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Joey Price Reappointed DRI State Membership Chair

Joseph W. Price II has been reappointed as the DRI State Membership Chair for Arkansas.  As State Membership Chair, Mr. Price is responsible for membership recruitment, retention, and engagement on behalf of DRI within Arkansas.  The appointment will conclude at the end of the DRI Annual Meeting in October 2020. For more than fifty years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth.

Best Lawyers® Recognizes 16 QGT Attorneys

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC is pleased to announce that 16 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America® list are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and divided by geographic region and practice areas.  For the 2020 edition, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States. The QGT attorneys recognized across 24 distinctive practice areas are:  Brandon B. Cate, Vincent O. Chadick, E. B. (Chip) Chiles IV, Joseph R. Falasco, Timothy W. Grooms, Michael B. Heister, Jeb. H. Joyce, J. Cliff McKinney II, Chad W. Pekron, Steven W. Quattlebaum, Michael N. Shannon, Geoffrey B. Treece, John E. Tull III, David B. Vandergriff, Thomas G. Williams, and R. Ryan Younger. Six of our attorneys were also recognized as a 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” for the Little Rock area:  Chip Chiles – Appellate Practice; Geoff Treece – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Cliff McKinney – Land Use and Zoning Law; Jeb Joyce – Real Estate Law; John Tull – First Amendment Law; and Mike Shannon – Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs. Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.  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. A complete list of the rankings can be found on our Awards page.

Joey Price And Ryan Younger Named To Benchmark’s 40 & Under Hot List

Joseph W. Price II, and R. Ryan Younger have been named to the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List for 2019.  This is the third time for both attorneys to receive this honor. Those named to this exclusive list have proven their eligibility as individuals at the partner level of their respective firms and are age 40 or younger.  These young, ambitious and accomplished lawyers frequently handle major cases – some of which are high-stakes or precedent-setting. They are able to adapt to rapidly changing times in addition to juggling their flourishing careers and personal lives, all while staying on top of their industry. These practitioners are among the top young talent in their respective litigation communities in the United States and Canada. Mr. Price is a Member of the firm and focuses his practice on civil litigation. Mr. Younger is also a Member of the firm and concentrates his practice on business litigation, class actions and appeals. Please visit our Awards page to learn more about this and other honors received by our attorneys and firm.

Steve Quattlebaum and Joey Price Presenting at 2019 AADC Annual Meeting

Steven W. Quattlebaum and Joseph W. Price II will be presenters at the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Seminar on August 2-3, 2019, at The Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. They will speak on the Use of Mixed Media at Trial. Click here to learn more about the meeting or to register. The Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel is an organization of lawyers in Arkansas whose work focuses primarily on defense litigation. The objectives of the association include elevating the standards of trial practice in this area, providing for the exchange of information, ideas, techniques of procedure and information on court rulings relating to the handling of litigation, and supporting and working for the improvement of the adversary system of jurisprudence in our courts. Mr. Quattlebaum is a founding and Managing Member of the law firm and concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and toxic tort litigation. Mr. Price is a Member of the firm and focuses his practice on civil litigation.

Chad Pekron Appointed to Board of Education

Chad W. Pekron has been appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Education by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Mr. Pekron’s seven-year term will expire in 2026. The Arkansas State Board of Education is a nine-member board composed of two members of each of the state’s four congressional districts and one member selected at-large. Composed of business and community leaders, the Board is the policy making body for public elementary and secondary education in Arkansas. Mr. Pekron is a Member of the law firm and concentrates his practice on complex business, tort, and commercial litigation.

John Tull To Serve On Trial Academy Faculty

John E. Tull III will serve on the faculty of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s 47th Annual Trial Academy being held July 27-August 2, 2019, at Stanford Law School. The IADC Trial Academy is one of the oldest and most respected programs for developing defense trial advocacy skills. The seven-day intensive program blends faculty instruction and demonstration with individual student participation. The faculty consists of leading defense trial lawyers selected on a national basis from different regions of the country. Each faculty member is assigned to a group of five to seven students which allows for individualized attention and instruction. The faculty utilizes proven methods of instruction for a full learning experience and exposes participants to different approaches and ideas in solving common trial problems. Each student conducts opening statements, direct and cross examination of lay witnesses, direct and cross examination of medical doctors and economists, and closing statements. These exercises are videotaped and the faculty member critiques them with the student. Christoph Keller will be participating as a student for this session. The IADC Trial Academy was initiated by the International Association of Defense Counsel in 1973 at the University of Colorado and moved to the prestigious Stanford Law School in 2004. The purpose of this continuing legal education program is to enhance advocacy trial skills of less experienced lawyers. More than 4,000 students have attended the Trial Academy since 1973. Mr. Tull is a Managing Member of the law firm and concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation, products liability litigation, and media law.

Scott Lar Speaks On Opportunity Zones

Scott M. Lar participated in the Invest Springdale Summit held at The Apollo on Emma on June 20, 2019. Scott was part of a panel discussion on the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program and how the program can be utilized to drive investment and redevelopment in Springdale, Arkansas. Organized by the Springdale Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Springdale Alliance, Invest Springdale was a half-day meeting for Northwest Arkansas business and community leaders to share ideas, opportunities and resources promoting accelerated investment and development in downtown Springdale. Scott is located in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office and concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, taxation, tax litigation, corporate transactions and estate planning.

Joey Price Completes Leadership Greater Little Rock

QGT attorney Joseph W. Price II has successfully completed the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s annual leadership program. The 51 members of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXIV were honored at a graduation luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel on June 21. Designed to develop a network of skilled leaders, the program informs, educates and trains participants on a wide variety of public issues. One day a month, October through June, the class meets at a different Central Arkansas venue to explore topics through expert speakers, panelists, tours and group presentations. More than 1650 community leaders have participated in the nine-month course since its inception. Mr. Price is a Member of the law firm and focuses his practice on civil litigation.

