CLIENT ALERT: RECENT OSHA CHANGE EXPANDS INJURY AND ILLNESS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) recently announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The old rule (29 C.F.R. 1904.39) required an employer of any size to orally report within 8 hours any workplace fatality or any accident involving hospitalization of 3 or more employees to the OSHA area office nearest the accident. The new rule still requires reporting fatalities within 8 hours, but now requires reporting single hospitalizations, as well as amputations or loss of an eye, within 24 hours. It takes effect January 1, 2015. Click here to read the Client Alert
CONNER & WINTERS ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP TEAM
Conner & Winters, LLP, one of the premier full-service law firms in the South Central Region of the United States, is pleased to announce the Firm’s newly-elected management team. Mark D. Berman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will assume the role of President, and his immediate predecessor, Steven W. McGrath, also from Tulsa, will serve as Chairman. Melodie Freeman-Burney, Tulsa, will serve as the Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, and R. Kevin Redwine, Tulsa, will become the Chief Financial Officer. Jared D. Giddens, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Randolph L. Jones, of Dallas, Texas, Scott P. Hathaway, of Tulsa, and Todd P. Lewis, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, will also serve on the Executive Committee. Read more
55 LAWYERS FROM CONNER & WINTERS, LLP LISTED IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA© 2015
Conner & Winters, LLP is proud to announce that 55 of the firm’s attorneys are included on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America recognition list. The attorneys are: Victor F. Albert; Mark H. Bennett; Mark D. Berman; Gary L. Betow; Debbie L. Blackwell; Paul E. Braden; Peter B. Bradford; Elise Dunitz Brennan; Teresa Meinders Burkett; David R. Cordell; Katherine G. Coyle; Robert A. Curry; Mark E. Dreyer; John R. Elrod; Robin F. Fields; Melodie Freeman-Burney; John W. Funk; Jared D. Giddens; Kevin H. Good; James E. Green, Jr.; Bradley A. Grundy; P. Scott Hathaway; John W. Ingraham; Robert L. Jones, III; Todd P. Lewis; Larry B. Lipe; R. Richard Love, III; Steven W. McGrath; Robert J. Melgaard; Randall D. Mock; Lynnwood R. Moore, Jr.; C. Raymond Patton, Jr.; J. Ronald Petrikin; Kiran A. Phansalkar; Douglas M. Rather; R. Kevin Redwine; John R. Reeves; Greg S. Scharlau; John M. Scott; Douglas M. Selwyn; Eric S. Smith; Terral J. Smith; Gentra Abby Sorem; Irwin H. Steinhorn; Robert J. Stokes; Anne B. Sublett; Jason S. Taylor; Jeanette C. Timmons; Timothy T. Trump; Andrew R. Turner; Nancy E. Vaughn; Stephen R. Ward; Henry G. Will; Martin R. Wing and G. Alan Wooten.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
IRWIN STEINHORN HONORED FOR 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
Irwin Steinhorn, partner in the firm’s Oklahoma City office, was recently honored by the State Bar of Texas in recognition of his “valuable and meritorious service to the community, state and nation, as a member of the Bar for more than Fifty Years”.
JOHN ELROD RECEIVES RICHARD S. ARNOLD AWARD
John Elrod, partner in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office, was awarded the Richard S. Arnold Award for Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement for the Western District of Arkansas presented by the Bar Association of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The award was presented at the Eighth Circuit’s Judicial Conference, which is attended by the district court and court of appeals judges in the Eighth Circuit. Click here for more information.
Robert L. Jones, III, partner in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office, has been named a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). The FDCC is composed of recognized leaders in the legal community who have achieved professional distinction.
SECTION 503(B)(9) CLAIMS IN BANKRUPTCY—
ARE YOUR CONTRACT TERMS HURTING YOUR RIGHTS?
Andrew R. Turner, partner at Conner & Winters, has authored an informative article pertaining to Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code. Since Section 503(b)(9) can be of great aid to a creditor whose claim would otherwise be classified as a general unsecured claim, it behooves sellers of goods to review their rights and maximize their ability to take advantage of Section 503(b)(9)’s protections. Click here to read the article.
NRC Inspection Faults Implementation of SCWE Action Plan at Palisades
A recent NRC Problem Identification and Resolution (PI&R) inspection report for the Palisades Nuclear Plant faults the operator, Entergy Nuclear, for insufficiently addressing previously identified safety conscious work environment (SCWE) concerns. Click here for more information.
Whistleblower Defense Update: D.C. Circuit Finds Internal Fraud Investigation Materials May Be Privileged in Whistleblower Litigation
Reversing a federal district court ruling ordering the production, to a whistleblower, of a company’s internal fraud investigation files, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has held that the attorney-client privilege protects such documents if “one of the significant purposes” of the investigation was to obtain or provide legal advice. Click here for more information.
Katherine G. Coyle to Receive University of Tulsa Distinguished Alumni Award
Katherine G. Coyle, partner in the firm’s Tulsa office, will receive the University of Tulsa’s Distinguished Alumni Award during the college’s homecoming festivities this fall. Introduced in 1972, The University of Tulsa Alumni Association annually presents accomplished alumni with the Association’s highest honor – The Distinguished Alumni Award.
This award is given to recognize outstanding achievement by an alumnus or alumna in a particular discipline, organization or cause. Distinguished Alumni honorees are a great credit to The University of Tulsa and all alumni share in the celebration of their collective achievements.
Daniel Gomez, attorney in the firm’s Tulsa office, has been selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association to participate in the 2014 Class of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. This academy is highly selective–only 75 were selected from applicants and nominees across the nation. Daniel’s selection truly is an honor, in view of the competitive nature of the selection process and the nationwide scope of the program. The academy will be conducted June 26-28 in Minneapolis. The program speakers will include corporate leaders, judges, and national bar association leaders.