Arkansas

					      ARKANSAS




      ARKANSAS
      Local litigation firms                     Local litigation stars                                William Waddell Jr.
                                                                                                       Friday Eldredge & Clark
                                                                                                       Class Actions, Commercial Litigation
      Highly recommended                         Philip Anderson
                                                 Williams & Anderson                                   Kyle Wilson
      Friday Eldredge & Clark                    Appellate, Complex Commercial Litigation              Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                                                                       Personal Injury, Products Liability
      Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard   Sherry Bartley
                                                 Mitchell Williams Selig Gates Woodyard
      Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow           Commercial Litigation                                 Future stars
      Williams & Anderson                        R. T. Beard III                                       Michelle Kaemmerling
                                                 Mitchell Williams Selig Gates Woodyard                Wright Lindsey & Jennings
      Wright Lindsey & Jennings                  Civil Litigation, Insurance, Medical Malpractice
                                                                                                       Paul Morris
                                                 Kevin Crass                                           Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                 Friday Eldredge & Clark
      Recommended
                                                 Class Actions, Products Liability                     Michael Muskheli
                                                                                                       Williams & Anderson
      Everett Law Firm
                                                 Richard Donovan
                                                 Rose Law Firm                                         Kathryn Perkins
      Rose Law Firm
                                                 General Commercial Litigation                         Rose Law Firm

                                                 John Everett                                          J. Andrew Vines
                                                 Everett Law Firm                                      Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                 Commercial Litigation

                                                 Garland Garrett
                                                 Rose Law Firm
                                                 Commercial Litigation

                                                 William Griffin
                                                 Friday Eldredge & Clark
                                                 Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Medical
                                                 Malpractice, Products Liability

                                                 Philip Kaplan
                                                 Williams & Anderson
                                                 Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation

                                                 Edwin Lowther Jr.
                                                 Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                 Employment Litigation, Medical Malpractice, Product
                                                 Liability

                                                 Steven Quattlebaum
                                                 Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow
                                                 Complex Commercial Litigation, Employment
                                                 Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Products
                                                 Liability

                                                 Gordon Rather
                                                 Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                 Complex Commercial Litigation

                                                 Thomas Streetman
                                                 Streetmen & Meeks
                                                 Bankruptcy, Commercial Litigation

                                                 Kimberly Wood Tucker
                                                 Wright Lindsey & Jennings
                                                 Bankruptcy, Class Actions, Employment Litigation

                                                 John Tull III
                                                 Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow
                                                 Complex Commercial Litigation, Products Liability




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Arkansas                                                                                                    services and related health insurance. LRCC
                                                                                                            claimed millions of dollars in actual damages. In
                                                                                                            August 2008, the United States District Court
                                                                                                            dismissed the case, holding that LRCC failed to
                                                                                                            plead a plausible relevant market, since Baptist
                                                                                                            Health did not provide cardiology services and

