Best Lawyers is the oldest and most highly-respected peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers named as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

How we are honored: 52 lawyers have been named to Best Lawyers 2017. Additionally, the firm has 11 attorneys who were named Lawyer of the Year 2017 in Arkansas:

Medical Malpractice Law - Law DefendantsMichelle Ator     

Public Finance Law, Robert B. Beach, Jr.

Real Estate Law, James C. Clark                                   

Litigation – Trusts and EstatesAllison J. Cornwell

Litigation – SecuritiesKevin A. Crass                          

Education Law; Employment Law – Individuals, Khayyam M. Eddings

Corporate Law, Price C. Gardner                                   

Non-Profit / Charities LawSarah Cotton Patterson

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization LawHarry A. Light

Municipal Law,  J. Shepherd Russell, III                        

First Amendment Law ,  James M. Simpson

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U.S. News and Best Lawyers join together to create an annual listing of the “Best Law Firms.” 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.

How we are honored: The firm has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 41 practice areas, which is the most of any other law firm in the state.

According to the publication, Friday, Eldredge & Clark:

  • Has the most tier 1 rankings in the Little Rock metro area
  • Has the most tier 1 rankings in Arkansas
  • Is the only firm with a tier 1 ranking in Arkansas in Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Is the only firm with a tier 1 ranking in Arkansas in Litigation - Antitrust
  • Has the most tier 1 rankings in Arkansas in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Has the most tier 1 rankings in Arkansas in Litigation - Labor & Employment

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For over twenty-five years, Chambers & Partners has published the leading directories of the legal profession. Its reputation is based on the independence and objectivity of their research.

How we are honored: In its most recent listing, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranked the firm highly in all four categories: Corporate/Commercial, Labor & Employment, Litigation and Real Estate.

In addition, 24 lawyers in the firm were individually recognized with many lawyers listed in more than one category.

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Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Mid-South Super Lawyers includes Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

How we are honored: The firm has 34 individual lawyers who were recognized in the most recent rankings by Mid-South Super Lawyers. In addition, Laura Hensley Smith was named one of the “Top 5o: 2016 Women in the Mid-South” and Donald H. Bacon, Kevin A. Crass, William M. Griffin III, James M. Simpson, Jr., Frederick S. Ursery and William A. Waddell, were named “Top 50: 2016 Arkansas.”

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27   Master of Law Degrees

11    Certified Public Accounts (Inactive)

4     Fellows in American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

5     American Board of Trial Advocates 

7     Fellows in American College of Trial Lawyers 

2     Fellows in American College of Tax Counsel