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Hasenfratz inducted into American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Sally Hasenfrats

Sally Hasenfratz is a Director in the firm. She is a veteran real estate and transactional attorney with over 25 years of experience.

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce Director and Shareholder Sally A. Hasenfratz has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Admission to ACREL is by invitation only, following a rigorous screening process and significant peer review. Members are elected based on recognition locally and nationally as a distinguished real estate practitioner, high standards of professional and ethical conduct, and contributions within both the legal and non-legal communities to the improvement of the practice of commercial real estate law.

Sally is the leader of the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, where she focuses her practice on the acquisition, development, leasing and financing of all types of commercial real estate. She is a co-founder and past president of CREW-OKC, Inc., which is the local chapter CREW Network, a global organization formed to transform the commercial real estate by advancing women in the industry.

Sally has receive a number of other honors such as being named in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers in Real Estate, The Best Lawyers in America (real estate, construction, land use and commercial transactions), and Super Lawyers (real estate, top 25 women lawyers in Oklahoma, top 50 lawyers in Oklahoma).

She brings to her transactional practice an LL.M. degree in taxation, which allows her to strategize with her clients from a broad view of their projects, helping them to plan, structure and execute each piece of the deal to maximize business objectives.

For more information about ACREL, visit their website 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:

Three Phillips Murrah attorneys listed in Chambers USA 2017

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce real estate attorneys John D. Hastie, Sally A. Hasenfratz, and Jennifer Ivester Berry have been selected for inclusion in Chambers & Partners’ Chambers USA 2017 guide.

Chambers researchers offered the following comments on each attorney:

John Hastie is singled out by interviewees as ‘the dean of real estate.’ He has longstanding experience working on real estate transactions encompassing property acquisitions, leasing and construction. Additionally, he assists clients on loan workouts and debt restructurings.”

Sally Hasenfratz is endorsed as a ‘class act to work with’ and someone who ‘makes you feel that you’re going to get through this!’ Her roster of work includes matters connected with properties such as shopping centers and condominiums, in addition to her skills in the tax law and financing areas.”

“Of Counsel Attorney Jennifer Ivester Berry’s real estate practice centers around advising on developments, acquisitions and leases. She is also regularly approached by energy companies to assist with the financing and construction of renewable energy facilities.”

Hastie has been listed annually in Chambers’ guides since 2003, and Hasenfratz and Berry have been listed since 2010. Phillips Murrah is selected as a Band 2 law firm.

Read more about Phillips Murrah’s inclusion here.

Director’s Woman of the Year honor shared in hometown newspaper

Dawn Rahme

Dawn Rahme

Phillips Murrah Director Dawn Rahme was featured in an article in the Ponca City News noting her achievement as one of the Journal Record’s Women of the Year.

“Hard work, integrity and passion will guide me to success throughout my life,” Rahme said in the article. “Though my life has been much easier than his – thanks to him and my mother – my goal remains to follow his example in life: take pride in what I do and work hard to achieve success.”

Read more about the Woman of the Year honor given to Rahme and Phillips Murrah attorneys Sally Hasenfratz and Mary Holloway Richard here.

50 Making a Difference profile: Sally Hasenfratz, J.D.

From The Journal Record / by Jessica Mitchell
Published: November 3, 2016
Click to see full story – 50 Making a Difference profile: Sally Hasenfratz, J.D.

Sally A. Hasenfratz is a Director and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Tax and Family Wealth and Business Succession Practice Groups.

Attorney Sally Hasenfratz said her philosophy on life is simple.

“Work hard, do the right thing and act with integrity in all areas of life,” Hasenfratz said. “My parents live this philosophy and have always been great models for ‘walking the walk.’ I try to live my life, both professionally and personally, by this simple philosophy.”

The Kingfisher native earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma before going on to obtain her master’s degree in tax at Southern Methodist University.

Hasenfratz began her legal career as an associate with McDivitt & Casey before working five years with Gooding, Mulinix & Hardin. In 1997, she joined Andrews Davis Legg Bixler Milstein & Price and was shareholder and director. She joined Phillips Murrah PC in 2001 and today serves as shareholder and director of the Oklahoma City law firm.

Her practice focuses on transactional law with specialties in real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, law related to business organizations, and estate planning. She has a wide range of experience in all phases of real estate development, including acquisitions, financing, sales, leasing and management of real estate projects. Hasenfratz has been involved in complex public-private development projects statewide, including in OKC’s Bricktown and Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.

Hasenfratz is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and American Bar Association. This year, she co-founded CREW-OKC, a local chapter of the national networking group Commercial Real Estate Women.

“I believe that professional women can bring significant capability to the commercial real estate industry if given the opportunity, and CREW will provide networking and ongoing education that will enhance those opportunities,” Hasenfratz said.

Julie Kriegel, sales associate with Wiggin Properties and co-founder of CREW-OKC Inc., describes Hasenfratz as a great team leader.

“Her ability to successfully collaborate with many different types of people sets her apart and makes her a vital part of our organization,” Kriegel said. “She has many different skill sets and is able to engage with other people to utilize their skills for the benefit of the greater goals. She is precise in her planning, and her talent to methodically work through the complex steps necessary to accomplish great things is extraordinary.”

Her work has earned Hasenfratz recognition by Super Lawyers for 10 consecutive years and by Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate for the past seven, including being chosen as Lawyer of the Year in select areas of commercial real estate for the past four years.

Hasenfratz’s community service includes serving on the board of the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund. She also is a former board member of Oklahoma City Beautiful, Ballet Oklahoma and Cimarron Alliance Foundation.

Hasenfratz: Commercial real estate development is a team effort

This column was originally published in The Journal Record on August 4, 2016.


Sally A. Hasenfratz is a Director and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Tax and Family Wealth and Business Succession Practice Groups.

By Phillips Murrah Director Sally A. Hasenfratz

Commercial real estate development is a complex undertaking and must be managed with precision.

Taking a project from land acquisition to a sale or lease requires time, money and expertise. To ensure the project runs smoothly, accurately and on deadline, a team must come together and function at a high level.

The purpose of this column is to identify key players and examine their responsibilities.

  • Developers. The developer is the team leader with an overarching visionary concept and the ability to control each stage of the project in order to move it to completion. Without developers, there are no projects.
  • Title agents and surveyors. Developers work with title agents to ensure the property is clear of unintended encumbrances and to identify easements and other documents that may be recorded against the property. Surveyors then survey the land and create a graphic representation that shows the location of the project, including the structure’s orientation, access ways, boundaries, easements and related matters.
  • Architects and engineers. Architects and engineers translate developers’ vision into detailed plans by which the project will be constructed. They create the instructions on how to accurately bring the project into physical existence.
  • Builders and contractors. Builders and contractors start the process of construction. Guided by plans created by the architects and engineers, and led by a general contractor who oversees the day-to-day construction site, these team members physically build the project.
  • Regulators. Though not necessarily part of the team, regulators are important components of a project. Select team members work with regulators to make sure the property is zoned for the intended use and all necessary approvals are obtained, including building permits and the like.
  • Lenders. Lenders play a vital role on the team by funding the project. To ensure funds are properly utilized, lenders have a certain degree of oversight in the construction process.
  • Users. Typically, commercial projects are developed for sale or lease to meet the specific needs of users and occupants of the project.
  • Coordinators. Many of the team’s activities overlap or occur in a sequential fashion. Attorneys work with developers to help coordinate the process and make sure that the necessary contracts are in place.

Leadership in Law profile: Sally Hasenfratz

From The Journal Record
Published: May 2, 2008
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Sally A. Hasenfratz is a Director and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate, Tax and Family Wealth and Business Succession Practice Groups.

Kingfisher native Sally Hasenfratz originally thought she would enter business after college, so she majored in finance. Her early business experience convinced her to pursue post-graduate education.

Instead of a master’s in business administration, she decided to go the law school route and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1986. The following year, she obtained a master’s degree in tax at Southern Methodist University to strengthen her business acumen.

Hasenfratz began her legal career as an associate with McDivitt & Casey before working five years with Gooding, Mulinix & Hardin. In 1997, she joined Andrews Davis Legg Bixler Milstein & Price and was shareholder and director. She joined Phillips McFall McCaffrey McVay & Murrah in 2001 and today serves as shareholder and director of the Oklahoma City law firm.

Her practice focuses on transactional law with specialties in real estate law, mergers and acquisitions, law related to business organizations, and estate planning. She has a wide range of experience in all phases of real estate development including acquisitions, financing, sales, leasing and management of real estate projects. She has been involved in complex public-private development projects including Bricktown.

Hasenfratz is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association and Commercial Real Estate Women. She has lectured for continuing legal education in matters of estate planning and real estate. She is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Tax Court.

She currently serves on the board of Oklahoma City Beautiful and is a former board member of Ballet Oklahoma, Cimarron Alliance Foundation and AIDS Support Program Inc. During her tenure as president of AIDS Support Program, she facilitated the purchase of an additional residential facility for families living with HIV/AIDS.

She has been named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers in real estate for two years in a row and ranked in the Top 25 Female Lawyers in Oklahoma.

“I don’t have a checklist for future goals, but I aspire to meet each professional and life challenge with grace, intelligence and integrity.”