Chambers and Partners© has recognized Friday, Eldredge & Clark and five of the firm’s trust and estate planning attorneys in its 2019 edition of Chambers High Net Worth Guide. The guide covers private wealth management work in key areas around the world, and its rankings are based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with clients and industry leaders. In addition to the individual attorneys recognized, the firm received the highest ranking awarded by Chambers.
The attorneys named “leaders in their fields” are: Thomas Baxter, J. Lee Brown, Byron M. Eiseman Jr.*, Sarah Cotton Patterson** and K. Coleman Westbrook Jr.
Tom is the head of the Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group, serves on the firm’s Management Committee and is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). He focuses his practice on tax planning for individuals and businesses, estate planning, the administration of trusts and estates, and probate matters. He also represents clients in state and local tax matters, tax controversies, and issues of general business and corporate taxation.
Lee, a Fellow in ACTEC, concentrates his practice on estate planning, tax, corporate, real estate and nonprofit matters. He serves private clients in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts, probate and small business planning. He counsels corporate and business clients regarding tax planning, corporate and entity formation, and tax-exempt organizations and related matters.
Byron, a former managing partner of the firm, concentrates his practice on estate planning, probate and estate administration and taxation. He is a Fellow in ACTEC and a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel.
Sarah is a Fellow in ACTEC and focuses her practice on estate, trust and tax matters for individuals, as well as entity formation and business planning. She also advises non-profit and tax-exempt organizations on formation, planning and tax issues. She has represented many varied estates over the years, including probate proceedings and trust administration.
Coleman is a Fellow in ACTEC and his practice consists of performing analysis and planning for individuals with regard to gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes; charitable and other lifetime and testamentary transfers; probate and estate, trust and non-profit/tax-exempt administration. Westbrook’s practice includes the drafting of and advising wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, beneficiary designations and beneficiary deeds with regard to testamentary planning.
The Trust and Estate Planning Practice Group includes eight attorneys practicing in the firm’s Little Rock and Rogers offices. Many of the attorneys in the group are Certified Public Accountants (inactive) and all have Master of Laws in Taxation. The group works with individuals and businesses to address the important aspects of their financial situation including personal tax planning, business planning, retirement planning, planning for disability, risk management, asset protection, family legacy and philanthropy.
*Senior Statespeople; **Up and Coming