Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP

Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP

Law Firm in Pine Bluff, AR

Firm Overview

Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP is the successor to the original firm of Coleman & Gantt, which was established as a general practice firm by W. F. Coleman and N. J. Gantt on March 1, 1911. The firm continues to serve the residents of Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas.
The firm currently represents clients not only throughout the State of Arkansas, but it also has regional and national representations in the areas of agriculture and labor law. On June 13, 2008, Rosalind M. Mouser was sworn in as the President of the Arkansas Bar Association. In addition, four former members of the firm have served as President of the Arkansas Bar Association. The firm and its members are vitally interested and involved in all aspects of the legal profession as well as civic, community and continuing legal education programs and activities.

Areas of Law:
-General Practice including Trials and Appellate Practice
-Corporation
-Agricultural
-Banking
-Bankruptcy
-Negligence and Labor Law.
-Taxation
-Real Estate
-Trust and Estate Planning
-Probate
-Insurance
Main Office
Main Office
11th Floor, Simmons First National Bank Building
Pine Bluff  AR  71601
Phone
  • 870 535-9000
Fax
  • 870-535-8544
Websites
Personal Injury
Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP will represent your Personal Injury legal matters.
The attorneys at Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP practice in the following areas of law:

-Agriculture
-Labor Relations
-Banking and Creditors Rights
-Insurance and Tax
-Litigation
-Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
-Real Estate
-Estate Planning and Probate

William C. Bridgforth

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Honors Harvey W. McGeorge Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture in Arkansas (1993).
C. E. Ransick Award from the Arkansas Bar Association for outstanding service to the Arkansas Bar (2005).

Publications:
Author: "Federal Tax Liens - Priority of a Chattel Mortgage with a Dragnet Clause," 17 Arkansas Law Review 85, 1963.

Memberships:
-Member: Arkansas Law Review, 1964-1964.
-Jefferson County Bar Association (President, 1978-1979).
-Arkansas Bar Association (Member: Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1970-1972. House of Delegates, 1978-1981).
-American Bar Association.
-American Agricultural Law Association (Board of Directors; President, 2004-2005).

Areas of Law:
-Agricultural Law
-Real Estate Law
-Environmental Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1964, Arkansas
-1966, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
-1973, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas
Class of 1964
LL.B.
Delta Theta Phi

University Attended:
Washington & Lee University and University of Arkansas
Class of 1962
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1940
Forrest City, Arkansas, July 6, 1940

Bar Fellowship:
Arkansas Bar Foundation.

Fellow: American Bar Foundation.
Education
  • University of Arkansas
    LL.B. , 1964

Spencer F. Robinson

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Mr. Robinson is an Arkansas native. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1974 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville in December 1976.
In January of 1977, Mr. Robinson began practicing law with the firm of Coleman, Gantt, Ramsay & Cox. For the past thirty-five years, he has practiced law in Pine Bluff and is a partner in the law firm of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP.
Mr. Robinson's practice is concentrated in the area of labor relations. His practice includes representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board, conducting training for compliance with a broad range of labor relations laws, representation of clients in the federal and state courts concerning labor matters, and representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Labor Department and other governmental entities.
Mr. Robinson is a member of the American, Arkansas and Jefferson County Bar Associations (President 2008). He is a member of the Labor Section of the Arkansas and the American Bar Associations. He is licensed to practice in all of the courts in Arkansas, including state and federal courts, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, and is listed in 1993-current editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment La, the 2004-current Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyers, and the 2008-current Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Labor Law. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and formerly the Arkansas State Board of Law Examiners (2005-2011, Chairman 2011).

Areas of Law:
-Labor Law
-School Law
-Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1977, Arkansas
-State and Federal Courts
-The Eight Circuit Court of Appeals
-The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville
Class of 1976
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Class of 1974
Education
  • University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Phillip A. Raley

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Memberships Jefferson County and Arkansas Bar Associations (Member, Real Estate and Financial Institutions Section).
Member, House of Delegates (1990-1992).
American Bar Association.

Areas of Law:
-Tort Law
-Commercial Litigation
-Insurance Law
-Creditors Rights Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1977, Arkansas and U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas
Class of 1977
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Arkansas
Class of 1973
B.S.B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1951
Dallas, Texas, October 18, 1951
Education
  • University of Arkansas
    Juris Doctorate , 1977

Rosalind M. Mouser

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Memberships:
-Member: Jefferson County and Arkansas Bar Associations (Chair, Young Lawyers Section, 1989; Debtor/Creditor Section, Vice-Chair, 1991-1992 and Member; Executive Council Chair, 1992-1993; House of Delegates, 1997-1999).
-American Bankruptcy Institute.
-American Bar Association (Member, National Conferences Committee, 1990).

