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Phillips Murrah announces 44 attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 44 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 list in Oklahoma City.

2019 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year

Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Natural Resources Law

Thomas G. Wolfe – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

 

The Best Lawyers in America 2019

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Susan E. Bryant – Securities Regulation

John M. Bunting – Insurance Law

Catherine L. Campbell – Commercial Litigation

Michael D. Carter – Labor Law – Management; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Mark E. Golman – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Patrick L. Hullum – Commercial Litigation

Clayton D. Ketter – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice; Real Estate Law

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation; Technology Law

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

D. Craig Story – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Amy D. White – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Oil and Gas Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah announces 37 attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 37 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City.

The Best Lawyers in America 2018

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Insurance Law

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah announces 35 attorneys named to 2017 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 35 of our attorneys have been named to the 2017 Best Lawyers® list and seven of our attorneys are recognized as Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year in Oklahoma City.

2017 Best Lawyers – Lawyers of the Year

Douglas A. Branch – Venture Capital Law

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Shannon K. Emmons – Employment Law – Individuals

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Construction Law

Fred A. Leibrock – Litigation – Antitrust

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

2017 Best Lawyers

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Bobby Dolatabadi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

John D. Hastie – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Phillips Murrah attorney Doug Branch featured in The Oklahoman

Phillips Murrah attorney, Douglas A. Branch, is featured in today’s Oklahoman newspaper regarding his career in biotechnology.

Doug is one of the prime movers in the diversification of the Oklahoma City economy to include biotech. He recently accepted the position of CEO of Biolytx Pharmaceuticals, and he continues his legal practice at Phillips Murrah as an of counsel attorney.

Below, read the story, or jump to it at newsok.com here.


Phillips Murrah attorney Doug Branch

Phillips Murrah attorney Doug Branch

Oklahoma’s 1980s oil problems leads to career in biotechnology for local lawyer

By Jim Stafford For The Oklahoman| April 26, 2016

A promising career as a securities lawyer awaited Doug Branch when he graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1982. Oklahoma was the heart of a booming energy economy with lots of oil and gas firms that needed legal work as they raised capital and dealt with regulators.

A couple of months later Penn Square Bank went belly up.

The Penn Square collapse set off a domino effect of bank failures that coincided with declining energy prices and ultimately cost the jobs of thousands of Oklahomans. By 1988, the law firm that Branch worked for was suffering along with the rest of the state.

“Our business was in the tank,” Branch said recently at the OU Research Park. “The law business in Oklahoma City was terrible, and I knew I had to change my practice.”

Fast-forward almost 30 years. Branch recently was named CEO of an up-and-coming biotechnology startup called Biolytx Pharmaceuticals Corp.

So how did a securities attorney who focuses on the energy industry make the transition to CEO of a life science company?

The evolution began in those dark days of the late 1980s. Branch committed himself to learning all he could about licensing and managing intellectual property and representing technology companies.

By 1988, the state Legislature had created the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

“I became familiar with OCAST,” he said. “My first technology project was working with a professor at OU in the engineering school who was developing superconducting thin films.”

That year Branch also began representing Sonic Corp., a relationship that continues in 2016 with Phillips Murrah, the Oklahoma City law firm where Branch was a partner until this year.

“I was so fortunate because if that engagement didn’t happen I would probably have been fired,” he said. “And it sustained me for the time that it took to develop my technology practice. Cliff Hudson, the CEO of Sonic, was general counsel then and he and I are still great friends.”

Immersion in biotech

Branch so completely immersed himself in technology that he joined the OCAST board in the early 1990s as its chairman. During his time on the board, the agency launched an ambitious plan to diversify the Oklahoma economy.

Centers of Excellence in manufacturing, molecular medicine, and laser technology were developed at OU and Oklahoma State University. The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance was created. Funding programs took off.

“OCAST invested big in those Centers of Excellence,” Branch said. “They were great investments, especially for the Oklahoma Health Center. It was a huge deal for biotechnology here.”

