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 45 of the firm's attorneys including six named as "Top 50: 2018 Arkansas Super Lawyers."

The Best Lawyers in America®

 Best Lawyers compiles its lists of 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 2019 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

Chambers & Partners use in-depth editorial and  research teams to assess lawyers and law firms across the globe.

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: 

Thomas Baxter

J. Lee Brown

Sarah Cotton Patterson  

Byron M. Eiseman, Jr. 

Super Lawyers

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 45 individual lawyers who were recognized in the most recent rankings by Mid-South Super Lawyers. In addition, six lawyers were named as “Top 50: 2018 Arkansas Super Lawyers:"

Michelle Ator*

Donald H. Bacon

Kevin A. Crass

William M. Griffin III                           

James M. Simpson Jr.           

William A. Waddell Jr.             

*Also named to “2018 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers”

Benchmark Litigation

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