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    itigators believe that many of these suits are due to the 2008-2009 financial
    crisis and actions have been brought against several multi-national corpora-                            was unable to monopolize that market. The
                                                                                                            court dismissed all of the plaintiffs’ claims with
    tions headquartered in the northwest region including Wal-Mart, Tyson                                   prejudice; the case is currently on appeal.
Foods, and J.B. Hunt.                                                                                          Peers cite Edwin Lowther as “one of the
                                                                                                            premier lawyers” in the state. His practice
Highly Recommended firms                            concentrates on business and products liability         includes insurance, professional liability and
Friday Eldredge & Clark                             litigation. He recently defended a wood                 products liability. Clients include Ford Motor
Friday Eldredge & Clark, which traces its roots     treatment facility in a class action suit. The suit     Company and Sisters of Mercy Health System.
back to 1871, focuses on business litigation,       was filed by residents claiming personal injury         Kyle Wilson is regarded as a star by his peers
employment law, health care litigation and          and property damage resulting from                      with a practice rooted in products liability and
medical malpractice claims. The firm is the         groundwater contamination caused by runoff              personal injury defense. Clients include Ford
largest in Arkansas and attributes its success      from the facility. Fellow founding partner John         Motor Company, Mazda Motor Corporation
and high productivity to an efficient document      Tull is a versatile litigator, working on matters       and Mitsubishi Group. Kimberly Tucker excels
management software system.                         involving complex commercial litigation,                in the fields of agriculture, bankruptcy and
   William Griffin primarily handles defense        environmental law, products liability and First         appellate work.
work with respect to medical malpractice and        Amendment rights. Tull was instrumental in                 Andrew Vines has established himself as a
products liability claims. He has represented       instituting a Libel Hotline for the Arkansas            rising star in the products liability and personal
clients including Liberty Mutual Insurance          Press Association.                                      injury fields. He was recognized in 2008 by the
Company and the U.S. Repeating Arms                                                                         Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel as an
Company.                                            Williams & Anderson                                     exceptional trial lawyer. In 2008 Vines, along
   Described as “a very adept trial attorney” by    Williams & Anderson focuses on business,                with colleague Gary Marts, successfully argued
a competitor, William Waddell has a thriving        employment and securities litigation. The firm          for summary judgment on behalf of client
business litigation and church law practice. He     was established in 1988 and its clients include         Soundtec. A private individual sued Soundtec
serves as chair of the Legal Services Counsel of    Sysco Food Services and the Arkansas                    due to a malfunctioning hearing aid the
the Arkansas Bar Association. Kevin Crass           Department of Economic Development. The                 company manufactured. Vines asserted that the
heads the class action and business litigation      firm is notable for giving back to the community        plaintiff was forewarned about the deleterious
group at the firm. He has represented Tyson         and was instrumental in the launch of a public          effects of exposing the aid to strong magnetic
Foods and Ernst & Young.                            charter school in Little Rock. The firm recently        fields, and the court ruled in favor of Soundtec.
                                                    strengthened its practice with the addition of          Another rising star is Michelle Kaemmerling,
Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard            Philip Kaplan, a well-regarded trial lawyer with        who a peer described as “a force to be reckoned
Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard is         40 years of experience. Kaplan has also argued          with in the labor and employment fields.” Paul
the second-largest firm in the state, with 68       cases before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals        Morris excels in products and professional
attorneys. The firm expanded its insurance          and the Arkansas Supreme Court. Founding                liability litigation and is renowned for his
practice when its Austin, Texas branch joined       partner Philip Anderson enjoys a successful             success defending medical care providers,
with Long Burner Parks & DeLargy in late            media law practice. Possessing a wide range of          attorneys and small and large businesses.
2007. In 2008, the firm received the first ever     expertise, Michael Muskheli focuses on
Commitment to Diversity Award from The              construction, employment, and international             Recommended Firms
North Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity     law.                                                    Everett Law Firm
Commission.                                                                                                 Three-attorney firm Everett Law Firm
   R. T. Beard III is renowned for his work in      Wright Lindsey & Jennings                               continues to maintain a strong presence in
civil litigation, insurance defense and medical     For over a century, Wright Lindsey & Jennings           northwest Arkansas. The firm primarily
malpractice. Sherry Bartley is also recognized      has been regarded as a leading firm in Arkansas.        handles defends criminal cases and handles
for her representation of insurance companies       With locations in Little Rock and Rogers, the           personal injury cases. John Everett has been
in toxic tort and product liability claims.         firm has a broad practice with a concentration          described as “a racehorse” and a “solid trial
                                                    in appellate, bankruptcy, commercial litigation,        attorney” by his peers.
Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow                    employment law, products liability and
Founded in 2000, Quattlebaum Grooms Tull &          professional liability. The firm prides itself on its   Rose Law Firm
Burrow has established a dynamic presence in        high client retention rate and the decades of           Rose Law Firm holds the distinction of being
Arkansas. The firm handles cases for a wide         experience its litigators bring to the table. One       the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi river.
range of entities, from Fortune 500 companies       client has said that the firm’s lawyers “are very       Tracing its origins to 1820, the firm has
to individuals and works in a variety of practice   reliable and book smart.”                               maintained strong relationships with major
areas including appellate, banking, commercial,        Gordon Rather chairs the firm’s trial team.          companies, including Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart
employment, insurance, media and securities         His practice focuses on products liability, toxic       and Worthen Bank. The firm has a
litigation. In addition, the firm has represented   torts and complex commercial litigation.                concentration in complex commercial and
clients before major state and federal regulatory   Rather is a former president of the American            securities litigation and has provided its services
bodies, including the United States                 Board of Trial Lawyers and is a fellow of the           to a wide variety of clients across the United
Environmental Protection Agency, the Alcoholic      International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In              States. Richard Donovan is considered a star in
Beverage Control Board, and the Arkansas            2008, Rather and partner Judy S. Henry                  general business litigation. Kathryn Perkins is a
Highway Commission. Exxon Mobile and The            defended Baptist Health in a complex antitrust          rising star, making a name for herself in
Lincoln Electric Company are clients.               action. In the case, plaintiff Little Rock              intellectual property and products liability.
    Founding member Steven Quattlebaum is           Cardiology Clinic alleged that Baptist Health           Garland Garrett is a mainstay in the Arkansas
well-respected by peers who compliment his          and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield                 legal scene, handling various commercial
“professionalism and talent.” His practice          conspired to restrain competition for cardiology        litigation matters.

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