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A year after merger, lawyers split from Rose Law Firm for Conner & Winters

  • May 26, 2023

Two prominent Northwest Arkansas business attorneys have changed law firms.

Rebecca Hurst and Jim Smith have left Little Rock-based business law practice Rose Law Firm to work for Tulsa-based Conner & Winters as partners in the firm’s Fayetteville office.

Their first day with the firm’s corporate and securities practice group was Monday (May 1).

“The addition of these well-regarded lawyers will further strengthen our firm’s profile in the region and elevate the services we offer,” Conner & Winters managing partner Kevin Redwine said. “We’re excited to have Rebecca and Jim join us in our ongoing mission to deliver legal services to our clients that are a step above the rest.”

Their departure comes a little more than a year following a high-profile acquisition. On April 1, 2022, Rose Law Firm acquired Smith Hurst PLC, a regional business law and private wealth law firm with seven attorneys in Rogers.

Hurst, Smith Hurst’s managing partner, became a Rose Law Firm member and was in charge of the firm’s two Northwest Arkansas locations. She also joined the firm’s executive committee. Smith initially joined the firm in an of counsel role. He had an in-house leadership role with Little Rock medical marijuana business Good Day Farm from June 2021 to July 2022 and did not actively practice at Rose Law Firm.

“We wish Jim and Rebecca well in their new endeavors,” Rose Law Firm managing member David Mitchell Jr. said in a statement to the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.

Founded in 1820 before Arkansas statehood (1836), Rose Law Firm is the oldest business in the state and the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi River.

The company established its first satellite office in 2017 when Fayetteville attorneys Mark Henry and Adam Hopkins of the Henry Law Firm joined the firm.

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