Rick Hartzog named director of information technology at Madison River Oaks ...

Rick Hartzog named director of information technology at Madison River Oaks …

Rick Hartzog named director of information technology at Madison River Oaks
Rick Hartzog of Ridgeland has been named director of information technology at Madison River Oaks Medical Center. Hartzog earned a bachelor of science in computer science from Belhaven College and has nearly 20 years of experience working in the IT …
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HCCN Friday Feature: J. Leslie LaReau

In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series.  In this week’s edition, we would like to introduce you to a HCCN Partner, J. Leslie LaReau.

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(Photo: Campisi’s in Dallas  - OU Texas weekend 2013.  Leslie, Tyler, Emma and Claire)

Name: J. Leslie LaReau

Area of Practice: Wealth Transfer Planning, Trusts and Estates; Tax Planning and Tax Controversies,

How long have you been at HCCN: I started at HCCN in 1994.

Undergraduate University: University of Oklahoma

Law School: University of Oklahoma

Hometown: Shawnee, Oklahoma

Tell us about your family: I met my husband, Tyler, during my junior year of high school. We have been married 28 years and have two teenage daughters.

What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? Some of my favorite memories of college involve OU basketball games. I became an OU football fan in the mid-1970’s, but didn’t become an avid OU basketball fan until I started at OU in the fall of 1983, which was Wayman Tisdale’s first year of college. I remember rushing to seats when they opened the LNC doors to the students and sitting as close to floor as possible. I also have vivid memories of Top Daug - he was my favorite OU mascot.

What was your go to study food in law school? I took a pb&j sandwich with me almost every day during law school and during finals I survived on redhots.

What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City? I started with Arthur Andersen after graduating from OU and worked downtown OKC for five years before attending law school. The transformation of downtown OKC still amazes me.

What’s the last book that you read? I am currently reading Divergent.

What’s your favorite movie? E.T., Animal House, and Christmas Vacation

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I would like to take a family trip to Washington DC

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? Snowmass, Colorado

On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? If there is a game in Norman, then our entire family is there. If we don’t have a sporting event, then my afternoons involve running errands, doing household chores, or taking my girls to their various activities.

If you could give advice to any law student today, what would it be? To work hard and enjoy the experience.

What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? Overall, my favorite memories involve the friendships I’ve built with the attorneys with whom I practice. I’ve enjoyed watching their kids grow up and taking an interest in their professional and personal accomplishments. At the end of the day, it is important to like and respect your colleagues, and I feel very fortunate to work with such good people.

Tell us something about you that most people at HCCN probably don’t know: My assistant, Dana Johnson, worked as an administrative assistant for my twin sister, Judge Lynne McGuire, when Lynne was the Chief of the Criminal Division under OK County District Attorney Wes Lane. So, Dana knows my family well.

J. Leslie LaReau’s complete attorney profile here.

About Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville’s experienced legal teams serve businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and charitable organizations. Principal practice areas include litigation, business and financial transactions, tax controversies, trust and estate planning, family law, oil and gas law, and real estate.

Additional information about the firm is available at: www.HartzogLaw.com & Facebook.com/HartzogLaw.

After Huntington Beach Riot, We Need to Talk about White Youth and Violence

Sunday’s rioting in Huntington Beach, California is sparking a national conversation about white…

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A great image from the former NPS Director George B. Hartzog’s papers at Clemson University’s Special Collections. The then Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall (standing) and Director Hartzog (sitting) meeting with President Johnson (back to camera). 

"For George- To remember the big day we won our case with the President! Stewart Udall 1968" 

Hartzog and Udall worked together on the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

'Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen' Anime Dub Cast Revealed

'Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen' Anime Dub Cast Revealed

Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen

With the review materials starting to make their way out to people, including us, Sentai Filmworks  has revealed the cast for the October 7th, 2014 release of Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen. The series is getting a DVD only release with the original Japanese language track with English subtitles and a new English language dub that’s being directed by Emily Neves. Here’s the full cast breakdown:

English Vocal Cast

  • Jun (Middle School)                Shannon Emerick
  • Jun (Adult)                               Corey Hartzog
  • Megu                                       Emily Neves
  • Shinku                                     Luci Christian
  • Suiseiseki                                Brittney Karbowski
  • Hinaichigo                               Hillary Haag
  • Suiginto                                  Jessica Calvello
  • Souseiseki                              Kara Greenberg
  • Nori                                         Nancy Novotny
  • Tomoe                                    Juliet Simmons
  • Kanaria                                   Monica Rial
  • Saito                                        Margaret McDonald
  • Yamaguchi                              Houston Hayes
  • LaPlace’s Demon                    David Wald
  • James                                      Jay Sullivan
  • Yuna                                        Ashley Miller
  • Kirakisho                                  Carli Mosier

Plot concept: Each decision we make in life leads us down a different path. Have you ever wondered what would be if the path not chosen weren’t lost to the chaos of the universe? For Jun Sakurada, just such an opportunity is presented to him in his darkest hour: a chance to communicate with a future version of himself who did not win the key and bring forth the Rozen Maidens, and a chance to fix the shattered remains of his own world.

For Jun-who-did-not-win, the messages from his younger self represent a beacon of light in his mediocre and disappointing existence. When the adult Jun discovers a box with parts and building instructions for a familiar red-dressed doll, the goal becomes clear: revive Shinku in his world to save both worlds from succumbing to the evils of Kirakisho, the seventh Rozen Maiden in a desperate search for a body and master. The Alice Game will become a war of dimensions as two worlds hang by the threads of fate.

Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge at
http://www.fandompost.com/2014/09/15/rozen-maiden-zuruckspulen-anime-dub-cast-revealed/

How to really hide private photos

How to really hide private photos

Editor’s note: Woodrow Hartzog is an associate professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN) — “If you want to keep something private, keep it offline.”

This has been a popular reaction to stories about the targeted…

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English Dub Cast for Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen

English Dub Cast for Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen

Sentai Filmworks has announced the English dub cast for the Rozen Maiden Zuruckspulen television anime series.

The cast includes:

  • Shannon Emerick is Jun (Middle School)
  • Corey Hartzog is Jun (Adult)
  • Emily Neves is Megu
  • Luci Christian is Shinku
  • Brittney Karbowski is Suiseiseki
  • Hillary Haag is Hinaichigo
  • Jessica Calvello is Suiginto
  • Kara Greenberg is Souseiseki
  • Nancy Novotny is Nori
  • Juliet Simmons…

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I know we’ve moved quickly from one topic of abuse to another this week, but I thought I’d offer a link to this clear and precise (if not extremely timely) rundown of the case law that lies behind the limited legal options for people whose private digital information is hacked and distributed online.

If I was teaching media law this semester, this is the article I’d share with my students, along with Woody Hartzog’s op-ed of a similar ilk at CNN, explaining why “if you want it private, don’t put it in the cloud” is faulty thinking from a normative and legal standpoint.

The bottom line is that there are important lessons in the latest celebrity photo about how much the law struggles to keep up with changes in technology and society, but we don’t need to rely on the law alone to ensure that the Internet is a safe and useable space for everybody.

Majestic Prince Collection 2 Blu-ray Anime Review

Majestic Prince Collection 2 Blu-ray Anime Review

Majestic Prince Collection 2 Anime Blu-ray Review

We continue with the second half of the show involving Team Rabbits trying to save the world from alien invaders.

What They Say:
For the members of Team Rabbits and Team Doberman, each new sortie becomes increasingly dangerous. As the fight against the Wulgaru continues, it’s harder to determine what the real objectives of Team Rabbits are, and the arrival of a new addition to team’s lineup only further confuses things. The unwritten rules of mecha combat teams seem to require that there’s always at least one mysterious loner in the group, but the enigmas and conundrums surrounding Ange Kuroki are so extreme that even the new pilot’s gender is a riddle!

As the pieces of the puzzle come together and the layers of the riddle slowly peel back, it becomes apparent that everything Izuru, Asagi, Kei, Tamaki and Suruga have encountered are interconnected to a greater extent than they ever imagined. Deadly reversals and shocking revelations await in the second stunning collection of Majestic Prince!

Contains episodes 13-24 on 2 discs.

The Review:
[Please note: for the technical portion of this review, all comments are based upon a viewing of the second disc only in the set. The first disc in my review copy was damaged to the point of being unreadable by the player. Those episodes were watched streamed online for content only]

Audio:
For this viewing, I listened to the 48 kHz 2.1-2.4 Mbps (the rate varied during playback) 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio English track. The sound is clear without any notable dropouts or distortions. There were some better signs of directionality in the sound during playback, with the stereo being decoded properly to shift some battle sounds into the rear speakers. All sound levels were well balanced so that dialogue could be heard clearly even with explosions and other special effects coming fast and furiously out of the speakers at times.

Video:
Originally airing in spring and summer 2013, the show is presented in its original aspect ration of 1.78:1 in 1080p using the AVC codec. The video is crisp and clean without any noticeable signs of distortion or compression artifacts. The second contains the final three episodes of the series.

Packaging:
Standard bluray keepcase. The cover features a picture of the five core members of Team Rabbits, with Izuru Hitachi’s mecha, Red 5, positioned above them. The series logo is below the characters. The back of the case has the normal mixture of catalog copy, a group of screen captures arrayed to the right of the text description and an image of the new AHSMB unit that joins Team Rabbits, Black 6. The regular info grid appears below.

The disc art uses images of Suruga and his mech and Kei and her mech.

Menu:
The menu on Disc 2 features a static image of Teoria to the right, with the episodes listed along the left, directly accessible from the main menu. There is no music in the background. Load times are quick and the menu serves its purpose well enough.

Extras:
Only a set of Sentai trailers and the disc credits.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
For the first half of the series, please see my earlier review here.

The second half of Majestic Prince fully embraces its serious plot without entirely giving up on comedy, though the balance is more heavily weighted on the serious side. This is a good thing since this part of the story gets stronger over time while the comedy does not improve much.

As we left things, we’ve learned that the Wulgaru, the alien race attacking the Earth’s forces in the Solar System, see all other races in the universe as inferior and so they hunt them to extinction. However, since even inferior beings sometimes have useful genes, the Wulgaru have seen it as their evolutionary destiny (backed by some sort of religious justification tying back to an ancient oracle) to harvest the best genes in the universe while annihilating those genes’ former owners. The only thing that stopped the Wulgaru from overrunning and destroying the Earth already was the defection of a royal princess, Teoria, from the Wulgaru, who came to Earth and gave the humans advanced weaponry and even a bit more (we’ll get to the bit more in a moment).

The scene being set, we have lots of common plot elements to get through before the final confrontation that ends this series (not a complete end to the story, which is based upon an ongoing manga). Among other things, we have the introduction of a new member of Team Rabbits, a younger student from the Academy they all went through: Ange. Ange is both a boost to their offensive capabilities (being a very capable fighter and pilot) as well as a liability at times on the battlefield since Ange is a hotshot loner who refuses orders and fails utterly at teamwork. Ange also features something of a split personality: a quiet, shy, retiring wallflower, polite to a fault when outside of the cockpit; a foul-mouthed warrior with an attitude problem when inside the new AHSMB unit, Black 6.

Now, you may be noticing that I’m trying my best to avoid using a gendered personal pronoun here with Ange and that is deliberate, since part of the new comedy injection this new character gives to the show is the ongoing debate (not resolved in the anime even by the end) about which gender Ange is. In terms of physical appearance, the other members of Team Rabbits make a guess based more according to their interests than in what can be deduced from looking at Ange (it could really go either way). The voice used in both the Japanese and English dubs is not a great help, since it could be either a girl or a young boy (Ange is 15 and one would expect a voice to break by then, but keep in mind these are genetically engineered children, so there could well be wriggle room to suggest that their development is not 100% normal. Further, some Japanese male voices that we find in anime are slightly on the higher side compared to English-hearing expectations).

The only problem is that the joke gets rather stale quickly and it’s not really all that funny. Otherwise, they largely carry on with the same repeated jokes about Kei’s over-sweet desserts, Asagi’s stomach problems, and Izuru’s poorly written manga (though we get less of Tamaki’s boy-crazed outbursts. Perhaps Giuliano’s calling her “kitty” all the time has soothed her hormones a touch). About the only new gag that works is when Izuru under goes a temporary personality change after merging with his unit a touch too much, turning him into a Cool Hero type (his smile literally sparkles) and a competent manga author.

As the show gives itself more and more to the fights (which are fairly well designed and animated), it builds up a solid, if predictable, narrative flow including tragedies (the friendly rivals Team Doberman almost all die during a secret mission that makes it possible for the Earth to score a major victory later) and triumphs (as Izuru finally learns how to tap into the full potential of his AHSMB unit). There are also the usual revelations, which do not come as great surprises: the truth of Izuru’s and Asagi’s parentage (which ties them to the prime movers behind the scenes), the true nature of the AHSMB units and their connections to their pilots, and the rest of Earth outside of the MJP group learning of Teoria’s existence and her help to the human race.

All of this, of course, builds up to a major climax at the end, as the entire planet, somewhat as one (this is not a utopian “united Earth” future; the world is divided into a number of largely continental economic blocs who compete fiercely with each other and only agree to work together largely because the Wulgaru threat means the end of them all if they don’t try to cooperate) gathers the remains of their battered forces (the Wulgaru have been winning the war all along) for one last major counter-offensive: to destroy an inter-stellar gate at the edge of the Solar System which the Wulgaru have been using to invade humanity’s home base. The attack unfortunately coincides with the Wulgaru themselves launching a final “hunt” of the human race, determined to wipe it out while harvesting its genes. I won’t get into details, but will mention that on a general level, the final confrontation plays out in predictable fashion. Perhaps a little too predictable.

When it comes down to it, this second half is a somewhat stronger work, from the story perspective, than the first part. Having managed the somewhat risky transformation of the “Fail 5″ from laughable losers into the fairly capable Team Rabbits who can take on the advanced alien invaders, the story gives us a logical forward progression to the climax. It rarely challenges expectations, but it does have relatively competent execution. This is not a show that will rise to greatness, but if you are looking for a fairly well done mecha battles in space against alien invaders show, you could do worse than Majestic Prince.

The second half does make some serious changes to the theme music. The new OP theme for the second half, “PROMPT” by Natsumi Kon, is a more pop-oriented, techno-influenced affair than the more rock-styled OP for the first half. The ED theme and animation uses “special” endings fairly often. The main new ED theme of the second half is sung by the lead female seiyuu (Youko Hikasa (Kei) and Yuka Iguchi (Tamaki)). On three occasions, with some reason, an alternate song and different animation featuring the three lead male seiyuu (Hiroki Aiba (Izuru), Shintarou Asanuma (Asagi) and Junya Ikeda (Suruga)) is used. Both have the feel of many seiyuu songs, which often don’t seem as musically sure or vocally challenging as those sung by dedicated singers (though in their defense, they are having to sing “in character,” which without doubt must create some challenges for the actors). The background music is unchanged from the first half.

As for the English dub, again I will repeat what I said about the first half: under Kyle Jones’ direction, it is competent and fitting for the show. Having listened to a large chunk of the show in Japanese for those episode I had to stream online, I can say that they are both fairly even in terms of matching what most listeners will expect from an action-oriented show that also features comic moments.

In Summary:
Majestic Prince is not a show that will push the envelope or challenge the audience’s expectations in any meaningful way. It is a competent and fairly well executed “aliens invade the world and teenaged mecha pilots are the only ones who can save us from them” show. Cliches abound and expectations are largely met without much surprise. But for all that, the fights are fairly well choreographed and animated, the plot does not contain any annoying or outlandish twists, and overall it’s mildly entertaining. This might be a good introductory show for someone just getting into anime who has not seen any show with this type of plot before.

Features:
English 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, Japanese 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Subtitles, trailers.

Content Grade: B
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: D

Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
MSRP: $69.98
Running Time: 300 minutes
Video Encoding: 1080p AVC
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL-32S5100 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Sony Bravia DAV-HDX589W 5.1-Channel Theater System connected via digital optical cable.

Check out the full article by G.B. Smith at
http://www.fandompost.com/2014/09/06/majestic-prince-collection-2-blu-ray-anime-review/

Eminent Domain Lawyer Stephanie H. Autry Appointed to the Prestigious Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference ...
September 05, 2014 at 10:31AM

The Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Group of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie H. Autry to the prestigious Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Advisory Board. (PRWeb September 05, 2014) Read the full story at http://ift.tt/1lEe5B2

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Apple Probes Report iCloud Was Hacked to Gain Stars' Nude Photos

Apple Probes Report iCloud Was Hacked to Gain Stars’ Nude Photos

“Girls” creator Lena Dunham also took to social media to defend the women whose photos were leaked and to warn away people who would seek them out to look at them:

One plausible explanation for a wide breach of private photos is by way of a password-retrieval system, said Woodrow Hartzog, who teaches privacy at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Customers…

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HCCN Friday Feature: John D. Robertson

In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series.  In this week’s edition, we would like to introduce you to a HCCN Partner, John D. Robertson.

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Name: John D. Robertson

Area of Practice: Business Transactions, Business/Corporate Law, & Employment Law

How long have you been at HCCN: 28 years in May

Undergraduate University: Oklahoma State University

Law School: University of Oklahoma College of Law

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK

Tell us about your family: Wife Sharie; married for 30 years. We met her first day of college at Central State University. Son Jeff (24) who is finishing up his Masters of Health Administration Degree at OU. Jeff has accepted a fellowship with Mercy Hospital following graduation in May. Daughter Nikki (22) who is in her first year of Occupational Therapy program at OU.

What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? Played basketball and baseball at Sooner High School in Bartlesville. Was an invited walk-on to the OSU baseball team my freshman year and then went to Central State University to play baseball my sophomore year. Was injured and returned to OSU for last two years of college.

What was your go to study food in law school? Turkey sandwiches from the turkey that HCCN sent to law clerks each Christmas.

What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City Thunder, and all the friendly people

What’s the last book that you read? Sycamore Row by John Grisham

What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? New York City with my family.

On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? Playing golf or watching sports on TV.

What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? Accompanying Chris Paul to several events the day that he was named NBA Rookie of the Year. We represented the New Orleans Hornets during the time that they were playing in OKC.

Tell us something about you that most people at HCCN probably don’t know: I had a morning paper route in Bartlesville for 5 years (5th grade through 9th grade). Got up every morning (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) at 5 AM to deliver the Tulsa World.

Read John D. Robertson's complete attorney profile here.

About Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville’s experienced legal teams serve businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and charitable organizations. Principal practice areas include litigation, business and financial transactions, tax controversies, trust and estate planning, family law, oil and gas law, and real estate.

Additional information about the firm is available at: www.HartzogLaw.com &Facebook.com/HartzogLaw.

HCCN Friday Feature: Heather Turner

In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series. In this week’s edition we are spotlighting a Legal Administrative Assistant that has worked for HCCN for 6 years, Heather Turner.

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Name: Heather Turner

Title: Legal Administrative Assistant

How long have you been at HCCN? 6 years 

Undergraduate university: Rose State College

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Tell us about your family: I married my long time sweetheart after 5 years of dating. We have been married for three years now. We have no children. However, we do have two dogs and a cat.

What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? My favorite activities growing up were Basketball, Softball, Band and Art.

What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Thunder, Restaurant options, Ballet of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic

What was the last book you read? Tess Gerritsen’s The Mephisto Club

What’s your favorite movie? Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Italy, Greece or Ireland

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? Northern Spain is amazing! Southern Spain is awesome too, but it’s a little too hot for me.

On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? If I’m not cleaning the house, I’m either watching a good movie, reading a book or knitting.

What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? The Staff Christmas party for 2013 was probably one of the best times I have had. Everyone was in such good spirits and we really enjoyed each other outside of the office. It was nice to get to know one another on a more personal level.

Tell us something about yourself that most people at HCCN probably don’t know: I play the guitar and sing with a group of people every now and then.

About Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville’s experienced legal teams serve businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and charitable organizations. Principal practice areas include litigation, business and financial transactions, tax controversies, trust and estate planning, family law, oil and gas law, and real estate.

Additional information about the firm is available at: www.HartzogLaw.com & Facebook.com/HartzogLaw.

HCCN Friday Feature: Kevin B. Ratliff

In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series.  In this week’s edition, we would like to introduce you to a HCCN Attorney, Kevin B. Ratliff.

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Name: Kevin B. Ratliff

Area of Practice: Tax planning, tax controversies, estate planning, complex post-mortem planning and probate, business succession planning, state and local taxation, general business and the legal ethics associated with these practice areas.

How long have you been at HCCN: 12 years

Undergraduate University: University of Oklahoma

Law School: Oklahoma City University School of Law

Hometown: I was a government brat. Oklahoma City is home.

Tell us about your family: My wife, Catherine, and I have been married for over ten years, and we have a wonderful seven year old son named Brock.

What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? In high school, playing football and participating in model united nations. In college, my work as philanthropy chair for my fraternity.

What was your go to study food in law school? Anything I could heat in the microwave and serve.

What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City?  Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Redhawks, Oklahoma City Barons, Oklahoma City Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City Boathouse District, Restaurant options, and the people

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Europe

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? New Zealand

On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? Spending time with my family. We spend a lot of time with our son’s youth sports and ice skating. We also enjoy all that downtown Oklahoma City has to offer, including professional sporting events, museums, art shows, Lyric Theatre, restaurants, food trucks and the special events like the Festival of the Arts, the DeadCenter Film Festival.

If you could give advice to any law student today, what would it be? Put forth the effort, it gets easier as you go through.

What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? I enjoy the work and the people we serve.

Tell us something about you that most people at HCCN probably don’t know: I am red/green color blind.

Read Kevin B. Ratliff's complete attorney profile here.

About Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville’s experienced legal teams serve businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and charitable organizations. Principal practice areas include litigation, business and financial transactions, tax controversies, trust and estate planning, family law, oil and gas law, and real estate.

Additional information about the firm is available at: www.HartzogLaw.com & Facebook.com/HartzogLaw.

HCCN Friday Feature: Billy M. Croll

In an effort to spotlight our dynamic Attorneys and Staff, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville launched the “Friday Feature” series.  In this week’s edition, we would like to introduce you to a HCCN Partner, Billy M. Croll.

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Name: Billy M. Croll

Area of Practice: Litigation; Oil and Gas; Real Property; Estate and Trust Litigation; Contracts

How long have you been at HCCN: 13 years

Undergraduate University: Oklahoma State University

Law School: University of Oklahoma School of Law

Hometown: Tulsa but I consider OKC my hometown since I was 35

Tell us about your family: Married to Beth since 1983. We met at Interurban in Norman where I was a waiter and bartender. Her passion was volunteer work for Oklahoma Public Schools for 15 years. We have 2 great children. Son Alex, 25, graduated from USC as a mechanical engineer and is working at being a stand-up comic in LA. Daughter Elizabeth, 23, graduated from OSU as a chemical engineer and is loving her job as a drilling engineer at Continental Resources.

What was your favorite activity and/or sport in high school or at college? I was a newspaper writer in high school and at OSU, which took up a lot my time. My favorite activity was very amateur acting and impromptu comedy.

What was your go to study food in law school? Sandwiches and anything they would feed me at Interurban.

What’s your favorite aspect of Oklahoma City?  The Oklahoma City Thunder, Restaurant options, we love OKC all around.

What’s the last book that you read? Eric Clapton: An autobiography

What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Europe in general

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far? Southern France

On a typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon, what would we often find you doing? Watching OSU sports, hanging outside at Grand Lake or maybe playing some bad golf

If you could give advice to any law student today, what would it be? Find a study partner(s) who you like to be with

What has been one of your favorite memories while at HCCN? Working on a case with Drew Neville in southern Oklahoma that provided more stories and laughter than any movie I have seen.

Tell us something about you that most people at HCCN probably don’t know. My mother was a Belgian immigrant who came to the US after the war when she was 20. She lived under Nazi occupation for many years. She was a “war bride” who spoke no English but was quite intelligent and learned English on her own. She was forced to do unskilled labor as a young woman and she showed me what discrimination looks like. My father was a US soldier who liberated my mother’s small town and he never spoke French or Flemish. They raised three children on a very modest budget who are all successful with wonderful families. I did not really understand what they did for me until I was middle aged.

Read Billy M. Croll complete attorney profile here.

About Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville – Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville’s experienced legal teams serve businesses, high net worth families and individuals, and charitable organizations. Principal practice areas include litigation, business and financial transactions, tax controversies, trust and estate planning, family law, oil and gas law, and real estate.

Additional information about the firm is available at: www.HartzogLaw.com & Facebook.com/HartzogLaw.

Another Chapter of the Enron Saga Ends

By: Charles E. Geister III, Partner

  

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Much has been written of the rise and fall of Enron Corporation, the energy and commodities giant headquartered in Houston, Texas.  Before its bankruptcy filing on December 2, 2001, Enron had been named “America’s Most Innovative Company” by Fortune for six consecutive years.  Enron claimed revenue of over $100 billion dollars in 2000.  In August 2000, its share price reached $90.00; as late as December 31, 2000, the stock stood at $83.00.

The fall happened quickly.  In part through the creation of special purpose entities, Enron excluded substantial debts and financial losses from its financial statements.  Analysts began to question Enron’s accounting practices and financial strength.  Investor confidence waned.  In August 2001, Enron’s CEO Jeffrey “Jeff” Skilling abruptly resigned.  In October 2001, Enron announced third-quarter losses in excess of $600 million and a $1.2 billion reduction in shareholder equity. Rating agencies downgraded Enron’s credit rating.  The SEC began an investigation, and Enron’s stock price reach $1.00 in November 2001.

Enron’s financial demise had significant consequences.  It influenced the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, making significant changes to federal securities laws.  Enron’s auditing firm Arthur Andersen was found guilty of obstruction of justice in 2002 for destroying audit-related documents.  Although the conviction was overturned in 2005, Andersen, founded in 1913, closed its practice.  Numerous lawsuits ensued against a host of defendants, including Enron,  officers and directors, financial institutions, lawyers, and auditors and accountants.  I was fortunate to have been involved in the representation of one of Enron’s financial institutions and, in that regard, attended numerous depositions in Houston, New York City and Chicago during much of 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Enron’s demise also spawned criminal proceedings, resulting in several guilty pleas and convictions.  Enron’s former CFO Andrew Fastow was sentenced to ten (10) years in prison.  Enron’s founder Kenneth Lay was convicted, but died before sentencing.

Last but not least, Jeff Skilling was convicted on May 25, 2006 of multiple felony charges related to Enron’s collapse, including counts of insider trading, false statements to auditors, and securities fraud.  Skilling was sentenced to 24 years, 4 months in prison and fined $45 million dollars. After years of appellate proceedings, including the Supreme Court’s vacation of part of Skilling’s conviction, and a 5th Circuit ruling that he should be resentenced, Skilling and federal prosecutors reached an agreement reducing the sentence by 10 years.  The agreement, accepted by Judge Sim Lake of the Southern District of Texas during a hearing on June 21, 2013, bars Skilling from further challenging his conviction or sentence.  According to Skilling’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, Skilling is likely to be released from prison by 2017 as a result of the reduction of his sentence.

About the author: Charles E. Geister III, Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville Partner, specializes in litigation, with emphasis in areas of business and commercial disputes, securities and antitrust cases, products liability, insurance and employment law. He has over 25 years of experience representing defendants in business, insurance and employment-related lawsuits, including securities and antitrust cases. For his complete professional biography and contact information click here.

OCU's High Ideals - Thank you!

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Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville hosted four prospective law school students as part of Oklahoma City University School of Law’s High Ideals program, a recruiting event for high-achieving law school candidates.

During this event, the candidates learned about our law firm and about the Oklahoma City legal community. We enjoyed meeting the candidates and sharing our experiences with them. Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville is proud to have hosted this wonderful group of prospective law school students.

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