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Phillips Murrah rowing team competes in 2019 Stars and Stripes River Festival

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Phillips Murrah law firm’s rowing team, Law & Oarder, competes at the 2019 Stars and Stripes River Festival.

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team Law & Oarder completed the Summer 2019 season with a neck-in-neck race.

The team competed on June 29 at the 2019 Stars and Stripes River Festival held at the OKC Boathouse District, finishing a 500-meter run in 2:10.3—less than a second from clinching Third Place.

“First of all, I want to thank the Firm for being supportive and giving us as a team the opportunity to represent Phillips Murrah,” said Deena Baker, Legal Assistant and Law & Oarder team captain. “This last season had many challenges with weather and all, but the team as a whole never gave up.

“We didn’t quite pull out that win we hoped for at the regatta, but it was a super close race and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress we made as a team.”

In all ten seasons the Firm’s rowing team has competed, team members consisted of both attorneys and staff members.

“This was my first year rowing with the team, and getting to practice regularly with everyone was a great way to break down the divide between attorneys and staff and a great team building experience,” said Kat Mach, Legal Assistant.

The team will resume practice in the Spring for the Stars & Stripes Festival in June 2020.


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Phillips Murrah rowing team competes in Summer 2017 season

Molly Tipton, G. Calvin Sharpe, Melissa Gardner, Jennifer Miller, Tyler Sullivan, Monica Ball, Deann Aderholt, Sam Lincoln, and Deena Baker stand with their bronze medals after racing at the Stars and Stripes River Festival on June 24.

Phillips Murrah’s rowing team Law & Oarder completed the Summer 2017 season by placing third in the annual regatta competition.

The team competed on June 24 at the Stars and Stripes River Festival held at the OKC Boathouse District in the advanced league and achieved a 500-meter run of 2:02.

“Rowing is a team effort much like the work we do at Phillips Murrah,” said G. Calvin Sharpe, Director and Law & Oarder team leader. “Our team improved over the season, and we all worked together to have a great season that culminated Saturday night.”

In all six seasons the Firm’s rowing team has competed, team members consisted of both attorneys and staff members.

“I decided to join the rowing team because I wanted to try something that was completely new to me” Attorney Molly E. Tipton said. “Not only was it something I had never done, but I also had the opportunity spend time with people at Phillips Murrah that I don’t often see, which ended up being my favorite part!

“I feel lucky to call these people my co-workers, my teammates and my friends!”

The team will continue their practices through the summer and into the fall, leading into the final regatta, which will be held in October.

“I absolutely love the opportunity Phillips Murrah has given us to get out there and work as a team outside of the office,” Legal Assistant Deena Baker said. “Even though we’ve been up against some pretty elite teams these last three seasons, it just gives us more to strive for in the end.

“Being on the corporate rowing team has personally given me something I never even dreamed of doing and plan to continue as long as I can!”


Phillips Murrah has been recognized as an Oklahoma Top Work Place by The Oklahoman/WorkplaceDynamics two years in a row. Our Firm strives to recognize and reward our employees for excellence.

Phillips Murrah “Law & Oarder” rowing teams gear up for race day

PM rowing-oarsPhillips Murrah’s rowing teams, “Law & Oarder,” are on the home stretch as they prepare for their second annual corporate regatta.

This summer’s race will be held during the Stars & Stripes River Festival June 27th at the OKC Boathouse District. Corporate racing begins at 5 p.m.

Below is a brief interview with Melissa Gardner, co-captain and organizer of the Phillips Murrah corporate rowing program. Melissa is also an attorney in the Energy & Natural Resources practice group.

Q: How long has Phillips Murrah been participating in this?

2014 trophy and medal

2014 trophy and medal

A: We started in the Fall 2014 season, so this is our second season.

Q: What was the first race like?

A: It was our first race and because of two more experienced rowers, we were actually thrown into a category higher than our overall experience level.  It was an exciting environment because around 50 of our co-workers and friends had joined us and were so enthusiastic that we could hear them cheering from the starting line.  I think our speed and agility surprised even those people in the boat. It’s crazy how much faster you row in an actual race. Our co-workers were shocked that we beat our next competitor by three boat lengths! In fact, when we got off the water, I got a lot of comments like “wow, you guys really do know how to row.”  It’s impressive what you can learn in one season of rowing together.

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The 2015 PM crew gets ready for practice.

Q: In your estimation, how has it helped our corporate culture here at the firm. One thing I noticed is that it is a great way to get attorneys and staff together into a cool team environment.

A: Yes, I agree that it’s helped blend attorneys and staff, but I will say that I think the best part was the race.  And the turn-out we had and the opportunity for all of the firm to join in a community-centric event and cheer on our own.  It joined everyone in a team, even those not rowing.

Q: What other teams compete in this? I assume there’s more levels than just novice, right?

A: Yes, a variety of categories: all men; all women; co-ed (4 of each); and open (at least 1 woman). And landlubber (first year); novice; intermediate; and experienced.  There are many corporations that I know participate…Devon, Chesapeake, MidFirst, St. Anthony’s, Mercy, OU Med Science, and lots of others I don’t know about.