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USA Guide

Labor & Employment — Arkansas

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From the Chambers USA guide

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 cases with a focus on discrimination disputes. Also active on collective action lawsuits and unfair labor practice matters, with additional expertise in arbitrations and mediation cases.

Strengths "They are wonderful and excellent,“ a client remarks, explaining: “They are experienced and knowledgeable about employment law." 

Work highlights Advised Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department on a sex discrimination case and obtained a summary judgment in favor of the client.

Significant clients Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport, Clearwater Paper, Evergreen Packaging, International Paper, LM Wind Power.

Notable practitioners  

Bruce Cross is considered by sources to be "very driven, professional and knowledgeable." He is highly regarded for his skills in collective bargaining, unfair labor practice and further issues falling under the auspices of the NLRB. "I would rate him 11/10 if I could. I think he is very thorough, knowledgeable and up to date," a satisfied client remarks.

Carolyn Witherspoon is well reputed in the market and regularly advises employers from the public and private sectors on a range of disputes related to employment matters. Market sources agree on her capabilities, with clients stating: "She is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive to questions," while others add: "She is phenomenal! She knows the business and gets what she wants." Also described by commentators as "very effective and efficient, a strong lawyer," she is usually seen working on discrimination cases and collective actions in court as well as acting as an arbitrator.

Melissa Duke is recognized in the market for her growing expertise on advising employers on matters that require action before agencies such as the EEOC and Wage & Hour Division. A market commentator notes: "She keeps up to date on the law and is very professional, informative and has a great reputation in the community."

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From the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths "I would rate them as very good and very thorough," an interviewee notes.

Another market source highlights the attorneys' skills, stating the advice they provide is "detailed, informative, and very good." 

Work highlights Advised Windstream Communications on a dispute with a former employee about sales commissions. The claim was dismissed in a summary judgement.

Currently acting on behalf of Arkansas Steel in two federal court matters with regards to discrimination in the workplace.

Significant clients Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Mercy-Health, The Association of Arkansas Counties, U.S. Pizza Company, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.

Notable practitioners  

William Stuart Jackson is highly regarded in the market for his general labor and employment work as well as his focus on discrimination cases. He is also active on matters involving EEOC charges, wage and hour collective actions and alleged harassment claims. Market sources describe him as "very knowledgeable," and further note his "good negotiation skills."

John Davis has over three decades of experience in labor and employment matters, with additional expertise in benefits and compensation issues. He is praised by market sources, who describe him as "very knowledgeable about employment law." He also handles harassment and discrimination claims and investigations.

Michelle Kaemmerling is a well-respected partner at the firm who is renowned for her litigation skills in the employment space, focusing on discrimination and harassment defense for employers. She receives high praise from peers and clients, with one source stating that "she is very thorough," and "easily accessible."

With over 30 years of experience in the sector, Lee Muldrow is recognized for his work on employment disputes, where he continues to handle worker's compensation defense. His clients include significant employers and insurers.

Jane Kim focuses on employment matters, regularly representing employers before both state and federal courts in claims regarding disability and discrimination issues. She is also seen carrying out training on relevant employment matters.

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From the Chambers USA guide

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.

Strengths Market sources praise its communication skills, stating the team is "attentive to clients' needs and prompt in getting back to us,” adding that “they are technically proficient."

"I think their performance is excellent, especially in the employee benefits area," a client remarks. 

Notable practitioners 

Daniel Herrington is described as "extremely knowledgeable, helpful and prompt in returning calls" by market sources, who acknowledge him for his work in general employment law with a focus on litigation. His clients are drawn from diverse industries such as healthcare, construction and retail, among others.

Michael Moore is well known in the market for his work as a litigator in employment cases, where he frequently acts on discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Sources note that he is "very knowledgeable and prompt in responding."

Wyckliff Nisbet is widely acknowledged in the market for his expertise in employee benefits and compensation, where he is regarded as "very knowledgeable" and is highlighted for his "excellent reputation in the profession and the community" by interviewees. His scope of expertise covers drafting retirement plans and assisting clients with compliance advice.

Joseph Hurst is respected in the employee benefits and compensation space for his consistently good-quality work product. Clients praise him for being "very responsive and a good adviser." He is also highlighted for his work drafting retirement plans.

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From the Chambers USA guide

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  

Highly regarded Byron Freeland is described as an "excellent trial lawyer" by market sources. He focuses on representing clients in litigation matters related to wage and hour controversies, disciplinary issues and termination of contracts.

Kathlyn Graves maintains a sterling reputation for her work as an adviser and litigator in complex disputes, including appellate cases. Described by sources as a "really good employment lawyer," she is regularly engaged to advise clients on discrimination suits.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Reputable 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 "We think they are excellent. They have done a great job for us," reports one client. 

Work highlights Advised Denver Roller on compliance issues and represented it in labor-related enforcement and litigation actions.

Acted on behalf of Lexicon Management Group on a wage and hour collective action against the client.

Significant clients Nucor Corporation, Enterprise Products Operating, Denver Roller, Welsco, Lexicon Management Group.

Notable practitioners 

Tim Boe is highly experienced in labor and employment matters, having worked in the practice for around four decades. Renowned in the market, he continues to practice as a litigator while doing general work such as reviewing health and safety issues for major companies.

