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Mitchell Williams Attorneys Clay Stone, Ben Jackson and Mandy Stanton Presented at the 85th Annual Arkansas Municipal League Convention

Discussed the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); The Latest on Cybersecurity Best Practices for Municipalities

June 13, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, AR. – Attorneys Clay Stone, Ben Jackson and Mandy Stanton presented today at the 85th Annual Arkansas Municipal League Convention in Little Rock.

During the Convention, Stone presented alongside Arkansas Municipal League Attorney Lanny Richmond on a panel titled “Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) – Overview and Discussion on Voice Recording Requirement.” They discussed the amendments to the FOIA’s meeting provisions via Act 1028 requiring sound and recording maintenance during open meetings.

Attorneys Jackson and Stanton spoke on a panel with the Arkansas Municipal League’s “IT in a Box” Consultant Dave Mims. Their presentation, titled “Cybersecurity—Best Practices: What is the Latest,” discussed how municipalities can safeguard their IT systems and data by implementing cybersecurity best practices and training.

Stone is a litigator with extensive experience in handling disputes involving contested wills, trusts and gifts, the administration of trusts and estates, and guardianships. He also regularly handles complex commercial litigation matters, construction disputes, and real estate litigation. He has represented clients in matters of public records, the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, and FOIA litigation. He has litigated cases throughout the State of Arkansas, in state and federal court and at both the trial and appellate levels.

Jackson is an experienced litigator counseling clients when they anticipate potential litigation following an incident, after a lawsuit has been filed, through trial and beyond. He has developed a specific legal practice representing commercial clients, financial institutions, hospitals, medical clinics, physicians, and business organizations in matters of data security, risk management, cyber liability defense and medical malpractice defense. Ben serves as a strategic advisor to his clients helping them prevent and mitigate the risk of future litigation.

Stanton focuses her practice on evaluating and managing risks associated with privacy and data security matters. She counsels clients on incident readiness and response, structuring and implementing privacy policies and programs, data breach notification laws, information governance issues and vendor management. She assists businesses with drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts to ensure responsible access, transfer and use of data and associated intellectual property. She is a former in-house counsel for an international information technology and data marketing firm. Mandy is a Certified Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

About the Arkansas Municipal League

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose: to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments, to provide a clearinghouse for information and to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.

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