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47 Mitchell Williams Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® List

17 Named 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch; 7 Named 2021 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year"

August 20, 2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard P.L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 47 lawyers have been named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© list. 

The Best Lawyers in America is the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Attorneys who are named to The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing. 

The Mitchell Williams attorneys named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America list are:

AUSTIN, TX

  • Melvin “Burnie” L. Burner – Insurance Law

  • Julie M. Pomerantz  – Insurance Law

  • Stanton Strickland – Insurance Law

LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Michele Allgood – Public Finance Law

  • John Keeling Baker – Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation and Controversy - Tax

  • Sherry P. Bartley – Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Trav Baxter – Trusts and Estates

  • R. T. Beard, III – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • C. Douglas Buford, Jr. – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation

  • Frederick “Rick” K. Campbell – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Insurance Law

  • Charles B. Cliett, Jr. – Health Care Law

  • Adria Conklin – Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Ken Cook – Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Courtney Crouch, III – Securities / Capital Markets Law

  • Doak Foster – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Insurance Law 

  • Byron L. Freeland – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management 

  • Allan Gates – Litigation - Environmental

  • Kathlyn Graves – Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment  

  • Harold W. Hamlin – Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law

  • Megan Hargraves – Health Care Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

  • Morril Harriman, Jr. – Government Relations Practice 

  • Donald H. Henry – Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance

  • Hermann Ivester – Copyright Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Trademark Law

  • Benjamin Jackson – Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Anton Janik, Jr. – Litigation and Controversy - Tax

  • M. Samuel Jones, III – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Securities, Litigation - Real Estate, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • D. Nicole Lovell – Corporate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law

  • Walter E. May – Corporate Law

  • Christopher McNulty – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

  • Lance R. Miller – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy

  • Jennifer R. Pierce – Trusts and Estates

  • Brian Pipkin – Appellate Practice

  • Scott D. Provencher – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants

  • Lyn P. Pruitt – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Scott Schallhorn – Commercial Finance Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law

  • Derrick W. Smith – Administrative / Regulatory Law

  • Stan D. Smith – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy

  • Zachary Steadman – Insurance Law

  • Clayborne Stone – Commercial Litigation

  • Jeffrey H. Thomas – Insurance Law, Administrative / Regulatory Law

  • Walter G. Wright – Environmental Law, Water Law

ROGERS, AR

  • Craig Cockrell – Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

  • Karen Freeman – Commercial Litigation

  • L. Kyle Heffley – Litigation - Real Estate, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • Stuart P. Miller – Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

  • Nate Read – Employment Law - Management

  • Christopher T. Rogers – Trusts and Estates

The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognizes associates and other attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. The Mitchell Williams members named 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch are:

AUSTIN, TX

  • Lana L. Freeman – Insurance Law

  • Lauren N. Ybarra – Insurance Law

JONESBORO, AR

  • Wade Bowen – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Melissa Bandy – Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law

  • Devin R. Bates – Labor and Employment Law - Management, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

  • David Biscoe Bingham – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

  • Katie W. Branscum – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Real Estate Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law

  • Ashley Edwards – Public Finance Law

  • Ashley L. Gill – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law, Trusts and Estates

  • Lauren Grinder – Labor and Employment Law - Management, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • David F. Koehler – Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Kelly D. Marchand – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

  • Sainabou M. Sonko – Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

  • Stuart L. Spencer – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law

  • Graham C. Talley – Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

ROGERS, AR

  • John E. Alexander – Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Construction

  • Micah Goodwin – Commercial Litigation, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity. The Mitchell Williams attorneys named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in addition to their ranking on The Best Lawyers in America list are:

  • Melvin L. Burner, Jr. was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Insurance Law in Austin, TX.

  • Byron L. Freeland was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law - Management in Little Rock.

  • C. Douglas Buford, Jr. was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Mergers and Acquisitions Law in Little Rock.

  • Hermann Ivester was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Trademark Law in Little Rock.

  • Lance R. Miller was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation - Bankruptcy “in Little Rock. 

  • Lyn P. Pruitt was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in Little Rock.

  • Walter G. Wright, Jr. was named 2021 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Environmental Law in Little Rock.

About Mitchell Williams

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full-service corporate law firm that provides strategic, comprehensive legal services to help clients achieve their goals. Established in 1954, the firm has offices in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit MitchellWilliamsLaw.com.
 

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