Kayla Kuri, Phoebe Mitchell win NextGen Under 30 in Law

NextGen Under 30, which names top-performing Oklahomans under 30 years of age across various employment industries, has named Phillips Murrah attorneys Kayla M. Kuri and Phoebe B. Mitchell to its 2021 honorary list in the Law category. Phillips Murrah is one of two firms to have multiple winners in the category.

Kayla M. Kuri and Phoebe B. Mitchell

“It feels great to be recognized so early in my career and to know that other people in the community see value in my contributions,” Kuri said. “I didn’t grow up in Oklahoma, so when I moved here in 2014, I was unsure if I would ever truly feel like part of the community. But Oklahoma quickly became ‘home,’ and working for a firm as great as Phillips Murrah provides so many opportunities to get involved in the community and connect with others.

“I’m glad to know that other people in the community have taken notice of my work and felt like I was deserving of receiving this recognition.”

NextGen accepts nominations annually and seeks to highlight the accomplishments of individuals who are making a difference within their respective industries and who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for NextGen Under 30 going into my third year of practice at Phillips Murrah,” Mitchell said. “I feel fortunate to be at a law firm where I have so many mentors who truly want me to succeed both personally and professionally.

“Beginning with my clerkship at Phillips Murrah during the summer of 2018 and throughout my first two years of practice, I have felt supported and encouraged to by PM attorneys to do top notch legal work and become involved in our community.”

The Firm is proud to recognize Kuri and Mitchell are two of three women from Phillips Murrah to win this award in the last two years.

“I think the Firm’s culture plays a big part in the women here being successful and being recognized,” Kuri said. “One of the aspects that drew me to Phillips Murrah was the percentage of female attorneys, particularly in my practice group. You don’t often find big firms where over 50% of the attorneys are female, so I knew that Phillips Murrah would be a firm where diversity, equity and inclusion are valued.

“This is all evident in Phillips Murrah’s culture, which is what makes the firm so great. The support and mentorship of the Directors is unrivaled, and they help foster an environment where young attorneys like myself can succeed.”

In addition to striving to maintain a diverse workplace, the Firm is committed to creating a collaborative environment.

“The best part about working for a firm like Phillips Murrah is that we have attorneys in so many different practice areas,” Kuri said. “It really allows us to be a thorough resource for our clients.

“If a client I’m working with has an employment law issue, I know that I can go down the hall and get expert advice from one of our attorneys who practices in that area. Similarly, I get calls all the time from attorneys in other practice areas whose client needs assistance with a transaction or drafting a contract. The attorneys here are very collaborative and work together to provide the best counsel to our clients by utilizing our strengths in our respective practice areas.”

Read the full list of winners on NextGen’s website here.

Jennifer Christian, Kayla Kuri join Phillips Murrah’s legal team in Oklahoma office

Attorney Jennifer Christian

Jennifer K. Christian – Click to view profile

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 1, 2021) – Phillips Murrah is proud to welcome Jennifer K. Christian and Kayla M. Kuri to the Firm’s legal team.

Jennifer Christian is an Of Counsel attorney who assists clients in a wide range of transactional matters and litigation involving business law, contractual disputes, real estate, banking, healthcare, business divorce, construction, trust administration, insurance coverage and bad faith, and employment-related matters.

Jennifer’s practice includes helping clients in understanding business challenges and finding solutions that coincide with and advance their objectives and interests, whether it relates to business formation or restructuring, risk management, or litigation. She serves as a volunteer for the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Lawyers for Learning Committee, and she is a member the OBA Client Security Fund Committee and Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class VIII.

A native Oklahoman, Jennifer attended the University of Oklahoma, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Letters with honors in 2003. In 2007, she received her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and was honored as the Outstanding Graduate for the class of 2007.

While in law school, Jennifer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Oklahoma City University Law Review, a pupil in the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Inn of Court, a Merit Scholar and a member of Phi Delta Phi. Her article, “Whistleblower Protection Under Sarbanes-Oxley: Key Provisions and Recent Case Developments,” was selected for publication in the 2006 edition of the Oklahoma City University Law Review. Jennifer was also a recipient of the Dean’s Circle Scholarship and academic achievement awards in the areas of civil procedure, corporations, legal research and writing, evidence, bankruptcy, agency and partnership, comparative law, and conflicts of law.

Attorney Kayla M Kuri

Kayla M. Kuri – Click to view profile

Kayla Kuri is an Associate attorney who represents individuals and both privately-held and public companies in a wide range of commercial and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, private securities offerings, and commercial financing transactions.

Kayla has represented clients across many industries in structuring, negotiating, and documenting business transactions, with an emphasis on merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions. Kayla counsels public and private companies on matters related to corporate governance and routinely drafts and negotiates a wide range of commercial contracts. In addition, Kayla also has extensive experience representing oil and gas industry clients in drafting and negotiating various industry-related agreements, including master services agreements.

While in law school, Kayla was Assistant Managing Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review, as well as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and the Ruth Bader Ginsberg Inn of Court. She received the American Jurisprudence Award in business associations, real estate transactions, wills and trusts, conflicts of law, and criminal procedure. Kayla was also a recipient of the Comfort “Top Ten” Scholarship and graduated with highest honors.

Kayla grew up in Beebe, Arkansas, but she now lives in Oklahoma City and considers herself a true “Okie.” In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, and traveling.



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