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Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP


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What the team is known for

Market-leading practice active in offering advice on a full spectrum of corporate issues for major corporations. Highly esteemed for its work in taxation and M&A, as well as its representation of banks and other financial institutions in connection with regulatory and securities issues. An additional area of strength is tackling public bond transactions. Particularly noted for capability in real estate transactions.


A client values how "the team is really strong in terms of experience" and notes that the lawyers "have resources to get questions resolved quickly but thoroughly."

One source notes Friday, Eldredge & Clark "has the deepest bench in the state."

A peer recognizes that the department has "a very strong reputation in the market."

Work highlights

Served as lead counsel in refinancing and New Markets Tax Credit financings for Delta Peanut, as well as handling a second series of equity raising.

Notable practitioners

Bryan Duke has a broad corporate practice with particular experience in M&A, tax and real estate matters. His work spans numerous industries including healthcare, retail and banking.

Michael Moyers is held in high regard for his expertise in public finance matters. He is regularly called upon to represent public bodies in bond issuances.

Shepherd Russell is regarded as the leading public finance practitioner in Arkansas. He is particularly commended for his expert handling of large-scale bond offerings.
"A lot of other bond lawyers look to him for judgment calls and leadership." "He is the king of the municipal bond market."

Paul Benham is a distinguished figure in the Arkansas legal market. He is held in high regard for his finance expertise, in addition to his regulatory experience.

Price Gardner comes recommended for his corporate finance and M&A experience. He is additionally noted for his expertise in real estate-related tax and transactional matters.
"Price is experienced in a broad base of subject areas, from corporate to tax." "He does a fantastic job and quality work."

Robert Beach has a respected practice in municipal and education finance.
"Bob is the go-to person for school finance." "He does quality work."

Robert Smith has an established corporate law practice with a notable strength in finance matters. He frequently represents banks in transactions.
"He is a very good attorney in the banking space and also does quite a lot of M&A."

Ryan Bowman is routinely mandated as bond counsel by public bodies.
"He is a very responsive, quality individual."

Taylor Marshall centers his practice on municipal finance matters and regularly acts as bond counsel.
"His work is thoughtful and well put together."

Walter Ebel centers his respected practice on M&A and tax matters, bringing to bear expert experience in both the completion of transactions and resolving the issues arising from them.
"He has a very strong reputation and I think highly of him."

Department Information

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Friday, Eldredge & Clark provides wide-ranging business, corporate and commercial legal advice that will help you structure, manage and grow your business. 

Public Finance: FEC finished 2019 as the leading bond counsel firm for Arkansas bond issues, In 2019, the firm approved $1.87 billion of the $2.89 billion total in principal bonds issued by Arkansas issuers and served as lead counsel in 153 of the 179 total bond issues. 

 Of the $2,891,700,000 in principal amount of bonds issued by Arkansas issuers in 2019, the firm approved $1,877,700,000 in principal amount of bonds. Of the 179 bond issues in Arkansas in 2019, FEC served as bond counsel on 153 of those issues. 

Tax: The tax department is widely recognized for the size and expertise. As the leading tax law firm in Arkansas, the firm has an excellent reputation for designing tax-efficient strategies and offering practical solutions for businesses and individuals. Our tax attorneys, many of whom are inactive certified public accountants and have a Masters in Tax Law degrees, narrow their practice to a specific area of tax law to best advise their clients.

Multiple practice areas typically involved in a transaction we have partners from other departments that team on a project and that allows our firm to provide turn-key representation of the client. 


Bowman, Ryan (Head of Department)

Gardner, Price C (Head of Department)

Smith, Robert (Head of Department)

Beach Jr, Robert B

Benham III, Paul B

Bramlett, Jason

Childers, Michael

Clark, James

McNair, E. Conner

Mitchell, Matthew

Moyers, D Michael

Nichols, Joseph G.

Russell III, J Shepherd

Saxton, James M.

Stockemer, Taylor

Taylor, Jay T.


Acxiom Corporation

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Arkansas Development Finance Authority

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission

Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health

City of Springdale, Arkansas

Dale Capital Partners

Delta Peanut

Entergy Arkansas, Inc

First Security Beardsley

George's, Inc

McLarty Automotive Group

Murphy USA

National Park College District

Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort

Stephens, Inc.

University of Arkansas System



Banking & Finance


Gaming & Horse Racing

Healthcare, Medical Devices & Pharmaceuticals


Manufacturing & Industrial

Municipalities, Counties & Government Entities

Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations

Private Wealth Services

Wholesale & Retail


Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP


400 West Capitol Avenue

Suite 2000

Little Rock



AR 72201-3522

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.



Bryan W Duke
Band 3
Paul B Benham III
Senior Statespeople
Price C Gardner
Band 1
Robert Smith
Band 3
Walter Ebel
Band 1

Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Bonds

D Michael Moyers
Band 2

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