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WLJ advises a wide variety of clients who rely on the state’s natural resources for business.

Our team has the skill to guide clients through complex and ever changing legislation, regulatory action and market competition, as well as specific and rich experience with energy finance.

3 attorneys

WLJ attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for their work in the natural resources sector.

12 + governmental entities

Governmental entities recently represented in connection with the issuance of more than $400,000,000 in energy financings.

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Many WLJ attorneys are recognized for their work in the natural resources, energy and environmental sectors.

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Attorney Walter McSpadden

Walter McSpadden

Partner

Little Rock, AR

Walter has more than 35 years of experience in public finance transactions, including municipal bonds, tax-exempt leases, and energy savings contracts and leases. He represented the developer of the first utility scale solar project in Arkansas, and has continued to represent developers/owners/operators of renewable energy facilities across the state. In addition, Walter has more than three decades of experience in commercial lending, representing financial institutions and borrowers in a wide variety of transactions.

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Attorney N. M. Norton

N. M. Norton

Partner

Little Rock, AR

N.M. Norton has a commercial litigation practice, including matters under the Arkansas Franchise Practices Act and Deceptive Trade Practices Act and primarily focusing in the areas of governmental litigation, intellectual property, public utilities and administrative and regulatory matters.

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Mark H. Allison

Partner

Little Rock, AR

For over 35 years, Mark Allison has demonstrated excellence not only in legal acumen, but also in character and integrity. He is known as the truest of advocates for his clients, helping them resolve their legal challenges effectively and efficiently.

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Randall L. Bynum

Partner

Little Rock, AR

Much of Randy’s practice focuses on utility, telecom and transportation regulation, as well as the evolving medical cannabis industry, where he shepherds clients through compliance and regulatory processes.

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Eli C. Bauer

Associate

Little Rock, AR

Eli Bauer is an associate with Wright Lindsey Jennings, where he focuses his practice on regulatory, environmental and corporate legal matters.

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John William Spivey III

Of Counsel

Little Rock, AR

Bill is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier finance and commercial real estate attorneys in Arkansas. He also finds time to devote his energies to various community activities, including Methodist Family Health, Camp Aldersgate and the Mabelvale Youth Association.

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J. Mark Davis

Of Counsel

Little Rock, AR

J. Mark Davis has a commercial litigation and administrative law practice, focusing in the areas of telecommunications, water, electric and professional licensure matters, commercial loan transactions and litigation, real estate and bankruptcy.

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T.J. Lawhon

Partner

Little Rock, AR

T.J. Lawhon leverages the perspective and experience he gained while operating his family’s seed company when counseling his clients with agricultural-related issues, general business matters and state tax law.

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Although Arkansas is known as the Natural State, one of the state’s oldest problems is how to achieve effective management of its natural resources. Today, the greatest challenges for clients who rely upon the state’s natural resources for business, recreation and enjoyment are ever changing state and federal legislation, increasing regulatory control and competing interests for rights to harvest, cultivate, extract and market diminishing natural resources. Whether a client is in need of advice regarding water, oil, natural gas, timber rights, solar and other energy facilities, or other naturally occurring resources, our attorneys have the skills to effectively guide clients through complex legal, financial, practical and political issues.

The firm has represented various State agencies, cities and counties throughout the State of Arkansas in financings involving energy savings transactions, both taxable and tax exempt, for financing of such projects as solar facilities for the generation of electricity, natural gas and coal-fired electric generating facilities, government buildings and facilities, and tax-exempt lease transactions to finance the full range of governmental and commercial energy facilities.

Specifically with respect to energy bond and tax-exempt energy lease transactions, in the past five years Walter McSpadden has represented approximately one dozen Arkansas governmental entities in connection with the issuance of more than $400,000,000 in energy financings.

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