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Firm Profile

Williams & Anderson PLC

Firm Profile

Little Rock

  • Profile
  • 111 Center Street
  • Suite 2200,
  • Little Rock
  • Arkansas
  • USA
  • AR 72201

Firm profile submitted by Williams & Anderson PLC

Managing Partners: Peter G Kumpe, Bonnie Johnson
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 12
Languages:  English

Williams & Anderson PLC provides the highest quality legal services with discretion, loyalty and dedication to its clients. The firm represents large and small, traditional and emerging businesses. It is known for finding creative and efficient solutions to difficult problems.

Commercial & Business Litigation:
Appellate Counsel for numerous corporate clients, including major financial institutions, corporations, insurance companies, health care providers, and others
■ Cases involve a variety of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, class action defense, franchising, and insurance defense
■ Counsel in many of state’s highest profile appeals, including reversal of $5 million jury verdict for personal liability against the corporate officer of nursing home and successful reversal of order to produce confidential documents and trade secrets
■ Counsel for developers, contractors, lenders, and professionals in broad spectrum of construction litigation
■ Counsel for businesses and corporations in large class action lawsuits
Key Clients: Arkansas Pawnbrokers Association; CECO Construction; and WEHCO Media, Inc.
Contact: David M Powell
Tel: 501 396 8806
Contact: Philip E Kaplan
Tel: 501 396 8432
Contact: Heather G Zachary
Tel: 501 396 8454
Contact: H. William Allen
Tel: 501 396 8461

Corporate & Transactions:
■ Regularly handles corporate transactions important to established and emerging businesses, including corporate finance, entrepreneurial services, corporate governance, tax and technology
■ Experienced in structuring, negotiating, and closing sophisticated and complex business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, debt restructuring, joint ventures, and other commercial transactions Key Client: Sugar Creek Foods International
Contact: Terry L Mathews
Tel: 501 396 8460
Contact: Peter G Kumpe
Tel: 501 396 8431

Labor & Employment:
■ Counsel for businesses regarding compliance with state and federal employment laws and regulations; legal advice regarding personnel practices, policies, and handbooks; supervisor training; employment contracts; wage and hour issues; workplace tort claims; and health and safety in the workplace
■ Employment defense counsel in wrongful discharge and termination claims, contract and labor disputes, unfair competition and trade secrets, employment discrimination and sexual harassment
Key Clients: WEHCO Media, Inc; Arkansas Democrat- Gazette; Exalt Education
Contact: Philip E Kaplan
Tel: 501 396 8432
Contact: Bonnie J Johnson
Tel: 501 396 8417
Contact: Robert A Gaines
Tel: 501 396 8407

Banking, Finance & Real Estate:
Counsel for regional and national banks in numerous loan and finance workouts
■ Trustee counsel for numerous regional and national trust offices
■ Bond counsel for Arkansas Student Loan Authority, Arkansas Development Finance Authority and numerous local water districts
■ Represents creditors, debtors, trustees, and committees in various reorganization and liquidation cases before bankruptcy and appellate courts
■ Represented Bankruptcy Trustee in a matter seeking recovery of $110 million from post-petition transferees
■ Recovered over $4.7 million in voidable transfers to former officers and directors of debter corporation
Key Clients: Arkansas Student Loan Authority, Arkansas Development Finance Authority, I Square Management
Contact: David F Menz
Tel: 501 396 8416
Contact: W Jackson Williams
Tel: 501 396 8414
Contact: John Kooistra
Tel: 501 396 8452
Contact: James E Smith
Tel: 501 396 8443

Wealth & Estate Management & Tax Planning:
■ Counsel for estate management and succession planning for closely-held companies
■ Tax planning counsel for public and private businesses, non-profits, tax exempt organizations, colleges and universities, families and individuals
■ Probate counsel for high net worth individuals
Contact: Terry L Mathews
Tel: 501 396 8460

■ General Counsel to WEHCO Media, Inc and subsidiaries, including WEHCO Newspapers and Video
■ General Counsel to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a newspaper of state- wide circulation
■ Adept at handling and litigating issues arising under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act
Key Clients: Arkansas Democrat Gazette, WEHCO Media
Contact: Robert A Gaines
Tel: 501 396 8407

■ Counsel to charter schools; advice regarding charter approval and renewal process, finance, special education, discipline, employment matters, contract review, and lease and purchase of real estate
■ Served as borrower’s counsel for charter schools
Key Clients: LISA Academy, Future School of Fort Smith, Exalt Education, Inc.
Contact: Bonnie J Johnson
Tel: 501 396 8417
Contact: Heather G Zachary
Tel: 501 396 8454

Non-Profit Law:
Counsel to numerous nonprofit organizations: advice regarding incorporation and recognition by the IRS of tax-exempt status, governance, employment matters, and general business advice
Key Clients: Gujarati Samaj of Arkansas, LISA Academy, Future School of Fort Smith, Exalt Education, Inc., Little Rock Catholic Diocese
Contact: Bonnie J Johnson (author of Legal Guide for Arkansas Non-profit and Volunteer Organizations)
Tel: 501 396 8417

Environmental & Natural Resources:
■ Counsel for corporations, individuals, governmental units, and major national and state environmental organizations in a wide range of Federal, state, and local issues, including NEPA and citizen suit litigation, permitting, regulatory compliance, and related matters
■ Counsel for oil and gas exploration and production companies as well as royalty land owners in oil and gas leasing, litigation, and regulatory matters; pipeline right-of-way acquisition and litigation matters
Key Clients:
Sierra Club, Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, City of Dardanelle; City of Heber Springs; BJ Ranch; Two JJ Ranch; May Ranch
Contact: Richard H Mays
Tel: 501 396 8446