Attorneys

John T. Adams

John T. Adams
Associate

Phone: (501) 975-7137
Email: jadams@fc-lawyers.com

John Adams was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Little Rock. He taught at Subiaco Academy before attending law school. He began practice at a large firm in New York working on credit transactions, and later served as general counsel to an Arkansas-based bank and its publicly-traded holding company. He negotiates and documents various transactions for banks, businesses, and individuals. He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in commercial, civil rights, and constitutional litigation. Earlier in his career John also represented the State of Arkansas in criminal appeals and habeas corpus matters, and now maintains a criminal defense practice at the firm. He was recognized by Arkansas Times as one of Arkansas’ Best Lawyers for appellate practice.

Education:

• J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 2003
• B.A. Yale University, 1999

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas and New York State Courts; Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts in Arkansas; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations; Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court; Adjunct Law Professor at UA-Little Rock Bowen School of Law; Finance Chair and Vestry member at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Samuel Baber

Samuel C. Baber
Associate

Phone: (501) 975-7151
Email: sbaber@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law; Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity
• B.B.A., Business Administration, Millsaps College, 2009; Dean’s Honors List Spring and Fall 2008; Member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas and Federal District Courts of Arkansas

Memberships & Activities:

Arkansas Bar Association and Pulaski County Bar Association

Phil Campbell

Phil Campbell
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7130
Email: pcampbell@fc-lawyers.com

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

Education:

• J.D., with honors, Duke University School of Law, 1981
• B.A., with honors, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1978; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas, Federal District Courts of Arkansas, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, Central Arkansas Human Resource Association, Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, Arkansas Health Care Association and Greater Little Rock Optimist Club

Annie Depper

Annie Depper
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7144
Email: adepper@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., University of Texas, 2009; Dean’s Academic Achievement Award in Torts, Allen Lane Roberts Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law
• B.A., International Relations and European Studies, University of Arkansas, 2004; Chancellor’s Scholar, J. William Fulbright Honors Scholar, Member of Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice:

Arkansas and Federal District Courts of Arkansas

Memberships & Activities:

Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers

Clinton DeWitt

Clinton DeWitt
Associate

Phone: (501) 975-7136
Email: cdewitt@fc-lawyers.com

Clinton L. DeWitt is originally from Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He attended Ouachita Baptist University for his undergraduate degree, where he played football and was a ROTC cadet. Clinton earned his law degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His practice focuses on general civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of doctors, nurses, nursing homes, and other medical care facilities and providers. He has served as counsel in several medical malpractice jury trials. Clinton lives in Little Rock with his wife and four children.

Education:

• J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, 2015. Associate Editor, UA-Little Rock Law Review
• B.A. in Business Admin., Ouachita Baptist University, 2012

Admitted to Practice:

Arkansas, Alabama, and Federal District Courts of Arkansas

Memberships & Activities:

Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel

David Fuqua

David Fuqua
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7120
Email: dfuqua@fc-lawyers.com

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

Education:

• J.D., with honors, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 1980; Member and Managing Editor of the Law Review; and Published Case Note and Comment
• B.A., English Literature, University of Southern Mississippi, 1975; Minor in secondary education

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas, Federal District Courts of Arkansas and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

Arkansas Bar Association, former member – Board of Governors and tenured member of the Association’s House of Delegates, The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute, and American Inns of Court, Henry Woods Inn, Little Rock.

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Eric Gribble

Eric Gribble
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7128
Email: egribble@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 2002; Member and Officer of Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity
• B.S. Business Administration, Financial Management, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1999; Member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity; Golden Key National Honor Society

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas, Missouri, Federal District Courts of Arkansas and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, and CJA Panel, United States District Court

Haley M. Heath

Haley M. Heath
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7156
Email: hheath@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., summa cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law, 2011. Editor-in-Chief Arkansas Law Review. Top Oralist, Fall Moot Court. Criminal Law and Torts Teaching Assistant.
• B.A., English Literature, University of Central Arkansas, 2008. Honors College Graduate. Student Government Association President. One of five named Outstanding Graduating Senior.

Clerkship:

• Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Bobby E. Shepherd, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2011-2012).

Memberships & Activities:

• Commissioner, Arkansas Code Revision Commission
• Board Member, Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice
• University of Arkansas School of Law Alumni Board Member
• Junior League of Little Rock
• University of Central Arkansas Honors College Adjunct Faculty Member


Blake Hendrix

Blake Hendrix
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7123
Email: bhendrix@fc-lawyers.com

Blake specializes in criminal defense and litigation. After receiving his law degree, Blake served as an Assistant Arkansas Attorney General and has since taken on innumerable white collar, public corruption, death penalty, and other high-profile cases. He has taught at the Bowen School of Law and lectures frequently on criminal law and ethics.

Blake has been selected by his peers for inclusion in each edition of Best Lawyers in America® for criminal defense since 2006. He has been named the Best Lawyers® Criminal Defense: White Collar “Lawyer of the Year” in Little Rock (2013, 2016, 2022) and Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: General Practice “Lawyer of the Year” in Little Rock (2015). Other honors include Mid-South’s Super Lawyers and Soiree Magazine’s Little Rock’s Best Lawyers. He is included in Marquis Who’s Who in America and was named the Arkansas Times Lawyer of the Year for 2018.

Education:

• J.D, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 1986
• B.A., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 1983

Bar Admissions:

• Arkansas; Eastern and Western Federal Districts of Arkansas; Northern District of Illinois; Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; the Supreme Court of the United States.

Memberships & Activities:

Past chair, Arkansas Bar Association Criminal Law Section; Arkansas Bar Association Time Standards Task Force; Past Vice President and Editor-in-chief, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; co-author, Land Rovers, Excessive Fines, and Selective Incorporation: Civil Asset Forfeiture After Timbs v. Indiana.

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Mike Munnerlyn

Mike Munnerlyn
Of Counsel

Phone: (501) 663-5620
Email: mikemunn@aol.com

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.

Education:

• L.L.M., Taxation, University of Florida College of Law, 1995
• J.D., William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1994
• B.S., cum laude, Accounting, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1991

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas

Memberships & Activities:

Arkansas Bar Association and Probate, Trust and Taxations Sections and Board member of Lonoke School District Foundation

Abbie Decker Rucker

Abbie Decker Rucker
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7132
Email: adecker@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law School, Fayetteville, 2002; Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity; Board of Advocates; Student Bar Association; President of the Environmental Law Society; and William B. Putman Inn of Court
• B.A., summa cum laude, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1999; Phi Beta Kappa; Vice President of Kappa Delta Sorority; Committee Member for the Northwest Arkansas Arthritis Foundation; Golden Key; Mortarboard; and Order of Omega

Admitted to Practice:

Arkansas and Federal District Courts of Arkansas

Memberships & Activities:

American Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Pulaski County Bar Association; Henry Woods Inn of Court; American Inns of Court; Defense Research Institute; Society for Human Resource Management; Junior League of Little Rock; Fellowship Bible Church’ Arkansas Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future; and City Connections Board Member

Patrick Spivey

Patrick L. Spivey
Partner

Phone: (501) 975-7131
Email: pspivey@fc-lawyers.com

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.”

Education:

• J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 2002; Phi Delta Phi legal honors
• B.A., History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1999; President of Phi Delta Theta fraternity

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas, Federal District Courts of Arkansas, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

Tenured Member of the House of Delegates to the Arkansas Bar Association, Leadership Academy Graduate, American Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, William R. Overton Inn of Court, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future, Central Arkansas Boys & Girls Club Connection, Little Rock Hat Club, Volunteer Organization for Central Arkansas Legal Services, and the CJA Panel, United States District Court

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Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens
Associate

Phone: (501) 975-7155
Email: cstevens@fc-lawyers.com

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.

Education:

• J.D., magna cum laude, University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, 2012; Arkansas Law Review Articles Editor; Arkansas Law Review Comment, Deciding Not to Decide: A Short History of the Dixon Rule and a Way Forward, 64 Ark. L. Rev. 1121 (2012); William B. Putman Inn of Court
• B.A., English and Religion, magna cum laude, Hendrix College, 2007; Arkansas Distinguished Governor’s Scholar

Bar Admissions:

Arkansas, Federal District Courts of Arkansas and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships & Activities:

American Bar Association; Arkansas Bar Association; Pulaski County Bar Association; Volunteer with James H. Penick Boys and Girls Club; Board of Trustees for Trinity United Methodist Church; and Habitat For Humanity Young Professionals