Phillips Murrah announces passing of Director Shannon K. Emmons

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and Partner at Phillips Murrah, Shannon K. Emmons.

Shannon was a Director, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. Please see her obituary listed below:


Shannon K. Emmons

Shannon K. Emmons

Shannon Kathleen Emmons, 57, of Oklahoma City, passed away at 2:24 pm, June 7, 2018, due to heart complications. Shannon was born November 10, 1961 in Blackwell, Oklahoma, to Roger and Kathy (Briggs) Hawkins. Shannon graduated Blackwell High in 1978, and married William “Brock” Massey on October 13, 1979. The couple had two children: Zachary Brock Massey, born April 27, 1981, and Michael Sean Massey, born the same day three years later, on April 27, 1984. Brock and Shannon divorced in 1988 and on November 17, 1991, Shannon married Stuart William Emmons. In 1997, Stuart and Shannon welcomed a third son to the family, William Ware Emmons, who was also born on April 27th, the same day as his two older brothers.

Shannon graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 with a B.A. in Letters and from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1990, where she was a member of the Oklahoma Law Review. For her accomplishments in the practice of law, she received the Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating in 1997, was named to Oklahoma Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters in the area of Civil Litigation Defense, and was recognized by Best Lawyers® in Commercial Litigation. She was a shareholder, director and, at the time of her death, a member of the Executive Committee of the law firm Phillips Murrah.

Shannon was passionate about community service, and was especially proud of her service as a director and the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Latino Community Development Agency. Outside her professional career and community involvement, Shannon enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially over an expensive restaurant-bought meal. She loved animals, and if you knew her at all, you probably knew about the goings-on of her cats, Truman and Major Tom, and dogs, Puppy and Weezer (whom she considered to be intellectually gifted). Shannon was beautiful, gracious, witty, fearless, generous and above all, in charge. She lived life to the fullest, traveling, reading, and making dinner reservations whenever possible. She loved her children and was family to all she met. She delighted in seeing happiness in other people and worked tirelessly toward that end. Shannon disliked everything about Donald Trump, including, among many other things, what he stands for, how he governs, and how he treats people. In her own words, “I detest everything about that man.” Recently, Shannon became active in local Democratic Party politics. She will be dearly missed.

Shannon was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ray and Bernice (Rogers) Briggs and Mart and Roberta (Farnsworth) Hawkins, as well as her brother-in-law Michael Allen Morrow. She is survived by her husband, Stuart W. Emmons, her sons, Zachary B. Massey, M. Sean Massey, and William W. Emmons, her sisters, Shelly (Hawkins) Paynter and Sinden (Hawkins) Clarke, her parents Roger and Kathy Hawkins, and her uncles and aunts, Mike and Marsha Briggs, Max and Becky Hawkins, and Carolee Briggs. Shannon is also survived by over 30 cousins, nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and delighted in following their accomplishments, as well as her many friends and colleagues who she considered family.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N Shartel Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shannon’s name can be made to the Latino Community Development Agency ( 420 S W 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73109, or Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (

Phillips Murrah expands into Dallas

Phillips Murrah opens Dallas officeOklahoma City-based law firm Phillips Murrah announces it has opened an office in Dallas with the addition of new Director Mark Golman to the Firm. Golman, who is leading the expansion efforts south of the Red River, focuses his practice on the purchase and sale of businesses and assets, the negotiation of long-term supply agreements and financing arrangements, corporate counseling, and bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters.

“The opportunity to practice with an entrepreneurial firm in a structure that allows me to provide clients with top-notch services at lower rates was very attractive,” he said. “The fact that I have long-term relationships with many of my new colleagues only added to my interest in opening a Dallas office for Phillips Murrah.”

Golman, a partner at Strasburger & Price for the prior 20 years, joined Phillips Murrah at the time of his prior firm’s recent merger with a national firm. His background includes serving as lateral hiring partner for 18 years and intermittently as CMO at his previous firm, skills that he brings to the new Dallas office as Phillips Murrah seeks to grow through lateral additions in litigation, employment and real estate. His joining Phillips Murrah was preceded by a decade-long working relationship through a common membership in ALFA International.

Mark Golman

Mark Golman

“Expanding into Dallas fits perfectly with our overall growth strategy,” said Thomas G. Wolfe, Phillips Murrah’s President and Managing Partner.  “Dallas is a true growth market whose economic base is large and diversified.  The opportunities in Dallas have been recognized across the nation.”

Determining factors in Phillips Murrah’s decision to enter the Dallas legal market include Golman’s joining the firm as well as proximity of the two markets and existing client relationships.

Dawn M. Rahme, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, said, “We have significant clients in the Dallas area, including some that overlap with those Mark brings to the firm.  Additionally, a number of our Oklahoma City-based lawyers are licensed to practice in Texas and maintain strong relationships there.”

Shannon K. Emmons, also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice, added “With an office in Dallas, we will be able to enhance relationships with existing clients while also growing our footprint and client base in Texas.”

Phillips Murrah announces 37 attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Phillips Murrah is proud to announce that 37 of our attorneys have been named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 list in Oklahoma City.

The Best Lawyers in America 2018

Jennifer Ivester Berry – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Real Estate Law

Douglas A. Branch – Securities / Capital Markets Law; Venture Capital Law

Elizabeth K. Brown – Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Michael D. Carter – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

Rodney L. Cook – Insurance Law

Bobby Dolatabadi – Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Jason A. Dunn – Commercial Litigation

Joshua L. Edwards – Real Estate Law

Marc Edwards – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Government Relations Practice

Nicholle Jones Edwards – Family Law

Shannon K. Emmons – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Employment Law – Individuals

Juston R. Givens – Commercial Litigation

Sally A. Hasenfratz – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Construction Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law

Terry L. Hawkins – Public Finance Law

Heather L. Hintz – Commercial Litigation

Timothy D. Kline – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy

Fred A. Leibrock – Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation – Antitrust; Litigation – ERISA; Litigation – Real Estate

Candace Williams Lisle – Commercial Litigation

Mark Lovelace – Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

Melvin R. McVay, Jr. – Banking and Finance Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Finance; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Real Estate

Andrew S. Mildren – Administrative / Regulatory Law; Government Relations Practice

Jennifer L. Miller – Commercial Litigation

Cindy H. Murray – Real Estate Law

Robert O. O’Bannon – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law

Martin G. Ozinga – Commercial Litigation

Donald A. Pape – Banking and Finance Law

Michael R. Perri – Commercial Litigation; Energy Law; Natural Resources Law; Oil and Gas Law

William S. Price – Government Relations Practice

Dawn M. Rahme – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law; Litigation and Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates

Mary Holloway Richard – Health Care Law

Jim A. Roth – Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Government Relations Practice; Natural Resources Law

G. Calvin Sharpe – Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

Robert N. Sheets – Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Land Use and Zoning; Litigation – Real Estate

Ellen K. Spiropoulos – Corporate Law

Lyndon W. Whitmire – Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Thomas G. Wolfe – Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Raymond E. Zschiesche – Commercial Litigation; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Two Phillips Murrah Directors given Super Lawyers top honors

Fred A. Leibrock and Shannon K. Emmons

Fred A. Leibrock and Shannon K. Emmons

We are proud to announce Directors Fred A. Leibrock and Shannon K. Emmons were selected for top honors in the 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers listing. Super Lawyers is a division of Thomson Reuters.

Leibrock is named to the Top 50 attorneys in the state, and Emmons is selected as one of the Top 25 Women in the 2016 Oklahoma Super Lawyers rankings.

Click here to see the other Phillips Murrah attorneys named as Super Lawyers this year.