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Firm Profile

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

Firm Profile

Little Rock

  • Profile
  • 400 West Capitol Avenue
  • Suite 2000
  • Little Rock
  • Arkansas
  • USA
  • AR 72201-3522

Firm profile submitted by Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP

Managing Partner: J Shepherd Russell III
Number of partners: 62
Number of lawyers: 85

Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP serves business, non-profit, governmental and individual clients in Arkansas and throughout the United States. Since the 1950s, the firm has continuously been one of Arkansas’ largest law firms. Although Friday is respected for its rich history, it is committed to further growth and improvement of its expertise so that long-term clients as well as new clients can trust it with their future. The firm can attribute its continuous success and excellent results for clients to its strong internal leadership and the early development of practice groups. Friday provides clients single-source convenience by offering a range of services in a variety of practice areas. Friday is proud of its past success and current standing within the legal, professional, business and civic communities. It looks forward to even greater achievement and stands ready to meet future legal challenges.

Friday has some of the most experienced trial lawyers in the state who represent its clients on both a regional and national basis. The firm has represented individuals and businesses in a wide array of disputes. Major practice areas include: personal injury defense, professional malpractice defense, commercial litigation, railroad litigation, worker’s compensation and class actions.
General litigation: James M Simpson
Medical malpractice: Laura H Smith
Class action and business litigation: Kevin A Crass
Commercial litigation and regulation: William A Waddell Jr
Railroad: Scott H Tucker

Business & Tax:
Friday’s business and tax practice lawyers provide advice in a wide variety of areas, including entity law matters, individual and corporate income tax planning, and corporate finance. The firm’s clients in the business and tax area range from individuals and small closely held professional businesses to publicly traded corporations, including large retailers, manufacturers, financial institutions, investment managers, public utilities, hospitals and public and private universities.
Contacts: Walter M Ebel III, Price C Gardner

Labor & Employment:
Friday’s labor and employment lawyers have a working knowledge of the complex network of federal and state laws and regulations that control how employers must treat employees, former employees and applicants for employment. They have experience in class action litigation, labor arbitration, litigation under federal and state statutes, downsizing, severance and compensation issues and many other labor areas.
Contact: Elizabeth R Murray

Mergers & Acquisitions:
In the mergers and acquisitions area, Friday handles transactions which deal with fundamental changes in business ownership that often involve debt or equity financing and structural changes to an existing business entity or the formation of a new entity. The firm’s attorneys who practice in this area have backgrounds in corporate finance and securities, accounting, income taxation and commercial lending and management, giving them the ability to understand not only the legal aspects of a deal, but also what is at stake from a business perspective.
Contact: Walter M Ebel III

Public Finance:
Friday combines experience, tax expertise, resources, innovation and reputation to provide sophisticated financial structures tailored to each client and transaction. The firm’s wide range of services includes bond counsel for state and local bonds, underwriter’s, trustee’s and issuer’s counsel services, formation of improvement districts and university and college financings.
Contact: J Shepherd Russell III

Estate Planning:
Friday provides estate planning and estate tax dispute resolution services to a wide range of clients, including individuals, executives, professionals, business owners, farmers and ranchers and forest landowners. The estate planning area focuses on helping clients achieve comprehensive estate planning goals, from the most traditional level of planning to the most advanced level of tax-savings strategies.
Contact: W Thomas Baxter

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation:
Friday’s lawyers practicing in the employee benefits area have a wealth of experience in designing and drafting plans for all types and sizes of employers, and in giving practical and understandable legal advice about operating and maintaining the plans to achieve their business objectives and to comply with applicable laws. This area of the firm’s practice represents clients in profit, non-profit and governmental sectors. Clients range from small closely held professional businesses to publicly traded corporations, including large retailers, manufacturers, financial institutions, investment managers, public utilities, hospitals and public and private universities.
Contact: Joseph B Hurst, Jr

Real Estate:
Friday works with developers, owners, property managers, tenants, financial institutions and investors in all types of transactions from routine purchase agreements to complicated development plans and multi-state sales, acquisition and financing. This area of practice includes acquisition, disposition, leasing and operation of real property, debt and equity financing, partnerships, joint ventures, new markets tax credits and other investment vehicles, and land use, brokerage and management agreements.
Contact: James M Saxton

Friday provides representation to the dynamic healthcare industry covering the full spectrum of healthcare delivery and payment systems. Contact: Price C Gardner Insolvency & Restructuring: Friday works on complex, sophisticated and distressed financial situations representing financial institutions, businesses, landlords, creditors, debtors and others.
Contact: William A Waddell Jr

Friday serves a wide-ranging array of clients, including Acxiom Corporation, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Mutual; Baptist Health; BASF Corporation; CDI Contractors; CenterPoint Energy/Arkla; CNA Insurance Company; Deltic Timber Corporation; Dillard’s, Inc.; Entergy Corporation.; Johnson & Johnson; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Little Rock School District; Murphy USA; Oaklawn Jockey Club; Regions Bank; State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company; Stephens, Inc.; The Travelers Companies; Union Pacific Railroad Company and Wal-Mart Stores, inc.


  • 400 West Capitol Avenue,
  • Suite 2000,
  • Little Rock,
  • Arkansas
  • USA
  • AR 72201-3522
  • Tel +1 501 376 2011
  • Fax +1 501 376 2147
  • Website :
  • 3425 North Futrall Drive,
  • Suite 103,
  • Fayetteville,
  • Arkansas
  • USA
  • AR 72703-6252
  • Tel +1 479 695 2011
  • Fax +1 479 695 2147
  • 600 S. 52nd Street,
  • Street, Suite 200,
  • Rogers,
  • Arkansas
  • USA
  • AR 72758
  • Tel +1 479 695 2011
  • Fax +1 479 845 4363