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Mitchell Williams Attorneys Wade Bowen, Ashley Gill, David Koehler, Graham Talley, Jordan Wimpy and Lauren Ybarra Elected as Members

January 04, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. has named attorneys Wade Bowen, Ashley Gill, David Koehler, Graham Talley, Jordan Wimpy and Lauren Ybarra as members of the law firm effective Jan. 1. 

“I am pleased to announce our newest members, all of whom are exceptional people and highly talented lawyers,” said Mitchell Williams Managing Director Jeff Thomas. “These attorneys reflect our firm’s commitment to providing exceptional service to our clients, being involved in our communities and dedication to the legal profession. They are representative of the future of our firm and the values that were established when our firm was founded in 1954.”

Wade Bowen is a business and tax lawyer in Jonesboro who advises businesses and individual clients on a diverse range of tax law, tax-related issues and business matters. He assists clients with business formations, business sales and acquisitions, lending and real estate transactions and commercial matters. Bowen represents businesses and individuals in audits and administrative tax proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. He also assists individuals and families with creating and implementing simple and complex estate and business succession plans. Bowen represents individual clients in uncontested and controverted estate and trust administrations and litigation. In addition, he also advises non-profit entities on organizational and operational issues.

Ashley Gill focuses her Little Rock practice primarily on estate planning and administration, taxation, commercial transactions and corporate law. She regularly counsels clients on various wealth transfer strategies, including income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax, asset protection, business succession and charitable planning to structure plans that both minimize estate shrinkage and maximize the achievement of non-tax goals. Gill also provides general business and tax advice to both publicly-held and privately-held companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporation reorganizations, stock restructurings, company dispositions and employee compensation plans designed to promote efficiency and employee productivity.

David Koehler practices in Little Rock and defends complex tort, personal injury and products liability matters, assisting clients in all phases — in the immediate aftermath of an incident, in litigation, through trial and appeal. He represents a wide spectrum of businesses and industries, from Fortune 100 companies to privately owned businesses and individuals. Koehler has extensive experience litigating insurance breach of contract, bad faith and coverage actions, as well as ERISA benefits matters. He represents corporate clients and business owners in commercial disputes, including contract, property and construction cases.

Graham Talley maintains a trial-oriented practice in Little Rock defending class actions and lawsuits involving allegedly defective products, professional liability, breaches of contract and business torts. He represents clients in state and federal trial courts in Arkansas and across the nation. Talley also handles appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Jordan Wimpy is an environmental lawyer in Little Rock with a dynamic practice covering issues across the spectrum of environmental, agricultural, energy and natural resources law. He regularly represents trade associations, utilities and business clients in administrative rulemaking matters and all aspects of the environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement processes. Wimpy also provides counsel to agricultural producers and landowners regarding agricultural conservation programs, conservation easements and other land preservation and stewardship activities.

Lauren Ybarra, who practices in Austin, advises insurance companies, InsurTech companies and insurance related entities on corporate regulatory and transactional matters. She successfully leads and manages complex regulatory and compliance issues including regulatory filings, company formations, admissions, reorganizations and mergers and acquisitions of regulated entities in Texas and nationally.

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.