, Allegiance Credit Union.
  • Diana Reynolds, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.
  • Melanie Rughani, Crowe & Dunlevy.
  • Becky Samples, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance.
  • James Sanchez, Regent Bank.
  • Trista Shomo, Manhattan Construction Co.
  • Brady Sidwell, Enid Brewing Co.
  • Clay Taylor, Oklahoma Lobby Group.
  • Vincent Venincasa, Edmond Regional Eye Associates.
  • Cornell Wesley, Fiscal Fundamentals Inc.
  • Jonna Whetsel, Network for Pets of Domestic Violence Victims.

Read more about the Achievers Under 40 event here.
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Animal lovers helping the Village Animal Shelter

By Thomas G. Wolfe, Managing Director of Phillips Murrah P.C. 

I’m reaching out to you as a fellow animal lover to make you aware of The Village Animal Shelter and to ask for your help to make much-needed improvements on behalf of the animals that find themselves there.

Early last summer, I read an article in the newspaper about The Village Animal Shelter and a woman named Cheryl Steckler (who runs The Pet Limousine in OKC), who was looking for volunteers to help walk and provide human interaction with dogs (and cats, but mostly dogs) that were confined there, sometimes for months on end and with no real hope in sight. Thinking Cheryl would be inundated with calls, like any reluctant volunteer, I waited a couple of weeks before I called her to see if I could assist.

Glad for the offer, she invited me to come see the shelter and meet some of the dogs. Cheryl is the driving force behind this, and I am only doing what I can to assist.

Sheltered dog behind fenceThe shelter was built in the mid-eighties, and it shows. It’s small, with only 6 cells for dogs and an even smaller area for cat cages. Inside the concrete-floored shelter, dogs spend most days in cages. On weekdays, weather permitting, they are allowed outside in small concrete runs. Most distressing, on weekends they are caged for 23 hours a day. Shelter employees are good people, but a lack of resources makes for a dire situation.

Making Things Better

To try to make the situation at least somewhat tolerable, volunteers purchased dog cots and some toys for each of the cages. Though the Village employees who run the shelter are really good people and do what they can, the situation is dire due to the aged state of the shelter and lack of resources.

So, Cheryl and I (but mostly Cheryl,) put together a small group of volunteers to try to make things better – now called the Village Animal League (”VAL”).

The Village City Council has been very helpful and has worked hard to help us make things better. In addition to allowing the dogs to be walked during the week between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and weekends early in the morning, the City Council has allowed Dr. Park (Britton Road Vet-Clinic) to administer vaccines, and we’ve engaged the Oklahoma Humane Society for spaying and neutering.

We’ve also had a number of dogs either directly adopted or transported to other states for adoption.

Sleeping shelter rescue dog

Emma enjoying some sleep at her new home after being adopted.

One of our favorite success stories is Emma, a pit-mix. Emma was in the shelter for 4 months, often by herself, going the first 3 months without walks or any human contact beyond the workers who cleaned her cell in the mornings and gave her food and water. Because the City Council worked with us, we got her vaccinated, spayed and adopted.

More Can Be Done

As time passed and we began to interact with the dogs on a regular basis, the goals of the volunteer group expanded. We decided that what we were doing wasn’t enough, and that the shelter itself needed to be reconstituted to reflect a higher standard of care.

I went to a friend, Jim Abernathy, who, in addition to being a Village resident, is a great guy, a home-builder and dog lover. Jim helped design modifications to the existing structure that would provide for better, humane conditions for the dogs, including modern cages, access to the outdoors, natural lighting, sanitary drainage, better flooring, and a play area with synthetic grass.

If you wonder about the current state of humanity, this part of the story will make you feel better. The total cost to complete Jim’s plan is approximately $94k, but fully 1/2 of the total cost, or $47k, is being donated from the Construction industry: Jim Abernathy Homes; Midwest Wrecking; Moon Decorative Concrete; Chad Cramer, Evolve Design; Roman Castillo; Jenco Roof, McConnell Masonry; Pella Windows; Keith Bailey Plumbing; Oklahoma Air Conditioning; Trek Electric, Jack and Billy Krepps; Absolute Water Proofing; and Red River Fence. The City of The Village also graciously allocated $28K.

