Focus on our Honors
Friday, Eldredge & Clark and our attorneys are honored to have received local, national and international recognition for our work. Most recently, the firm was the highest-ranked Arkansas law firm listed in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" publication with 42 practice areas being recognized. Additionally, the firm has the most lawyers in Arkansas ranked by The Best Lawyers in America with 52 attorneys receiving the honor. Benchmark Litigation named the firm "2017 Arkansas Law Firm of the Year." Other honors include Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listing 24 lawyers in the firm as "Leaders in their Fields" and Mid-South Super Lawyers recognizing 38 of the firm's attorneys.
The Best Lawyers in America®
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 2019. Additionally, the firm has 14 attorneys who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" in Little Rock:
J. Lee Brown Trusts and Estates
James C. Clark Real Estate Law
Kevin A. Crass Litigation - Securities
Walter M. Ebel III Corporate Law
Price C. Gardner Litigation and Controversy - Tax
David M. Graf Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Christopher J. Heller Education Law
Harry A. Light Litigation - Bankruptcy
Elizabeth Robben Murray Employment Law - Individuals
J. Shepherd Russell III Municipal Law
James M. Simpson First Amendment Law
Robert T. Smith Securities / Capital Markets Law
Frederick S. Ursery Litigation - Labor and Employment
William A. Waddell, Jr. Litigation - Banking and Finance
U.S. News and Best Lawyers©
U.S. News and Best Lawyers join together to create an annual listing of the “Best Law Firms.” Firms included in the 2018 "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 experience.
How we are honored: The firm has been ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list regionally in 42 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
Chambers & Partners©
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 its 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.
How we are honored: In the most recent issue of Chambers High Net Worth guide, the firm received the highest ranking level awarded by Chambers and Partners and four trust and estate planning attorneys were named "leaders in their fields" in private wealth law:
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 38 individual lawyers who were recognized in the most recent rankings by Mid-South Super Lawyers. In addition, Donald H. Bacon, Kevin A. Crass, William M. Griffin III, James M. Simpson and William A. Waddell, Jr. were named “Top 50: 2017 Arkansas.”
Benchmark Litigation exclusively covers the litigation and disputes market in North America and is the only publication to focus solely on U.S. litigation. The results of Benchmark Litigation are the culmination of extensive research involving interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms.
How we are honored: The firm was named 2017 Arkansas Law Firm of the Year. In 2018, Benchmark Litigation named the following attorneys as Local Litigation Stars:
Kevin A. Crass - General Commercial
William Mell Griffin III - General Commercial, Product Liability and Securities
Robert S. Shafer - Appellate
James M. Simpson - Environmental, General Commercial, Product Liability, Toxic Tort
William A. Waddell Jr. - General Commercial, Securities
25 Master of Laws Degrees
11 Certified Public Accountants (inactive)
7 Fellows in American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
7 Fellows in American College of Trial Lawyers
4 American Board of Trial Advocates
2 Fellows in American College of Tax Counsel