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Director speaks to Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association members on protecting aerial spray businesses

Patrick Hullum

Patrick Hullum is a Director and a litigation attorney who represents individuals and public and private companies in a wide range of complex litigation matters.

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum advised aerial spray applicators on ways to defend themselves in court to round out the annual Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association convention on Jan. 23.

Hullum relayed steps individuals and businesses can take to protect themselves from claims of alleged “drift” from aerial spray.

If the company is notified of a Department of Agriculture complaint or subsequent lawsuit, it needs to notify its attorney immediately, Hullum said.

“The attorney can quickly determine if the complaint and/or lawsuit was properly and timely filed and served, and whether the court has proper jurisdiction and venue,” he said. “The attorney can also quickly organize an inspection of the property and gather crucial maps, imaging, Satloc flight information, chemical testing, etc. and can determine whether the lawsuit has diversity of the parties and an amount in controversy to transfer from state to federal court.”

Hullum spoke to OAAA members in 2018 on similar issues.  Phillips Murrah was a Platinum-level Sponsor at this year’s convention.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association, click here.

Phillips Murrah Director advises Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association on potential crop dusting legal issues

Director Patrick Hullum speaks at the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association annual convention.

Phillips Murrah Director Patrick L. Hullum spoke to aerial spray applicators, or crop dusters, on January 16 at the Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association’s annual convention about potential legal issues facing these business owners and pilots and ways to avoid them.

“When legal or insurance claims are brought against an aerial spray business, the claims are most often alleging ‘drift’ against the company,” Hullum said. ” ‘Drift’ occurs when the chemical spray dispensed by the aircraft moves beyond the intended target area. Such claims allege that the aerial spray caused chemical damage or harm to land or vegetation owned by someone else.”

Drift complaints must first be filed with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture within 90 days of the spray/damage before a lawsuit can be filed. Following this step:

  • The aerial spray company must be allowed access to the property to view alleged damage, inspect and obtain samples for testing.
  • The Department of Agriculture will conduct a complete investigation of any complaint and make a determination of whether the company committed any violations.
  • The complainant may still file a lawsuit following the Department of Agriculture investigation, even if the Department of Agriculture clears the company.

If the company is notified of a Department of Agriculture complaint or subsequent lawsuit, it needs to notify its attorney immediately, Hullum said.

“The attorney can quickly determine if the complaint and/or lawsuit was properly and timely filed and served, and whether the court has proper jurisdiction and venue,” he said. “The attorney can also quickly organize an inspection of the property and gather crucial maps, imaging, Satloc flight information, chemical testing, etc. and can determine whether the lawsuit has diversity of the parties and an amount in controversy to transfer from state to federal court.”

Hullum’s primary advice to these business owners is to be prepared.

“Overall, as an aerial spray business, be organized and diligent on the front end of your customer relations and service,” he said. “Speak openly with your customers and identify concerned neighbors, take video and photos of your spray applications, have your Satloc software up to date and in place, maintain Mesonet weather data for the days leading to/during/after the chemical application, maintain color satellite maps of the property areas and boundaries, obtain statements, and obtain samples for testing.”

To learn more about Patrick Hullum’s practice, visit his attorney profile here.

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2017 Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemTwenty Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Seven attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Super Lawyers:

Directors G. Calvin Sharpe and Lyndon W. Whitmire were among the Top 50 Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017. Directors Shannon K. Emmons and Sally A. Hasenfratz were listed on the Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers for 2017.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2017’s Oklahoma Rising Stars:

Phillips Murrah attorneys selected as 2016 Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemEighteen Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Four attorneys of them under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2016’s Super Lawyers:

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2016’s Oklahoma Rising Stars:

Phillips Murrah names four new Directors and Shareholders

Directors Melissa R. Gardner, Clayton D. Ketter, Patrick L. Hullum, and Bobby Dolatabadi.

Directors Melissa R. Gardner, Clayton D. Ketter, Patrick L. Hullum, and Bobby Dolatabadi.

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that we have expanded our group of Directors from 31 to 35, promoting Attorneys Bobby Dolatabadi, Melissa R. Gardner, Patrick L. Hullum, and Clayton D. Ketter to Shareholders.

Dolatabadi an experienced real estate attorney who represents his clients in a multitude of real estate transactions including acquisitions, divestitures, leasing, development and land-use.

Gardner represents both privately-owned and public companies in a wide variety of oil and gas matters, with a strong emphasis on oil and gas title examination.

Hullum a litigation attorney who represents individuals and public and private companies in a wide range of complex litigation matters and specializes in business litigation.

Ketter is a litigator whose practice involves a wide range of business litigation in both federal and state court, including extensive experience in financial restructurings and bankruptcy matters.

Phillips Murrah Attorneys Named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers

Phillips Murrah P.C._Logo_Color_emblemFourteen Phillips Murrah Attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers for their excellence in their respective practice areas. Another four attorneys under the age of 40 were recognized as Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Using the same patented process for selecting Super Lawyers, Rising Stars recognizes up and coming lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been in practice for 10 years or less.

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2013’s Super Lawyers:

  • Elizabeth K. Brown – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Rodney L. Cook – PI Defense: Products
  • Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law
  • Thomas T. Elder – PI Defense: Products
  • Stephen W. Elliott – Bankruptcy
  • Shannon K. Emmons – Civil Litigation Defense
  • Sally A. Hasenfratz – Real Estate
  • John D. Hastie – Real Estate
  • Robert J. Haupt – Bankruptcy
  • Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy
  • Fred A. Leibrock – Business Litigation
  • Melvin, R. McVay, Jr. – Banking
  • Michael R. Perri – Business Litigation
  • G. Calvin Sharpe – PI Defense: Medical Malpractice
  • Lyndon W. Whitmire – PI Defense: Products
  • Thomas G. Wolfe – PI Defense: Products

The following Phillips Murrah attorneys are included in 2013’s Rising Stars:

  • Andrew R. Chilson – Bankruptcy
  • Patrick L. Hullum – Civil Litigation Defense
  • Jason M. Kreth – Banking
  • Dawn M. Rahme – Tax

Phillips Murrah Young Lawyers “Strike Out Hunger”

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Phillips Murrah attorneys, John Bunting, Liz Knox, Chase Schnebel, Patrick Hullum, Stephen Gary and Dawn Rahme participated in the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s annual “Striking Out Hunger Bowling Tournament.”

Via: OCBA’s Briefcase Publication

Business People

All Business [ a D&B Company]

[ NOVEMBER 1, 2009 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – Phillips Murrah names G. Calvin Sharpe and Patrick L. Hullum lawyers. Sharpe is a trial lawyer who will practice in the areas of class action and mass tort defense, with an emphasis on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has more than 23 years of litigation experience and has represented regional and national businesses in Oklahoma courts. Hullum will practice with the firm’s litigation and trial practice department. He will represent clients in high-stakes litigation, primarily in the related areas of products liability, catastrophic injury and insurance defense. Phillips Murrah was founded in 1986 and employs more than 60 attorneys in 30 core areas of practice.

Business people: Phillips Murrah adds two litigators

The Oklahoman

[ NOVEMBER 1, 2009 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – Phillips Murrah names G. Calvin Sharpe and Patrick L. Hullum lawyers. Sharpe is a trial lawyer who will practice in the areas of class action and mass tort defense, with an emphasis on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has more than 23 years of litigation experience and has represented regional and national businesses in Oklahoma courts. Hullum will practice with the firm’s litigation and trial practice department. He will represent clients in high-stakes litigation, primarily in the related areas of products liability, catastrophic injury and insurance defense. Phillips Murrah was founded in 1986 and employs more than 60 attorneys in 30 core areas of practice.

People on the Move: Phillips Murrah P.C.

The Journal Record

[ OCTOBER 9, 2009 – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ] – Patrick L. Hullum joined the litigation and trial practice department of Phillips Murrah. Hullum represents clients in high-stakes litigation, primarily in the related areas of products liability, catastrophic injury and insurance defense. He has argued matters before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, tried cases to verdict in various Oklahoma district courts and represented clients in arbitration and administrative hearings.

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