Kevin A. Crass

Litigation, Business and Class Action Litigation

Partner

  • 501-370-1592
  • crass@fridayfirm.com
  • 501-244-5370
  • 400 West Capitol Avenue Suite 2000 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-3493

Biography

Kevin A. Crass serves as head of the Class Action and Business Litigation Practice Group at Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP in Little Rock, Arkansas. He focuses his practice on significant, complex business litigation in federal and state courts including the defense of claims involving class actions, securities fraud, ERISA, business torts, trade secrets, patent and trademark infringement, product liability, environmental and toxic torts and breach of contract, among others.  Kevin also provides clients with representation before governmental bodies and counsels them in regulatory matters. Kevin has served as personal counsel to several of the State’s constitutional officers and has represented former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee since 1997.

He currently serves on the Board of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association. He previously served on the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, having been appointed by the judges in that district.  He also currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the UA Little Rock, the Foundation Fund Board of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Chair of the War Memorial Stadium Commission and Vice Chairman of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Education

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., with honors, 1981

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Securities and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, since 2006
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as "Lawyer of the Year," Litigation - Securities , Little Rock, 2013, 2017 & 2019
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star 2009
  • Named Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation 2017
  • Ranked in Chambers and Partners USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Top 50: 2016 Arkansas
  • Served as an Arkansas Supreme Court Special Justice, 1997 and 2004

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Representative Clients

  • Cargill, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee, Arkansas
  • Stephens Inc.
  • Tyson Foods, Inc.

Associations & Memberships

  • American, Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations
  • Arkansas War Memorial Stadium Commission, appointed by Governor Huckabee and appointed Chair by Governor Mike Beebe
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Arkansas Bar Outstanding Lawyer Citizen, 2010
  • Boys and Girls Club of Central Arkansas, Board Member and President, 2005-2006
  • DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute), State Liaison to Business Litigation Committee
  • Eight Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association Board Member
  • Federal Practice Committee for United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas 2009-2010
  • First Tee of Central Arkansas Board Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • President's Advisory Committee on the Arts to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, appointed by President Bush
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Foundation Fund Board, Chair 2012-2014
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Board of Visitors

Admissions

  • Arkansas, 1984
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts  for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas