WLJ Law Firm Names New Managing Partner, First Female COO

Wright Lindsey Jennings of Little Rock announced Monday that attorney Stephen Lancaster had been elected by the partnership to serve as managing partner, effective Jan. 1.

He succeeds Ed Lowther in the role.

Lancaster, who has been the firm's COO for 11 years, handles commercial litigation and has been with WLJ his entire legal career. The firm said he will continue his practice while acting as managing partner.

Adrienne Baker will succeed Lancaster as COO. Baker, whose litigation practice began at WLJ in 2007, is the firm's first female COO. She will continue her practice, which includes a focus on banking and commercial lending, creditors' rights and contract disputes, while serving as COO.

Lancaster has been named "Lawyer of the Year" three times in various categories by The Best Lawyers in America publication. He has also been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers, Chambers USA and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.

Lancaster is an active American Red Cross volunteer and serves on the board of directors for Arkansas Hospice.

Baker was named to Arkansas Business' "40 Under 40" list in 2017, has twice been voted one of the 100 "Best Lawyers in Little Rock" by the readers of Soirée Magazine and Arkansas Business, and was recognized as one of 27 "Women to Watch" by Soirée in 2014. She has been named a "Rising Star" by Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2012.

Baker is a board member and past chair of the board for the American Red Cross Serving Greater Arkansas. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXI.