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Phillips Murrah attorneys author update to commercial lending law reference book


The two volumes “Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law” updated by Phillips Murrah attorneys pictured next to the previous edition.

A group of Phillips Murrah attorneys contributed to updating and creating a new edition of “Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law,” published by the American Bar Association.

The book is meant to be a resource for attorneys who help clients across different jurisdictions.

“A lot of the law impacting commercial lending varies from state to state, sometimes significantly,” said J. Mark Lovelace, Phillips Murrah Director. “The two volumes have separate chapters on local law and practice recommendations for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, plus a chapter for Quebec and a combined chapter for the other Canadian provinces.

Each chapter follows the same format, he said. Most attorneys who represent commercial lenders will at least occasionally deal with the laws of other jurisdictions.

“This guide will provide an excellent first place to start,” Lovelace said. “It doesn’t take the place of consulting an attorney in that other jurisdiction, but the book provides helpful initial answers and should give the attorney a good idea of the local issues to be considered.”

Phillips Murrah’s attorneys were provided a template developed by Brian Hulse, with the Davis Write Tremaine Firm in Seattle, along with the other original editors of the book to update it for the new edition.

“The 2016 book expanded significantly on the original 2009 edition, and that was the first time we worked with Brian,” Lovelace said. “Josh Edwards and I also worked with Brian on a separate book published by the ABA in 2013 called The Law of Guaranties, A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law.  He has been a tremendous resource and working partner for us.”

The 2016 update on commercial lending law captures changes in relevant law and practice in Oklahoma, but more significantly covers numerous additional issues that the editors wanted to cover this time around, he said.

“The 2009 chapter was our base, and Monica Ybarra provided research and a first draft on most of the new areas to be covered in the update,” Lovelace said. “John Hastie had contributed significant portions to the 2009 chapter, particularly on real estate lending and foreclosure law, and these required a relatively minor amount of updating.

“I wrote and edited a number of sections, but Josh served as the primary editor of our 2016 chapter, with assistance from Erica Halley, and it’s more than fair to say he brought it all together.”

As a result, the new edition had contributions from attorneys at Phillips Murrah with experience ranging from one year to almost 50 years in practice, he said.

For more information on “Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law” and how to purchase it, click here.

Firm adopts family for Oklahoma Family Network

Attorneys at Phillips Murrah wrapped gifts for Oklahoma Family Network.

From left: Bobby Dolatabadi, Jennifer Miller, Dave Rhea, Dawn Rahme, Melissa Gardner, Liz Mobley, Josh Edwards and Monice Ybarra.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorneys at Phillips Murrah hosted a gift wrapping party on Dec. 18 to wrap donations for the Oklahoma Family Network. The firm raised $4,000 for the 2014 holiday season.

“The attorneys and legal professionals at Phillips Murrah recognize that community service and philanthropy are important components of our profession and we seek out opportunities that would allow us to make a positive impact on our local community,” said Monica Y. Ybarra, attorney at Phillips Murrah. “Our partnership with the Oklahoma Family Network is a great way to have a direct impact in the lives of Oklahoma families dealing with special health care needs and disabilities. Through OFN, we are able to connect with families in need and provide much-needed essential items…as well a little fun!”

The Oklahoma Family Network serves families whose members are critically ill or have other health issues or disabilities. Phillips Murrah has raised funds to buy gifts for families and provide funds to OFN for emergency medical bills, food shopping, utility payments, etc. for years.

“This event is a fulfilling opportunity for the whole firm to get involved and go beyond the practice of law to help struggling Oklahoma families that do not have the means to celebrate Christmas,” said Cody J. Cooper, attorney at Phillips Murrah. “By giving gifts to families in need, the families are able to celebrate Christmas when they wouldn’t otherwise and the parents get peace of mind knowing that their children will have presents under the tree. It helps them take focus away from their struggles, even if only for a day.”

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.

Striking out hunger

Oklahoma County Bar Briefcase

[ SEPTEMBER 2010 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – The Oklahoma County Young Lawyers Division officially kicked off its 2010 Harvest Food Drive by successfully raising over $4,200.00 during its Second Annual “Strike Out Hunger” Bowling Tournament held on August 12, 2010. The OCBAYLD would like to thank all of our participants and the following sponsors for helping to make this event a huge success: Andrews Davis; Beale Professional Services; Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Crowe & Dunlevy; Fellers Snider; Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom; Hall Estill; Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville; Kirk & Chaney; McAfee & Taft; Nelson Roselius Terry & Morton; Phillips Murrah, P.C.; Pierce Couch Hendrickson Baysinger & Green, L.L.P.; Rex Travis & Associates; Rubenstein McCormick & Pitts and Tisdal & O’Hara, PLLC.

Congratulations to the following teams that placed at the event:

1st Place: Brandon Stevens, Carl Albright, Gary Johnson, Jennifer Owens-Wiley & Brian Powers
2nd Place: Eric Shepherd, Tyler Mantooth, Whitney Walstad & Liz Davies
3rd Place: Dawn Rahme, Drew Mildren, Josh Edwards, Chase Schnebal & Bobby Dolatabadi
Strike Pot Winner: Justin Meek
The funds raised by the Strike Out Hunger Bowling Tournament are contributed towards the OCBA YLD’s Annual Harvest Food Drive fundraiser. Funds raised during the Harvest Food Drive benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Once again, the OCBA YLD has a goal of raising $20,000 and would appreciate your support. The OCBA YLD Board Members are now seeking donations from Oklahoma County law firms, individuals and organizations.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a non-profit organization which distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and products to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties in 2009 alone. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed 321 million pounds of food and product across Oklahoma. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to return over $14 worth of food to the community. That equates to 7 meals for each dollar!

If you or your firm is interested in making a donation for this worthy cause, feel free to send your donation directly to the Oklahoma County Bar office. Donations are tax deductible and make a huge difference in reaching the $20,000 goal and contributing to our community in need. No amount is too small.

Five attorneys join Phillips McFall

Phillips McFall announced the addition of five new attorneys to the Firm. Joshua L. Edwards, Wendy P. Higgins, Carol E. SorensenMyron K. Stout and Lauren L. Symcox were named associates in various practice areas, including litigation, health care, banking and patents and trademarks. Each attorney brings special talents to the firm, including 16 years of banking industry experience, previous experience as a patent attorney and years of community service experience.

Phillips McFall Welcomes Five New Attorneys to Downtown Office

Phillips McFall was pleased to announce the addition of five new attorneys to their Downtown Office: Joshua L. Edwards, Wendy P. Higgins, Carol E. Sorensen, Myron K. Stout and Lauren L. Symcox. Edwards and Sorensen join the Business Department, Higgins and Symcox will focus their work in the Litigation Department and Stout adds to the ever-growing Intellectual Property Department. Phillips McFall congratulates and welcomes its newest attorneys.

Miller, Rahme and Friends Wrap up for the Holidays

Jennifer L. Miller, Dawn M. Rahme, and others gathered around the Board Room table to wrap presents and give gifts for the Firm’s Adopt-A-Family charity. Started in 2005 by both Miller and Rahme, the duo and friends were featured on Christmas Day 2007 in The Oklahoman for their generosity. Other helpers included John L. Shears, Carol E. Sorensen, Laine E. Baker, Joshua L. Edwards, Bonner J. Gonzalez and Andrew S. Mildren.