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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

Jim A. Roth Journal Record Columns

Phillips Murrah attorneys address wind energy impacts on real property

Jim Roth and C. Eric Davis are attorneys in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group at Phillips Murrah.

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth and attorney C. Eric Davis spoke about clean energy in Oklahoma at recent presentations hosted by the Oklahoma Bar Association.

The OBA’s Real Property Section hosted the Cleverdon Round Table event on May 18 in Oklahoma City and on May 19 in Tulsa.

The presentation outlined Oklahoma’s potential as a national leader in wind resources noting that Oklahoma generates the third most electricity from wind energy nationwide.

In discussing real property law impacts, Roth and Davis noted wind energy can be viewed as involving competing interests of landowners and how to respectively balance the rights of those landowners receiving compensation versus those out of proximity of wind facilities or turbines.

Roth presented in Oklahoma City, and Davis presented in Tulsa.

Firm hosts welcoming party for incoming summer law clerks

Director Jim Roth to moderate Energy Roundtable discussion

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth will take the helm as moderator for an upcoming roundtable discussion on Oklahoma’s energy future.

Oklahoma City University School of Law will host the Energy Roundtable at 11:45 a.m. on March 9.

Steve Dixon, President and CEO of Tapstone Energy, will be the speaker for the discussion alongside panelists including Mike Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment; Michael Ming, General Manager at GE Global Research Oil and Gas Technology Center; and Dana Murphy, Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairwoman.

“With Oklahoma companies expanding their drilling budgets in Oklahoma, re-employing people and getting back to work around exciting new formations such as the SCOOP and STACK, this is an opportunity to learn what it all means and why there is reason for optimism,” said Roth, Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. “Oklahoma posted its first GDP gain in four quarters, and just last week Oklahoma added more rigs than any other state in America.”

Roth began his role as OCU Law’s Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the beginning of the Spring 2017 semester and is co-organizer of the roundtable.

This is the first open forum on energy hosted by OCU Law. Registration is $20, and lunch is included. Register online here.

Director Jim Roth teaches OCU Energy Law seminar for Spring 2017

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Jim Roth, Director and Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, began a new role at Oklahoma City University’s School of Law last week.

“Dean Valerie Couch reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in their inaugural ‘Distinguished Practitioner in Residence’ effort for this Spring Semester,” Roth said.

Roth will teach a seminar class on Energy Law and Regulation and initiate an Energy Roundtable for the Spring 2017 semester.

“My ultimate hope is to inspire law students and young lawyers to pursue a career in the dynamic field of energy, or at least encourage them to have a deeper understanding of all the issues and cross-currents that drive energy in America and beyond,” he said.

For more information about OCU’s School of Law, click here.

Director Jim Roth presents for Sierra Club

Director Jim Roth presenting at the Solar Summit for Sierra Club.

Director Jim Roth presenting at the Solar Summit for Sierra Club.

Jim Roth, Director and Chair of Phillips Murrah’s Clean Energy Practice Group, presented at the Solar Summit for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club on Saturday at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s Student Center.

“Jim Roth’s former role as a Corporation Commissioner and his current work on cases involving the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, along with his intelligence and his consummate people-skills, make him a perfect fit for helping to educate Oklahomans about the truth regarding solar energy,” said Johnson Bridgwater, Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of Sierra Club.

The summit is a non-partisan, public event aimed at developing discussion to help move Oklahoma from its current position at the bottom of solar-producing states to fulfill its projected capacity of becoming 6th in the nation in solar energy production, Bridgwater said.

“The summit was a great opportunity for Oklahomans to learn about our state’s native solar potential, the ability for citizens to take advantage of this free fuel source and what the energy future looks like,” Roth said.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Chapter of Sierra Club here.

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

Director Jim Roth featured in the Sunday Oklahoman cover story about tornado sirens

On Sunday, May 1, Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the Firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, Jim Roth, was featured in The Oklahoman newspaper. The story, by Silas Allen, was about The City of Oklahoma City’s new policy regarding tornado sirens. See below, and click on the link to see the full story at newsok.com.


Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Oklahoma City residents sound off over change in tornado siren policy

On Tuesday evening, as a round of heavy storms bore down on Oklahoma City, Jim Roth sat at home trying to get some work done.

Knowing severe weather was on the way, Roth, 47, kept an ear out for tornado sirens, figuring that he’d turn on his television if he heard one.

