MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is an established leader in Arkansas banking legislation and the areas of lending, regulatory issues, insurance and securities, and plans of exchange. The firm’s experienced team of lawyer represents domestic and foreign banks, bank holding companies, leasing companies, finance companies and other financial institution and corporate, government, institutional, individual and financial intermediary borrowers.
Contact: Jill Grimsley Drewyor, J. Scott Schallhorn, Harold. W. Hamlin
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights
The Mitchell Williams bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights team of lawyers advise clients in matters of bankruptcy, debt finance, real estate, transactions and tax law to assist creditors in understanding their respective rights in restructuring bankruptcy and financial reorganization matters. The team is combined of experienced litigators and skilled negotiators that have decades of experience in business and commercial law and are skilled at working within the court process that underlies the bankruptcy system.
Contact: Lance R. Miller, Stan D. Smith
The Mitchell Williams business team of lawyers advise corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions and securities matters. The firm represents clients throughout Arkansas and beyond offering innovative business and legal solutions to assist businesses with meeting their goals.
Contact: C. Douglas Buford, Jr., John Alan Lewis, Walter E. May, Stan D. Smith
Energy and Utility
The Mitchell Williams energy and utility team of lawyers has decades of experience working in the field of public utility law. The firm represents clients in matters of business transactions, regulatory issues, resolution of disputes, compliance with regulatory rulings and regulations, certification proceedings, transmission and distribution utilities along with rate cases, development of rate case applications and supporting testimony and representation at rate case proceedings and other hearings.
Contact: Derrick W. Smith, Morril H. Harriman, Jr.
Environment & Natural Resources
Mitchell Williams has wealth of experience in environmental law assisting clients with understanding, identifying, and resolving potential and current environmental issues. The environment and natural resources team of lawyers have litigation, transactional, regulatory and legislative experience in all major environmental arenas. The firm represents trade associations, local governmental bodies, transportation, conventional and alternative energy generation and distribution, petroleum marketing exploration, development chemical manufacturing, cement manufacturing, telecommunication services, consumer products, forest products, agribusiness and banking and finance.
Contact: Allan Gates, Walter Wright
The Mitchell Williams government relations team of lawyers have over 100 years of government relations experience offering a unique combination of regulatory knowledge with skilled understanding of the political process. The firm is noted as one of the leading government relations firms in the state of Arkansas representing public and private companies from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, utilities, universities to other entities. The government relations practice is combined of lawyers with Congressional, White House, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court, State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator, and Chairman, Vice Chairman and members of various State Boards and Commissions experience.
Contacts: T. Ark Monroe, III, Martha McKenzie Hill, Derrick W. Smith
The Mitchell Williams health care team of lawyers works with hospitals, health care systems, nursing homes, physician’s practices, health exchanges and others to provide guidance in navigating the highly regulated health care industry. The multi-disciplinary team draws on a broad range of legal, business and health care industry experience to counsel clients on matters of health care technology and privacy, insurance, fraud and abuse claims, labor and employment matters, real estate transactions, and corporate transactions including sales and acquisitions.
Contact: John Alan Lewis, Betty DeLargy
Mitchell Williams has one of the preeminent insurance regulatory law practices in the United States. The firm’s experienced insurance regulatory team of lawyers includes former state insurance regulators, former in-house counsel and legal professionals whose practice is dedicated solely to insurance regulatory matters representing clients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The team understands the insurance industry from a business and legal perspective encompassing state insurance regulation, from market conduct compliance and regulation of intermediaries to insurance holding company systems regulation and regulation of captive insurers, for all types of insurance entities. The firm often works as outside general counsel to clients, providing legal advice and counsel on insurance corporate and regulatory matters.
Contact: Derrick W. Smith, Charles, B Cliett, Jr., Betty DeLargy
Investigations and Corporate Compliance
The Mitchell Williams investigations and corporate compliance team of lawyers has the experience to handle both the initial and collateral consequences of government investigations including pre-investigation prevention and mitigation, internal investigations or defence of a government investigation, or resolution through settlement or trial. The team is combined of former prosecutors and enforcement officials skilled in conducting investigations in a variety of business contexts.
Contact: Christopher D. Plumlee, Jane W. Duke
Labor & Employment
Mitchell Williams advises employers on all issues affecting the employment relationship. The labor and employment team of lawyers help employers navigate complex workforce issues and counsel clients on 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.
Contact: Kathlyn Graves, Bryon L. Freeland
The Mitchell Williams experienced litigation team of lawyers represent business clients in complex litigation involving disputes with other businesses, government entities, or groups of individuals, each of which necessarily involves an understanding of both the business issue and the industry of the client. The firm counsels companies in diverse industry sectors and has extensive experience in trial and arbitration along with class action expertise.
Contact: Lance R. Miller, Stuart P. Miller, Karen P. Freeman
Municipal and Public Finance
The Mitchell Williams municipal and public finance team of lawyers serve as bond, underwriters, issuers, borrowers, special tax and disclosure counsel for all types of financings by public entities throughout the state of Arkansas. The team has experience in structuring complex transactions and have attorneys who specifically focus on the tax aspects of municipal finance. The firm represents state agencies, counties, municipalities, school districts, authorities, and many different kinds of special purpose units of local government.
Contact: Michele Simmons Allgood, Jill Grimsley Drewyor
Mitchell Williams offers comprehensive legal counsel to taxpayers in all aspects of local, state and federal taxation. The team of lawyers work with clients in Arkansas to provide solutions to complex tax issues through a combination of tax knowledge and an understanding of the clients’ business needs.
Contact: Christopher T. Rogers, Jennifer C. Pierce
Trust and Estate
The firm assist clients in Arkansas with their estate, gift and income tax planning needs. The Trust and Estate team of lawyers are known for their personalized approach to designing creative, effective plans to help clients meet their objectives. The lawyers assist clients in all aspects of trust and estate law including, estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, fiduciary services and litigation.
Contact: Jennifer C. Pierce, Christopher T. Rogers