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Mitchell Williams Announces Bates, Branscum, Dodd and McElroy Join Firm

October 23, 2017

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. announces Devin R. Bates, Katie W. Branscum, Natalie M. Dodd and Jacob McElroy have joined the firm as associates in the Little Rock and Rogers offices.

Bates graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate from the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va., where he also served as managing editor of the William & Mary Business Law Review. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire.

Before joining Mitchell Williams, Bates worked as a law clerk in several settings, including as clerk for U.S. District Chief Judge P.K. Holmes in the Western District of Arkansas. Bates joins the litigation practice group in the Little Rock office.

Branscum is a cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. While receiving her Juris Doctorate, she served as associate notes editor of the UALR Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and hospitality and restaurant management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Branscum has previous experience as a law clerk in multiple Little Rock-based firms and the Arkansas Attorney General’s office. She joins the business practice group in Mitchell Williams’ Little Rock office.

Dodd is a magna cum laude Juris Doctorate graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville where she also served as note and comment editor for the Arkansas Law Review. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing from the University of Arkansas.

Dodd comes to Mitchell Williams with experience as an associate attorney at a Kansas City-based firm. She joins the litigation practice group in the Rogers office.

McElroy graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville where he served as president of the Black Law Students Association and communications editor for the Arkansas Law Notes. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

McElroy has experience as a law clerk in multiple Little Rock firms including Mitchell Williams and court experience from serving as a juvenile probation and parole officer. He joins the litigation practice group in the Rogers office.

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About Mitchell Williams

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full service corporate law firm that provides trusted strategic counsel to clients in business, litigation, regulated entities and insurance regulatory matters. Established in 1954, the firm currently employs more than 90 attorneys in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas.