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Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

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Managing Members: Steven W Quattlebaum, Timothy W Grooms, John E Tull III, E B (Chip) Chiles IV, Thomas G Williams, Michael N Shannon, Joseph R Falasco, J Cliff McKinney II, Brandon B Cate
Number of members: 18
Number of lawyers: 31
Languages: English

Firm Overview:
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC provides a full range of business-related legal services. The firm represents individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and government organizations. Its practice encompasses a wide variety of transactions, litigation, regulatory work, and estate planning.

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation:

12 partners; 23 fee earners
■Represents Entergy Arkansas, Inc. and Entergy Operations, Inc. in a number of cases that arise from a major accident at a nuclear power plant: the collapse of a crane, resulting in one death and approximately $100 million in damages to the firm’s clients. The firm’s representation includes defending the personal-injury action. Awaiting a trial date Entergy’s breach-of -contract and negligence actions have been settled
■Represents Johnson & Johnson in various product liability cases in Arkansas and other states, including serving as lead trial counsel in MDL bellwether trials on medical device, pharmaceutical and consumer products
■Represents Tyson Foods, Inc., in the defense of a claim by Dennis Food Group that a soured business relationship caused in excess of $54 million in damages. Dennis Food Group claims that Tyson breached a co-packing agreement and interfered with contractual relationships with government vendors for the sale of chicken to United States Military vendors worldwide. The firm was successful in limiting the causes of action through pretrial motions and the trial on the remaining claims is scheduled for June 2020. Alleged damages had been at $180 million but after expert depositions were taken, the plaintiff withdrew certain portions of the claim which lowered alleged damages to $54 million
■The firm defended a major retail chain and two of its district managers in a putative class action alleging that the company’s discount program violated the Arkansas Price Discrimination Act, which imposes a penalty of $200 to $1000 for every sale in violation of the statute. Plaintiff filed the action in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Arkansas, and the case was successfully removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act. Defendants argued that the court should apply the ‘functional availability’ doctrine of the Robinson-Patman Act to the Arkansas statute. In a matter of first impression, the district court agreed and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice. The matter was appealed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the judgment was affirmed
■The firm represented the plaintiff in challenging an Arkansas state law prohibiting candidates for statewide office from accepting campaign contributions more than two years before an election. The plaintiff claimed the statute, in place since 1996, infringes on her First Amendment rights by preventing her from donating now to candidates she wants to support in the 2022 election cycle. The District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law’s enforcement then stayed his preliminary injunction while the State of Arkansas appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. The Eighth Circuit affirmed the injunction and the stay was lifted.
Key Clients: Johnson & Johnson; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP; American Greetings Corporation; Tyson Foods, Inc.; Verizon Wireless; BASF Corporation; J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com
Contact: Steven W Quattlebaum
Tel: 501 379 1707
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
6 partners; 11 fee earners
■Represents various banks in financing transactions and the firm routinely resolves title issues, zoning problems, and negotiates structure of financing for financial institutions, developers, and investors
■Represents a publicly traded retailer in acquisition and disposition of numerous shopping center sites throughout the country
■Represents numerous healthcare providers in financing and acquisitions
■Represents investors, financial institutions, farmers and other agricultural-based entities in various agricultural matters, including the financing, acquisition and disposition of agricultural properties in Arkansas and surrounding states, environmental compliance issues, title and survey issues, USDA regulatory compliance and contract and easement transfers
■Provides general advice to franchisees for fast food restaurants over multiple states. The work includes negotiation of franchise rights and negotiations and closing of real estate acquisitions for future site locations
■Represents numerous commercial real estate firms with regard to acquisition, sales, leasing and property management
Key Clients: Arkansas REALTORS® Association; Colliers International; Baptist Health; US Bank; Simmons Bank; First Security Bank; IBERIABANK; Flake & Kelley Commercial; CenterPoint Energy, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute; Inc.; Medical Assets Holding Company; Newmark Moses Tucker Partners
Contact: Timothy W Grooms
Tel: 501 379 1713
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
6 partners; 11 fee earners 
■Represents lenders and developers in federal program transactions, including Low Income Housing apartments and transactions involving private and public developers utilizing New Markets Tax Credits
■Regularly represents banking clients in corporate governance matters including transactions with affiliates, directors, and officers
■Represented a state bank in connection with multiple loans concerning commercial real estate and agricultural properties in Arkansas and Texas
■Represented a regional bank in the acquisition of a Missouri bank, resulting in the addition of 20 additional branches in St. Louis, Missouri
■Represented a regional bank in acquiring all outstanding capital stock of the parent company of a bank with nearly 40 locations throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas
Key Clients: Simmons Bank; US Bank; IBERIABANK; First Security Bank; First National Bankers Bank; Eagle Bank & Trust Company; Relyance Bank, Encore Bank
Contact: Timothy W Grooms
Tel: 501 379 1713
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Tax & Estates:
6 partners; 11 fee earners
■Represents numerous companies in real estate acquisitions, franchise issues, and general corporate matters
■Regularly assists clients with estate and gift tax planning, life insurance planning, nonprofit organizations, charitable giving, wills and trusts, estate administration, and asset protection
Key Clients: Wilkerson Jewelers; Medical Assets Holding Company; Baptist Health; Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Contact: Timothy W Grooms
Tel: 501 379 1713
Email: [email protected]

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