Branch’s involvement in biotechnology also began to expand. His clients have included high-profile startups such as Zymetx, Riley Genomics, Novazyme, Altheus Therapeutics and Cytovance Biologics, among others.

The construction and growth of the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park — now the OU Research Park — also added to the momentum, both for the biotech industry and for Branch.

“I opened up my office there in 2004 and it was called Biotech Law Associates,” he said. “I went to the annual BIO (Biotechnology Industry Organization) show as a member. In fact, I went to the first BIO show at the Research Triangle Park as OCAST chairman probably in ’92 or ’93.”

Now company’s CEO

Through an association with William Hagstrom of Alpha Bio Partners, Branch became acquainted with OU professor Anne Pereira, Ph.D. Pereira had co-founded Biolytx Pharmaceuticals with Hagstrom based on her groundbreaking work in developing peptides that kill antibiotic resistant bacteria. That relationship eventually led him to his current position as CEO of the company.

“Our objectives are to develop our pipeline of peptides to the point where we can enter into collaborations with pharma companies to get through clinical trials,” Branch said. “That’s going to take time and a lot of money. It’s a great challenge, but it’s fascinating and exciting.”

As Branch looked back over the past three decades, he says he would never have predicted the rise of biotech here or his participation in the industry.

“This was inconceivable when I graduated from law school,” he said. “I mean, this industry didn’t even exist then. The notion that I would be involved in biotech, I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything like this. But I’m having the time of my life.”

Jim Stafford writes about Oklahoma innovation and research and development topics on behalf of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology.

Phillips Murrah attorneys support i2E 2015 BrewFest

Attorneys Monica Ybarra, Dawn Rahme, and Erica Halley at Brewfest

Attorneys Monica Ybarra, Dawn Rahme, and Erica Halley at Brewfest.

Hundreds of patrons filled the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Nov. 5 to support i2E’s (Innovation to Enterprise) annual OKBio BrewFest.

“The intellectual activity surrounding the annual i2E BrewFest channels the exciting physical changes in downtown Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Health Center, Bricktown, Deep Deuce and the state,” Attorney Mary Holloway Richard said. “Where else can you find entrepreneurs mingling to discuss their business plans and dreams with one another and with support professionals like the Phillips Murrah team that supports technical businesses as they establish themselves and expand?”

“From conversations with a graduate student physiologist focusing on lessening the impact of retinitis pigmentosa to discussions with an OCU Botany professor and a young distiller known for his marketing genius who is expanding into new markets—all this on a beautiful fall evening at the ballpark.  Helping clients achieve their business goals in research, health care, product development is a exciting as it gets.”

Lauren Branch and her husband Phillips Murrah Director Doug Branch.

Lauren Branch and her husband Phillips Murrah Director Doug Branch at Brewfest.

The event featured samples from 23 of Oklahoma’s local craft beer, wine and spirits producers.

“OKBio BrewFest is an annual fall event to shine a spotlight on bio in Oklahoma and provide support for OKBio, which among other things provides BIO International scholarships to Oklahomans every year,” said i2E President Scott Meacham in an article about BrewFest.

Other event sponsors include Crowe & Dunlevy, Foundation HealthCare, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Oklahoma Gazette, Hall Estill, Caisson Biotech, Hit Design, VWR International, McAfee & Taft, Dunlap Codding, and Woodland & Associates.

Read more about BrewFest here.

Phillips Murrah announces 35 attorneys named to 2016 Best Lawyers list

Best Lawyers

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 35 of our attorneys have been named to the 2016 Best Lawyers® list and three of our attorneys are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in Oklahoma City.

 

The Best Lawyers in America 2016

Stephen W. Elliott – Litigation – Bankruptcy

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Land Use and Zoning Law

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

 

2016 Best Lawyers

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Bobby Dolatabadi – Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Thomas Elder Jr. – Commercial Litigation

Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

John D. Hastie – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

 

 

Phillips Murrah sponsors 2014 i2E Brewfest

From left: Martin G. Ozinga and Douglas A. Branch

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than a dozen beer brewers and suppliers showcased their products at i2E’s (Innovation to Enterprise) third annual OKBio BrewFest on Nov. 6 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

“Every year Brewfest gives us a unique opportunity to connect with leaders in the Oklahoma bioscience and technology communities in an enjoyable, casual setting,” said Douglas A. Branch, director at Phillips Murrah. “I’m proud that our Firm is able to sponsor this event and foster these relationships.”

Patrons at Brewfest were treated to selections from Prairie Wolf Spirits, Put a Cork in It Bricktown Winery, TapWerks, Scissortail Distilling, and many others.

Other event sponsors include Hall Estill, Foundation HealthCare, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Caisson Biotech, Hit LLC, Crowe & Dunlevy, VWR International, Oklahoma Gazette, McAfee & Taft, Cole & Reed P.C., Dunlap Codding, and Woodland & Associates.

See this story about at newsok.com.

29 Attorneys Selected for 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 — Phillips Murrah, one of Oklahoma’s largest law firms, announced today that 29 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014. Marc Edwards, Sally Hasenfratz, and Mel McVay, shareholders in the Firm, have been named “Lawyers of the Year” for Government Relations, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation – Bankruptcy, respectively.  According to Best Lawyers, “Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this honor particularly significant.”

“Our attorneys are proud to be consistently recognized by peers for delivering outstanding legal service to our clients,” said Tom Wolfe, a 2014 Best Lawyer® selection and the Firm’s managing partner.

Among the Firm’s breadth of legal services, more than 20 practice areas are represented by the attorneys that have been honored as this year’s Best Lawyers®, including:  banking and finance law, energy and natural resources, real estate, and tax law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Phillips Murrah’s 29 attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 are listed by name; first year included, and recognized practice areas:

  • Marc Edwards (2010) – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • Andrew S. Mildren (2013) – Administrative/Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice
  • J. Mark Lovelace (2011) – Banking and Finance Law
  • Donald A. Pape (2011) – Banking and Finance Law
  • Timothy D. Kline (1987) – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Thomas G. Wolfe (2008) – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Shannon K. Emmons (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Juston R. Givens (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Fred A. Leibrock (2010) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Melvin R. McVay, Jr. (2011) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Michael R. Perri (2010) – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law
  • Robert N. Sheets (2012) – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Jennifer L. Miller (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Lyndon W. Whitmire (2013) – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Sally A. Hasenfratz (2009) – Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • Jim Roth (2012) – Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law
  • William S. Price (2013) – Government Relations Practice
  • Stephen W. Elliott (2014) – Litigation – Bankruptcy
  • Robert J. Haupt (2012) – Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
  • John D. Hastie (1983) – Litigation – Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • Elizabeth K. Brown (2008) – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Robert O. O’Bannon (2008) – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Dawn M. Rahme (2013) – Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Raymond E. Zschiesche (2013) – Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • G. Calvin Sharpe (2012) – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Terry L. Hawkins (2013) – Public Finance Law
  • Cindy H. Murray (2012) – Real Estate Law
  • Douglas A. Branch (2008) – Securities/Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law
  • Michael D. Carter (2012) – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

About Phillips Murrah

Phillips Murrah is represented by more than 65 attorneys, 20 practice areas, and is one of Oklahoma’s leading business law firms. The Firm is recognized for providing multidisciplinary legal services in matters involving virtually all aspects of business law and litigation. Our attorneys are trusted legal advisors and strategic partners, focused on our clients’ objectives, and helping them achieve their goals.
For more information, visit: www.phillipsmurrah.com

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Oklahoma attorney helps with Mass. bioscience startup

By Clytie Bunyan | The Oklahoman

[ SEPTEMBER 5, 2010 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – Nearly two months ago, Euthymics Bioscience Inc., a clinical-stage startup in Cambridge, Mass., announced it had completed a series of financing that allowed it to acquire DOV Pharmaceutical Inc. and continue development of an antidepressant that’s intended for patients who do not respond adequately to other types of drugs.