But when his power began to flicker, Roth, an Oklahoma City attorney and former Oklahoma Corporation Commission member, turned on the local news, just in time to see television crews report a possible tornado near Lake Aluma, less than a mile from his house. Even after that warning, though, Roth said he never heard a siren.

“I was just surprised that there was no audible siren in the area,” Roth said. “If anyone is reporting tornadoes on the ground, I would think that the public has a right to know.”

Click HERE to read the full story.

Jim Roth speaks at Society of Environmental Journalists 25th annual conference

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Congratulations to Director Jim Roth for his efforts at this year’s Society of Environmental Journalists 25th Annual Conference, titled Environmental Journalism 2015 – Weather, Water, Energy: News in Every Neighborhood.

Jim spoke during Saturday’s lunch session on the topic of “Our Energy Future.”

“Oklahoma is a microcosm of energy rights and energy fights across the nation. Utilities are eager to add more renewable energy, but struggle with transmission power. They’re also grappling with the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which might make coal-fired plants uneconomical. The state is home to several independent oil and gas drillers, known for pioneering horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing methods that have fueled the recent boom. As towns push back on the industry’s right to drill in or near city limits, states are considering preempting the municipal bans. We’ll explore Oklahoma as both a microcosm and a driver of energy use nationally with experts from all sectors.” – Session explanation, SEJ.org

The moderator was Erin Ailworth, a Houston-based energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal

In addition to Jim, the session featured speakers, Denise Bode, Attorney and Principal, Cornerstone Government Affairs and Kyle Isakower, Vice President, Regulatory and Economic Policy, American Petroleum Institute.

Director Jim Roth quoted in Journal Record

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group.

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group.

Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, Jim Roth, was used as a source in a Journal Record article by Sarah Terry-Cobo published on Sept. 8, 2015. Read the entire story here.

The article addressed regulations on saltwater spills resulting from oil well work.

Jim was quoted as follows:

Jim Roth, a former member of Oklahoma Corporation Commission and energy and environmental attorney, wrote in a statement to The Journal Record that regulators can be responsible and effective when the punishment deters the harm.

“Accidents will happen in any human activity, but the cop on the beat must patrol and must act authoritatively against bad operators to protect the general public and even good operators,” Roth wrote.

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth featured in EPA story on Oklahoma News Report

Phillips Murrah Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, Jim Roth, was featured on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report as a part of a segment about recent federal Environmental Protection Agency rules.

From ONR: “Utility companies are already headed toward the goals set out in the President’s clean power plan while the state files suit to block the EPA rule.”

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Click for video of Jim Roth featured on Oklahoma News Report.

The segment begins a minute and a half (@ 1:28) into the program, and Jim is featured about six minutes into the news segment (@ 7:28). Click on the image above to view the video on the OETA website.

The video segment was produced by ONR reporter Bob Sands and aired August 21, 2015.

Phillips Murrah announces 35 attorneys named to 2016 Best Lawyers list

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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

 

 

Director Jim Roth featured in energy-related article in Politico

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Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group.

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth was featured as a source in an article by Politico writer Michael Grunwald.

The article, titled “Inside the war on coal: How Mike Bloomberg, red-state businesses, and a lot of Midwestern lawyers are changing American energy faster than you think,” focuses on the country’s coal usage and implications it has on the environment and politics.

From the article:

“They’re not burning bras. They’re fighting dollar to dollar,” says attorney Jim Roth, who represented a group of hospitals on Beyond Coal’s side in the Oklahoma case. “They’ve become masters at bringing financial arguments to environmental questions.”

Read the rest of the Politico article here.

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth buzzes hair for St. Baldrick’s Foundation

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth went under the shears in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, April 11 to have his head shaved in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Jim set a personal goal of raising $2,000 from his friends, which he far exceeded. He dedicated his campaign to Fletcher Vines, a child who lost his battle to cancer.

Jim said in a Facebook post:

“Thank You Generous Friends for your awesome help raising over $3200 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s efforts to cure childhood cancer. Because of you, I hit the barber today and did the Baldrick’s shave and you helped bring hope to children like my friend Fletcher and too many others! Thank you!”

Jim’s campaign has gone on to raise $3,705. Donations can still be made – click here to make a contribution to this worthy cause.

St. Baldrick’s works closely with leading pediatric oncologists to determine the most promising research to fund and create funding priorities to make the greatest impact for children with cancer. Read more on their website here.

Phillips Murrah celebrates Grand Opening of OCU Law School

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OKC mayor Mick Cornett speaks to the crowd in McLaughlin Hall.

On Friday, Mar. 27, Oklahoma City University School of Law held their grand opening ceremony in downtown Oklahoma City.

On hand for the event were Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, host of ABC’s hit show, The Bachelor/OCU Law alumnus Chris Harrison and others were on hand to welcome OCU to the Central Business District.

Phillips Murrah was excited to be a part of the grand opening events all week and we are proud to boast of Directors who are also OCU Law grads:

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Phillips Murrah Directors and OCU Law graduates Juston Givens and Jennifer Miller were in attendance at the Grand Opening ceremony.

Phillips Murrah is also proud to support the school and their great program as well as to have a new media-enabled conference room named for our firm.

We are excited about the beautiful restoration project and and eager to witness what the new location of the OCU School of Law adds to the vibrant downtown OKC culture. As mayor Cornett alluded to in his presentation, it is every metro central business district’s dream to have such an addition of bright, young, energetic people circulating through the shops and restaurants during the day.

Oklahoma City University School of Law is housed in the Central High School building located at NW 8 and Harvey, about 200 feet north of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Q&A with Jim Roth: More Oklahomans seek to power their own homes, businesses

By Paula Burkes, business writer for NewsOK.com.
Published in The Daily Oklahoman on Aug. 26, 2014.
View Jim Roth’s attorney profile here.

Q&A with Jim Roth: More Oklahomans seek to power their own homes, businesses

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

Q: What is distributed generation?
A: Distributed generation refers to generating power at the site of consumption. When a home, business or school is equipped with a rooftop solar system, its electrical demands are partially met with the energy that the solar system produces. This allows consumers to take control of powering their own homes and businesses.

Q: How are Oklahomans utilizing distributed generation?
A: Oklahomans are using distributed generation to power their lives — to turn on the lights, power the air conditioning on a hot day, charge their electronics, etc. Homes and businesses are seeking the ability to produce their own energy, be less dependent on the utility, and make a sound financial environment. Distributed generation enables you to do all three.

Q: What are the benefits to Oklahomans powering their own homes and businesses?
A: Clean, local energy reduces the burden on and inefficiencies associated with the transmission and distribution infrastructure, as compared to when electricity is produced centrally. There are also significant economic benefits, as rooftop solar creates more jobs per megawatt than any other form of energy.

Q: What impact can this have for our energy future?
A: As more consumers seek to power their own homes and businesses, we will continue to increase an energy choice that is absent in the current monopoly utility model, and decrease our dependence on polluting fuel sources from central power stations. Granting Oklahomans energy empowerment and choice will continue to pave the way for a more sustainable and cleaner energy future in the state.

Phillips Murrah Director Jim Roth featured in OKC’s Slice magazine

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Photo of Jim Roth that appeared in Slice magazine, by J. Christopher Little.

Jim Roth, a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group, was featured in a Q&A article in Oklahoma City entertainment/lifestyle magazine, SLICE.

From the story:

Anyone who has ever met Jim Roth knows there’s much more beneath the surface of the Oklahoma City attorney and former state Corporation Commissioner. Roth, an attorney at Phillips Murrah Law Firm, is an ardent champion for the advancement of cleaner energy for our state and country. At the same time, he knows what time of night the karaoke is just getting good at Cookie’s.

See the full article, which published Feb. 2013, here.

 

Roth and Edwards Named as new Directors

Joshua L. Edwards and Jim A. Roth

Tom Wolfe, managing director at Oklahoma City law firm, Phillips Murrah, announces that attorneys Joshua L. Edwards and Jim A. Roth have been elected by the firm’s shareholders as new directors. Edwards and Roth’s appointments were made effective January 1, 2014, bringing the total number of directors in the firm to 29.

Mr. Edwards is a corporate attorney who represents clients in a broad range of commercial transactions, including private securities offerings and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and commercial finance, with an emphasis in the healthcare and life sciences industries. His practice includes regularly advising healthcare leaders in an array of transactional and regulatory matters. Mr. Edwards assists clients in developing strategies for successfully closing business deals as well as maintaining compliance in an increasingly-complex and ever-changing regulatory environment.

Mr. Roth is a former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice Group. He represents a number of clients in their natural gas ventures as well as assisting them in the development of Oklahoma-based wind-energy farms and other new clean energy initiatives. Roth said, “I’m proud to be on the Phillips Murrah team because this firm is the best strategic partner to help clients achieve their success.” Mr. Roth is at the forefront of new clean-energy technologies and is an advocate for expanding these burgeoning industries in Oklahoma. As a frequent writer on the policy decisions at both the state and federal levels affecting new types of clean energy, he ensures clients are aware of future implications of their clean energy aspirations.

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

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Jim Roth voices support for Chesapeake Energy at shareholder meeting

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Shareholders voice concerns with Chesapeake Energy

[ JUNE 8, 2012 — OKLAHOMA CITY ] – Two Chesapeake board members offered to resign after shareholders overwhelmingly voted against their re-election. Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis and former Union Pacific CEO Richard Davidson each received less than 28% of shareholder votes. The shareholders voiced their concerns with the board and the company Friday morning.

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Jim Roth + Phillips Murrah help raise $10,000 for animal shelter

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Sit. Stay. Art! to raise funds for area animal shelter

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“Porkchop” inspired this mixed media by artist Velvet Rogers titled “Princess Porkchop” Photos provided.

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Jim Roth asked to return to public service

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer

Former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth asked to return to public service

[ SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 – OKLAHOMA CITY ] – Recently former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Election Board.

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Day in the Life: Jim Roth

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[ OCTOBER 2010 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] 5:45 a.m.: Woke up to a friendly, hungry golden retriever lick on my arm – got up to feed Max (8-year-old male golden) and Bella (4-year-old female golden) their breakfast.

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Leadership in Law profile: Jim A. Roth, Phillips Murrah PC

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Published: May 1, 2009
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Jim A. Roth, Phillips Murrah

Jim Roth is a Director and Chair of the firm’s Clean Energy Practice.

“If you chase the buck, you will never have enough. If you pursue what interests you and races your heart, then you will find fulfillment and have plenty,” Jim Roth advises others entering the legal profession.

Earlier this year, Roth re-entered private practice after 15 years of public service. He is an attorney of counsel for Phillips Murrah’s alternative energy and regulatory practice groups and represents individuals and both publicly owned and private companies in a wide range of business, energy and environmental matters.

“We Oklahomans, and our fellow Americans around this region and country, need to explore every natural resource blessing we have and move our businesses in the direction of meeting energy demand, while also being good stewards of Mother Earth,” Roth said. “My personal goal is to grow our state’s full promise (for its people, its energy, its economy and its environment) by helping Phillips Murrah to be the leader bringing focus to Oklahoma’s future.”

From June 2007 through January 2009, Roth served out an appointment by Gov. Brad Henry to a vacancy on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. He served as an Oklahoma County commissioner from January 2003 to May 2007. He was a chief deputy and attorney for a previous commissioner and the Oklahoma County clerk’s office for eight years.  Before that Jim was in private practice.

A graduate of Kansas State University, Roth received his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1994. He is a member of the Oklahoma and Kansas bar associations. He is a former president of the National Association of Civil County Attorneys and former board member of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Roth, a devoted community advocate, also is a former president of The Winds House – an AIDS support program. He is a member of several civic clubs and previously served on the board of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

“I believe our democracy requires participation from all of us regardless of our views or perspectives. We are a stronger nation and our collective community is better off if people get involved and work towards a more perfect union,” Roth said.

His honors include a national award from The National Association of Counties for his initiatives helping senior citizens. In 2006, he received the Equality Award from Oklahoma’s Cimarron Alliance Group, representing the gay and lesbian community, and an Oklahoma County Friend of Education award for his work helping schools.

Education:
Kansas State University (B.A., Political Science/Pre-Law, 1991)
Oklahoma City University (J.D., 1994)
Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Graduate, 2004)
United States Air War College’s National Security Forum (Graduate, 2004)
The Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University (Graduate, 2007)

Primary practice areas:
Business, energy and natural resources, regulatory

Admitted to practice in:
1994, Kansas
1995, Oklahoma

Hobbies:
Travel, running/working out, politics, spending time with family and friends

Jim Roth weighs in on wind-turbine contracts

APRIL 3, 2009– Alternative energy attorney Jim Roth is interviewed by The Oklahoman about the business aspect of wind turbines. Roth says wind farm leasing in Oklahoma is a little like the Wild West, with virtually no regulation and lots of opportunity for landowners to either profit or make deals they’ll later regret.

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“Green” Energy expert Q&A with Jim Roth

APRIL 2009 – In their annual “Green” issue, OKCBiz magazine interviews alternative energy attorney Jim Roth about “green” energy issues and their impact on Oklahoma and the globe.

