How does Little Rock Soirée determine which lawyers make the list?

Best Lawyers is a two-component voting system: peer-review voting and voting by readers of Arkansas Business and Little Rock Soirée. We rely on the lawyers’ expertise to determine who deserves to be on the list and on our readers to tell us how their experiences with individual lawyers rank. This year, we emailed local lawyers from our online directory, inviting them to vote via an online ballot. We also solicited votes from readers through our e-newsletter, social media pages and websites. Our research editor then tallied the votes and we examined the list to confirm Arkansas Bar status and practice specialty for each lawyer.

How do you pick the categories?

We included categories that would be helpful to both business and personal clients.

Do lawyers pay to be on the list?

No, a lawyer cannot pay to be on the list. After the editorial staff finalizes the list, it is given to our sales department, which invites lawyers to buy profiles. These profiles are linked below and are labeled as paid advertising. Whether the lawyers choose to advertise has no bearing on this list.

Soirée’s list of The Top 100 in 18 specialties, as voted by their peers and our readers.


Alternative Dispute

David Fuqua | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
Frank S. Hamlin | Hamlin Dispute Resolution, LLC    
Scotty Shively | ADR, Inc.


Appellate

Misty Wilson Borkowski | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus P.C.    
Benjamin R. McCorkle | Beacon Legal Group, PLLC    
Lee D. Short | James Law Firm
Amy Lee Stewart | Rose Law Firm, PA
Tasha C. Taylor | Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, PA


Bankruptcy

Charles T. Coleman | Wright Lindsey Jennings
Lyndsey D. Dilks | Dilks Law Firm
Stephen L. Gershner | Davidson Law Firm
Kelly W. McNulty | Gill Ragon Owen, PA
John Rainwater | Rainwater, Holt & Sexton
Danyelle J. Walker | Law Offices of Danyelle Walker, PLLC


Business Litigation

Amber Wilson Bagley | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Adrienne L. Baker | Wright Lindsey Jennings
Phil Campbell | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
Roger H. Fitzgibbon, Jr. | Gill Ragon Owen, PA
Judy Simmons Henry | Wright Lindsey Jennings
Gregory M. Hopkins | Hopkins Law Firm
Jamie Huffman Jones | Friday Eldredge Clark, LLC
Lloyd W. “Tre” Kitchens, III | The Brad Hendricks Law Firm    
Joe F. Kolb | J. Kolb Law
Kathleen M. McDonald | Beacon Legal Group, PLLC
Edward T. Oglesby | Kutak Rock LLP
Richard L. Ramsay | Eichenbaum Liles, PA
Kent Walker | Walker Law Firm


Commercial Real Estate

Charles “Skip” Davidson | Davidson Law Firm
J. Cliff McKinney, II | Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull, PLLC
Patrick Spivey | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
Jay T. Taylor | Friday, Eldredge & Clark


Corporate Finance — Mergers & Acquisitions

Bryan W. Duke | Friday Eldredge Clark, LLC


Corporate Insurance

Sarah Cullen | Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, PA
Cindy Kolb | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Beverly Rowlett | Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, PA
Derrick Smith | Mitchell Williams


Corporate Law

John R. Tisdale | Wright Lindsey Jennings
Perry L. Wilson | Barber Law Firm


Criminal Defense

Patrick & Kara Benca | Benca & Benca
Tommy Bennett | Bennett & Williams PLLC
Toney B. Brasuell | Files & Brausell, PLLC
John Wesley Hall | Law Offices of John Wesley Hall
J. Blake Hendrix | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
William O. “Bill” James, Jr. | James Law Firm
Chip Leibovich | Bennett & Williams PLLC
Jeff Rosenzweig | Jeff Rosenzweig Attorney at Law
Jordan B. Tinsley | Tinsley & Youngdahl, PLLC
Brad J. Williams | Bennett & Williams PLLC


Environmental Law

Julie DeWoody Greathouse | PPGMR Law, PLLC
Brian Rosenthal | Rose Law Firm


ERISA

Bryant Cranford | Rose Law Firm
Scott M. Strauss | Barber Law Firm


Family Law

Richard Donovan | Rose Law Firm
Sam Hilburn | Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, Ltd.
Ron Hope | Hope, Trice, O’Dwyer & Wilson, PA
Stephanie Ann Linam | Davidson Law Firm
Kevin O’Dwyer | Hope, Trice, O’Dwyer & Wilson, PA
Keith Pike | Pike Law Firm, PLLC
Bonnie Robertson | Robertson Law Firm, PLLC
Jocelyn A. Stotts | Kamps & Stotts, PLLC
Megan E. Wooster | M.W. Law, PLLC


Labor & Employment Law

J. Bruce Cross | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Gena Gregory | Gregory & LaRue, PLLC
Denise Hoggard | Rainwater, Holt & Sexton
Elizabeth LaRue-Grigg | Gregory & LaRue, PLLC
James D. Robertson | Barber Law Firm
Abbie Decker Rucker | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
James M. Scurlock | Wallace, Martin, Duke & Russell, PLLC    
Jenny Teeter | Gill Ragon Owen, PA
Carolyn B. Witherspoon | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.
Colleen A. Youngdahl | Tinsley & Youngdahl, PLLC


Litigation

J. Carter Fairley | Barber Law Firm
Matthew D. Finch | Gill Ragon Owen, PA
Alec Gaines | Williams & Anderson, PLC
Eric R. Gribble | Fuqua Campbell, P.A.
Robert “Skip” Henry, III | Barber Law Firm
David W. Kamps | Kamps & Stotts, PLLC
Lance R. Miller | Mitchell Williams
Randy P. Murphy | Anderson, Murphy & Hopkins, LLP


Personal Injury

David Couch | David A. Couch PLLC
Gary Green | Law Offices of Gary Green
Jack Lofton | Johnson & Vines, PLLC
Bruce Munson | Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A.
Mike Rainwater | Rainwater, Holt & Sexton
Brian D. Reddick | Reddick Moss, PLLC
Shane Strabala | Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A.
Andy Taylor | Taylor & Taylor Law Firm, P.A.
James W. Tilley | Watts, Donovan & Tilley, PA


Taxation

Christopher D.  Brockett | Hatfield, Sayre & Brockett


Trust & Estates

Wayne B. Ball | Ball Corley, PLLC
M. Gayle Corley | Ball Corley, PLLC
Dee Davenport | Simmons Trust Company
Laura Dyer Johnson | Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus P.C.
Chris McNeal | Johnson & Vines, PLLC
Bethany A. Pike | The Elrod Firm
Adam D. Reid | Barber Law Firm    
Thomas Tarpley | Tarpley Law Firm    


White-Collar Criminal Defense

Chuck Banks | Banks Law Firm, PLLC
Jason Files | Files and Brasuell, PLLC
Win Wilson | Hope, Trice, O’Dwyer & Wilson, PA


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