It’s the kind of news we hear often and never think about how deals like that are done.

Here in Oklahoma City, a growing number of bioscience companies have emerged and continue to move from research settings at the University of Oklahoma and the Presbyterian Foundation Research Park to trial stages.

But the business end of deals here and elsewhere aren’t always done by Wall Street attorneys.

The Euthymics deal, for example, was made possible with input from Doug Branch at PHILLIPS MURRAH in Oklahoma City. Branch, who leads the law firm’s securities and high-tech practice groups, helped Euthymics navigate the waters of the venture capital world at a time when funding all but disappeared. It was a 20-month process that began “in the teeth of the financial distress of the economy. So that was a tough time to launch an idea, but within a few months, we were able to attract interest and successfully recruited some venture capital firms to round out $24 million in financing,” he said.

Branch has long-standing ties to Euthymics’ CEO Anthony McKinney, an OU microbiology graduate who Branch knew since McKinney was trying to develop technology at OU.

“It’s a fulfilling occupation because people often think of lawyers that’s part of a process that’s not constructive, part of some adversarial system, but this is a very rewarding job to be a part of something that’s very important in the lives of people,” Branch said.

Oklahoma Academy cites key contributors

By Danna Sue Walker | World Staff Writer | The Tulsa World

[ AUGUST 29, 2009 – TULSA, OK ] – It is the people who contribute their knowledge and time to the Oklahoma Academy who help the organization move ideas into action.

Every year at the Oklahoma Academy Salute, the organization presents the Key Contributor award to a select few who have given generously of themselves to support the organization’s events, public policy recommendations and implementation efforts.

The Key Contributor awards were presented to Roy Peters, Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, Tulsa; David Stewart, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Businesses, Catoosa; Doug Branch, Phillips Murrah, Oklahoma City; and John Feaver, University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma, Chickasha.

Julie Knutson, Oklahoma Academy president & CEO, said, “The academy wanted to appropriately recognize these gentlemen, because they have supported the work of the organization, shared the ideas with others, and helped advance the recommendations derived from the academy’s annual Town Hall conference.”

The academy also presented its first Making a Difference award, which shows appreciation to people who take initiative with an Oklahoma Academy recommendation and work to make it a reality.

Michael Harrison, a strategic analyst for the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in Norman, received the first award. He spent nearly two years working on a 2006 Town Hall recommendation on broadband initiatives.

Knutson said the Oklahoma Academy has a unique, consensus building process, the Oklahoma Academy Town Hall, which identifies pressing public policy issues and develops recommendations that address the issue.

The 16th Annual Academy Salute was held recently at the Doubletree Hotel at Warren Place. The annual fundraiser featured Mayor Kathy Taylor, political pundits Pat Hall and Jim Dunlap, and Washington D.C.’s hilarious Capitol Steps.

The Oklahoma Academy is a private citizen-based organization that serves Oklahoma as a think tank and catalyst on public policy development and community action. It is nonpartisan and serves as the state’s “honest broker.”

Branch earns ‘Academy Award’

The Express-Star

[ August 27, 2009– Chickasha, OK ] — Forget Hollywood. John Feaver’s aspirations have more to do with making Oklahoma the best place on earth to live, work, study and play. On Friday night, the Oklahoma Academy handed Feaver an “academy award” for service and leadership. Feaver, president of the University of Science and Arts since 2000, was named an Academy Key Contributor for his years of service to the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals.

“It’s a spectacular honor,” Feaver said after receiving the tribute at Tulsa’s Double Tree Hotel ballroom. “The Oklahoma Academy brings together the best people in Oklahoma to advance educational, cultural and economic opportunities here. It is a distinct honor to be recognized.”