Honors:
-Arkansas Bar Association, Outstanding CLE Planner, 1989
-Golden Gavel Awards, 1994 and 2009-2010
-Best of CLE 2000
-Volunteers Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS) Attorney of the Year, 2007
-Ouachita Baptist University Alumni Milestone Award, 2010
-Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2011

Community Service:
-Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Past President
-Southeast Arkansas Community College, Past President and Board Member
-University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Foundation Board, Past Member
-Pine Bluff Aviation Commission, Past Member
-Volunteer in Public Schools, Current Volunteer

Areas of Law:
-Creditors Rights Law
-Banking Law
-Bankruptcy Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1984, Arkansas
-U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
-Board of Governors
-President, 2008-2009

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law
Class of 1984
J.D.

University Attended:
Ouachita Baptist University
Class of 1980
B.A.

University of Bristol, England Rotary International Scholar, 1984-1985

Birth Information:
Born in 1958
Hope, Arkansas, August 24, 1958
Education
  • University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1984

William McShane Bridgforth

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Shane is a partner in the law firm of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP and joined the law firm in 1990. For more than 21 years, Shane has represented clients in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability litigation, agricultural litigation and other areas of complex litigation including cases involving wrongful death, condemnation, real property and insurance disputes. Shane's litigation experience includes numerous jury trials in counties across the State of Arkansas and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Shane has experience handling appeals in cases before the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Arkansas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. His clients range from individuals, farmers, small businesses and national companies who desire their cases to be effectively handled and who want the experience of a trial lawyer who can try their cases in court when necessary.

After graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1983, Shane obtained a B.S. degree in business from Louisiana Tech University in 1987. Shane graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1990. While in law school he served as an officer in Phi Delta Phi and received the American Jurisprudence Award for having earned the highest marks of all third year law students in Trial Advocacy. Shane was selected to serve on the U.A.L.R. School of Law moot court team and was successful in competitions against students from other states' law schools.

Shane has been active in the Arkansas Bar Association and his community. He is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and American Bar Association. Shane served on the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association from 1994 - 1996 and on the Executive Council of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1997. Shane served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services from 1992 - 2000. In 2011, Shane was appointed to the Board of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, and currently serves as Vice-President. In 2012, Shane was appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Model Jury Instructions - Civil. He has also been active in serving his local community having frequently served on organization boards and committees, including the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, the Pine Bluff Child Center, Inc., the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, and the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce. Shane was recently honored to receive the VOCALS of Jefferson County 2011 Attorney of the Year Award.

Shane is licensed to practice in all of the courts in Arkansas, including the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Shane is also licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. Shane is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell PEER REVIEW RATINGS system.

Areas of Law:
-Personal Injury Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Products Liability Litigation
-Agricultural Litigation
-Insurance Disputes
-Complex Litigation
-Wrongful Death
-Condemnation
-Real Property

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1990, Arkansas
-United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
-United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
-United States Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
Class of 1990
Juris Doctorate

University Attended:
Louisiana Tech University
Class of 1987
B.S.
Business
Education
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1990

David R. Bridgforth

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

-Honors Arkansas Business; 40 Under 40 (2004). Memberships Jefferson County Bar Association.
-Arkansas Bar Association (House of Delegates, Member 1998-2001).
-American Bar Association.
-American Agricultural Law Association.
-Community Involvement
-Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, Arkansas (Chairman 2011-present).
-Jefferson County Industrial Foundation (Chairman 2008-2009).
-Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce (Chairman 2003).
-Arkansas River Regional Intermodal Facilities Authority (Director 2003-present).
-American Red Cross (Arkansas State Service Council, Chairman 2003; Jefferson County Chapter, Board of Directors 1994-2000, Chairman 1996-1999, Board of Directors 2006-2009; Chairman 2008-2009).

Areas of Law:
-Agricultural Law
-Real Estate Law
-Litigation
-Personal Injury

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1991, Arkansas and U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
Louisiana Tech University
Class of 1988
B.S.

Phi Delta Phi
President 1991

Birth Information:
Born in 1966
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, July 6, 1966
Education
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Anthony (Tony) A. Hillard

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Bar Information Arkansas Bar Association Board of Governors. Tenured Delegate Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates.
Past President Arkansas Bar Association Tax Section.

Secretary/Treasurer Arkansas Bar PAC.

Honors:
-Associate Editor, UALR Law Journal, 1995.
-Arkansas Bar Association Lawyer Legacy Award, 2006.
-Arkansas Society of CPAs, Mac Angel Award, 2006.
Best Lawyer's in America, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (2006-2009)

Memberships:
-Jefferson County and American Bar Associations (Member of Taxation and Business Section).
-Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPA 1982-Inactive).

Areas of Law:
-Taxation Law
-Estate Planning Law
-Probate Law
-Banking Law
-Employee Benefits Law
-Business Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1996, Arkansas
1996 U.S. District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Law School Attended:
University of Little Rock School of Law
J.D. 1996

Southern Methodist University School of Law
Class of 1998
LL.M. (Taxation)

University Attended:
Hendrix College
Class of 1978
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1956
Rison, Arkansas, July 4, 1956
Education
  • University of Little Rock School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1996
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    LL.M. (Taxation) , 1998

Paul T. Bennett

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR

Paul T. Bennett joined the law firm as an associate in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. He primarily practices in the areas of creditor's rights, commercial and general litigation, creditor bankruptcy, personal injury and family law. He has represented clients ranging from large financial institutions and businesses to individual residents of Southeast Arkansas. Paul represents both injured people and defendants in his personal injury practice providing him perspective that allows him to be a more effective advocate for you in your case. Along with other members of the firm, he has handled large cases against some of the biggest banks and insurance companies in the country and defended businesses in multi-million dollar litigation.

Mr. Bennett has also been chosen by state and local leaders to serve in positions of trust, having been appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the Board of Trustees of Southeast Arkansas College, where he currently serves as Chair, as well as having been nominated to a position of Commissioner on the Pine Bluff Wastewater Utility Commission by the Mayor of the City of Pine Bluff. He has also served several terms, including several as President, on the St. Joseph Catholic School Board in Pine Bluff. Mr. Bennett encourages others to be active in our community, having served on campaigns for the United Way of Southeast Arkansas and membership drives for the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Bennett is a graduate of Leadership Pine Bluff and has served as an adjunct professor in the paralegal program at Southeast Arkansas College and as a special judge in Jefferson County District Court.

Mr. Bennett has also served as a leader in the Arkansas Bar Association, where he is currently serving his second term in the House of Delegates and he has previously served on the executive counsel of the Young Lawyers Section and chaired the Lawyers for Literacy Committee. He is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, the Debtor/Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Bennett graduated from Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1991 and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 1998 and a Juris Doctorate in 2001 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is licensed to practice in all Arkansas State and Federal Courts and before United State Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.

Paul and his wife, Carrie live in Pine Bluff and have two children, Davis and Leighton.

Areas of Law:
-Creditor's Rights
-Commercial and General Litigation
-Family Law
-Creditor Bankruptcy
-Personal Injury

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2001, Arkansas
-State and Federal Courts
-United State Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit

University Attended:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Class of 1998
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Class of 2001
Juris Doctorate
Education
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Jenny R. Wilkes

Attorney in Pine Bluff, AR
Honors
Top Papers in Estate Planning, UALR Law; Corporate Tax, Georgetown; Nonprofits and Tax-Exempt Organizations, Georgetown; Joint-Ventures with Charitable Organizations, Georgetown.
Associate Notes Editor, UALR Law Review, (2007-2008).
Symposium Editor, State and Local Tax Lawyer, Georgetown, 2008.
Publications
Author: Note, "It Felt So Right but Was All So Wrong: United States Supreme Court Rules Arkansas's Tax-Foreclosure Notice Procedure Fails to Satisfy Due process Clause When Certified Mail Notice Returns 'Unclaimed.'" Jones v. Flowers, 126 S. Ct. 1708 (2006). 30 U. Ark. LR Law Rev. 179.
Author, Case Law Surveys, U. Ark. LR Law Rev. Vol. 30.2.
Author, Legislative Surveys, U. Ark. LR Law Rev. Vol. 30.3.
Memberships
Virginia State Bar
Arkansas Bar Association
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

Areas of Law:
-Taxation Law
-Estate Planning Law
-Probate Law
-Business and Corporate Law


Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, Virginia
2010, Arkansas
2011, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Law School Attended:
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Class of 2008
J.D.
with honors, Phi Alpha Delta

Georgetown University Law Center
Class of 2009
LL.M.
with honors, Dean's List

University Attended:
University of Virginia
Class of 2005
B.A.
with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Delta Pi

Birth Information:
Born in 1983
Little Rock, Arkansas, February 21, 1983
Education
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
    Juris Doctorate, with honors , 2008
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    LL.M., with honors , 2009
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