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Phillips Murrah law firm names three new Directors

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 3, 2022) – The law firm of Phillips Murrah proudly announces the promotion of Robert K. Campbell, Jessica N. Cory, and C. Eric Davis to Directors for the Firm. These additions bring the Firm’s total number of Directors to 38.

Robert Campbell, Jessica Cory, and Eric Davis

“These skilled attorneys serve and excel in different areas of law, and the Firm couldn’t be prouder to have them join our leadership and help shape Phillips Murrah’s future,” said Thomas G. Wolfe, President and Managing Partner.

Robert’s legal practice is focused in the area of family law, specifically concentrated in matters of divorce, legal separation, and custody issues. He represents clients by providing steady, thoughtful, and resourceful counsel to advise them through significant family and life transitions.

Robert graduated cum laude from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in May 2007. Prior to law school, he received his BBA in Business Marketing from the University of Oklahoma, Michael F. Price College of Business, graduating with distinction.

While in law school, Robert received several awards including being on the Dean’s Honor Roll and Faculty Honor Roll. Additionally, he was the recipient of the CALI Award of Excellence, which is awarded to the student with the highest grade in the courses as determined by the professor for two of his courses (Legal Analysis and Corporations). He was involved in several student organizations in law school including Merit Scholars, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and the Student Bar Association.

Robert was born in Texas where he resided before moving to Oklahoma in 1997. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, who is also a practicing attorney in Oklahoma City. He enjoys golfing and most outdoor activities.

Jessica’s practice focuses on tax law, and she represents businesses and individuals in a wide range of matters, including general tax planning, business succession planning, and the structuring of complex transactions.

Jessica has advised clients regarding corporate and general business matters, including choice of entity, formation, tax-free reorganizations, acquisitions and dispositions, and tax planning. She has particular experience working with flow-through entities, including disregarded entities, limited liability companies, partnerships, and S corporations. Jessica has also successfully represented clients in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Prior to entering private practice, Jessica gained valuable experience service as a judicial clerk for United States District Court Judge Robin Cauthron in the Western District of Oklahoma. She then received her Masters of Law in Taxation at New York University School of Law and worked for a law firm in Houston, Texas before joining Phillips Murrah. Jessica is licensed in both Oklahoma and Texas.

Jessica has written and presented on a variety of tax topics, including choice-of-entity in light of the 2017 tax reform, the tax implications of foreign ownership of real property, changes to the partnership audit procedures enacted in 2015, and defending against the trust fund recovery penalty.

Jessica grew up in Killeen, Texas but now lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and training for her next race.

Eric is a member of the Firm’s Government Relations and Compliance Practice Group, Clean Energy Practice Group, and Healthcare Practice Group. He represents clients in proceedings before a range of governmental agencies. He serves as prosecutor for the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, and also frequently practices before the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Eric’s utility regulation experience includes representing public utilities and other stakeholders in rate cases, merger/acquisition applications, applications for certificates of authority, and rulemakings.

Prior to joining Phillips Murrah, Eric served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General, and as legal counsel at both the Corporation Commission and the Tax Commission. Eric also served low-income Oklahomans at Legal Aid in Lawton, Oklahoma, and spent two years clerking for the state trial courts of Vermont.

Eric received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School where he was managing editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. He received his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University where he was named the Political Science Department’s “Outstanding Senior.” Recognized by his peers as a “Best Lawyer in America” for 2021, Eric is an alum of Leadership Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Leadership Academy. He is also a past board member of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Eric now lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Nadine, and their sons, Nathan and Zac. He enjoys music, hiking, PBS NewsHour, and OSU football.

Oklahoma child support payments based on several variables

A headshot of Robert K. Campbell, a lawyer focused in the area of family law.

Robert K. Campbell’s legal practice is focused in the area of family law, specifically concentrated in matters of divorce, legal separation and custody issues.

In this article, Oklahoma City Attorney Robert K. Campbell answers questions about the basics of arranging and handling Oklahoma child support.

Who pays child support in a divorce proceeding?

Oklahoma law requires both parents to provide financial support for their children during a divorce. That being said, typically it is one parent paying the other parent. There are, however, situations wherein neither parent may owe the other parent child support.

How is the amount of child support calculated?

The child support amount is calculated based upon the Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines. The Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines will calculate the child support obligation of each parent.

What does the Oklahoma child support calculation take into consideration when determining the amount of child support?

There are several variables that go into the Oklahoma Child Support Guideline calculation. The primary variables determine the base child support amount consist of the parties’ gross monthly income, the number of minor children of the parties, and the number of overnights each parent has with the children. There are other variables that can be taken into consideration. A common example of these are health insurance premiums and child care costs.

What is considered gross income for child support purposes?

Oklahoma’s definition of gross income is broad and intended to include earned income and passive income. Gross income consists of wages, salaries, tips, commissions, bonuses, etc. Passive income can include dividends, pensions, rent, interest income, trust income, gifts, gambling winnings, lottery winnings, etc.

If both parents agree, can the child support agreement differ from the Oklahoma Child Support Guidelines calculations?

Typically, an agreed amount other than the guidelines will likely be approved if it is in the best interest of the minor child and the amount of support indicated by the guidelines is unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances; both parties are represented by counsel and have agreed to a different amount; or one party is represented by counsel and the deviation benefits the unrepresented party.

How long does a parent have to pay child support?

In Oklahoma, the law typically provides that a child is entitled to support by the parents until the child reaches the age of 18, or graduates high school, whichever occurs later; however, it shall not extend beyond the age of 20. There are certain situations where the law may provide support to an adult child with a disability beyond the age of majority. If you are paying support for more than one child, your payment amount does not drop automatically when one child no longer qualifies for support. You must take affirmative steps to recalculate future support for the remaining child or children and ask the court to enter a revised support order. When the last child no longer qualifies for child support, the support obligation ends if there is no past due support owed.

Can child support be modified?

Yes. In Oklahoma, either parent may request a modification of the amount of child support based upon a “material change in circumstances.” The increase or decrease in either parent’s income may constitute a material change in circumstances warranting a modification.

What happens if a parent who is ordered to pay child support fails to pay?

The parent who fails or refuses to pay their child support obligation can be cited for indirect contempt of court, which if found guilty can result in a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail. Additionally, state licenses can be revoked, suspended or not renewed.

 

Robert K. Campbell is a family law attorney with Phillips Murrah.

Phillips Murrah attorneys judge Calvert Moot Court competition

Attorneys Robert Campbell, Cody Cooper, and Kayce Gisinger volunteer to judge OU College of Law’s Calvert Moot Court competition.

Phillips Murrah attorneys Robert Campbell, Cody Cooper, and Kayce Gisinger are flipping the script by judging in the University of Oklahoma College of Law’s Calvert Moot Court competition this week.

During the annual competition, second and third year law students compete as teams against one another in a series of rounds and those with the best records advance to the finals. Each attorney volunteered to act as a judge for preliminary rounds of competition.

“The students did an excellent job and their hard work and preparation definitely showed through their presentation and analysis of complex constitutional issues,” Cooper said. “I really enjoy getting to go back to the school and volunteer to help the law students because it is an opportunity to help students develop and also lets me take an objective look at what presentation methods are persuasive and effective so that I can carry those observations over into my own practice.”

This year the competition revolves around the case of Kansas v. Carr, No. 14-450, pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.  The arguments are centered around the appropriate weight given to mitigating circumstances in a capital sentencing, said Leann Farha, a student at OU College of Law who helped organize the teams for the competition.

“One of the most valuable aspects of a competition is the participation of the judges,” she said. “The judges in each round provide feedback that will not only help students during the competition, but will also impact their future legal careers.”

The prizes are as follows: $500 each for the winning team, $250 each for the first runner-up, and $100 for the best individual speaker, said Mitch McGrew, External Relations Director for the Board of Advocates at OU College of Law.

The final round of the competition will take place at noon on Friday, October 30 in OU’s Bell Courtroom for those interested in attending.

To follow along and get more information about the competition, visit the OU Board of Advocates Facebook page here or follow them on Twitter here.

 

 

Nicholle Jones Edwards Joins Phillips Murrah to Lead Family Law Practice

Established Family Law Attorney, Nicholle Jones Edwards and Robert Campbell Join Business Law Firm, Phillips Murrah, to Serve Clients’ Personal and Professional Legal Needs

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 — Phillips Murrah is pleased to announce that, attorney Nicholle Jones Edwards, has joined the firm and will chair its new Family Law Practice. Edwards, along with family-law attorneys Robert Campbell and Kenneth Tillotson, will complement the firm’s tax and estate planning practice areas, expanding the firm’s capacity to resolve personal legal matters. Though widely recognized as a firm that represents the interests of businesses, the addition of a Family Law practice provides Phillips Murrah the ability to collaboratively meet the needs of its clients, where their business and personal needs intersect.

Edwards, who brings an established, well-respected family law practice, with an emphasis in representing clients in divorce, asset valuation, and custody matters, was most-recently a partner with the Oklahoma City law firm of Mullins, Hirsch, Edwards, Heath, White, & Martinez PC. She has served as the co-chair of the Oklahoma County Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a speaker on family law issues.

“As a family law attorney, I have the great fortune of positively influencing the lives of my clients through a period of crisis,” said Edwards. “I have an opportunity to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their children and families.”

“Through representing businesses, we develop trusted personal relationships that are highly-valued throughout our clients’ personal and professional lives. Realizing the connection between the two is key to the longevity of any firm,” said Tom Wolfe, president and managing partner of Phillips Murrah.

The Family Law Practice Group will offer services in all aspects of family law including: divorce, child custody, child visitation, alimony, child support, property division, division of retirement benefits, tax consequences of divorce, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and all ancillary matters surrounding divorce.

About Phillips Murrah
Phillips Murrah is represented by more than 65 attorneys, 20 practice areas, and is one of Oklahoma’s leading business law firms. The Firm is recognized for providing multidisciplinary legal services in matters involving virtually all aspects of business law and litigation. Our attorneys are trusted legal advisors and strategic partners, focused on our clients’ objectives, and helping them achieve their goals. For more information, visit: www.phillipsmurrah.com