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Real Estate — Arkansas


Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established real estate team, equipped with a strong roster of tax specialists. Regularly works on matters including financing, development, leasing and Section 1031 exchange transactions. Primarily represents lenders, including notable banks, and professional services companies. Advises on related tax and zoning and land use issues. Especially active on real estate work in the energy and resources sectors.

Strengths "They are absolutely perfect. They have fantastic lawyers who are very professional and thorough."

Work highlights Assisted Arkansas Development Finance Authority with the $50 million mezzanine financing for a $4 billion steel mill located in northeast Arkansas.

Represented Coprocq Core Real Estate Funds in acquiring and disposing of portfolio properties, as well as advising on Section 1031 exchange issues and financing.

Notable practitioners

Peers confirm the "good reputation" of Price Gardner, who continues to handle a range of property acquisitions, leasing and financings. His roster of work includes advising PB General with build-to-suit NNN leasing for a national small box retailer.

Jay Taylor is a highly regarded practitioner with deep expertise in handling real estate finance and development matters. "He is an excellent lawyer who is very bright and thorough," highlights one client, while another adds: "He is good at what he does, and has a great disposition."

James Saxton is known for handling the acquisition and financing of commercial properties, including advising on portfolio transactions. He is also praised by sources for his depth of knowledge in handling tax matters, and is described by one source as "a very gifted tax and real estate attorney."

Michael Childers is described by interviewees as a "very sharp guy," who “represents big clients and does a great job.” He is well versed in acting on acquisitions, leases and development of commercial properties.

About the Team (content provided by Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP)

Friday, Eldredge & Clark has developed a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary real estate practice, with resources focused on the needs of all key real estate players. Our top-level credentials and our focus on clients every day are your assurance that your interests will be protected and your objectives achieved in an efficient manner, from initial planning to final closing.

Our real estate work covers a broad range of transactions, regulatory advice, and litigation—from routine purchase agreements to complicated and sophisticated commercial, corporate, tax, and environmental work. We provide clients with practical advice and creative solutions, whether they are buying, selling, leasing, or operating real property oil and gas interests in Arkansas or in multi-state transactions. We counsel clients on debt and equity financing, non-recourse financing, project financing, partnerships and limited liability companies, joint ventures, and other investment vehicles, as well as on land use, brokerage, and management agreements. We authored the limited liability law in Arkansas. Our experience in the area of exchanges is deep and covers straight like-kind exchanges, reverse like-kind exchanges and deferred like-kind exchanges. We have acted as lenders counsel in real-estate-based loans to countless institutions and as local counsel for out-of-state lenders.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC - Real Estate Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excels in advising financial institutions, developers and multinational corporations on real estate matters. Expertise in all aspects of purchasing, construction, development, sales and operations for a variety of different real estate projects. Also offers substantial experience in handling mortgages, loans and tax-deferred exchanges.

Strengths Sources are swift to highlight the firm's quality of service. "They work very hard and they get things done," highlights one interviewee, while another adds: "All the lawyers are top-notch and the work is top-quality."

Another client remarks: "They are excellent. They are knowledgeable and the attorneys are very easy to reach."

Work highlights Advised American Taekwondo Association International on the $13.5 million development of a 45,300 sq ft complex in Little Rock to serve as the association’s national headquarters.

Acted for Baptist Health in the development of a 100-bed hospital in Conway. Also advised on land acquisition, zoning and securing FAA approval for helicopters.

Significant clients Flash Market, IBERIABANK, Verizon Wireless, PDC Companies, Moses Tucker Real Estate.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Grooms maintains a stellar reputation, and is singled out by a source as "one of the smartest lawyers in town," and by another as "an outstanding real estate lawyer who is very active." He has a wealth of experience acting for corporations establishing operations in the state, including on the acquisition of retail, office and commercial properties. In a highlight, he assisted Dillard with the acquisition and disposition of several shopping centers.

Cliff McKinney is favored by clients, one of whom appreciates that he is "very knowledgeable and always takes time to go through the files and make sure we understand things." He frequently acts on property acquisitions and development. Recently, he advised Arkansas Foodbank on the real estate aspects of its merger with Arkansas Rice Depot.

Observers consider Jeb Joyce to be a "noteworthy attorney" who "does a good job and is good to work with." He secures numerous instructions from lenders and borrowers on real estate finance transactions. He is also well versed in advising on zoning matters.

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The firm has extensive experience representing world-class developers in a variety of transactions including commercial leasing, acquisitions, and development.  The firm works on transactions involving the purchase, sale, construction, financing, development, management, and operation of commercial, industrial, and residential projects throughout Arkansas and the United States; the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities; securitized lending transactions; leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; real estate litigation (including litigation involving real estate brokers): and restructurings on behalf of lenders and borrowers.  The firm is also active in more traditional real estate loans (including construction loans), as well as interest rate swaps, letters of credit, tax deferred exchanges, and convertible mortgages. 

The firm represents national and regional real estate developers, investors, landlords, tenants, and lenders in numerous development projects throughout the United States, including shopping centers, distribution centers, office buildings, hotels, and luxury condominiums and has represented developers on Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Market Tax Credit projects, including interim construction financing, permanent financing, and syndication

The firm has substantial experience in timber land acquisition, sale, and related matters, including oil, gas, and other mineral interests frequently associated with timber land. 




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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Multifaceted real estate team with expertise in acting on property acquisitions, financings, leasing and development matters. Represents a variety of public sector and individual clients, and possesses substantial experience advising on issues of zoning, tax law and land development in connection with commercial properties. Also offers assistance with contentious real estate issues.

Work highlights Represented Central Arkansas Library System in multiple transactions, including the acquisition of a site in Sherwood for a future library.

Assisted Flis Enterprises with the sale and leaseback of real estate in Pine Bluff.

Significant clients Sage Real Estate Solutions, RCP Management, Fairwood Capital, Webster, Rector-Phillips-Morse.

Notable practitioners

Bill Spivey continues to attract a significant number of mandates on real estate matters including financing, acquisitions and land use agreements. Of late, he has advised Deltic Timber on an agreement with the Pulaski County Special School District to develop and expand the Joe T. Robinson Public School complex.

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Kutak Rock LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Quality team that represents a huge range of clients, including both local businesses and national developers on matters involving tax law, financing, property development and leasing. Acts on both regulatory matters and complex commercial transactions, and has provided assistance to lenders, investors, developers and owners.

Strengths Clients praise multiple aspects of the service provided, one explaining that "they have bench strength, they are prompt, have competitive pricing, and are thorough and creative."

Another adds: "They are a full service firm that can handle a lot of matters. They also have good lawyers and a good reputation."

Notable practitioners

Randal Frazier is roundly praised as a "very fine lawyer," and is noted for his ability to undertake a full suite of real estate transactions. He has an established track record in assisting both developers and financial institutions on transactions and is also highly proficient in tackling land use and zoning matters.

Terry Pool is a Fayetteville-based practitioner who is "very experienced, accessible and very dependable." He has broad expertise in handling real estate matters and has worked on acquisitions, leasing and developments.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC - Real Estate Department

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第二等

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What the team is known for Full-service real estate practice covering all aspects of transactional and regulatory issues, concerning acquisitions, developments and leasing. Substantial experience representing lenders, developers and owners with respect to substantial multimillion-dollar projects.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Christopher Barrier is an esteemed practitioner with five decades of experience acting on real estate matters. He is also well versed in finance deals, including municipal bonds.

Harold Hamlin is a highly regarded practitioner who is praised by market commentators for his sound expertise. He advises a range of developers, property managers and contractors in real estate matters, including sales and acquisitions and finance transactions.

John Alan Lewis is based in the Rogers office and is a popular choice for major lending and financing work in the sector. His depth of knowledge is highlighted by sources, having acted for lenders and developers for over three decades.

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Gill Ragon Owen, P.A. - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Represents banks in connection with all manner of lending activities, and other clients in real estate acquisitions and dispositions, as well as financing. Additional experience advising on the development of shopping centers and resorts, in addition to transaction structuring and property negotiations. Also experienced in resolving issues concerning rights of access and enforcing leases.

Strengths Observers highlight the firm's reliable service, praising its "consistency, attention to detail and follow-through."

Another client states: "I have very high regard for their work and I would not use anyone else if I had a choice."

Work highlights Advised Arkansas Teacher Retirement System on a major acquisition, investment and disposition of real estate in the state.

Acted for Southwest Electric Power on the construction of a $1.65 billion electricity generation plant, including advising on title rights.

Significant clients Cooper Communities, Centennial Bank, ABC Financial Services, Salter Properties, Bank of the Ozarks.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Goodwin regularly advises major corporations, government organizations and financial institutions on real estate matters. One source comments: "He is extremely smart in real estate law and is also very good at advising us on business decisions." He recently represented Simmons Bank in connection with loan closing activities, including advice relating to real estate collateral.

Heartsill Ragon attracts praise as "an accomplished lawyer who does a good job." His roster of work encompasses advising on vacation ownership and timeshare projects, including recently acting for Summerwinds Resorts and VPG Partners on land acquisition, development and financing transactions. He also handles a range of other commercial real estate work, acting for sellers, purchasers, investors and lenders.

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Rose Law Firm - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Substantial experience advising on commercial acquisitions, financing and construction mandates for clients across a range of industries, such as investment firms and agricultural companies. Notable expertise in handling matters involving tax, regulatory issues, public financing and large multistate transactions.

Strengths The firm's quality of service is praised by clients, one reporting: "They are great. They do everything promptly and are truly professional."

Work highlights Represented the Economic Development Corporation of Jefferson County in negotiations with the Energy Security Partners to lease and provide an economic incentive package valued at $3.9 million for the planned construction of a $3.7 billion industrial gas-to-liquids facility.

