Attorneys
Craig Cockrell

Craig R. Cockrell

Counsel
Email:ccockrell@mwlaw.com
Phone:(479) 464.5683
Location: Rogers
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Craig Cockrell is a Counsel member of the Business Practice Group.   He has developed a specialized practice focused on providing tax and transactional advice to a variety of businesses, municipalities, state agencies, and individuals, including public financing transactions, business start-ups, stock and asset acquisitions, and real estate transactions. Mr. Cockrell also has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in administrative tax proceedings before the IRS and Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration. In addition, he assists families with preparing and implementing estate and business succession plans and other wealth transfer strategies.

Experience

  • Provides tax analysis to municipalities, universities, state agencies and underwriters regarding the tax-exempt aspects of municipal bond financing. Since joining the firm’s municipal and public finance team in 2013, Mr. Cockrell has assisted various public agencies throughout Arkansas issue more than $600 million in bonds.
  • Extensive experience representing taxpayers through all levels of state and federal tax examinations and appeals, from individuals and small businesses to large private corporations, focused on a range of issues including individual and corporate income tax, employment tax, and sales and use tax.
  • Regularly represents both buyers and sellers during negotiation, structuring and closing of private business stock and asset acquisitions and real estate transactions.
  • Counsels clients regarding the legal, tax and practical aspects of small business start-up and operations, including the formation of partnerships, LLCs, and corporations; preparation of partnership and LLC operating agreements; and the preparation of contracts such as leases, employment agreements, and non-competition agreements.
  • Assists families with the preparation of simple and complex estate plans, including the preparation of wills and revocable trusts, and implementing tax-advantaged wealth transfer strategies employing irrevocable trusts, private foundations and family holding companies.
  • Advises established and start-up non-profit organizations in matters related to incorporation and tax-exemption status.

Education

  • University of Florida School of Law LL.M., Taxation (2011)
  • University of Arkansas School of Law J.D. (2010)
  • University of Arkansas B.S. in English (2007)

Professional Recognition

  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree (2017)

Involvement

  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of Northwest Arkansas
  • Committee Member, Mercy Health Foundation Planned Giving Committee