QGT Sponsors Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting

QGT is proud to once again sponsor the Arkansas Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. The 121st annual meeting, being held June 12-14, 2019, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, provides a diverse array of 40+ hours of continuing legal education addressing issues that impact our state, world, profession and clients. QGT attorney John E. Tull III is serving as a panelist for the “Keeping Power in Check: The Press, Justice and Rule of Law” session on Thursday, June 13.

Arkansas Chapter Provided by QGT Attorneys For Real Estate Guide

Timothy W. Grooms, J. Cliff McKinney II and Jeb H. Joyce authored the Arkansas chapter for the 2019 Chambers USA Regional Real Estate Guide, a state-by-state guide on the real estate sector.  The guide provides easily accessible information on navigating the legal system when conducting business in various jurisdictions with leading lawyers explaining local law and practice at key transactional stages.  You can read the Arkansas chapter by clicking here. Chambers Global Practice Guides provide expert legal commentary on a number of main practice areas in key jurisdictions around the world.  For every guide, Chambers selects contributors who are ranked in the relevant Chambers Guides as the best in their field.  In the Real Estate section of the 2019 edition of Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC received the highest ranking possible for law firms in Arkansas and attorneys Grooms, McKinney and Joyce received individual recognition.  More information on these rankings can be found on our Awards page.

Chambers USA Recognizes QGT & Attorneys

The 2019 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, and Jeb H. Joyce, 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.

Steve Quattlebaum Named to 2019 Lawdragon 500

Steven W. Quattlebaum  was recently selected as a member of the 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, the seventh 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 2019 Lawdragon 500 guide can be found here.  

Tim Grooms and Mary-Tipton Thalheimer Published in The Practical Real Estate Lawyer

“Optional Liquidated Damages in Arkansas Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements”, an article authored by Timothy W. Grooms and Mary-Tipton Thalheimer, appeared in the March 2019 edition of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.  The article informs sellers about Arkansas law on liquidated damages provisions in commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements.  Please click here to read the article. Mr. Grooms and Ms. Thalheimer are both located in the firm’s Little Rock office.  Tim’s primary areas of practice are real estate, banking, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions.  Mary-Tipton concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and debtor and creditor rights. The Practical Real Estate Lawyer is published by the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (ALI CLE), a non-profit organization and national provider of CLE offering an array of legal seminars featuring the country’s leading law practitioners, law professors, government regulators, and industry experts.  Reprint of this article is courtesy of the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, www.ali-cle.org.

Tim Grooms and Cliff McKinney Presenting at 2019 CE Day

Timothy W. Grooms and J. Cliff McKinney II will discuss Legal and Current Law Issues at the 2019 CE Day presented by the Arkansas CCIM Chapter on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the UALR College of Business.  For more information on the event and to register, please click here.  The Arkansas CCIM Chapter is a privately-incorporated chapter of the CCIM Institute, an affiliate of The National Association of Realtors®.  The CCIM Institute has been a recognized global leader in professional education for more than 30 years and its membership includes brokers, agents, corporate real estate officers, REIT investment executives, pension fund managers, developers, asset managers, investment counselors, appraisers, property managers, mortgage bankers, attorneys, and accountants. Mr. Grooms and Mr. McKinney are both located in the firm’s Little Rock office.  Tim’s primary areas of practice are real estate, banking, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions.  Cliff concentrates his practice on real estate, land use, and business transactions.

Seth Hampton Published in The Arkansas Banker

An article by R. Seth Hampton, “Wetlands Conservation Compliance – What Every Ag Lender Should Know About Swampbusters”, is featured in the March 2019 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.  Please click here to read Seth’s article.

David Vandergriff To Be A Panelist at Annual Debtor/Creditor Law Conference

David B. Vandergriff is a scheduled presenter for the Arkansas Bar Association’s 23rd Annual Debtor/Creditor Law Conference being held March 28-29, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.  This year’s program includes case updates, immigration issues in bankruptcy, a creditor panel and an ethics panel.  David will participate in “Art of the (Bankruptcy-Avoiding) Deal:  A Panel Discussion on the Process of Structuring and Negotiating Workouts and Forbearance Agreements”.  For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the Arkansas Bar Association website. Mr. Vandergriff is located the firm’s Little Rock office and concentrates his practice on business, banking, and insurance issues in a variety of transactional and litigation contexts.

Tim Grooms To Participate in Upcoming ABA/ACREL Webinar

Timothy W. Grooms will be one of the speakers for “Lawyers, Guns and Money – Firearms and Other Premises Liability Concerns in a Turbulent Time”, a webinar presented by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) on February 13, 2019.  Discussion topics will include enhanced carry laws in the skirmish between the NRA and the Southeastern Conference, why prohibiting guns sounds good but may create more problems, the risks of security lapses and other modern threats, and whether insurance covers a “peaceful protest” gone wild or when a customer brings a gun into your business.  For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit the event website.

Ken Hall and Scott Lar to present at 2019 Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference

Kenneth N. Hall and Scott M. Lar are scheduled presenters for the 2019 Delta Leadership Network Annual Conference, February 5-7, 2019, at the Little Rock Marriott Downtown.  This year’s conference will focus on partnership development opportunities that are both local and regional in the Delta Regional Authority’s footprint.  Ken and Scott will discuss Federal Opportunity Zones, a new tax incentive program enacted as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.   For more information on the conference and to register, please visit the conference website. Mr. Hall and Mr. Lar are both located in the firm’s Northwest Arkansas office.  Ken’s primary areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, estate planning, business formation and real estate.  Scott concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, taxation, tax litigation, corporate transactions and estate planning.