Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Justin G. Bates, Kara K. Laster, and Phoebe B. Mitchell to our Firm.
Phillips Murrah welcomed Justin and Phoebe to the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group as associate attorneys. Each represents individuals and both privately-held and public companies in a wide range of civil litigation matters.
Justin attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law where he earned American Jurisprudence Awards for Civil Procedure II and Torts. He served as a member of the American Indian Law Review and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Justin also had the privilege of arguing in the final rounds of both the 2017 1L moot court competition and the 2018 Calvert Competition before an esteemed panel of Oklahoma justices.
Justin was born and raised in the metro area, where he currently lives. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching college football, discussing what could have been for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and spending time with friends and family.
Phoebe attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she earned the American Jurisprudence award for Civil Procedure II and was on the Dean’s Honor Roll. She served as the Research Editor and Candidate Mentor on the Oklahoma Law Review and was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Phoebe also served as a mentor on the Dean’s Leadership Council, was selected as a Dean’s Leadership Fellow, and was selected to serve on the Academic Appeals Board.
While in law school, Phoebe had the opportunity to clerk as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Rob Hudson of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.
Phoebe was born and raised in Oklahoma City and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys Thunder basketball, OU football and cheering on her Vanderbilt Commodores in her spare time.
Kara has joined Phillips Murrah’s Transactional Practice Group as an associate attorney where she represents individuals and businesses in a broad range of transactional matters.
Kara was part of the dual degree program at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Price College of Business, achieving both her J.D. and M.B.A. During her third and fourth years of school, Kara worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Law Journal and business law professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, received the Elkouri Scholarship, and graduated with honors.
Kara was born and raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and now lives in Oklahoma City. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, snow skiing, spending time at the lake with friends and family, and attending OSU sporting events.