We try cases. In our litigious society, lawsuits are a frequent, but unwanted, source of anxiety for individuals and businesses. The last thing you want is added concern about your lawyer’s ability to guide you successfully through your case. At Friday, Eldredge & Clark, you will quickly recognize that the lawyer you select is tried and tested, giving you the assurance and confidence that your advocate can competently and persuasively represent your interests to the end. Our extensive experience and knowledge of the courts in Arkansas has been developed through years of trying cases. Trial lawyers – not “litigators” – are what you need to handle your case, and trial lawyers are what you find at Friday, Eldredge & Clark.
We recognize that each case is unique. Careful collaboration with our clients in developing a strategy for a case is one of our strong suits. Our experience gives you insight into the likely course of a case, and we work with you to develop a case plan to achieve the optimal outcome you deserve. We zealously work for our clients, with your best interest as our chief concern. Exceeding your expectations is our objective.
Our litigation practice is unparalleled in its scope. Our trial lawyers not only appear regularly in state circuit courts and federal district courts across the state, but they also have the privilege of representing our clients as lead trial counsel in other parts of the country. Our service as regional counsel in complex trials is well known, particularly in the area of gun litigation and employment matters. The firm’s trial lawyers have broad experience in medical and professional malpractice actions, products liability cases (including pharmaceuticals and medical devices), personal injury trials, and cases involving environmental and toxic torts, and commercial carrier and railroad litigation. Our trial lawyers have a diverse and robust commercial litigation practice that is marked by successful outcomes for our clients in a long list of jury verdicts. Topping off the successful trial team is a respected and accomplished appellate group that can effectively carry the case through its final steps.
Who We Represent
Some of the country’s finest companies, organizations, government entities, and individuals have called on us for litigation representation. Our clients come from virtually every industry. We have represented banks and financial institutions, construction companies, cooperatives, distributors, energy and utilities companies, race tracks, hospitals and health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturers, rail and other commercial carriers, retail companies, software, technology and telecommunications companies, and trade associations.
A Firm of Choice
Not only are we privileged to represent some of Arkansas’s finest companies, organizations, and people, we have also represented Fortune 100 companies in litigation in courts around the country. We are frequently the lawyers of choice when the most prestigious companies and law firms in the country seek regional or local counsel. Perhaps this is because of our reputation for service and results. For example, Chambers and Partners USA, arguably the most thoroughly researched directory to rank law firms and lawyers, places the firm in the top band, saying, “As one of Arkansas’s largest and oldest firms, Friday, Eldredge & Clark sits at the top of the list for its diverse litigation practice and deeply experienced attorneys. The firm represents clients in everything from general commercial litigation to class actions and medical malpractice defense, and sources agree that “it knows what needs to be done to win, and has the resources to do it.”
Five of our trial lawyers are Advocates (experience with 50+ trials) or Diplomates (experience with 100+ trials) in the American Board of Trial Advocates. We have an almost unprecedented six lawyers in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization limited to less than 1% of a state’s lawyer population. The American College’s website says, “Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.” Regardless of whether a lawyer in our firm has qualified for the American Board of Trial Advocates or the American College of Trial Lawyers, each of our trial lawyers is expected to uphold the highest standards of professionalism, diligence, and excellence.
The Best Lawyers in America includes 45 of our lawyers and 12 of our trial lawyers. According to that esteemed publication, we rank #1 in Arkansas for the following litigation-related areas: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Franchise Law; Legal Malpractice; Medical Malpractice; Railroad Law; and Workers’ Compensation. No other firm in Arkansas has more lawyers listed in Best Lawyers, and per capita, we have more lawyers listed therein than any firm in the AmLaw 100 or 200. We are honored to be held in such high esteem by our peers, and we strive to earn that position over and over with each case entrusted to our lawyers.
Benchmark Litigation also gives us its top rating—”Highly Recommended” and calls us a “strong top-to-bottom law firm.” Super Lawyers lists 29 of our lawyers, including 13 trial lawyers, and eight of our lawyers are listed in that publication as among the Top 50 Lawyers in Arkansas, including seven of our trial lawyers.
Though we are honored by these accolades, we invite you to decide for yourself whether we are the best firm to represent you. We would welcome the opportunity to show you our experience in the particular area of trial practice that you need for your case. We believe our reputation is founded on our dedication to aggressively pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients and our focus on serving them the way we would want to be served.
For more information, including contact information, please see any of the firm’s litigation-related client service descriptions:
- Appellate Law
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Constitutional Law
- Construction Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Environmental Law
- Insurance and Regulatory
- Labor and Employment
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Products Litigation
- Product Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Qui Tam/False Claims
- Railroad Litigation
- Tax Controversies
- Torts and Insurance
- Trade Secrets
- Workers' Compensation