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John Tull Receives FOI Award

John E. Tull III received the Freedom of Information Award from the Arkansas Press Association (APA) for his dedication and service to utilize and defend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The award was presented June 29th during the Honors Banquet at the association’s annual convention at the Inn of The Ozarks in Eureka Springs. During the convention, Mr. Tull and Vincent O. Chadick lead a session on Newspaper Legal Issues.  In addition to serving as legal counsel to the APA, John has manned the FOIA Legal Hotline since the early ’90’s, providing FOIA and legal assistance for APA members.  John views his work with the APA as a service to a profession he admires.  “I believe journalists are among the least appreciated professionals, but they serve one of the most vital functions in a democratic society,” he said.  John was also featured in the June 21, 2018, edition of the APA’s weekly newsletter, Arkansas Publisher Weekly, and that article can be found here.

Two QG&T Attorneys Attend 2018 ABOTA Trial College

Lindsey C. Pesek and Philip A. Elmore attended the 2018 American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) National Trial College held June 10-15, 2018, on the campus of Yale Law School.  Designed for second-year through sixth-year trial attorneys from both sides of the bar, the program consists of five days of intensive instruction, student exercises, and critiques culminating in three simultaneous mock jury trials on the final day with each student having significant participation.  Faculty demonstrations and student exercises encompass all aspects of civil jury trials from effective voir dire to persuasive opening statements and closing arguments.  The classes are taught by highly experienced trial lawyers from all parts of the country who share their techniques of trial preparation and the art of effective advocacy.  QG&T Managing Member Steven W. Quattlebaum served as a faculty mentor for the Trial College and is also a national officer of ABOTA.  The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Cliff McKinney Receives Presidential Award of Excellence

J. Cliff McKinney II received a Presidential Award of Excellence from the Arkansas Bar Association for his work as Chair of the Governance Committee.  The award was presented by 2017-2018 Arkansas Bar Association President Anthony A. “Tony” Hilliard at the Association’s 120th Annual Meeting held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 12-15, 2018.  Cliff also served as a presenter for two sessions at the annual meeting:  Arkansas Uniform Form Commissioners Panel: Latest Developments at the ULC and Interpreting Surveys: The Lay of the Land.

Tommy Williams Reappointed to Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission

Thomas G. Williams has been reappointed by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin to serve a second six-year term on the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, a state constitutional agency created by the adoption of Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 66 in 1988.  The Commission strives to maintain public confidence in the judiciary and promote greater awareness of proper judicial behavior.  Commission proceedings provide a fair and appropriate mechanism to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.  A judge may be publicly disciplined by the Commission and the Arkansas Supreme Court has the power to suspend, remove or involuntarily retire or censure judges based on the recommendation of the Commission.

Lindsey Pesek Published in Northwest Arkansas Business Journal

The June 11, 2018, issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal features an article by Lindsey C. Pesek, “You Snooze, You Lose”, concerning residential pre-construction notice requirements in Arkansas.  Please click here to read Lindsey’s article.    

Amber Davis Selected for 40 Under 40

Amber M. Davis has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 “40 Under 40” class by Arkansas Business.  Honorees were chosen by an internal committee who reviewed hundreds of nominations, with consideration given to previous accomplishments, both professional and in community service.  The committee describes these young leaders as “very impressive” and thinks the readers of Arkansas Business will benefit from being introduced to them.  All of the honorees are profiled in the June 4, 2018 edition and you can read Amber’s profile by clicking here.

QG&T Recognized in 2018 Chambers USA

The 2018 publication of Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has been released and 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  and Labor & Employment practices. 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, and Amber M. Davis received recognition in the publication’s rankings of individuals.  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. To learn more about these rankings, visit our Awards page.  

Brandon Cate Provides Commentary for Northwest Arkansas Business Journal

The April 2, 2018, issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal features an article by Brandon B. Cate, “Restaurants, Guns and Signs”, concerning the Arkansas concealed-handgun law and how it pertains to bars and restaurants. Please click here to read Brandon’s article.    

Steve Quattlebaum Selected for Lawdragon 500

Steven W. Quattlebaum  was recently selected as a member of the 2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the sixth time he has received this distinction. 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.  The full 2018 Lawdragon 500 guide can be found here.  

Steve Quattlebaum Named A Power Player By AY Magazine

Steven W. Quattlebaum has been included in the inaugural edition of Power Players, AY’s list of Arkansas’ premier movers and shakers.  Described as “blazing trails and setting the tone for their respective industries”, the men and women on the list include attorneys, CEO’s of public companies, accountants, hospital administrators, insurance agents, architects and entrepreneurs from across the state.

Arkansas Community Banker Magazine Features Article by Mary-Tipton Thalheimer

An article by Mary-Tipton Thalheimer, “Arkansas Disallows Pre-Dispute Jury Waivers”, is featured in the Winter 2018 issue of the Arkansas Community Banker.  The quarterly publication is the official news source for the Arkansas Community Bankers Association, the only statewide association exclusively representing the interests of Arkansas owned and controlled community banks.  Please click here to read Mary-Tipton’s article.

QG&T Named Arkansas Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC was named Arkansas Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation at the annual awards ceremony held February 15, 2018 in New York, the sixth time the firm has received this honor.  The award selection is based upon peer review and research conducted by Benchmark’s research team.  Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America, covering the US, Canada and Mexico.  The original publication, Benchmark Litigation—the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys—is the only publication to focus exclusively on US litigation.

Daniel Beck Published in The Arkansas Banker

“HVCRE Lending: Understanding the Regs & Upcoming Changes”, an article authored by Daniel J. Beck, is featured in the February 2018 issue of The Arkansas Banker, the official publication of the Arkansas Bankers Association.  First appearing in 1917, the monthly publication provides the most complete coverage of banking in Arkansas.  You can read Daniel’s article here.