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Mindfulness in the legal profession

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on January 9, 2020. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Kendra M. Norman Every morning, my Apple Watch vibrates on my wrist and tells me to start the Breathe app. My instinct is to ignore it, feeling like taking a few moments […]

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Federal Medicaid match matters to state’s healthcare providers

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Rebecca Pasternik-Ikard answers questions about state and federal government’s role in funding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. What is the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP)? The Federal Medical Assistance Percentage is the federal government’s share of the expenditures for medical services and administrative costs for a state Medicaid program and is […]

Introducing Becky-Pasternik-Ikard

Medicaid, work and community engagement

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 27, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Of Counsel Attorney Becky Pasternik-Ikard Physicians, hospitals and other health care providers continue to experience not only shrinking reimbursement rates, but also an increasingly formidable regulatory presence. A recent controversial Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policy reform permits states […]

Your Racehorse Tested Positive for a Regulated Substance, Time Is of the Essence

This article will briefly discuss the regulation of drugs in Oklahoma horse racing and the critical steps to be followed should a test come back positive for a regulated substance. The Oklahoma Horse Racing Act (OHRA), Okla. Stat. tit 3A, §200 et seq., provides the framework by which horse racing is conducted in Oklahoma. Among […]

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The ABCs of the FLSA’s new overtime rules

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on November 21, 2019. By Phillips Murrah Attorney Martin J. Lopez III The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law regulating employee pay. Among other things, the FLSA covers minimum wages, maximum hours, overtime compensation and child labor. The […]

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Wolfe reflects on Law Firm growth in Dallas market for Texas Lawyer article

Thomas G. Wolfe, Managing Partner at Phillips Murrah law firm, was interviewed by Brenda Sapino Jeffreys for an article for Texas Lawyer on Law.com, giving insights on the Firm’s venture into the Texas legal market and on business strategies the Firm has found successful in Dallas. Read more below: What do you view as the […]

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Three main methods of acquiring business

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 the stock or other equity interests of the target company. Each method has pros and cons depending on the legal, tax and business implications. Therefore, it […]

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State Lawmaker considers damages caps on civil lawsuits

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, […]

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Investing in a medical practice entails special planning

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Erica K. Halley answers questions about the basics of investing in a medical practice. What does it mean to buy-in to a medical practice? Small health care practices are typically owned by one or more of the health care providers at the practice. Such practices are usually organized as […]

A bottle of Oxycontin, one of the opioids named in a landmark case against Johnson & Johnson in Oklahoma, is spilled on a counter with the American flag in the background.

Summary of Landmark Johnson & Johnson Oklahoma Opioid Decision

The following summary of the Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson opioid decision is also published at Lexology.com. The decision in the non-jury trial, Oklahoma ex rel. Mike Hunter, Attorney General of Oklahoma v. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al was filed on August 26, 2019.  The trial, which lasted for thirty-three days, focused on the State’s sole claim […]

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Utility companies seek new rates for consumers who sell solar power

Homeowners and businesses interested in utilizing rooftop solar panels to produce their own power should take note. Cases were filed Aug. 19 and Sept. 4 at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission that will determine how Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities compensate customers for self-produced solar power. Oklahoma Gas & Electric and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma […]

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Are partners employees? What the IRS says about taxing partnerships

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, […]

Oklahoma child support payments based on several variables

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Robert K. Campbell answers questions about the basics of arranging and handling Oklahoma child support. Who pays child support in a divorce proceeding? Oklahoma law requires both parents to provide financial support for their children during a divorce. That being said, typically it is one parent paying the other […]

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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 […]

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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 […]