Mitchell Williams Attorneys Devin Bates and Lauren Grinder Presented at Firm's Peer Speaker Series


Discussed employment contracting and key provisions

November 20, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Attorneys Devin Bates and Lauren Grinder presented at the firm’s Peer Speaker Series, a night of networking alongside discussions on the basics of legal knowledge. Their discussion, “Hiring? Being Hired? Uncovering the Fine Print.”, provided insight on employment contracting with a focus on key provisions such as non-compete clauses, waivers and more.

Bates is engaged in an active litigation practice in Arkansas as well as in other states, including work done in multidistrict litigation and complex commercial cases. He has experience in business litigation, products-liability cases, education law, and appellate advocacy. Before joining the firm, Bates served as a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes, III. Prior to attending law school, he taught math at Lakeside High School in Lake Village, Arkansas, where he served as Dean of Students. He also spent time at a leading pharmaceutical company in its finance division. Bates lives in downtown Little Rock where, as an avid cyclist, he enjoys easy access to the Arkansas River Trail System.

Grinder is an Litigation Associate. She joined the firm after clerking for three years in federal district court for the Honorable J. Leon Holmes. While in law school at the University of Arkansas, Grinder served as a research and teaching assistant to Professor Robert B. Leflar and also served on the editorial board of the Arkansas Law Review.

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