Market sources highlight David Martin for his negotiation skills: "He is a very experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about the law," adding that "he is able to resolve disputes without litigation." Another interviewee notes: "He is very helpful and provides good guidance." He also handles litigation regarding discrimination claims and wage and hour issues.

Bryant Cranford is noted for his expertise in employee benefits and compensation, regualrly advising clients on retirement schemes and healthcare issues. Market sources praise his work, stating that "he is excellent."

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Senior Statesmen

Williams & Anderson PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Kaplan of Williams & Anderson PLC is an experienced litigator in the employment space. Market sources agree on his extensive knowledge and skills, and one peer describes him as a "great lawyer."

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Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Tim Boe is highly experienced in labor and employment matters, having worked in the practice for around four decades. Renowned in the market, he continues to practice as a litigator while doing general work such as reviewing health and safety issues for major companies.

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Bruce Cross is considered by sources to be "very driven, professional and knowledgeable." He is highly regarded for his skills in collective bargaining, unfair labor practice and further issues falling under the auspices of the NLRB. "I would rate him 11/10 if I could. I think he is very thorough, knowledgeable and up to date," a satisfied client remarks.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Highly regarded Byron Freeland is described as an "excellent trial lawyer" by market sources. He focuses on representing clients in litigation matters related to wage and hour controversies, disciplinary issues and termination of contracts.

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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathlyn Graves maintains a sterling reputation for her work as an adviser and litigator in complex disputes, including appellate cases. Described by sources as a "really good employment lawyer," she is regularly engaged to advise clients on discrimination suits.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Herrington is described as "extremely knowledgeable, helpful and prompt in returning calls" by market sources, who acknowledge him for his work in general employment law with a focus on litigation. His clients are drawn from diverse industries such as healthcare, construction and retail, among others.

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

William Stuart Jackson is highly regarded in the market for his general labor and employment work as well as his focus on discrimination cases. He is also active on matters involving EEOC charges, wage and hour collective actions and alleged harassment claims. Market sources describe him as "very knowledgeable," and further note his "good negotiation skills."

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Ramsay, Bridgforth, Harrelson & Starling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The highly regarded Spencer Robinson of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Harrelson & Starling LLP has been practicing in the labor and employment sector for four decades. "Spencer is a good attorney. He knows what he is doing and has been practicing for a long time," an interviewee remarks. His core strength lies in labor relations, and he regularly acts on behalf of clients before the NLRB and in state and federal court.

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Carolyn Witherspoon is well reputed in the market and regularly advises employers from the public and private sectors on a range of disputes related to employment matters. Market sources agree on her capabilities, with clients stating: "She is experienced, knowledgeable and responsive to questions," while others add: "She is phenomenal! She knows the business and gets what she wants." Also described by commentators as "very effective and efficient, a strong lawyer," she is usually seen working on discrimination cases and collective actions in court as well as acting as an arbitrator.

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McMath Woods

From the Chambers USA guide

John Coulter of McMath Woods joined the firm as a partner in 2016 and is renowned for representing plaintiffs in employment matters. Market sources praise him for his skills in the space, saying: "He is really good to deal with; a bright guy."

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

John Davis has over three decades of experience in labor and employment matters, with additional expertise in benefits and compensation issues. He is praised by market sources, who describe him as "very knowledgeable about employment law." He also handles harassment and discrimination claims and investigations.

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michelle Kaemmerling is a well-respected partner at the firm who is renowned for her litigation skills in the employment space, focusing on discrimination and harassment defense for employers. She receives high praise from peers and clients, with one source stating that "she is very thorough," and "easily accessible."

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Littler Mendelson

From the Chambers USA guide

Co-head of department Eva Madison of Littler Mendelson "is a very detail-oriented lawyer who is very organized and knowledgeable in her field." One market source adds: "She is also very responsive, and that's important." Strong in all fields of employment work, she focuses on wage and hour conflicts, class action matters and discrimination defense cases. Of late she has been increasingly active in government investigations and EEOC work.

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Rose Law Firm

From the Chambers USA guide

Market sources highlight David Martin for his negotiation skills: "He is a very experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about the law," adding that "he is able to resolve disputes without litigation." Another interviewee notes: "He is very helpful and provides good guidance." He also handles litigation regarding discrimination claims and wage and hour issues.

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Moore is well known in the market for his work as a litigator in employment cases, where he frequently acts on discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Sources note that he is "very knowledgeable and prompt in responding."

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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Chip Chiles of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC is well known for his litigation skills and regularly represents clients in class actions involving wage and hour and disability benefits issues as well as wrongful termination claims. Clients benefit from his additional expertise in business litigation. "Chip is fantastic!" enthuses a satisfied market source.

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Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Melissa Duke is recognized in the market for her growing expertise on advising employers on matters that require action before agencies such as the EEOC and Wage & Hour Division. A market commentator notes: "She keeps up to date on the law and is very professional, informative and has a great reputation in the community."

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Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Jane Kim focuses on employment matters, regularly representing employers before both state and federal courts in claims regarding disability and discrimination issues. She is also seen carrying out training on relevant employment matters.

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Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Described by market sources as a "solid" lawyer, Brian Vandiver of Cox, Sterling, McClure & Vandiver PLLC is a name partner at the firm. He acts on behalf of clients, mainly employers, on all areas of labor and employment law. "He is a very good attorney who really services his clients well," an interviewee remarks.

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