Corporate Law in Arkansas
Suite 900, 5100 W JB Hunt Drive, Rogers, Arkansas 72758
The foundation of our firm is a cohesive team of lawyers who share an attitude of excellence in serving our clients, helping them achieve their business and personal goals and working to solve their most important, and often times, most sensitive, problems. We are experienced thought leaders in our areas of practice and are routinely called on by businesses and individuals to represent them in some of their most important business and transactional matters as well as wealth planning and asset preservation matters.
Our suite of legal practice areas crosses diverse fields and routinely includes entrepreneurial, business and corporate-based law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax, asset protection and estate planning representation and counseling. More specifically, our core competencies lie in operational, transactional and planning matters including entrepreneurial services, contracts, business choice of entity,entity governance, entity course of business and taxation matters, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financings, real estate acquisition and development, banking and securities regulatory matters, trusts and estates, wealth preservation and asset protection, charitable planning and tax-exempt and non-profit organizations.
We pride ourselves in being viewed by many of our clients and friends as their close and trusted confidant and ultimate legal and professional resource for their business, wealth and personal planning matters.
We are willing and able to work in association with the best legal, business and financial advisors in order to meet our clients’ needs, as we routinely serve as a facilitator between our clients and some of the most respected companies, financial institutions, professionals and resources in the nation and internationally.
Our fundamental philosophy for providing business, transactional, planning and wealth preservation legal services is to develop a complete understanding of our client and our client’s goals in order to make informed decisions and provide comprehensive analysis, recommendations and counsel in a timely and efficient manner.Show more +
Prior to co-founding Smith Hurst in 2011, Jim practiced law for nearly two decades with the largest Arkansas based law firm, where he was a partner in its Corporate and Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity and Venture Capital practice groups. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (registered inactive) and serves as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Arkansas Tech University under appointment by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Mid-South Super Lawyers has named him one of the top fifty lawyers in Arkansas. In the inaugural edition of The Arkansas 200, published by Arkansas Business in 2017, he was recognized among Arkansas’s top influencers. The publication was increased to become The Arkansas 250 in 2018 and 2019 and he has also been recognized in each of those editions.
Jim’s practice experience is extensive and spans the full range of business advisory and transactional law. He routinely counsels companies across diverse industries in a myriad of business matters including capital raising, advising Boards of Directors, senior management, executives and controlling shareholders regarding governance and fiduciary duty matters, compliance with regulatory obligations, ordinary course of business contracts, executive compensation and compensatory plans, financial and lending matters (including private placement of securities), venture capital, private equity and commercial lending matters, taxation, mergers and acquisitions and real estate related matters. A meaningful part of his practice is also devoted to the representation of angel investors, private equity investors and venture capital firms in making investments in business enterprises.Show more +