J. Shepherd Russell III

Chairman and Managing Partner

Friday Eldredge & Clark

Little Rock

Age: 61


J. Shepherd Russell III

Shep Russell was named chairman and managing partner at Friday Eldredge & Clark, the state’s largest law firm with 84 attorneys on staff, in 2012. As a lawyer, he has done one thing since 1978: public finance — that is, bond and other debt offerings by governmental units in Arkansas and elsewhere. He serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and trustee’s counsel in these transactions. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for four areas of law: municipal, project finance, public finance and structured finance.