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Labor & Employment — Arkansas


Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with a highly regarded team for labor and employment matters, regularly called upon to represent companies in litigation, with a focus on discrimination disputes. Also active on collective action lawsuits and unfair labor practice matters, with additional expertise in arbitrations and mediations. Offers a range of litigation avoidance strategies including educational programs.

Work highlights Assisted the Arkansas State Chamber in drafting legislation to address the employment issues associated with passage of constitutional amendment permitting medical marijuana usage in Arkansas.

Acted on behalf of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas to bring suit against the Department of Labor concerning its implementation of the Persuader Rule.

Notable practitioners

Bruce Cross draws on substantive experience handling legislative matters, including issues surrounding the prevailing wage laws in Arkansas. He garners praise from clients, who regard him as "very professional and unflappable," adding: "He provides excellent advice during stressful times."

Carolyn Witherspoon offers skilled handling of highly contentious matters in litigation and ADR settings. She works with public and private employers on a range of disputes. She is described by a peers as "an institution in this area."

Melissa Duke displays particular strengths in relation to EEOC issues including unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment. Peers cite her "excellent reputation."

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded labor and employment team within a renowned full-service firm. Strong in litigation, regularly handling discrimination, wage and hour and overtime claims, and also active in counseling clients on compliance matters. Also handles regulatory matters on behalf of employers in issues relating to the immigration status of employees.

Strengths A client describes the team as "extremely competent, extremely supportive and delightful to work with."

Another client adds: "We rate their performance extremely well; their communication is great and they are easy to work with."

Work highlights Defending U.S. Pizza in a collective action alleging violation of state and federal wage and hour laws, including an alleged illegal tip-pooling arrangement and a purported failure to properly pay minimum wage for non-tipped work performed by servers

Acted for Windstream Communications in a disability discrimination and retaliation case where the plaintiff claimed over $750,000 in damages.

Notable practitioners

William Stuart Jackson enjoys a particularly strong reputation for his labor and employment work and his expertise in discrimination cases. A source describes him as "very professional, very levelheaded, very competent." He provides counsel to clients on compliance issues with regard to EEOC regulations, internal policy and enforcement actions.

John Davis covers a range of issues in the employment space, incorporating a notable practice in employee compensation. He acts on behalf of clients in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. He additionally offers expertise relating to unionized workforces including negation of collective bargaining agreements and has been described by his clients as "excellent and professional; a big-league lawyer."

Michelle Kaemmerling is acknowledged for her strength in labor and employment-related litigation, drawing praise from peers as a "very reasonable and intelligent" attorney. She has experience in complex discovery and e-discovery proceedings, and counsels on litigation avoidance strategies.

Lee Muldrow specializes in the representation of clients facing compensation-related issues. Peers describe him as an "experienced lawyer with a good reputation" in the area. He acts on behalf of a broad range of clients, including both insurance carriers and self-insured organizations.

Jane Kim demonstrates the ability to handle significant collective actions as well as single-plaintiff EEOC matters.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive labor and employment services together with a thorough benefits and compensation practice. Frequently advises on discrimination claims, policy reviews and contract terminations. Often advises on tax aspects of benefits and compensation. Client roster comprises large regional or national bodies and companies. Also offers a wealth of experience concerning issues facing smaller operations including family and closely-held businesses.

Strengths A client says: "They are always available, very thorough in their research and their knowledge of the law is exceptional."

Another client adds: "They do a really good job. They are very proactive, responsive and knowledgeable in their field."

Work highlights Successfully represented J.D. & Billy Hines trucking in a $100,000 racial discrimination and retaliation claim.

Defended the Little Rock School District in a case alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All claims were dismissed on summary judgment.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Herrington is described by clients as "efficient and focused – a go-to lawyer in the state." His practice covers the full spectrum of labor and employment matters including wage and hour, OSHA and ADA issues. He practices before government agencies and both state and federal courts including the Arkansas Supreme Court. Sources further note that he provides "a sense of calm and strategy."

Michael Moore focuses his practice on discrimination issues within the employment area. He also handles other contentious issues including wrongful discharge and wage and hour disputes. His clients describe him as "highly analytical" and possessed of "the perfect demeanor for this type of situation."

Wyckliff Nisbet enjoys an "excellent reputation around town," according to peers, who particularly note his handling of ERISA matters. His practice also offers expertise in navigating the tax issues associated with benefit, retirement and compensation plans.

Christopher Heller is well known across the market, particularly for his work with regard to clients in the educational and governmental sectors. Peers hold him in high regard as "a very strong lawyer with a good reputation."

Joseph Hurst primarily focuses on the employee benefits market. He has particular experience handling a range of retirement plans in addition to welfare and benefit plans. He is well known throughout the market and draws praise as "extremely knowledgeable, proactive and very thorough."

