Awards

Leading industry sources have recognized members of the firm as among the best lawyers in America.

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The Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® bases its listings on a year-long survey of the legal profession in which attorneys nationwide rate the top practitioners in their specialties in their jurisdictions. The 2018 edition of Best Lawyers® includes 16 attorneys from Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC honored in 24 practice areas. In addition, the firm was top‑listed in a number of practice areas for Little Rock and the State of Arkansas.

Best Lawyers® also designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year” and two attorneys from our firm earned this distinction in the Little Rock area for 2018: Timothy W. Grooms in Land Use and Zoning Law and Thomas G. Williams in Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.  Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

  • Top‑Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Appellate Practice
  • Top Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Banking and Finance Law
  • Top Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Commercial Litigation
  • Top Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Top-Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Top‑Listed in Little Rock and the State of Arkansas in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Top‑Listed in the State of Arkansas in Litigation – ERISA
  • Top-Listed in the State of Arkansas in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Top‑Listed in Little Rock in Litigation – Real Estate

Brandon B. Cate
Commercial Litigation
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Litigation – ERISA

E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV
Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Litigation – ERISA
Litigation – Labor and Employment
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Action – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Joseph R. Falasco
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Real Estate

Timothy W. Grooms
Banking & Finance Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation – Real Estate
Real Estate Law
2018 Little Rock Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year

Michael B. Heister
Appellate Practice

Jeb H. Joyce
Banking and Finance Law
Real Estate Law

J. Cliff McKinney
Land Use and Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Chad W. Pekron
Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation

Steven W. Quattlebaum
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

Michael N. Shannon
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Geoffrey B. Treece
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Litigation – Bankruptcy

Everett C. (Clarke) Tucker IV
Commercial Litigation

John E. Tull III
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
First Amendment Law
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – First Amendment
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
Media Law
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

David B. Vandergriff
Banking and Finance Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation – Banking and Finance
Litigation – Real Estate

Thomas G. Williams
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
2018 Little Rock Product Liability Litigation – Defendants Lawyer of the Year

R. Ryan Younger
Commercial Litigation

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC in twenty-one (21) practice areas in the “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2017.  Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.  Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Following are the rankings received by the firm:

Metropolitan Rankings – Little Rock

Appellate Practice (Tier 1)
Banking and Finance Law (Tier 1)
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Tier 2)
Commercial Litigation (Tier 1)
Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law (Tier 2)
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Tier 2)
First Amendment Law (Tier 3)
Insurance Law (Tier 1)
Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 1)
Litigation – Banking & Finance (Tier 1)
Litigation – Bankruptcy (Tier 2)
Litigation – First Amendment (Tier 1)
Litigation – Labor & Employment (Tier 1)
Litigation – Real Estate (Tier 1)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants (Tier 1)
Media Law (Tier 1)
Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (Tier 1)
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (Tier 1)
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs (Tier 1)
Real Estate Law (Tier 1)

Metropolitan Rankings – Fayetteville

Commercial Litigation (Tier 1)

Chambers USAQGT-Chambers

Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business reviews and ranks individual lawyers and law firms by practice area in each state.  Chambers guides are the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms.  In the 2017 publication, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, received the highest ranking possible in the areas of General Commercial Litigation and Real Estate for law firms in Arkansas and was also recognized for its Corporate/Commercial practice. Steven W. Quattlebaum, Timothy W. Grooms, John E. Tull III, E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV, Michael N. Shannon, J. Cliff McKinney II, Joseph R. Falasco, Jeb H. Joyce, Everett C. (Clarke) Tucker IV, and Amber Davis-Tanner received recognition in the publication’s rankings of individuals.

As to the firm’s litigation practice, the publication noted: “A distinguished firm with a significant geographical reach and notable expertise in a range of contentious issues, including class action defense and product liability.  Also regularly mandated by clients from a wide array of industries ranging from the automobile to the pharmaceutical sectors on environmental and toxic tort litigation.”  Sources praise the team’s work in the field and its ability to handle complex matters for the client’s benefit and commented: “They are probably one of if not the most outstanding firm I have worked with.”

