Legal Directory Ranks Firms, Lawyers Based on Market View

The 2004 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business is out.

Chambers and Partners Publishing of London researches the strengths and reputations of lawyers, conducts in-depth interviews with clients and with attorneys and then ranks the best law firms and individual lawyers in every state on a scale of one to six.

The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment and other qualities valued by the client.

The rankings and editorial comment about the lawyers and firms are independent and objective, according to the publication. Inclusion in the guide is based solely on the research team's findings. No one can "buy their way in." Attorneys are not included unless they are strongly recommended by the market, the guide says.

Some states, such as California, have listings in a large number of specialty areas. For Arkansas, however, only four legal fields are listed: corporate/M&A; employment (mainly defendant); litigation (general commercial); and real estate.

Here's the rankings for Arkansas, with firms and individuals listed alphabetically in each rating group and "U" denoting lawyers deemed "up and coming":

Corporate/M&A Firms

Ranked — Firms

1 — Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP
1 — Kutak Rock LLP
2 — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard PLLC
2 — Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP
3 — Rose Law Firm PA
3 — Williams & Anderson PLC

Ranked — Attorneys — Firm

1 — Paul B. Benham III — Friday Eldredge & Clark
1 — C. Douglas Buford — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
1 — Jeffrey J. Gearhart — Kutak Rock
1 — H. Watt Gregory — Kutak Rock
1 — John S. Selig — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
2 — Ronald Clark — Rose Law Firm
2 — Donald Jack Jr. — Jack Lyon & Jones PA

Employment: (Mainly Defendant)

Ranked — Firms

1 — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
2 — Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus PC
2 — Friday Eldredge & Clark
3 — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
3 — Rose Law Firm
4 — Gilker and Jones PA
4 — Kaplan Brewer Maxey & Haralson PA

Ranked — Attorneys — Firm

1 — Tim Boe — Rose Law Firm
1 — Kathlyn Graves — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
1 — Michael Moore — Friday Eldredge & Clark
2 — Byron Freeland — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
2 — Philip Kaplan — Kaplan Brewer Maxey & Haralson
2 — Spencer Robinson — Ramsay Bridgforth Harrelson & Starling LLP
2 — Carolyn B. Witherspoon — Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus
3 — Oscar Davis — Friday Eldredge & Clark
3 — Russell Gunter — Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus
3 — Michael R. Jones — Gilker and Jones
4 — Bruce Cross — Cross Gunter Witherspoon & Galchus
4 — John Lile — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
4 — JoAnn Maxey — Kaplan Brewer Maxey & Haralson
U — Daniel Herrington — Friday Eldredge & Clark

Litigation (General Commercial)

Ranked — Firms

1 — Friday Eldredge & Clark
2 — Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow PLLC
2 — Williams & Anderson
3 — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates Woodyard
3 — Rose Law Firm
3 — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
4 — Allen Law Firm PC
4 — Everett Law Firm
4 — Kaplan Brewer Maxey & Haralson

Ranked — Attorneys — Firm

1 — William H. "Buddy" Sutton — Friday Eldredge & Clark
2 — Kevin Crass — Friday Eldredge & Clark
2 — Steven Quattlebaum — Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow
2 — Kenneth Shemin — Shemin & Hendren PLLC
3 — William Allen — Allen Law Firm
3 — Philip S. Anderson — Williams & Anderson
3 — Philip Kaplan — Kaplan Brewer Maxey & Haralson
3 — Peter Kumpe — Williams & Anderson
3 — Gordon Rather Jr. — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
3 — John E. Tull III — Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow
4 — R. T. Beard III — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
4 — Richard T. Donovan — Rose Law Firm
4 — John Everett — Everett Law Firm
4 — Allan Gates — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
4 — Edwin Lowther — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
4 — David M. Powell — Williams & Anderson
4 — William A. Waddell Jr. — Friday Eldredge & Clark

Real Estate

Ranked — Firms

1 — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
2 — Friday Eldredge & Clark
2 — Hankins & Hicks
2 — Kutak Rock
2 — Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow
3 — Dover Dixon Horne PLLC
3 — Wright Lindsey & Jennings

Ranked — Attorneys — Firm

1 — Christopher Barrier — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
1 — Timothy Grooms — Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrows
2 — Darrell Dover — Dover Dixon Horne
2 — Stuart Hankins — Hankins & Hicks
2 — Scott Schallhorn — Kutak Rock
2 — John William Spivey III — Wright Lindsey & Jennings
3 — Maurice Mitchell — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
U — Harold Hamlin — Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard
U — Jay Taylor — Friday Eldredge & Clark