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Cliff McKinney Appointed to Commission on Uniform State Laws

On June 21, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the appointment of J. Cliff McKinney II to the Commission on Uniform State Laws. The Uniform Law Commission (ULC, also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) was founded in 1892 to study and review the law of the states to determine which areas of law should be uniform.  The ULC has commissioners from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The ULC is responsible for the Uniform Commercial Code among many other uniform laws.  Mr. McKinney is one of three commissioners representing Arkansas, and his appointment expires April 30, 2021.  

2017 Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting

The 119th meeting of the Arkansas Bar Association was held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 14-16, 2017.  The meeting provided a program of continuing education, a forum for conversations on important hot topics, an opportunity to learn from legal giants, and the opportunity to hear messages from the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, legislators, and educators. In addition to serving as a sponsor of the annual meeting and the Arkansas Bar Foundation Fellows’ Dinner, QG&T’s involvement included the participation of several firm attorneys as presenters and panelists during the conference.  John E. Tull III was a panelist for Obligations to Clients, Colleagues, the Court and our System of Justice under the Model Rules and Do Right Rules and materials utilized during this panel can be found here.  Jeb H. Joyce  participated in Bad Things Happen:  Insuring Your Risks in Real Estate Transactions and his presentation materials can be found here.  Grant M. Cox and C. Ryan O’Quinn served as panelists for The Arkansas LLC, the “Go-To” Business Entity.

QG&T Tops Chambers USA 2017 Rankings

The 2017 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 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.  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.    

John Tull Inducted Into International Academy of Trial Lawyers

John E. Tull III, a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, was inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL) at its 2017 Annual Meeting held in San Diego, California, April 5-9, 2017. The purpose of the IATL is to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reforms in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession.  The IATL limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States. The Academy seeks out, identifies, acknowledges and honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice.  Members are engaged in civil practice on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s side of the courtroom, and the trial of criminal cases.  The Academy invites only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy.  A comprehensive screening process identifies the most distinguished members of the trial bar by means of both peer and judicial review.  Mr. Tull has been evaluated by his colleagues and the judges in his jurisdiction and has been highly recommended by them as possessing these qualifications and characteristics. A founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, Mr. Tull’s primary areas of practice are complex business, toxic tort, and products liability litigation as well as media and First Amendment law.

Chip Chiles Inducted Into American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV, a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the 2017 AAAL Spring Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts, April 6-8, 2017. Since its founding in 1990, AAAL has committed itself to advancing the administration of justice and promoting the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Membership in AAAL is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity.  Nominations to the organization can only be made by current Fellows and a nominee’s practice must have focused substantially on appeals during at least the last 15 years.  Nominees are thoroughly vetted by the legal and judicial communities in a confidential process and must be elected to the fellowship by the board of directors.  Because of these high standards, Academy Fellows rank among the “Who’s Who” of appellate practice in the jurisdictions where they appear.  Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States. Mr. Chiles focuses his practice on business-related dispute resolution, including trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts.  His primary areas of practice include complex business litigation, class-action litigation, product-liability litigation, employment litigation, and ERISA litigation.  

Firm Welcomes Kenneth N. Hall to NWA Office

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC is pleased to welcome Kenneth N. Hall to the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office.  Mr. Hall is Of Counsel to the firm and concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, taxation, corporate transactions, estate planning, business formation, and real estate.  In addition to providing tax and business planning advice in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and restructures, Mr. Hall has assisted in the creation of numerous condominium developments in Arkansas and Missouri.  Mr. Hall obtained his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1993 and a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2000.  Mr. Hall is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Missouri.

Steve Quattlebaum Inducted Into American College Of Trial Lawyers

Steven W. Quattlebaum, a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at its annual meeting held in Boca Raton, Florida, March 2-5, 2017. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in North America.  Fellowship is extended only by invitation to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of trial advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism, and collegiality.  Membership can never be more than 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Founded in 1950, the College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.  The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.

Joe Falasco Elected to Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

Joseph R. Falasco, a Managing Member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, has been elected to membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC).  The FDCC, comprised of U.S. and international civil defense litigators, senior corporate counsel, and insurance claims executives, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship and professionalism for lawyers and other professionals striving to achieve a balanced justice system in the defense of civil lawsuits.  Membership is limited, selective and by nomination only.  Nominees undergo a rigorous peer review and must be of high professional standing and demonstrate good moral character.  

QG&T Attorneys To Present At CRE Lending Workshop On March 6

QG&T attorneys Timothy W. Grooms, Michael B. Heister, Geoffrey B. Treece, and Daniel J. Beck will be presenters at the Arkansas Bankers Association’s Best Practices in CRE Lending Workshop on March 6, 2017.  This half-day due diligence workshop will provide lenders the opportunity to learn the legal risks associated with commercial real estate lending from start to finish.  Topics to be covered include Commercial Credit Applications, Appraisal and Evaluation Rules, High Volatility Commercial Real Estate Loans, Real Estate Loan Due Diligence Checklist, Corporate Authority of the Borrower, Title Polices and Endorsements, UCC Best Practices, Surveys and Survey Certificates, Environmental Due Diligence and Liability, and Bankruptcy and Receivership.  Click here to learn more about the workshop and register.  As an Associate Member, QG&T is proud to support the Arkansas Bankers Association in its mission to promote the banking industry, function as the government relations liaison, offer educational opportunities and promote services to its membership.