For real estate, Chambers remarked: “Excels in advising financial institutions, developers and multinational corporations on real estate matters.  Expertise in all aspects of purchasing, construction, development sales and operations for a variety of different real estate projects.  Also offers substantial experience in handling mortgages, loans and tax-deferred exchanges.”  According to sources, “They are excellent.  They are knowledgeable and the attorneys are very easy to reach.”  It was also noted that “They work very hard and they get things done,” and “All the lawyers are top-notch and the work is top-quality.”

Regarding the firm’s corporate/commercial practice, Chambers commented: “Offers substantial experience in banking issues, representing several state and national banks in matters such as formation, M&A and regulatory issues.  Notable capabilities in undertaking tax matters and is also adept in working on tax-exempt bond transactions.  Also skilled in offering additional assistance with real estate issues arising from corporate transactions.”  Sources commented: “It is a really good and strong practice,” and “They are very meticulous and provide excellent products.”  It was also noted that “They are very professional and a helpful law firm with excellent expertise.”

The following shows Chambers’ recognition of the firm and its attorneys:

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
Commercial Litigation (Band 1)
Real Estate (Band 1)
Corporate/Commercial (Band 2)

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* – Star Individuals (above rank 1); given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers  is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than seventy (70) practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.  Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the Mid-South are selected as Super Lawyers and no more than two and one half percent of lawyers in the Mid-South are named to the Rising Stars list.  Steven W. Quattlebaum, Timothy W. Grooms, John E. Tull III, E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV, and Michael N. Shannon received some of the highest point totals in the Arkansas nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process and are included in the list of the Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2016.

The following lawyers from our firm were recognized by Super Lawyers for 2016:

Mid-South Super Lawyers

Mid-South Rising Stars

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Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys

The firm was recently recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation as one of only three “highly recommended firms” for litigation in Arkansas.  Steven W. Quattlebaum, John E. Tull III, E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV, and Michael N. Shannon were highlighted as Litigation Stars and Brandon B. Cate, Joseph R. Falasco, Chad W. Pekron, Everett C. (Clarke) Tucker IV, R. Ryan Younger, Vincent O. Chadick, and Amber Davis-Tanner were named Future Stars.  Steve Quattlebaum was noted to be a “top tier trial lawyer” and sources commented: “I would not hesitate to hire any of these attorneys for any type of case anywhere in the United States,” and “The quality of their work is second to none. They have the ability to staff cases with knowledgeable attorneys who are excellent in court and keenly aware of the cost pressures facing in house counsel.”  One client raved: “This is an outstanding firm.  Steve Quattlebaum is one of the finest trial lawyers in the country.  He has mastered the art and science of courtroom presentation – opening and closing statements, witness examinations, use of documents, and so on.  He and his team also have practical and client-focused strategic skills, brilliant legal analytical skills, and excellent written and oral presentation skills.”

Joseph R. Falasco, Michael B. Heister, Joseph W. Price IIEverett C. (Clarke) Tucker IV, and R. Ryan Younger were named to the 2017 Under 40 Hot List which is comprised of practitioners aged 40 or younger and deemed by peers and clients to be the most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the United States and Canada.

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC was named Arkansas Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation for five consecutive years.  The award selection is based upon peer review and research conducted by Benchmark’s research team.

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the U.S.  The guide’s results are the culmination of a six-month research period that allows researchers to conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients, examining recent case work handled by the firms, and asking sources to offer their professional opinions on litigators practicing within their state or national practice areas.  Litigation Stars reflect lawyers who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers while Future Stars are litigators who were consistently referenced by peers and clients as litigators who are likely to become Litigation Stars in coming editions of the guide.

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Steven W. Quattlebaum has been selected as a member of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America five times.  Selection to this elite group comes through a group of veteran legal journalists who review thousands of submissions of outstanding lawyers from all regions and practice areas of the American legal profession, including private attorneys, government and other public interest attorneys, judges, and law school professors. From that group, the 500 leading lawyers are chosen by Lawdragon. Less than one-tenth of one percent of all lawyers in the United States are included as members of the Lawdragon 500.