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Newton presents on preemptive business practices for ASA-OK

ASA LogoPhillips Murrah Attorney Samuel D. Newton gave the last presentation for a Fall educational series on Nov. 2 for members of the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma.

Newton’s presentation was entitled “Protect and Preserve: Considerations and Implications of Business Practices on your Company’s Future” and follows presentations given by Attorneys A. Michelle Campney and David A. Walls in September and October, respectively.

“In the discussion, we covered maintaining corporate best practices to preserve the corporate shield, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, discussed the implications of the Oklahoma Uniform Trade Secrets Act and how it works with confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and how they all apply to protecting your business,” Newton said. “I switched to discussion of preserving businesses either through succession planning or selling the business.

“With succession planning, I discussed the importance of seeing the truth of the situation and not the idea (ie, who really is most apt to take over your business) and how to implement such changes, like through a buy-sell agreement or the organizational documents. I then gave a basic overview of a sale and the initial documents owners may be confronted with (letters of intent, confidentiality agreements) as well as the importance of preparing for due diligence.”

Newton, Campney and Walls will continue the series and each give presentations to ASA-OK in the Spring.

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Phillips Murrah attorneys present for Construction Financial Management Association

Attorney David Walls addresses construction industry professionals at September's CFMA meeting.

Attorney David Walls addresses construction industry professionals at September’s CFMA meeting.

David A. Walls, Construction Law Attorney, and Byrona J. Maule, Phillips Murrah Director and Employment Law Attorney, addressed construction industry professionals at a September meeting for Construction Financial Management Association.

Walls presented an update regarding American Institute of Architect changes to standard form construction industry contracts. Maule followed, speaking on the impact of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana laws on employment law.

Maule’s presentation focused on drug and alcohol testing, policy impacts on drug and alcohol testing and anti-discrimination, and preemption issues under the Controlled Substance Act, the Drug Free Workplace Act and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act.

As a result, she said, testing procedures need to be updated or changes, policies will have to be updated, and training will be needed for managers.

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Attorneys prepare educational presentations on construction law

ASA LogoPhillips Murrah Attorneys A. Michelle Campney, Samuel D. Newton, and David A. Walls explore facets of construction law as a part of an educational series for members of the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma.

The team has planned six presentations, three in the fall and three in the spring, with the first topic covering the “Do’s and Don’ts of Bidding” on Sept. 7. Subsequent presentations by Walls and Newton are planned for Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, respectively.

“In the past, we have spoken about different provisions in the typical construction contact,” Campney said. “The presentations are new material on different topics important to subcontractors and construction.”

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Phillips Murrah awarded for continued construction law service

A. Michelle Campney, Phillips Murrah Construction Law Attorney, accepts ASA-OK's Service Provider of the Year award on behalf of the Firm.

A. Michelle Campney, Phillips Murrah Construction Law Attorney, accepts ASA-OK’s Service Provider of the Year award on behalf of the Firm.

Phillips Murrah law firm has been recognized once again for its commitment to construction law in Oklahoma.

The American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma awarded the Firm with the 2018 Service Provider of the Year award at their annual Awards Gala on June 8 at Grand Casino Resort in Shawnee.

“This is the second time that the Firm has won this award,” said David A. Walls, Phillips Murrah Construction Law Attorney. “The award recognizes the Firm’s efforts and time spent conducting education seminars for the members of ASA-OK on various topics important to the construction industry, such as good business practices, legal developments in construction law and business structure.”

ASA-OK is the primary industry trade group representing subcontractors in the construction industry in Oklahoma and is the state chapter of the national ASA organization.

“ASA-OK members choose the top Service Provider from a group of 19 member companies, and Phillips Murrah received the most votes,” said Tami Hasselwander, ASA-OK Executive Director. “ASA-OK’s membership voted for the company they believe demonstrates knowledge and expertise of our industry and who has supported our organization by providing consulting advice and educational training to our members.”

A. Michelle Campney, Phillips Murrah Construction Law Attorney, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm and gave a presentation to the association’s members.

“Michelle and I have led several seminars and group discussions during the last year for this group, which is the largest subcontractor and supplier construction organization in Oklahoma,” Walls said. “This is a part of our broad construction practice, which also includes representing general contractors, developers and insurance companies who underwrite construction companies.”

Attorneys in Phillips Murrah’s Construction Law Practice Group have more than 20 years experience in the industry and represent and advise clients in every stage of the construction process. Learn more about our Construction Law representation here.

Phillips Murrah receives American Subcontractors Association award

Andrew Penland, United Acoustics, gives Attorney David Walls his award at the ASA Awards Gala on June 10.

Phillips Murrah has been awarded for its excellence in the construction industry for the second consecutive year.

Attorney David A. Walls has been selected as the winner of the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma’s 2016 Service Provider of the Year award in the areas of Legal, Personnel, Safety, and Workers Comp.

“I have been a member of ASAOK for over ten years,” Walls said. “When I came to Phillips Murrah about five years ago, I brought the membership with me and Phillips Murrah has been the ‘official’ member since that time.”

ASAOK is the primary industry trade group representing subcontractors in the construction industry in Oklahoma and is the state chapter of the national ASA organization. Subcontractors in the association vote for the best of the best within the industry.

Walls was given his award at ASAOK’s convention and Awards Gala on June 10 where he and Phillips Murrah attorney A. Michelle Campney gave a presentation. Both attorneys host educational seminars at Phillips Murrah’s headquarters in Oklahoma City.

Construction Attorney David A. Walls sourced in Oklahoman story about fire at luxury apartments

By Diana Baldwin | The Oklahoman

[ JULY 22, 2010 – EDMOND, OK ] – A 149-unit luxury apartment complex in northwest Edmond will be rebuilt, an attorney for the developers said this week.

Enclave Apartments, near Covell Road and Kelly Avenue, was destroyed by fire Oct. 19 just weeks before the complex was scheduled to be completed.

In April 2008, Shannon Sorrells, with Indianapolis-based SC Bodner Co. Inc., said the overall cost of the Enclave project was $14.5 million.

Edmond firefighters said this was the largest fire in the history of Edmond and also was the single largest loss. The fire burned for several days.

Burned rubble has been cleared from the 12.65 acres at 1201 Covell Village Drive. The property is platted as Water’s Edge Addition. David A. Walls, attorney for the owners of Enclave Apartments Covell Village, LLC, said there is no timetable for when construction will begin.

“We are working with the city of Edmond to make any tweaks in the original design,” Walls said.

Plans are to construct the same building again with minor changes, he said.

Planning commissioners this week recommended the owners be given a five-year extension on their site plan to complete the project. City council members will make a final decision Aug. 9. The project was originally approved in 2006. City Planner Bob Schiermeyer said the owners have a building permit, and if there had not been a fire, there would have been no reason for them to obtain city approval.

Planning commissioners also approved an extension for the 160-acre Covell Village Planned Unit Development. Lowe’s Home Improvement, 3 Girls Photography, Prime Bank, Walgreens and an office building for dentist Damon Johnson are already in business there. Still undeveloped are 36.85 acres.

Planning Commissioner Lydia Lee voted against both of the extensions. She said the city was creating multiple design statements for the 160-acre project that was originally approved under one planned unit development district.

Schiermeyer said it was necessary because there are different owners of sections of the property.