Grundfest Leaving Mitchell Firm, Hamlin Named Managing Director

Jack Grundfest is leaving the Little Rock law firm of Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard, where he has been managing director, to become president of A. Tenenbaum Co. of North Little Rock, the law firm announced Wednesday.

Replacing Grundfest as managing director is Harry Hamlin, a former assistant Attorney General for the state of Arkansas who joined the firm in 1997.

A. Tenenbaum Co., a scrap metal dealer founded in 1890, is owned by Harold S. Tenenbaum. It was ranked No. 29 on the list of largest private companies in the state that appears in this week's issue of Arkansas Business with self-reported 2005 revenue of $278 million.

In a press release, Hamlin described A. Tenenbaum as "one of our best clients" and said Grundfest would remain "of counsel" to the Mitchell firm.

Hamlin is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has been a member of the Mitchell Williams board of directors for the past three years. His practice has specialized in commercial transactions, real estate, utility regulation and administrative law.

"Harry Hamlin is clearly an excellent choice to serve as managing director for our firm," founder Maurice Mitchell said. "He has impeccable credentials, is well-respected by his peers and inspires our entire staff with a calm and reasoned manner. We are fortunate to have an attorney of his caliber to lead our continued growth."

Hamlin is a reserve lieutenant colonel and serves as director of operations for the Arkansas Air National Guard.

The Mitchell firm employs 65 attorneys in Little Rock and Rogers, with four more scheduled to join the firm this summer, according to the press release.