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The Greatest Law Firm on Earth is Hiring

If you haven’t guessed it – yes, we’re referring to EHM. We’ve spent years perfecting our craft, developing our team. And now, it’s time to expand our northwest Oklahoma law firm even more.

We’re currently hiring for an associate attorney with zero to five years of experience. So if you just finished law school and passed your bar exam, you’re in luck. Even if you’ve been practicing law for a bit – we can promise you’ll enjoy the culture around here.

Applicants must be motivated and be willing to work in a variety of capacities. It comes with the territory of working in a law firm. Additionally, we ask that you’re detailed, task-oriented and of course – able to play nice with others.

If your goal is living and working in God’s country (legally defined as the territory north of HWY 51 and west of HWY 81), we’d love to visit with you. Our ideal candidate is seeking gainful employment and experience working in oil and gas title work, family law, legal research, writing and litigation.

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Good. In addition to our awesome work atmosphere, we also provide benefits. Yeah – now we’ve definitely got your attention. To learn more about the position or to apply right away (come on, we know you want to), contact us at ewbank@northwestoklaw.com.

EHM Offers Former FBI Director, James Comey, Associate Position

Director Comey,

Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC would like to formally extend an invitation to join our firm.  While we have not conducted a formal background check, we rest assured your background will prove acceptable.  As you may have heard, Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC is a law firm headquartered in Enid, OK with an office in Laverne.  These may not be the large metropolitan areas in which you are most familiar practicing law, but we believe we can offer a much more intellectually “upright” experience.

A little about us.  The founding partners, Andrew “Drew” Ewbank, Kaleb Hennigh and Dalen McVay, each grew up in small towns in Northwest Oklahoma.  After law school we each decided this part of the world is the best place on the planet to raise our kids.  We formed this firm 6 years ago, officially opening on this day, May 11, in 2011.  Since that time we have maintained absolutely NO contact with Russia.  That should be a relief.  North Korea is certainly turned on to our influence, and tried to hack our server, offering many millions of dollars through the use of a spoof email.  However, our IT security is top-notch.  North Korea’s attempts were thwarted quickly and effectively.  Our server is located on premises.  Neither Drew, Dalen, nor Kaleb have a server at home.  We each use our @northwestoklaw.com email domain for all firm business.  As far as we are aware, none of our employees have ever met on the tarmac of an airport with any clients.  In the interest of full disclosure, we have bumped into clients at the airport in Vegas, but we are not allowed to speak of the encounter.

From a philosophical point of view, you will not have to navigate wildly different political views.  We each identify simply as Americans.  We want what is best for our clients regardless of the “R” or “D” or “L” or “I” or “G” appearing after their names on their birth certificates and found in blood type geno-mapping.  This certainly allows us to practice with a focus on the issues, not on making ideologues comfortable in their own choices.

Coming from the US Attorney’s Office and the FBI, we think you will find our criminal practice area most rewarding.  Many of our criminal clients are hard-working, good people who have either made a mistake, and take responsibility for that mistake, or are people who are subject to honest, but unintentionally over-reaching, prosecution of local prosecutors.  This will be different from working with and investigating narcissistic politicians.  The scale of our clients’ cases is such that you will not have to worry about the many and well-connected “friends” coming after you for each and every decision you make.

However, we have a hard and fast rule: We do not, ever, speak of our clients cases in the middle of an investigation.  “Media narrative” is rarely an element in our cases, so this should be a non-issue.

EHM offers competitive salary package, including paid vacation, IRA matches, health insurance, and a fun working environment.  We understand our salary offer may not match that of your prior positions.  However, we structure our associates pay in such a way to highlight and encourage production of quality work for our clients.  Unlike government jobs where your pay is held down by artificial tiers focusing on time of service, the sky is the limit here.  Imagine the excitement of your earnings being determined on your great work product, not how long you have used the same government issued stapler!

We look forward to working with you, please contact us directly to arrange your plans for arrival here in the office.

WOW! THANKS!

I am an air show nerd.  For the first few years of my life, my dad had airplanes.  I was fortunate enough to get to fly with him to OSU football games, and, I am sure, other places.  That early exposure to airplanes instilled in me a love for flying.  While I was in college, I worked on Oceania Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA.  I saw F-18’s, F-15’s, F-14’s, E-6’s, and others.  My Oklahoma co-workers got really tired of hearing the roar of the jets doing practice carrier landings, coming in right above our heads.  I was in awe every time.

In high school, I was a very driven kid.  I was a state and national officer in a student organization, all-district in football, valedictorian, 4.0, high ACT score, blah, blah, blah.  That commitment and involvement created probably the greatest opportunity I have ever squandered.  Our Senator used one of his 2 yearly Air Force Academy appointments on me.  Ask my parents, and they will tell you my drive to go to the Air Force was not just some new interest.  It WAS what I was going to do.  Despite my fancy looking resume, I lacked an important virtue, self-discipline.  Oh, I passed all the physical tests, had good enough grades, and whatever else I needed.  Still, a small part of me kept saying, “Do you really want some Yay-hoo telling you what to do for the next four, and then six years of your life?”  I subconsciously started looking for an easy (or fun) way out.

I grew up an OSU fan.  We went to tons of football and basketball games, and I always imagined I would follow my parents’ lead and go to OSU.  Now, OSU and the Air Force Academy pulled me in different directions.  After a little research, I learned I could go to OSU on an Air Force ROTC scholarship (read: easy way out).  Perfect.  So, I applied and received a scholarship that would have paid my tuition, room and board, and books.  (If you do that math, that’s pretty much all of college.)  This was in addition to the scholarships which were already paying me to go to school.  After beds, books, meals, classes, fees, and all sports tickets were paid, I had left over money.  This was before my biggest scholarship even kicked in.

You might say to yourself, “I didn’t know Drew was in the Air Force?”  I wasn’t.  Remember what I said about self-discipline?  I did not have any. Once I made it to Stillwater, I figured out no one would make me go to class.  No one would make me work out.  I could party, sleep, and eat.  So, that is what I did. I dropped out of ROTC, thereby losing that scholarship and my dream to fly.  I lost most of my other scholarship because my grades weren’t where they were supposed to be.  I threw away a lot of other people’s scholarship money on myself and my lack of discipline.

I say all that leave two important points.  First, find a way to discipline yourself  to commit to achieving your goals.  In high school and college I never had to study.  I aced high school and passed college without attending class.  I figured any guy that can get a perfect score on the reading part of the ACT can just do whatever he wants.  I never knew I didn’t know how to study until law school.  Before entering law school, I was never lower than the 98% percentile in any standardized testing.  Then, I took the LSAT (required to get into law school).  My score was just pretty average.  My dad said it best when he said all the other tests were graded against people, some of whom cared, and many of whom took the tests just because they had to.  The LSAT was taken by a bunch of people who cared enough to be willing to suffer through law school.  The stakes were raised.  My first semester of law school I was married with a child who was less than a year old.  I was scared to death I wouldn’t make it. So I studied and studied and studied.  It was only then did I ever figure out how I learned.

Law school was a long way from where I set out in high school.  It took law school for me to figure out just the studying part of self-disciple.  The only way to commit to achieve your goals is to push yourself, hard.

My second point is this:  Thanks to the men and women in our military.  My high school class had an disproportionately high number of men and women serve our country in every branch of the military.  Those people are my heroes. Our military members volunteer to commit their lives for some period of time to service of our country.  They didn’t look to see if it was a just war, or if we should be in Iraq or Afghanistan, they don’t get an overriding royalty interest in any oil from overseas.  They get paid little, and work hard.  For Vance Air Force Base to plan and execute its 75th anniversary open house, and have the freakin’ Thunderbirds! with the budget they had, was an amazing task completed by volunteers.  I watch the precision air demonstration team put on a heck of a show that they dedicated to our military men and women.  I hope my childish and giddy love of the air show was the physical demonstration of my appreciation for what they do.

Here’s a couple of my favorite pics and videos.

 

Drew

 

 

Taking the Oath
Six Shooters
Radial Rumble
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MDA Lock-Up | Enid Oklahoma Lawyer

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That’s right – Dalen went to the slammer and raised money to help kids and adults break free from the harmful effects of muscle debilitating diseases.

Did you know that muscular dystrophy, ALS and related disease take away everyday freedoms like walking, running, hugging and even breathing? That’s why I’m dedicating my time behind bars to help MDA fund ground-breaking research across diseases, provide critical care from the first day of diagnosis and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Thank you to everyone who helped by making a donation! With your support, we’ll move toward a future in which kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases live longer and grow stronger.

DALEN’S MDA LOCK-UP FUNDRAISER

Northwest Oklahoma Fires Cause Uncertainty

 

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Wild Fires Consume Northwest Oklahoma

Recently, Northwest Oklahoma has been plagued by numerous fires.  The weather is warm, rain was in short supply, and the wind was really whipping.  We’ve been blessed to have some nice spring rains, but the previous dry, windy conditions create a potentially devastating opportunity for horrific fires.  We know that most of these fires did not just flare up on their own.  In most of these fires, the team at Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay can trace the cause of the fire to the actions of one or more person or company.  We are currently representing landowners with thousands of acres of land destroyed by fire.  Here are some things you should know about these fires:

  1. Even if the fire started well away from your property, you may be able to recover from a negligent party.
  2. Your various insurance policies may provide insurance coverage of which you are not aware.
  3. The origin of a fire can be narrowed down with impressive ability to determine the actual cause, and who caused the fire.
  4. Pictures are worth a thousand words.  Make sure to document your losses.  This includes burned land, fences, livestock, homes, equipment, and other similar items.  Pictures show the destruction, which is important to document the true amount of damage.
  5. Just because something did not catch fire does not mean it is not damaged.  Intense smoke damage can just as destructive as the fire itself.
  6. Numerous different state and federal agencies work together to provide assistance for fire victims.
  7. If you have been evacuated or displaced because of the fire, your insurance may pay for increased living expenses.

