Phone: (501) 975-7151
Samuel C. Baber was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed his undergraduate studies at Millsaps College, and he earned his law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He began practicing in 2014 and his primary areas of practice are general litigation, family law and real estate transactions and disputes.
Phone: (501) 975-7130
Phil Campbell was born and raised in Little Rock. He attended the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and graduated from Duke University School of Law. He then clerked for Chief Judge G. Thomas Eisele, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas. Phil has practiced law in Central Arkansas since 1981. His primary areas of practice are employment law, business law, commercial litigation, insurance law and nursing home defense. He has handled hundreds of EEOC claims and successfully defended employment lawsuits throughout his career. He has successfully represented clients in many cases involving product liability, asbestos litigation, business fraud, breach of contract, securities claims, insurance coverage, nursing home defense and restrictive covenants, and he has had the privilege of representing numerous Fortune 500 companies. Phil frequently lectures on all areas of employment law, with an emphasis on avoiding problems in the workplace. Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV
Phone: (501) 975-7144
Annie Depper is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for her undergraduate degree, and she earned her law degree at the University of Texas. Following law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Brian S. Miller, United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, and Judge Mary Spencer McGowan, Pulaski County Circuit Court. Annie’s primary areas of practice are general civil and commercial litigation, civil rights defense litigation and criminal defense.
Phone: (501) 975-7120
David M. Fuqua was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1949 and is the oldest member our firm. David grew up abroad but returned to the United States to complete his education. He graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1980 and has practiced law in Central Arkansas since that time, developing his practice and legal skills in a variety of areas, including general litigation, commercial law and litigation, personal injury defense, employment and civil rights defense, employment law and litigation and agricultural and commodities law. In addition, David has served for over 25 years as a mediator and arbitrator. Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV
Phone: (501) 975-7128
Eric R. Gribble is originally from Jonesboro, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas for his undergraduate and legal studies. Eric has been practicing law in Arkansas since 2002, and his primary areas of practice are general civil and commercial litigation, nursing home defense, professional liability defense, product liability, tort and personal injury defense, coverage opinions and loss investigations, family law, criminal defense, construction law, contracts and debt collection. He has trial experience in both state and federal courts, as well as appellate experience with the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Eric has represented clients in regulatory matters and has experience in mediation and arbitration. Super Lawyers named Eric a “Rising Star.” Little Rock Soiree magazine recognized Eric as one of Little Rock’s Top 100 Lawyers.
Phone: (501) 975-7156
Haley M. Heath is part of the firm’s complex commercial litigation practice and handles cases from complaint through trial. She is experienced in intellectual property law and can assist clients with patent litigation (including claim construction and invalidity contentions), copyright litigation, as well as trademark disputes. She can also assist with evaluating intellectual property issues on the front end to avoid litigation. Haley has extensive experience taking and defending depositions in a variety of commercial litigation matters and aggressively pursues her clients’ interests at every key step in the litigation process. Haley is a successful oral advocate, having prevailed in hearings throughout the State of Arkansas and in the Arkansas federal district courts. She has also successfully represented clients before the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Ms. Heath’s legal experience builds on years of training as a writer and advocate, including on her role as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Bobby E. Shepherd of the United States Court of Appeals and on her role as Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. Haley was named a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is originally from Wynne, Arkansas and is the mother of two little girls.
Phone: (501) 975-7123
J. Blake Hendrix was born in Memphis and raised in Little Rock, where he attended Catholic High School for Boys. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received his law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1986. After serving as an Assistant Arkansas Attorney General, he went into private practice devoting his career to criminal defense, specializing in complex criminal litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also serves as a member of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. He is listed in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America® for criminal defense every year since 2006. In 2013, he was named Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year – White Collar Defense, and in 2015 Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year – Non-White Collar Defense.
Phone: (501) 663-5620
Mike Munnerlyn is a native of Lonoke and has been practicing in Little Rock since 1995. He has twice been recognized by the Arkansas Times as one of Arkansas’s Best Lawyers in the areas of Tax and Wills. Mike practices statewide primarily in the areas of estate, trust, tax and business planning and estate and trust administration.
Phone: (501) 975-7132
Abbie Decker Rucker is from Mountain View, Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate and legal education. She served as an intern clerk for the Honorable Robert T. Dawson, U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. Abbie has practiced law in Little Rock since 2002 and her primary areas of practice are employment law, business law, product liability and commercial litigation. She has a passion for helping clients understand and navigate employment laws and regulations so that they can focus on operating their businesses. Abbie works closely with owners and management teams on a wide variety of issues, including employee hiring, discipline, terminations, handbooks, benefits, non-competition covenants, contracts, policies, and EEOC charges and compliance with state and federal laws, including FLSA, FMLA, Title VII, ADA, FCRA, Form I-9 requirements, etc. She conducts supervisor and human resources training and internal compliance audits. In addition to her employment law practice, Abbie serves her clients in a general counsel capacity and is involved in such matters as drafting contracts, general operations, and debt collection. She has successfully defended clients in both the state and federal courts of Arkansas as well as government enforcement proceedings. Super Lawyers named Abbie a “Rising Star” in 2013. Little Rock Soirée Magazine recognized Abbie as one of Little Rock’s Top 100 Lawyers.
Phone: (501) 975-7147
Bess Rystrom is a native Arkansan born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where she studied English Literature and obtained her undergraduate degree. Bess earned her law degree at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas and served as the Executive Editor for the Journal of Food Law & Policy.
Phone: (501) 975-7131
Patrick Spivey has practiced law in Little Rock since 2002. His primary areas of practice are civil and commercial litigation, real estate transactions and disputes, business and commercial transactions, banking, construction law, insurance defense and creditor’s rights. Patrick represents a variety of companies in all aspects of their business, including employment law, transactions, contracts, and general operations. He also has the privilege of representing and defending municipalities and counties throughout Arkansas. He has successfully represented clients in both the state and federal courts of Arkansas and before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Super Lawyers named Patrick a “Rising Star.” Little Rock Soiree Magazine has recognized Patrick as one of Little Rock’s Top 100 lawyers. Arkansas Business named Patrick to its 2014 class of “40 Under 40.”
Phone: (501) 975-7155
Chris Stevens is a Little Rock native. He attended Hendrix College for his undergraduate education and completed his legal studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. During law school, Chris clerked for Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robert Brown. Chris began practicing law in 2012. His primary areas of practice are civil rights defense, commercial law and real estate law.