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Labor and Employment:

We are best known for our ability to advise clients from the beginning of the employment relationship through discharge, severance and litigation. Our representation throughout the employee life cycle is seamless. We are known for cost-effective and expert advice in discrimination claim avoidance and defense, FMLA compliance and litigation, FLSA collective action defense, drafting and litigating, OSHA, DOL and NLRB practice.

We have extensive experience in the transportation sector as well as the service industry. Other industries include agriculture, manufacturing and service and retail.

Employee Benefits and Compensation:

Our firm has by far the largest employee benefits practice in Arkansas, encompassing more than 1,000 separate benefits and compensation plans. Members of our practice group all have Masters in Taxation law degrees.  Our clients based in Arkansas and beyond represent a “who’s who” of leading employers and include:

  • A leading energy utility
  • Banks and bank holding companies
  • A large nationwide department store retailer
  • Food processing companies with regional and national reach
  • The top Arkansas health systems and hospitals
  • Family business interests that own dozens of companies
  • Educational institutions and other not-for-profit organizations (including the State of Arkansas deferred compensation plan)

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact and well-reputed team for labor and employment matters that is particularly strong in discrimination disputes. Also active on general employment issues such as contracts, HR policies and terminations.

Notable practitioners

Byron Freeland is noted by peers for his focus on contentious matters particularly through litigation; he is described by a source as "an excellent trial lawyer." He has experience representing clients from the healthcare industry as well as handling construction-related matters.

Kathlyn Graves assists clients across a broad range of matters including counseling on regulatory compliance with both OSHA and EEOC guidelines. She is also capable at handling contentious matters and is commended by her peers as "strong and smart with good experience and a practical approach."

About the Team (content provided by Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC)

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.  advises employers on a full spectrum of issues affecting the employment relationship to help employers navigate complex workforce issues, mitigate risk and avoid claims.

Our lawyers counsel clients on a variety of issues including development of effective workplace policies and procedures, protecting a company’s intellectual property, workforce reductions, employment contracts and restrictive covenants, workplace safety and substance abuse issues, supervisor training, disability accommodation, leaves of absence, discipline and termination, and traditional labor law matters.

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Able practice offering a strong collective and class action defense practice with notable competence in wage and hour disputes, particularly with regard to distinctions between Arkansas and federal law. Also handles employment-related commercial litigation including contract, trade secret and breach of fiduciary duty disputes.

Strengths One client reports: "Very professional and smart; they have a team approach and are excellent to work with."

Sources say: "They are true professionals."

Work highlights Represented Gerber Products in the appeal of a $6 million judgment issued to a certified class of employees relating to the interpretation of wage and hour laws within Arkansas.

Acted on behalf of Today's Office in a jury trial in connection with the enforcement of restrictive covenants in an employment contract, in addition to actions against the former employee's new employer for alleged tortious interference.

Notable practitioners

Chip Chiles receives praise from his clients, who report that "he has a very charismatic and compelling personality," adding: "He is very good at what he does and is able to take the complex nuances of any case and break that down for a judge and a jury." He is also well regarded by his peers, in particular for his handling of litigation involving the enforcement of noncompete clauses.

About the Team (content provided by Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC)

The firm regularly defends businesses against a variety of employment claims, including claims of wrongful termination; allegations of age, race, gender, and disability discrimination; claims of retaliation; hostile workplace allegations; the validity of covenants not to compete; contract disputes; and wage-and-hour claims.  The firm's work in this area includes defending against employment-related class-action claims and litigating complex business claims that arise in the employment context.  

The firm represents business clients in connection with claims against former employees related to restrictive covenants, non-solicitation and non-competition agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets and other proprietary information.  

The firm's employment lawyers have experience in state and federal courts in Arkansas and Tennessee and before the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in employment-related matters. The firm also regularly represent major ERISA plan administrators in cases brought by claimants to recover benefits under ERISA, and frequently advises businesses faced with employment issues, including drafting and editing handbooks, policies, and job descriptions; conducting internal investigations and reviews; and offering training and compliance advice to management. 

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Rose Law Firm - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed labor and employment team within a very experienced full-service firm. Work covers a wide range of issues, including reviewing health and safety policies, labor compliance, discrimination litigation, accidents and wage and hour claims. Also active in drafting retirement plans.

Strengths Clients report: "One big strength is their ability to bring projects to a quick resolution."

Work highlights Advised Mountaire on HIPPA Privacy Rule, ACA, ERISA, COBRA and Internal Revenue Code compliance.

Counseled Rain for Rent on a Mine Safety and Health Administration enforcement action.

Notable practitioners

Tim Boe predominantly focuses his practice on the handling of OSHA compliance in addition to defense of contentious OSHA proceedings. He is a well-known figure in the marketplace, with peers attesting to his "stellar reputation" and wealth of experience.

David Martin draws specific praise from clients for his union work, being described as "very thorough, very professional and very experienced." His practice also encompasses a range of employment disputes including discrimination and harassment matters under the EEOC.