NOW WE NEED YOU TO DONATE!! The Oklahoma Humane Society is accepting donations for this project through The Village Animal Shelter so that donations will be tax deductible.

Here’s How to Donate

  • Make checks payable to Oklahoma Humane Society, write in the memo line: “Village Animal League” or “VAL Fund,” and mail to PO Box 18471, OK 73154.
  • To donate online, go to www.okhumane.org/donate/one-time-donations, click the “Donate Now” button, reference “Village Animal League” or “VAL Fund.”
  • Or, call 405-286-1229.

Thank you,

Tom

 

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Firm selects Employee of the Month for January 2020

Nancy Walker

Nancy Walker, Paralegal, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for January 2020.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by your peers, especially by such a great group of talented people with whom I have the privilege of working,” Nancy said. “I am continually challenged and enhanced by my experiences here each and every day, and am very lucky to be a part of such an incredible team!”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“The Firm has been extremely lucky to have Nancy here since the very beginning,” Executive Director Michelle Munda said. “Her professionalism, vast experience and knowledge, and willingness to help others are invaluable.  Thank you Nancy!”

The Firm recently began making a donation to the winner’s charity of choice, and Nancy chose Tenaciously Teal.

“A few years back, I was challenged with the fight against Stage III colon cancer, and I found out quickly that I was not alone in my battle,” Nancy said. “In addition to the incredible support of friends and family, I became aware of a locally-operated organization by the unique name of Tenaciously Teal, founded by a courageous young woman who fought her own battle against cancer.

“This organization provides thoughtful care packages of personal items to cancer patients across the state of Oklahoma, as well as other types of support, based upon on the need. I know from personal experience that these care packages, which are given in a teal-colored drawstring bags, are not only practical but they also give an incredible message of hope, courage, and support. This is the worthwhile organization I choose to support.”

To learn more about Tenaciously Teal, click here.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage five years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

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Phillips Murrah attorney gives sixth graders glimpse into lawyer life

Students and Attorney Kendra Norman at Canyon Ridge Career Fair

Sixth graders at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School ask Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra Norman questions about her profession as part of a “career fair.”

Attorney Kendra M. Norman gave students at Canyon Ridge Intermediate School a rare peek into the legal field.

The school hosted a “Career Fair” on Jan. 24 to help expose 6th grade students to different career options.

“I want to educate these students on the education and other requirements needed to be an attorney, but also about the vast number of different kinds of attorneys and practice areas out there,” Norman said. “I hope to differentiate what I, and other attorneys, do on a daily basis from the portrayals these students may have seen on TV or the internet.

“I also want to let them know that my profession is attainable for them even though college and ultimately deciding what they want to do is far off in the future for them right now.”

Other featured professions were those of an engineer, physical therapist, home inspector, bounty hunter, and recruiter.

“The students were very kind and respectful, and they asked wonderful questions like what my favorite thing about my job is,” Norman said. “I had a wonderful time, and I’m so glad that I had this opportunity to share my experience with the students.”

For more information about Norman’s practice, click here.

Voth participates in Leadership OKC medical marijuana panel

attorney lauren voth and other leadership oklahoma city panelists

Attorney Lauren S. Voth with the other Leadership OKC panelists

Attorney Lauren S. Voth joined other panelists to discuss issues related to medical marijuana in Oklahoma.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church hosted the Leadership Oklahoma City panel on Jan. 23. Voth rounded out the panel of industry leaders including:

  • David Lewis, Chief Operating Officer of Stability Growth
  • Stephen Prescott, MD, President of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • Scott Shaeffer, D.Ph., DABAT, Managing Director of Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information

The panel was moderated by David Dishman, Business Writer for The Oklahoman newspaper.

To learn more about Leadership OKC and other upcoming events, visit their website here.

 

Director presents at Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association annual meeting

Patrick Hullum

Patrick Hullum is a Director and a litigation attorney who represents individuals and public and private companies in a wide range of complex litigation matters.

