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Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates Woodyard, PLLC

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Managing Partner: R.T. Beard, III
Number of partners: 56   Number of lawyers: 36   Total lawyers: 92
Languages: English, Spanish, French

Firm Overview:
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full-service corporate law firm that provides strategic, comprehensive legal services to help clients achieve their goals. As progressive leaders in the legal community, the firm works as advocates and partners to help clients meet the variety of legal needs required to succeed in today’s complex, competitive business environment.
At Mitchell Williams, the team of lawyers have a depth of knowledge, diverse professional experience and extensive relationships. Many attorneys joined the firm with having established, distinguished careers in government, business and law. From working in the public sector as department heads, staff attorneys or general counsel to various state and federal agencies, to serving as in-house counsel for major local and regional corporations, the firm’s attorneys bring the value of experience to their work. The foundation of the firm has been, and continues to be, its solid long-term relationships with clients.
For 65 years, Mitchell Williams has been a trusted law firm in the community with the earned reputation of providing clients with trusted counsel, valuable insight and effective solutions.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights
Business Transactions
Complex Commercial Litigation
Cybersecurity, Privacy, & Data Protection
Energy & Utility
Insurance Defence & Coverage
Labor & Employment
Municipal & Public Finance
Real Estate
Trust & Estates

Banking Services:
Mitchell Williams is an established leader in Arkansas banking legislation and the areas of lending, regulatory issues, insurance and securities, and plans of exchange. The experienced team of lawyers represent domestic and foreign banks, bank holding companies, leasing companies, finance companies, financial institutions, and corporate, government, institutional, individual and financial intermediary borrowers.

Government Relations:
The government relations team of lawyers have over 100 years of government relations experience offering a unique combination of regulatory knowledge with skilled understanding of the political process. The practice is combined of lawyers with Congressional, White House, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court, State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator, and Chairman, Vice Chairman and members of various State Boards and Commissions experience. It is noted as one of the leading government relations firms in the state of Arkansas representing public and private companies from Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, utilities, universities to other entities.

Health Care:
The health care team of lawyers work with hospitals, health care systems, nursing homes, physician’s practices, health exchanges and others to provide guidance in navigating the highly regulated health care industry. The multidisciplinary team draws on a broad range of legal, business and health care industry experience to counsel clients on matters of health care technology and privacy, insurance, fraud and abuse claims, labor and employment matters, real estate transactions, and corporate transactions including sales and acquisitions.

Insurance Regulatory:
Mitchell Williams has one of the preeminent insurance regulatory law practices in the United States. The experienced team of lawyers include former state insurance regulators, former in-house counsel and legal professionals whose practice is dedicated solely to insurance regulatory matters representing clients in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The team understands the insurance industry from a business and legal perspective encompassing all aspects of state insurance regulation, from market conduct compliance and regulation of intermediaries to insurance holding company systems regulation and regulation of captive insurers, for all types of insurance entities. The firm’s lawyers often work as outside general counsel to clients, providing legal advice and counsel on insurance corporate and regulatory matters.

Investigations & Corporate Compliance:
The investigations and corporate compliance team of lawyers have the experience to handle both the initial and collateral consequences of government investigations including pre-investigation prevention and mitigation, internal investigations or defence of a government investigation, or resolution through settlement or trial. The team comprises former federal prosecutors and enforcement officials skilled in conducting investigations in a variety of business contexts and works proactively with clients to develop and deploy corporate policies and business practices which will ensure that potential problems are detected and corrected early.

The Mitchell Williams litigation team of lawyers represent business clients in complex litigation involving disputes with other businesses, government entities, or groups of individuals, each of which necessarily involves an understanding of both the business issue and the industry of the client. The firm counsels companies in diverse industry sectors and has extensive experience in trial and arbitration along with class action expertise.

Mergers & Acquisitions:
Consistently handling many of the largest transactions in the State of Arkansas, Mitchell Williams brings experience, skill, and focused client service to every deal. The M&A team helps guide transactions from a letter of intent to the closing, contributing to each step in the process an in-depth understanding of complex legal matters, local markets and industry-specific issues. When other skills are needed, the team draws on the resources of a full-service firm to provide the tax, employment, regulatory, and litigation pieces that a successful transaction sometimes requires.

Products Liability & Mass Tort:
Attorneys at Mitchell Williams have helped clients defend against the risk of substantial financial exposure that comes with product liability and mass tort cases. With decades of trial experience, the team of attorneys are trusted advocates who serve as national, regional, and local counsel to clients in all industries. They have served as litigation and trial counsel to medical and pharmaceutical companies and have acted as lead local counsel on national trials.

Mitchell Williams offers comprehensive legal counsel to taxpayers in all aspects of local, state and federal taxation. Lawyers work with clients in Arkansas to provide solutions to complex tax issues through a combination of tax knowledge and an understanding of the clients’ business needs.