H. Wayne Young is a partner with the firm and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. He was named the 2017 Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award Recipient by the Arkansas SHRM. The award recognizes outstanding contributions of time and effort in local, state or federal legislative advocacy on behalf of the Human Resources profession. He is a member of CAHRA and was awarded the association’s Legislative Advocacy Award for 2018. 

He has also been named in The Best Lawyers in America publication annually since 2015, and has been listed as a Rising Star in the Mid-South by Super Lawyers magazine annually since 2013. He is on the Board of Directors of Women and Children First and he is the past president of the Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club. Wayne currently serves as General Counsel to the Arkansas State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management.

He graduated summa cum laude from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and attended law school at the William H. Bowen School of Law at UALR where he was a Bowen Scholar. Wayne was a Bowen Scholar at the University of Little Rock School of Law, and won the Bogle-Sharpe Award for Most Likely to Succeed in the Practice of Law in 2003.


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., With Honors, 2003
    • Bowen Scholar
    • Associate Survey and Comments Editor, Law Review,
  • Arkansas Tech University, B.A. History and Political Science, summa cum laude, 2000


  • CAHRA Legislative Advocacy Award, 2018
  • ARSHRM Russell Gunter Legislative Advocacy Award Recipient, 2017
  • Bogle-Sharpe Award for Most Likely to Succeed in Practice of Law, 2003
  • Bowen Scholar at William H. Bowen UALR School of Law, 2000-2003
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, since 2015:
    • Employment Law - Management
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Selected to the Mid-South Super Lawyers list, since 2019
    • Named Rising Star, 2013-2018
  • UALR Law Review, Associate Survey and Comments Editor, 2002


Associations and Memberships

  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2017-present
  • Women and Children First, Board of Directors
  • Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club, President, 2016-2018
  • Little Rock Downtown Kiwanis Club, Vice President, 2015-2016; President, 2016-2017
  • Arkansas Tech University Foundation, Vice-Chair Board of Directors, 2019-2021
  • Arkansas Society of Human Resource Managers State Council, General Counsel, 2014-present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Alpha Delta


  • Arkansas, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas