The partners of Wright Lindsey Jennings are pleased to announce that four attorneys have been elected into partnership: Jake Fair, Quinten Whiteside, Meredith Lowry and Jennifer Smith.
Jake Fair, based in the firm’s Little Rock office, has a transactional and commercial litigation practice that includes banking, commercial lending, bankruptcy and secured transactions. As a dually-licensed attorney and CPA, Jake is able to provide well-rounded advice to clients and offers the value of both legal and financial insight.
Jake, a Heber Springs native, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the UALR Bowen School of Law (magna cum laude), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the UALR Law Review. He was included in the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America for his work in Banking and Finance Law, and Commercial Litigation. Jake is now a member of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law Alumni Board and a graduate of Leadership Arkansas Class XV.
Quinten Whiteside serves on the WLJ trial team, focusing on transportation, personal injury defense, premises liability and administrative law. Based in Little Rock, he represents clients across the state. He received 2021 and 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America recognition for his outstanding professional excellence in insurance and transportation law. He previously worked for five years in Washington, D.C. as a legislative liaison for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law and ABOTA National Trial College, Quinten is the former note and comment editor for the Journal of Food Law and Policy, past president of the Arkansas Alumni Association-Washington D.C. Chapter and served as Associated Student Government President for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He currently serves as recruitment and governance committee chair for Friends of KLRE/KUAR, as a member of the Defense Research Institute, as a board member for The First Tee—Central Arkansas and is a member of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXVII.
Meredith Lowry’s practice principally involves acquisition and licensing of various aspects of intellectual property rights for companies working in the retail space. As a registered patent attorney, Meredith assists a variety of inventors from individual entrepreneurs to large companies in their efforts to obtain patent, trademark and copyright protection. She also works with clients to defend against allegations of infringement and assists in the transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights. She is a frequent speaker and author in the tech and startup space, and spearheaded WLJ’s Woman-Run initiative to support woman- and minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs through networking, mentorship, education and resources.
A native of Northwest Arkansas based in WLJ’s Rogers office, Meredith is an active supporter of the arts and technology communities through her involvement with the Scott Family Amazeum, TheatreSquared and the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit, among many others. She was named the 2018 Young Woman of the Year at the 20th Annual NWA Business Women’s Conference and was honored as one of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty under 40 in 2014. Meredith is a graduate of Leadership Arkansas and Leadership Fayetteville, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America® in Patent Law since 2018.
Jennifer Smith, also based in WLJ’s Rogers office, has more than 10 years of experience as a health law attorney. Her practice areas include healthcare compliance; medical staff bylaws, privileging, and peer review; professional contracting and licensing issues; government investigations and regulatory actions; Medicare and Medicaid appeals; telemedicine; Stark and Anti-kickback laws and regulations; HIPAA Privacy and Security; and the Affordable Care Act, including the Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions. Jennifer is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and a regular presenter and author on health law subjects.
Before joining the firm in 2019, Jennifer spent eight years as an attorney at UAMS. She is also a registered nurse and certified emergency nurse who spent 10 years at various emergency departments around Arkansas.
Jennifer is an active community volunteer who serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Northwest Arkansas, and previously served as a board member for the Central Arkansas Rescue Effort (CARE) for Animals and Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA). She is a graduate of the UAMS Leadership Institute and Leadership Greater Little Rock.