Jim Roth joins Phillips Murrah in alternative-energy crusade

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Jim Roth with Gov. Brad Henry

JANUARY 26, 2009 – Former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth has joined the Phillips Murrah law firm as an attorney of counsel, in a move that President Tom Wolfe said will add depth to the firm’s alternative energy and regulatory practice groups.

Roth said that in these challenging times, Oklahoma residents and businesses need help to develop strategies that make clean energy available and affordable.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth has joined the Phillips Murrah law firm as an attorney of counsel, in a move that President Tom Wolfe said will add depth to the firm’s alternative energy and regulatory practice groups.

Roth said that in these challenging times, Oklahoma residents and businesses need help to develop strategies that make clean energy available and affordable.

“We Oklahomans, and our fellow Americans around this region and country, need to explore every natural resource blessing we have and move our businesses in the direction of meeting energy demand, while also being good stewards of Mother Earth,” Roth said.

Roth spent 15 years in public service.

From June 2007 to earlier this month, he served out an appointment by Gov. Brad Henry to a vacancy on the Corporation Commission. He served as an Oklahoma Countycommissioner from January 2003 to May 2007. Roth was a chief deputy and attorney for a previous commissioner and the Oklahoma County clerk’s office for more than seven years. Before that he was in private practice.

Roth said he chose to join Phillips Murrah for more than its professionalism and collegial atmosphere.

“In my conversations with them, I quickly confirmed that they too want to prepare for the future for energy,” he said. “They too want a holistic approach for their clients’ sake.”

Roth said Oklahoma has a lot of natural blessings in its natural gas, wind, oil and other resources.

“We also have tumultuous times and changing economic, environmental and, I think, regulatory horizons that are going to require a team with as much depth as possible,” he said.

Roth said his role with the firm will be to enhance its existing practice in energy and natural resources and prepare it for new directions, such as renewable energy, as well as help traditional energy companies comply with and succeed in what promises to be a challenging future. He said that includes everything from environmental and energy agency requirements to the new economic stimulus package.

“I think all present dangers and opportunities for Oklahoma businesses,” he said.

There is no doubt that the Obama administration is going in different directions than its predecessor, Roth said.

“There’s a lot that I see happening almost immediately,” he said. “First and foremost, you have President Obama, even in his inaugural address, announcing an intention to inspire and incentivize renewable energy.”

What that means in these troubled economic times is that billions of dollars will be available for businesses, citizens and states that are ready, he said.

As an example, Roth said Oklahoma is blessed with abundant wind energy, but as much as 90 percent of that power is still undeveloped, “blowing across our state for free.”

“There’s no reason that the first wind-power developer in the state of Oklahoma was Florida Power and Light,” he said. “But that’s the reality. So we have a ways to go to prepare our state, for its own sake. That’s what I think Phillips Murrah is also aggressive about doing.”

Roth also said the ascendance of U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., to the House Energy Committee was a positive step.

He said Waxman recently announced that he intends to introduce “cap and trade” legislation regarding carbon.

Under the “cap and trade” concept, he said, there is a per-emission cost associated with carbon emissions, such as from a coal-fired plant.

“America’s resistance to the Kyoto protocol for a decade and how we have not completely internalized the external costs of carbon for energy, is about to change,” Roth said. “You’re going to see, I think, a complete paradigm shift from businesses that are doing business as usual to those that are better prepared to understand the economics that are changing, to deal with the cap-and-trade costs of carbon.”

Roth said the good news for Oklahoma is that that makes wind and other renewables more competitive.

“That type of changing legislation suggests that renewable energy is going to have the best shot it’s ever had in its life,” he said.

If Oklahoma’s wind energy can be harnessed and developed, he said, the state can be in the next century what it was in oil and gas during the last.

Roth said Oklahoma has only about 1 percent of the U.S. population, but produces about 10 percent of the country’s domestic natural gas production and almost 12 percent of its domestic oil production.

“When all is said and done, the suggestion is that by the year 2024, if we’re serious about developing wind power, we’ll be the number-one wind-producing state in the entire country,” he said. “We’re in the top six right now.”

Roth said T. Boone Pickens’ renewable-energy plan could be titled the “Oklahoma Plan,” because it talks about the country relying on two of the state’s greatest strengths.

“The more he is successful in implementing the development of wind and natural gas, the better off Oklahoma is,” Roth said.

Roth said his service on the Corporation Commission was about getting the utility companies focused in a cleaner, greener direction, which has begun.

He said he sees his task at Phillips Murrah as helping and encouraging business clients to look at opportunities in that same direction.