Acted for Arvest Bank on the provision of a $10 million loan secured by real estate to a developer for the construction of an assisted living facility.

Significant clients Mountaire Corporation, Stephens Group, Welspun Tubular, Heartland Renaissance Fund, Ozark Mountain Poultry.

Notable practitioners

Robyn Allmendinger holds a wealth of experience handling real estate transactions, including financing of real estate development projects. Clients praise her expertise in the sector, describing her as "excellent" and giving her "10/10." She also routinely works on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions including assisting Arkansas Oklahoma Gas with the sale of Summit Utilities and the review of real estate interests.

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Senior Statesmen

W Christopher Barrier

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Of counsel Christopher Barrier is an esteemed practitioner with five decades of experience acting on real estate matters. He is also well versed in finance deals, including municipal bonds.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Timothy Grooms maintains a stellar reputation, and is singled out by a source as "one of the smartest lawyers in town," and by another as "an outstanding real estate lawyer who is very active." He has a wealth of experience acting for corporations establishing operations in the state, including on the acquisition of retail, office and commercial properties. In a highlight, he assisted Dillard with the acquisition and disposition of several shopping centers.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peers confirm the "good reputation" of Price Gardner, who continues to handle a range of property acquisitions, leasing and financings. His roster of work includes advising PB General with build-to-suit NNN leasing for a national small box retailer.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Harold Hamlin is a highly regarded practitioner who is praised by market commentators for his sound expertise. He advises a range of developers, property managers and contractors in real estate matters, including sales and acquisitions and finance transactions.

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J Cliff McKinney II

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Cliff McKinney is favored by clients, one of whom appreciates that he is "very knowledgeable and always takes time to go through the files and make sure we understand things." He frequently acts on property acquisitions and development. Recently, he advised Arkansas Foodbank on the real estate aspects of its merger with Arkansas Rice Depot.

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John William Spivey III

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bill Spivey continues to attract a significant number of mandates on real estate matters including financing, acquisitions and land use agreements. Of late, he has advised Deltic Timber on an agreement with the Pulaski County Special School District to develop and expand the Joe T. Robinson Public School complex.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jay Taylor is a highly regarded practitioner with deep expertise in handling real estate finance and development matters. "He is an excellent lawyer who is very bright and thorough," highlights one client, while another adds: "He is good at what he does, and has a great disposition."

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Kutak Rock LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Randal Frazier is roundly praised as a "very fine lawyer," and is noted for his ability to undertake a full suite of real estate transactions. He has an established track record in assisting both developers and financial institutions on transactions and is also highly proficient in tackling land use and zoning matters.

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Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Goodwin regularly advises major corporations, government organizations and financial institutions on real estate matters. One source comments: "He is extremely smart in real estate law and is also very good at advising us on business decisions." He recently represented Simmons Bank in connection with loan closing activities, including advice relating to real estate collateral.

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Kutak Rock LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Terry Pool is a Fayetteville-based practitioner who is "very experienced, accessible and very dependable." He has broad expertise in handling real estate matters and has worked on acquisitions, leasing and developments.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Saxton is known for handling the acquisition and financing of commercial properties, including advising on portfolio transactions. He is also praised by sources for his depth of knowledge in handling tax matters, and is described by one source as "a very gifted tax and real estate attorney."

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Robyn Allmendinger

Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Robyn Allmendinger holds a wealth of experience handling real estate transactions, including financing of real estate development projects. Clients praise her expertise in the sector, describing her as "excellent" and giving her "10/10." She also routinely works on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions including assisting Arkansas Oklahoma Gas with the sale of Summit Utilities and the review of real estate interests.

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Michael B Childers

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Childers is described by interviewees as a "very sharp guy," who “represents big clients and does a great job.” He is well versed in acting on acquisitions, leases and development of commercial properties.

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Hankins Law Firm PA

From the Chambers USA guide

Stuart Hankins of Hankins Law Firm PA has a wealth of experience handling real estate transactions. He is well versed in both contentious and noncontentious matters and has a solid track record acting for financial institutions and developers.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Observers consider Jeb Joyce to be a "noteworthy attorney" who "does a good job and is good to work with." He secures numerous instructions from lenders and borrowers on real estate finance transactions. He is also well versed in advising on zoning matters.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Alan Lewis is based in the Rogers office and is a popular choice for major lending and financing work in the sector. His depth of knowledge is highlighted by sources, having acted for lenders and developers for over three decades.

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Heartsill Ragon III

Gill Ragon Owen, P.A.

From the Chambers USA guide

Heartsill Ragon attracts praise as "an accomplished lawyer who does a good job." His roster of work encompasses advising on vacation ownership and timeshare projects, including recently acting for Summerwinds Resorts and VPG Partners on land acquisition, development and financing transactions. He also handles a range of other commercial real estate work, acting for sellers, purchasers, investors and lenders.

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