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State Bank Department Names John Ahlen as Chief Counsel (Movers & Shakers)

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John W. Ahlen IV joined the Arkansas State Bank Department as bank chief counsel Aug. 29. In his new position, Ahlen will be responsible for preparing case strategy and serving as an expert litigator before federal and state courts and agencies. He also will be the bank commissioner’s chief legal adviser on all banking issues, including the drafting of legislation and Bank Department rules and regulations.

Ahlen began his career as a project assistant with the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in Washington. He returned to Arkansas and went on to serve as assistant parliamentarian and legislative analyst for the Arkansas House of Representatives. Most recently, Ahlen was general counsel for the state auditor, joining that office in 2015. Ahlen is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and serves on the ABA’s Governance Committee and Uniform Laws Committee.

Ahlen received a bachelor’s degree in history, with an emphasis on politics, from Hendrix College in 1998. He received his Juris Doctor from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2014.


Cal Rose has joined the Rogers office of Wright Lindsey & Jennings as an associate attorney advising clients on business and tax-related issues. The Blytheville native has three years of experience with another northwest Arkansas law firm.


See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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