The Edmond Sun

September 30, 2013

Phillips Murrah announces 29 attorneys selected for 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Phillips Murrah, one of Oklahoma’s largest law firms, announced recently that 29 of its attorneys  were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Marc Edwards, Sally Hasenfratz and Mel McVay, shareholders in the firm, have been named “Lawyers of the Year” for Government Relations, Land Use and Zoning Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy, respectively. According to Best Lawyers, “Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the ‘Lawyer of the Year,’ making this honor particularly significant.”

“Our attorneys are proud to be consistently recognized by peers for delivering outstanding legal service to our clients,” said Tom Wolfe, a 2014 Best Lawyer selection and the Firm’s managing partner.

Among the firm’s breadth of legal services, more than 20 practice areas are represented by the attorneys who have been honored as this year’s Best Lawyers including: banking and finance law, energy and natural resources, real estate and tax law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Phillips Murrah’s Edmond attorneys included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 are:

• Juston R. Givens (2013) — Commercial Litigation

• Fred A. Leibrock (2010) — Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Antitrust; Litigation-ERISA; Litigation-Real Estate

• Melvin R. McVay Jr. (2011) — Commercial Litigation; Litigation-Banking and Finance; Litigation-Bankruptcy; Litigation-Real Estate

• Stephen W. Elliott (2014) — Litigation-Bankruptcy

• Robert O. O’Bannon (2008) — Litigation and Controversy-Tax; Tax Law

Phillips Murrah is represented by more than 65 attorneys, 20 practice areas and is one of Oklahoma’s leading business law firms. For more information, visit: