Mitchell Williams Law Firm Still No. 2 but Catching Up to Friday Eldredge & Clark

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 12:00 am  

If the firm felt any of the recession’s effects it was only that its growth may have been slower than desired, he said.

Beard, who became managing partner at Mitchell Williams at the end of January, said the firm had deliberately sought to diversify to hedge against economic downturns. “We have been very, very careful to make certain that we have a good mix of business all the way across the board,” he said, citing the firm’s practice in the areas of immigration, intellectual property and insurance regulation, just to name a few. “We have really tried to go from soup to nuts, and I think that’s one of the things that sustained us.”

In its news release announcing the addition of 12 lawyers, Kutak Rock, which has offices throughout the U.S., cited demand. The lawyers “are part of a very active growth period for us, and they will help the firm meet the increasing demand for the exceptional legal services we provide to each and every one of our clients,” said Terry Pool, who manages the firm’s Fayetteville and Little Rock offices.

At least one firm is new to the list, Fuqua Campbell of Little Rock, which has 12 lawyers. The firm focuses on nursing home administration and defense, labor and employment law and criminal defense, among other areas.

Patrick Spivey, a partner, noted that prominent criminal defense lawyer Blake Hendrix was of counsel to the firm. “We represent a lot of local companies and they have a lot of needs, a lot of employees,” Spivey said. “And those employees have family law problems, have criminal problems.”

“What we want to do is have exceptional lawyers in as many fields of practice as we can,” he said.



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