Bryant Cranford has been noted by peers for his focus on ERISA compliance matters alongside HIPAA, ACA and COBRA issues. Clients hold him in high regard, reporting that "he is very technically knowledgeable and methodological in his analysis."

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Senior Statesperson

Williams & Anderson PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Kaplan of Williams & Anderson PLC has a distinguished position in the market and is regarded by his peers as "one of the most respected labor and employment attorneys in the state." His practice centers on providing representation in contentious labor and employment matters, acting on behalf of both employers and employees.

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Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Tim Boe predominantly focuses his practice on the handling of OSHA compliance in addition to defense of contentious OSHA proceedings. He is a well-known figure in the marketplace, with peers attesting to his "stellar reputation" and wealth of experience.

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Cross draws on substantive experience handling legislative matters, including issues surrounding the prevailing wage laws in Arkansas. He garners praise from clients, who regard him as "very professional and unflappable," adding: "He provides excellent advice during stressful times."

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Byron Freeland is noted by peers for his focus on contentious matters particularly through litigation; he is described by a source as "an excellent trial lawyer." He has experience representing clients from the healthcare industry as well as handling construction-related matters.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathlyn Graves assists clients across a broad range of matters including counseling on regulatory compliance with both OSHA and EEOC guidelines. She is also capable at handling contentious matters and is commended by her peers as "strong and smart with good experience and a practical approach."

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Daniel Herrington

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Herrington is described by clients as "efficient and focused – a go-to lawyer in the state." His practice covers the full spectrum of labor and employment matters including wage and hour, OSHA and ADA issues. He practices before government agencies and both state and federal courts including the Arkansas Supreme Court. Sources further note that he provides "a sense of calm and strategy."

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William Stuart Jackson

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Stuart Jackson enjoys a particularly strong reputation for his labor and employment work and his expertise in discrimination cases. A source describes him as "very professional, very levelheaded, very competent." He provides counsel to clients on compliance issues with regard to EEOC regulations, internal policy and enforcement actions.

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Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson & Raley LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Spencer Robinson of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Harrelson & Starling LLP enjoys a strong reputation among peers, who describe him as "in a league of his own" and "great to work with." He is particularly active in NRLB matters as well as offering skills in handling of EEOC allegations.

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Carolyn B Witherspoon

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Carolyn Witherspoon offers skilled handling of highly contentious matters in litigation and ADR settings. She works with public and private employers on a range of disputes. She is described by a peers as "an institution in this area."

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McMath Woods

From the Chambers USA guide

John Coulter of McMath Woods is described by a peer as "very reasonable, intelligent and good to deal with." His practice incorporates representation of both defendants and plaintiffs in a variety of employment litigation.

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Davis covers a range of issues in the employment space, incorporating a notable practice in employee compensation. He acts on behalf of clients in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. He additionally offers expertise relating to unionized workforces including negation of collective bargaining agreements and has been described by his clients as "excellent and professional; a big-league lawyer."

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Michelle M Kaemmerling

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michelle Kaemmerling is acknowledged for her strength in labor and employment-related litigation, drawing praise from peers as a "very reasonable and intelligent" attorney. She has experience in complex discovery and e-discovery proceedings, and counsels on litigation avoidance strategies.

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Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Eva Madison of Littler Mendelson, PC is particularly active on a range of employment litigation matters including single-plaintiff harassment and class action wage and hour disputes. Pleased clients describe her as "very responsive, very easy to work with, and very pragmatic and practical in her approach."

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Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

David Martin draws specific praise from clients for his union work, being described as "very thorough, very professional and very experienced." His practice also encompasses a range of employment disputes including discrimination and harassment matters under the EEOC.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Moore focuses his practice on discrimination issues within the employment area. He also handles other contentious issues including wrongful discharge and wage and hour disputes. His clients describe him as "highly analytical" and possessed of "the perfect demeanor for this type of situation."

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E B (Chip) Chiles IV

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Chip Chiles receives praise from his clients, who report that "he has a very charismatic and compelling personality," adding: "He is very good at what he does and is able to take the complex nuances of any case and break that down for a judge and a jury." He is also well regarded by his peers, in particular for his handling of litigation involving the enforcement of noncompete clauses.

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Melissa Duke displays particular strengths in relation to EEOC issues including unfair dismissal, discrimination and harassment. Peers cite her "excellent reputation."

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Christopher Heller

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Heller is well known across the market, particularly for his work with regard to clients in the educational and governmental sectors. Peers hold him in high regard as "a very strong lawyer with a good reputation."

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jane Kim demonstrates the ability to handle significant collective actions as well as single-plaintiff EEOC matters.

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Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Brian Vandiver of Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver PLLC is a well-recognized figure in the labor and employment market, noted by peers as "a very knowledgeable and capable attorney." He skillfully handles EEOC issues including wrongful termination and retaliation allegations, in addition to providing counsel on compliance and contract law.

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