Prominent Profile Not a Thorny Issue for Robyn Allmendinger at Rose Law Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Jun. 11, 2018 12:00 am   3 min read

Robyn P. Allmendinger 
Managing Member of the Rose Law Firm of Little Rock (Jason Burt)

Robyn P. Allmendinger is a transactional lawyer at the Rose Law Firm with a varied practice in the areas of real estate, corporate and securities, commercial financing, and mergers and acquisitions. Allmendinger received her Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 2002.

Allmendinger recently was elected as the first female managing member of the Rose Law Firm. She is a ranked lawyer in real estate by “Chambers USA” and is featured in “The Best Lawyers in America” for her work in securities and capital markets. She has been practicing with the Rose Law Firm, which traces its origin to 1820, since 2002.

We’re slowly reaching the point where “first female” honors are less rare, but still, you’re the first female managing member of an almost 200-year-old law firm. What are your thoughts on that distinction?
To set this precedent for our firm shows the tremendous progress within the legal industry. I was completely overwhelmed at the response I received when the firm announced me as the new managing member. The significance of this historic moment was not lost on me, but I was humbled to receive so many well wishes from friends, colleagues and even parents of young women who expressed how their daughters were excited and encouraged by this announcement.

What are your plans for the firm? Any change in direction or anything new? Expansion?
Since taking this role four months ago, I have started to take an in-depth look at our firm and its operations. I truly am excited about our firm’s leadership and the direction we are heading. Our recent expansion into northwest Arkansas coupled with hiring a very talented marketing and business development director, Heide Harrell, are two great examples of how we are executing strategic growth initiatives. Collectively, we are also taking a global look at our firm to identify and prioritize a number of opportunities.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to a law firm having a lot of history and a prominent profile?
Our firm has a long and rich history, and there is a genuine sense of pride among our attorneys and staff to be a part of this establishment. We have survived the peaks and valleys over almost two centuries and continue to remain a thriving law firm with an excellent reputation, not only in our community, but nationally. Prominence also opens the door for public scrutiny and media attention, whether it is positive or negative, both of which our firm has weathered over the years.

Why did you enter the law?
During my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, I signed up for a business law class. This class steered me toward law school. I really enjoyed the case studies we would do on how the law applies in the real world to businesses every day.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known earlier in your career?
1) “This too shall pass.” The slow times come and go, and likewise, those crazy busy times when you want to pull your hair out come and go as well.

2) Learn new things. If you are an attorney, spend the time to invest in a new area of the law and become the expert, making yourself invaluable to your firm.

3) Start networking early on. Successful careers are built on your relationships. It’s not about handing out business cards and shaking hands. Instead, spend time developing relationships where, hopefully, one day the business will come naturally. Keep in touch with your classmates because in just a few years, your friend who just started as a bank teller may become the bank president.



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