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum advised Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association members on legal issues related to aerial spray applicators at the 2020 OAAA Conference and Trade Show on Jan. 21 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.

Aptly titled “How to Defend Yourself in Court,” Hullum’s presentation relayed steps individuals and businesses can take to protect themselves from claims of alleged “drift” from aerial spray.

Hullum spoke to OAAA members in 2019 on similar issues.

Phillips Murrah was a Platinum-level Sponsor at this year’s convention.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association, click here.

Firm selects Employee of the Month for December 2019

Kat Mach

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 our Firm.”

The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“Kat is smart, willing to help and has a great attitude,” Director Dawn M. Rahme said. “She keeps things running smoothly, and we are lucky to have her as part of our team!”

The Firm recently began making a donation to the winner’s charity of choice, and Kat chose METAvivor.

To learn more about METAvivor, click here.


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/Energage five years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

 

OKC Thunder Phillips Murrah Blocks for Bucks campaign chalks up 100th block

OKC Thunder Phillips Murrah Blocks for Bucks hits 100 mark in season blocks

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that we have reached the “Centennial” mark for this 2019-2020 season with our #BlocksforBucks campaign! Yesterday (Jan 8), The Oklahoma City Thunder posted to their social media accounts this statement:

100 blocks and counting… that equals a $10,000 donation thus far to the Thunder Cares Foundation!

For the third consecutive season, the law firm of Phillips Murrah is donating $100 to the Thunder Cares Foundation for every block the Thunder notches at home. Visit the #BlocksforBucks webpage to see some of the best blocks of the season and track their donations!
🎬 ➡️ https://www.nba.com/thunder/blocksforbucks

“The performance of OKC Thunder players and organization proves that, even with the loss of last season’s ‘celebrity’ players, this team is emblematic of our community as a whole – talented and resilient,” said Phillips Murrah Marketing Director Dave Rhea.

All funds raised by Phillips Murrah’s OKC Thunder Blocks for Bucks campaign benefit the Thunder Cares Foundation. For more details and background on Blocks for Bucks, click on the link below:

Phillips Murrah law firm names newest Director, Shareholder

Cody J. Cooper

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 property, including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark and copyright matters, and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

“I am honored and excited to transition from associate to director. I have spent my entire legal career at the Firm and I cannot imagine a better, more supporting place to develop as a person and attorney,” Cody said. “I am so proud to be associated with all of the individuals at the firm and look forward to continuing to help move the Firm forward and continue the sustained success it has had since its founding.

Cody graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with Honors. While in law school, he served as the managing editor of the American Indian Law Review, Magister (President) of the legal honors fraternity Phi Delta Phi and was on the Dean’s Honor Roll. He was also a mentor on the Dean’s Leadership Council for incoming law students and earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure II. He was a semi-finalist at the University of West Virginia Energy Law Moot Court Competition.

Cody received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Finance and Management Information Systems. He has a general science and engineering background, which qualified him to become registered before the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a practicing patent attorney. As an undergraduate student, he worked for a Fortune 100 company as a systems analyst intern in the business and technology group, working with a number of complex software suites that provided critical services to the business.

“Cody has proven himself to be a proactive and diligent attorney since joining the Firm straight from law school,” said Thomas G. Wolfe, President and Managing Partner. “His hard work and commitment to his legal practice are signs that he will make the Firm proud as our newest Director and Shareholder.”

Cody is actively involved in community and charitable organizations and has volunteered with a number of organizations including Camp Cavett, NewView Oklahoma, Salvation Army, various public schools throughout the Oklahoma City Metro and others.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Cody now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, daughter and two dogs. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports and attending Oklahoma City Thunder and Sooner sporting events.

Phillips Murrah Shareholder Janet A. Hendrick elected as Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

Phillips Murrah Director Janet Hendrick elected to Texas Bar Foundation

Phillips Murrah Shareholder Janet Hendrick elected as Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

Phillips Murrah Shareholder Janet A. Hendrick has been elected as a member of the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Attorneys elected as Fellows of the Foundation have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Janet’s contributions to the legal profession.

