Walter (Skip) M. Ebel III

Mergers & Acquisitions


  • (501) 370-1557
  • (501) 244-5303


Walter M. Ebel III concentrates his practice in the area of mergers and acquisitions, assisting clients from diverse industries in complex business transactions. Skip advises clients on every phase of merger and acquisitions transactions, from initial confidentiality agreements and letters of intent, to negotiation and drafting of the merger and acquisition agreement, through the closing of the transaction. Skip has an LL.M in Taxation from New York University and his practice also includes income tax law. In addition, he is general counsel for Oaklawn Jockey Club, a horse racing and gaming facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Clients also rely on him for legislative drafting and governmental regulatory representation.

In recognition of his experience and capabilities, Skip was named The Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law in both 2009 and 2005 and in Mergers and Acquisitions Law in 2014 and 2016. He is also listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Corporate Law and Corporate Finance. Chambers is noted for the quality and rigor of its research into the top ranked firms and lawyers. It notes,

“Head of the M&A group, Skip Ebel is a lawyer of the highest caliber.  He recently advised on a number of M&A deals …”


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  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Tax, 1984
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., With High Honors, 1983; Order of the Coif, Chancellors
  • University of Arkansas, B.S.B.A., With High Honors, 1980; Beta Alpha Psi


  • Blue Key Honorary Fraternity
  • Certified Public Accountant (Inactive Status), State of Arkansas
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year, 2009 & 2015, Corporate Law and 204 & 2016, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Commercial and Corporate/Commercial: Tax
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, since 2006

Representative Clients

  • Arkansas Neurosurgery Brain and Spine Clinic
  • Baxley Equipment Company
  • Cell Marque Corporation
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Hot Springs
  • Dillard's, Inc.
  • Hickingbotham Companies
  • Horton Drywall Company
  • IK Electric Company
  • McLarty Companies
  • Nabholz Construction Corp.
  • Oaklawn Jockey Club
  • Riceland Seed Company
  • Sutherland Lumber Company
  • USA/Super D Drugs

Associations & Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inactive
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Pulaski County Bar Association


  • Arkansas, 1983

Additional Links

2018 Best Lawyers 

2017 Chambers USA

2017 The Best Lawyers

2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers