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Three Attorneys Named Best Lawyers

Three WCJ lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which tens of thousands of leading attorneys cast almost 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular, and significant, honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice." 

  • Robert S. Jones - Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates Litigation
  • Paul Waddell - Employment Law-Individuals, Employment Law-Management, Labor and Employment Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law
  • Ralph Waddell - Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law
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Paul Waddell Elected to Federal Practice Committee for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Paul Waddell, principal at Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A., has been elected to the Federal Practice Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The Federal Practice Committee works with the Court to improve the administration of justice in the Eastern District of Arkansas. Mr. Waddell will serve on the Commiitte from January 2013 to December 2015.

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Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. Reaffirms Commitment to the Revitalization of Downtown Jonesboro

Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A., City Water & Light of Jonesboro, and Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate and Development announced today that the headquarters of Waddell, Cole & Jones will soon anchor the former U.S. Postal facility redevelopment located in downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas.  The firm will occupy 13,000 square feet of the available 30,000 square foot facility owned by City Water & Light of Jonesboro. 

Waddell, Cole & Jones Managing Principal Ralph Waddell said of the move, "We are really pleased to have the opportunity to continue our presence in downtown Jonesboro.  We believe that this project along with the acquisition and extensive renovation of the Mercantile Center Building by the City of Jonesboro will accelerate the continued revitalization of downtown.  We are particularly excited about the opportunity to work with such a first class organization like CWL and think that the project will not only be beneficial to our firm but the city of Jonesboro as a whole."

Construction on the project will begin mid-December 2012 and will be completed in August of 2013.  A  copy of the full press release regarding Waddell, Cole & Jones new headquarters is available for download here.   The story, as published in Arkansas Business, can be found here.

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Paul Waddell Recognized as One of Top 50 Super Lawyers in Arkansas

Paul Waddell, principal at Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A., has been named one of the Top 50 attorneys in the State of Arkansas by Mid-South Super Lawyers.  The publication recognizes up to 5 percent of attorneys per jurisdiction as Super Lawyers after months of in-depth, measurable research that combines peer nominations, detailed peer evaluations, and third-party research.  Only a fraction of those attorneys selected as Super Lawyers is then recognized as one of the Top 50 attorneys in the jurisdiction.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Selections are made on a state-by-state basis annually.  Mr. Waddell has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for his work in the area of medical malpractice since 2006.

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Nathan Read and Justin Parkey Join Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A.

Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. has announced the association of attorneys Nathan A. Read and Justin E. Parkey.

Nathan Read is a 2002 graduate of Lyon College in Batesville where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was a four-year letterman for the Scots varsity baseball team, earning NAIA Academic All American honors in 2001. Following his undergraduate studies, Read attended The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., where he received his Masters of Arts in International Affairs.

After internships with the Office of Senator Blanche Lincoln, the Canadian Embassy, and employment in the Office of Congressman Marion Berry, Read enrolled in law school at Temple University, Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, earning his Juris Doctor in 2008. During law school, Read served as a member of the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal Editorial Board and was a Class Senator to the Student Bar Association. His law journal article entitled, Claiming the Strait: How U.S. Accession to the United National Law of the Sea Convention Will Impact the Dispute Between Canada and the United States over the Northwest Passage, was selected for publication in the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal in 2007.

Read joins Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. after working for four years as an associate with the law firm of Stevens & Lee in their Valley Forge, Pennsylvania office. There, Read gained significant experience in the areas of commercial, antitrust, trade secret, and employment litigation. At Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A., Read will focus his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, employment law, and commercial litigation.

Read is a native of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He is married to Dr. Andi Craft Read, a native of Jonesboro and a physician with St. Bernards Medical Center.

Justin Parkey also joins Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. as an associate attorney in the firm’s litigation section.  A native of Jonesboro and an alumnus of Jonesboro High School, Parkey attended Harding University in Searcy, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics.  He continued his education at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California, earning his Juris Doctor in May of 2008.  During law school, Parkey gained significant moot court experience, competing in several national and international competitions.  He was chosen for membership in the Order of the Barristers and was Vice-Chair of the Pepperdine University Moot Court Board.  Parkey also served as the Literary Citation Editor for Pepperdine’s Dispute Resolution Law Journal.

Following graduation from law school, Parkey returned to Arkansas.  He served as a law clerk to Judge D. Price Marshall on both the Arkansas Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  He also worked as a law clerk to Judge Raymond R. Abramson on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Parkey will focus his work in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and appellate law.

Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. is a full-service law firm located in Jonesboro. The firm provides business and litigation services in the areas of banking and finance, taxation, insurance defense, business and commercial litigation, employment law, medical malpractice defense, healthcare law, estate planning, agricultural law, family law, and real estate. The firm represents a diverse client base across a broad geographic region and counts among its clients Fortune 500 companies, closely-held businesses, and individuals alike.

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Shane Baker Named Principal

Shane Baker has been named Principal with Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A.  Baker joined the firm in 2003 after serving as a Deputy Prosecutor with the Benton County, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorney's Office. There, Baker gained significant courtroom experience, which continues to inform his present day practice. The Jonesboro native returned to Northeast Arkansas in June of 2003 when he became a member of Waddell, Cole & Jones's litigation team. Given his prior litigation experience, Baker was able to quickly add to the depth and breadth of WCJ's insurance defense practice, and he has continued to expand relationships with WCJ's insurance industry clients. In addition to handling a variety of commercial litigation matters, Baker's practice includes the representation of both insurance companies and policyholders in personal injury, wrongful death, catastrophic loss, property damage, and breach of contract claims, including first-party claims of bad faith. Baker also counsels the firm's clients on insurance policy coverage issues, providing coverage opinions with respect to comprehensive general liability policies, automobile liability policies, homeowner's policies, excess coverage, endorsements, and exclusions. Still, the backbone of Baker's practice remains in litigation, having served as lead counsel in 30 jury trials since entering private practice.

Baker earned his undergraduate degree in Criminology from Arkansas State University in 1998. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2001. He is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Arkansas, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He is a member of the Arkansas, American, and Craighead County Bar Associations, the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.

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Waddell, Cole & Jones, P.A. Recognized Among Best Law Firms

Raising its profile as providing the highest quality legal representation accross multiple practice areas, WCJ is honored to once against be recognized in U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2011-2012 list of Best Law Firms. The rankings were created as a guide for referring lawyers and clients, who need an especially high level of legal work because of the particularly difficult legal issues presented. WCJ is honored to be recognized among the Best Law Firms in the following practice areas within the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation-Construction
  • Litigation-Eminent Domain & Condemnation
  • Litigation-Labor and Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
  • Tax Law

 

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