“It is my absolute privilege and honor to be elected as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation,” said Janet. “I look forward to working with other Fellows to continue the important work of the Foundation.”

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year the top one-third of one percent of Texas attorneys are invited to become Fellows. Once selected, nominees must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country. Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $20 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services.

To contact Janet, click HERE to visit her website bio, or reach out to her at the following information:

Janet A. Hendrick, Shareholder in Phillips Murrah’s Dallas office
EMAIL: jahendrick@phillipsmurrah.com
PHONE: 214.615.6391

For more information about the Texas Bar Foundation, please visit: www.txbf.org.

Firm selects Employees of the Month for November

Sherree Williams and Rae White

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 the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff on merits of teamwork and overall contributions to the Firm.

“WOW!  It is a privilege to be voted the Employee of the Month,” Rae said. “My Phillips Murrah family is the best, and I love working with such wonderful people.”

The Firm recently began making a donation to the winner’s charity of choice. Sherree chose Doberman Rescue Group of Oklahoma, and Rae chose Compassionate Hands.

To learn more about Doberman Rescue Group, click here.

For more information about Compassionate hands, visit their website here.


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Phillips Murrah honored as Top Workplace for fifth consecutive year

2019 Phillips Murrah Top WorkplacesThe law firm of Phillips Murrah is proud to announce its inclusion as one of Oklahoma City’s Top Workplaces for five straight years.

“This is an exciting time for us, each year, to be recognized for our workplace culture,” said Phillips Murrah Marketing Director Dave Rhea. “Our attorneys and staff work hard to help our Firm excel in the legal realm, so it is nice to be recognized for our positive work environment.”

The Firm has previously been recognized as one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

In determining the defining criteria of Top Workplaces, The Oklahoman partners with the Philadelphia-based company, Energage, which evaluates companies across the country, pertaining to internal components of healthy workplace dynamics.

“Top Workplaces put the employee at the center of things and focus on creating the right environment to unleash potential and inspire performance,” said Doug Claffey, founder of Energage, The Oklahoman’s research partner for Top Workplaces.

Every year, the newspaper encourages Oklahoma companies and organizations to participate in a survey that employees complete anonomously, detailing employee satisfaction, company values, internal communication, leadership and other various determinates.

To learn more about the workplace culture and opportunities at Phillips Murrah, visit our Careers page: https://phillipsmurrah.com/careers.

Davis to explore Oklahoma Public Utility Division’s procedures, rules of practice

Eric Davis

Eric Davis is an attorney in the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group and the Government Relations and Compliance Practice Group. He represents clients in a range of regulatory and energy matters.

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 procedure.

“The Corporation Commission determines what many of us pay for electricity and natural gas, and it influences utility companies’ multimillion dollar investment decisions ranging from building new power plants to deploying advanced meters,” Davis said. “Because of its impact, it’s useful to understand how the Commission makes decisions and how its hearings work.”

The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday in Oklahoma City. Those interested in registering can find more information here. Attendees receive CLE credit for participating.

Phillips Murrah partners with KGOU and Regional Food Bank to provide 20,000 meals

Phillips Murrah is excited to partner with KGOU and The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help support community radio while also fighting hunger during this holiday season!

KGOU’s on-air fundraising drive begins on “Giving Tuesday,” Dec 3, and lasts through Thursday, Dec. 5.

All listener donations to KGOU will go directly to support vital community news, information and entertainment programming.

Phillips Murrah partners with KGOU and Regional Food BankEach donation also activates a gift from Phillips Murrah to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight holiday hunger.

For each donation, Phillips Murrah will provide funds for 40 meals to help relieve hunger and associated stress for food insecure Oklahomans during the holidays!

The goal is to encourage 500 gifts to KGOU, which will provide 20,000 meals to hungry kids and adults in our state.

All donations made now through the attainment of our goal will be included, including donations made before and after the on-air drive and donations made online.

Donations can be made online HERE or by calling 405-325-5468 (KGOU).