Executive Committee: P Scott Hathaway, Jared D Giddens, J Ryan Sacra, Robert J Melgaard, Melodie Freeman-Burney, Todd P Lewis, G Daniel Miller, David S Randolph
Number of partners: 85
Number of other lawyers: 27
Founded in 1933, Conner & Winters, LLP has become one of the largest and most diverse law firms in the South Central Region of the United States. The firm serves a broad range of clients in local, state, regional, national, and international arenas. Its clients include businesses of all sizes and types-locally-owned companies to multi-national corporations, individuals, estates and trusts, municipalities and other public-sector organizations, institutions, and charitable foundations. Conner & Winters, LLP is a full-service firm with over 100 attorneys successfully representing numerous areas of practice.
Main Areas of Practice:
Business Formation & Organization:
The firm routinely offers counsel in the area of business formation and organization, recognizing that planning ahead helps avoid problems and disputes in the future.
Capital Markets & Securities:
Conner & Winters has one of the largest and broadest securities law practices in the region. The attorneys in this area have in-depth experience in a broad range of securities matters, including both public and private offerings of debt and equity securities.
Corporate Governance & Compliance:
The firm provides corporate governance and compliance counsel on a broad range of issues, supporting the work of in-house corporate attorneys and management in both small and large entities with issues ranging from contract review to compliance issues.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
Conner & Winters handles corporate mergers and acquisitions of all types and in all industries, ranging from energy and manufacturing to health care facilities. The attorneys regularly assist with mergers and acquisitions and with the disposition of businesses, assets and divisions for public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital groups and institutional lenders.
Energy & Natural Resources:
Conner & Winters features a legal team that understands diverse and complicated energy industry challenges. The extensive experience and resources of the energy team span virtually every significant area of the energy industry. The seasoned experience and creativity of the energy team provides clients with responsive and personalized solutions to energy issues locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Banking & Finance:
Conner & Winters is widely regarded as a leading regional law firm in banking and financial services. The firm’s roots in banking run deep as it maintains significant relationships with numerous banks and financial institutions in the region and nationwide.
Health Care Law:
Conner & Winters is well practiced in representing hospitals, physician groups, post-acute and long-term care facilities, hospice organizations and individual professionals. The attorneys also counsel and defend these clients in corporate compliance and ethics matters, labor and employment issues, employment and other litigation, licensure and accreditation issues, third party and Medicare reimbursement, HIPAA compliance and patients’ rights concerns, business transactions, medical staff issues and operational needs.
Labor & Employment:
Conner & Winters’ labor and employment attorneys advise and represent employers in all aspects of personnel law, union-management relations, employment litigation, and employee benefits matters. The firm assists clients in navigating the ever-changing landscape of state and federal workplace laws. The attorneys combine an in-depth understanding of the client’s business and industry with experience in handling virtually every kind of labor and employment issue that might arise.
The firm’s benefits attorneys advise clients on the full spectrum of employee benefits and compensation issues. The firm has extensive experience in designing and implementing employee benefits programs providing retirement and welfare benefits as well as executive compensation programs. In addition, Conner & Winters’ church planning and benefits practice is nationally recognized, and the attorneys in the practice area represent the boards of numerous church denominations.
Native American Law:
With knowledge and an understanding of history and culture, and with broad legal experience, Conner & Winters represents Indian tribes and other clients in the dynamic and complex fields of federal Indian law and tribal law. Conner & Winters has extensive experience in handling all aspects of Indian Country business and financial transactions. The firm also has significant experience in financing of Indian gaming enterprises.
The firm’s trial lawyers are seasoned and skilled and are considered leaders in their fields. They are fluent both in the vocabulary of clients’ lines of business and in the mechanics of the local legal systems. Intimate knowledge of the many local jurisdictions in which they practice develops instincts for devising strategies that are most likely to succeed. The firm’s litigators represent clients in venues of every type — including federal and state trial courts, federal and state appellate courts, and federal and local administrative hearings and other agency proceedings.