We have clients with property damaged in the Harper County Fire, Anderson Creek Fire, Major County fires, Woods County fires, and Woodward County fires.  If you or your family has any questions or concerns about these fires, contact us today.  Call EHM at (580) 234-4334.  Email us at info@northwestoklaw.com

YMCA Back a Youth Fundraiser 2016

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On February 25th, Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay and Edward Jones teamed up with other area local businesses for their second annual charity basketball game.

The idea was to raise money ensuring that “at risk” and other youth within the Enid and surrounding communities have access to faith based programs at the Denny Price YMCA.  This marked the Second Annual basketball game; however, this year “Knocker Ball” was incorporated into the mix just to add to the fun.  With the assistance of local sponsors, including Todd Hamilton, Farmers Insurance, Pheasant Run Golf Club, Farm Credit of Enid, Holly Gannett Photography, Schieber Insurance, Edward Jones and Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, raised nearly $5,000.00, to fund Back A Youth Scholarships.  The teams presented an oversized check representing the funds to Ken Rapp, executive director of the Denny Price YMCA at the conclusion of the game.  EHM remains committed to our communities; most importantly, to the future of our community’s youth.

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Honorary Commander – Vance Air Force Base, Enid Oklahoma

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Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC is proud to recognize Dalen McVay as having been named an Honorary Commander at Vance Force Base.

Dalen is the second member of EHM to serve in this capacity, as Kaleb Hennigh has also had the distinction of serving in this role.  We continuously strive to take an active part in community affairs, and it’s nice to be recognized from time to time for trying to better the community.

The Honorary Commanders Program is designed to provide key community partners a behind-the-scenes look at Vance.  Dalen will be assigned to a squadron for a one year term and will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the various aspects of the mission at Vance Air Force Base through tours and events.  Administration at Vance AFB believes that actively integrating community leaders into the Air Force family builds strong relationships vital to the successful partnership between base and community.

Support Your Schools – Enid Bond Issue

EHM has a strong belief in supporting our local schools.  We give of our time, treasure and talent to help our schools open opportunities for all area kids.  Take some time out of your day to educate yourself about the proposed bond issue.  Hopefully, you’ll agree continued investment in our schools will continue Enid’s growth.

Here’s a link to the official bond issue page:  http://www.enidpublicschools.org/bondissue

 

Educate yourself.  Invest in our schools.  Make Enid better.

Hennigh Sworn into the OBA Board of Governors

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Enid attorney Kaleb K. Hennigh took an oath Friday to serve a three-year term representing Supreme Court Judicial District 4 on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Board of Governors. He was among nine attorneys sworn in to serve on the OBA’s 17-member board during a ceremony at the state Capitol.

Hennigh is a founding member of Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay PLLC, a regional law firm focusing on representing clients throughout northwest Oklahoma. He has developed a practice devoted to familial wealth preservation, bankruptcy and asset protection methods and effective small business planning.

He was born and raised near Laverne and considers northwest Oklahoma his home. He resides in Enid, and the firm of Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay PLLC currently maintains offices in Enid, Fairview and Laverne. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications from OSU, a J.D. from the OU College of Law and an LL.M. in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

He previously served a one-year term on the OBA Board of Governors as the Oklahoma Young Lawyers Division chairman for 2014.

OBA leadership roles are voluntary positions in which lawyers serve while continuing to practice law. The board meets monthly and governs the association.


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PHOTO ABOVE: Kaleb Hennigh and his 2 sons.


Hennigh has been featured on The LL.M Program in Agricultural & Food Law as well as Enid News.

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law
ENID NEWS

Les Norman – Respect & Anti-bullying

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Yesterday Chisholm high school was host to a dynamic and inspirational speaker, former KC Royals player Les Norman. Mr. Norman is now a motivational speaker in the Kansas City area who also has a syndicated radio broadcast and television show.  He spoke first at Chisholm Elementary, where he entertained the kids while presenting on the topics of encouraging respect and on the issue of bullying.  Many of the school kids were treated to photographs and autographs after his presentation.  Subsequently, Mr. Norman spoke to the middle and high school kids for Chisholm schools.  While relaying primarily the same message, he talked specifically about being bullied in his younger years and the effect it has had on him throughout his life.  His passion for encouraging self-respect and respecting others was evident as the kids sat quietly and listened.

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Ewbank, Hennigh & McVay, PLLC was honored to be able to have Les come and speak on these very important topics facing schools today.  We take great pride in continuously trying to support both the community and local school districts.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Holly Gannett Photography 

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