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CHRISTOPHER D. BROCKETT is a member at Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, with offices in Fort Smith, Springdale, Ozark and Little Rock. His primary practice areas are corporate formations and structuring; commercial and business litigation; state and federal tax controversy; tax planning and litigation; illegal exaction litigation; election challenges; probate administration; probate, trust and estate litigation; and estate planning. Mr. Brockett has authored Arkansas Probate and Estate Administration (2012 through current), Chapter 19 "Tax". He also serves as editor for the Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review (2013 through present). Mr. Brockett has presented on a wide variety of topics at various legal seminars in Arkansas. He has served as an adjunct professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Mr. Brockett is routinely named as one of the top attorneys in Little Rock by Soiree Magazine, a Rising Star in the tax practice area by Mid-South Super Lawyers, and was most recently named by Who’s Who as one of the top attorneys in North America for 2017 and 2018. He earned his B.S. degree from Arkansas Tech University, his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, and his tax LL.M. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. (Fayetteville location)
TAMRA L. COCHRAN is a sole practitioner with the Cochran Law Firm, P.A., in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where her main areas of practice include representation of clients with regard to a wide range of estate planning and taxation issues; representing clients before state and federal taxing authorities; counsel and representation regarding elder law, Medicaid qualification issues, and asset protection planning; expert witness on tax matters in civil litigation; litigation involving will and trust contests; and ancillary issues. She is a frequent speaker on estate planning, planned giving, probate, and elder law issues. Ms. Cochran is a member of the American Bar Association (Probate and Trust Section and Tax Section); the Arkansas Bar Association (Probate and Trust Section, chair, vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer - June 2000 and June 2006); the Benton County Bar Association; the Washington County Bar Association; member of the board of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation; and the Arkansas Volunteer for the Elderly (volunteer attorney). She is licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court; the Arkansas federal courts; and all of the Arkansas state courts. Ms. Cochran earned her B.S.B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville; and her LL.M. degree from the University of Florida, Gainesville. (Fayetteville location)
DAVID J. DAVIES is the owner of The Law Offices of David Davies, PLLC, where he practices elder law, estate planning, veterans law, special needs trusts, and business law. He is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Davies is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association (Elder Law Section), American Bar Association (Trust and Estate Law Section), Academy of VA Pension Planners, National Care Planning Council, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Davies earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from the University of Tulsa; and his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (North Little Rock location)
MELANIE L. GRAYSON is a partner in the Arkansas law firm of Grayson & Grayson, P.A., where she practices in the areas of nursing home litigation, probate, estate planning, and tax. She has previously spoken to various professional groups on estate planning techniques. Ms. Grayson has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, teaching communications, regulations, and media law. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. Ms. Grayson is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. (North Little Rock location)
EDWIN N. McCLURE is a partner in the Arkansas law firm of Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson, P.A., where he practices in the areas of criminal defense law, landlord/tenant law, and probate law. Mr. McClure has spoken extensively on topics related to his areas of practice; currently serves as the chair of the city of Rogers Historic District Commission; and is a trustee of First United Methodist Church in Rogers. He earned his B.A. degree from Simpson College and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas. Mr. McClure is a member of the Benton County (past president), Arkansas (former member of House of Delegates and Board of Governors), and American bar associations. He is admitted to the Arkansas and New York State bar associations and The Missouri Bar. (North Little Rock and Fayetteville locations)
H. BROCK SHOWALTER is a member of the law firms Showalter & Associates Injury & Criminal Lawyers PA, and Showalter Asset Management Firm PLLC, where his main areas of practice are criminal defense, personal injury, business, estate planning, Medicaid, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Washington County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Showalter earned his B.A. degree from Hendrix College, his M.B.A. degree from Webster University, and his J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (North Little Rock location)
VICKI S. VASSER-JENKINS is of counsel with Wright Lindsey & Jennings, LLP, in Rogers, Arkansas. Her primary areas of legal practice include estate planning/probate, elder law, trust litigation, business and non-profit formation, corporate governance, special education law, and family laws. She presents frequently on issues within her practice areas for continuing legal education seminars and for guest lectures at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Ms. Vasser-Jenkins has held various leadership positions in the local and state bar, including past chair of the Benton County Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section chair. She has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the area of family law since 2009; was selected as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Arkansas by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys; a 2017 graduate of Elder Law College; and received the Frank C. Elcan II Leadership Award and the Judith Ryan Gray Young Lawyer Service Award from the Arkansas Bar Association. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Vasser-Jenkins worked as an accountant and financial analyst for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. She is a certified public accountant (currently inactive). Ms. Vasser-Jenkins earned her B.S.B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arkansas; her M.B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas Sam W. Walton College of Business; and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (Fayetteville location)
RUFUS E. WOLFF is a principal in the Wolff & Ward, PLLC, where he practices primarily in the areas of business law, taxation, employee benefits, estate planning, wealth preservation, and asset protection. His practice focuses on the representation of owners of closely-held businesses, professionals and investors in the areas of tax, estate and business planning. Mr. Wolff has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law in corporate income taxation, and he has spoken for various professional groups on his areas of practice. He earned his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas and his J.D. degree, with high honors, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mr. Wolff is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas (member, Taxation Section; and Trust and Probate Section) and American (member, Taxation, Labor and Real Estate Trust and Probate sections) bar associations; the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. (North Little Rock location)