“Since 1990 you have willingly shared your time, ideas, and intellect, and in so doing you have made significant contributions to the scope of public policy issues the Academy has undertaken, said Tulsa banking leader Howard Barnett as he presented the award. “Your guidance, balance, wisdom, dedication, and support have ensured the quality of the programs and policy recommendations produced by The Oklahoma Academy.”

Executive Director Julie Knutson praised Feaver for vision.

“You have made certain that the Academy’s integrity and history remain at the forefront in all that the organization does,” she said. “The Academy and Oklahoma have definitely benefited from your insight, determination, and that unique wit.”

Each year, the Academy Salute recognizes key Oklahoma leaders and contributors. According to the program, recipients are “academy member individuals or businesses/institutions who have consistently contributed their time and talents, typically over a period of years, in supporting and ensuring the continued work of The Oklahoma Academy for State Goals to accomplish its mission — to better Oklahoma by empowering Oklahomans to improve their quality of life through effective and sound nonpartisan public policy development and implementation.

Other individuals honored this year include David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; Roy Peters, president of Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance; and Doug Branch, a partner with the Phillips Murrah Law Firm.

One of only a handful of similar organizations in America, the Oklahoma Academy is a private, non-profit membership organization that identifies the critical public policy issues facing Oklahoma’s future.

Besides his leadership in higher education, John Feaver is a longtime board member and past president of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals. In his five years on the board, Feaver has helped the group to study several of Oklahoma’s most critical issues: water and transportation, health and corrections.

He also serves the Oklahoma Heritage Association, A+ Schools, the Oklahoma Community Institute, Preservation Oklahoma Inc., and the Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition.

Nine named to Best Lawyers in America 2009

Originally published in The Journal Record on Oct. 14, 2008.


Elizabeth K. Brown’s practice is focused at a strategic level on serving her clients as outside counsel where she assists privately held companies in managing the many legal issues that arise in running a business.

Elizabeth K. Brown’s practice is focused at a strategic level on serving her clients as outside counsel where she assists privately held companies in managing the many legal issues that arise in running a business.

OCTOBER 14, 2008 – The Best Lawyers in America 2009 listed nine attorneys with Phillips Murrah P.C. as the best in the United States: Douglas A. Branch, securities law and venture capital law; Elizabeth K. Brown, trusts and estates; Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr. and John D. Hastie, real estate law; Sally A. Hasenfratz, construction law; James A. McCaffrey and Fred H. Miller, banking law; Robert O. O’Bannon, tax law; and Thomas G. Wolfe, commercial litigation.

 

Oklahoma City attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America

OCTOBER 14, 2008 – Nine Oklahoma City attorneys practicing at Phillips Murrah P.C. have been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2009, a global publication that ranks and identifies the best attorneys in the United States.

Phillips Murrah lawyers receiving the honor are:

  • Douglas A. Branch, Securities Law and Venture Capital Law
  • Elizabeth K. Brown, Trusts and Estates
  • Lloyd T. Hardin, Jr., Real Estate Law
  • Sally A. Hasenfratz, Construction Law
  • John D. Hastie, Real Estate Law
  • James A. McCaffrey, Banking Law
  • Fred H. Miller, Banking Law
  • Robert O. O’Bannon, Tax Law
  • Thomas G. Wolfe, Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. by the legal profession and the business community. The purpose of the publication is to help lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions and practices.

Best Lawyers conducts an exhaustive peer review survey that has been developed and refined over more than 25 years. The current edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than two million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in Americaâ, a copyright of Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, S.C., will be published in December.

Branch, Johnson Named Shareholders

Douglas A. Branch and Eric L. Johnson were appointed to Shareholder in the Firm. Branch, formerly of counsel with the firm, is a securities attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing clients in securities and business transactions. Johnson, a previous associate with the firm, is a member of the firm’s Commercial and Consumer Financial Services department and has 14 years of experience providing consumer credit compliance advice on federal and state laws and regulations.