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About Us

CGWG was officially established in 1997, although a majority of the Firm’s Directors have been working together much longer. We provide innovative and timely solutions for today’s fast-paced and evolving legal environment. Our extensive client base encompasses a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, health care, retail, transportation, education, banking and finance, hospitality, governmental, state and municipal entities, and many more. CGWG attorneys intertwine decades of legal experience with practical knowledge of business operations to provide effective and economic solutions for our clients.

CGWG is dedicated to outstanding service and skillful guidance. Our clients deserve our undivided attention when we work with them, which is why we practice a team approach to meet client needs. Whether it is answering phones personally, returning phone calls promptly, communicating with the client with candor or thinking creatively about a plan of action, CGWG prides itself on promptly and adeptly responding to client issues.

CGWG attorneys serve our clients from our main office in Little Rock and our Northwest Arkansas office in Springdale. Currently, the firm boasts eight Directors and six Associates, in addition to two of-counsel members.

Honors and Affiliations

Chamber USA Chambers USA ranked CGWG the #1 Labor and Employment law firm in the state of Arkansas again in 2014, marking the tenth consecutive year the firm has received that honor. Chambers USA also listed four CGWG attorneys among the top-ranked Labor and Employment and Immigration attorneys in the state.

The Firm has seven attorneys listed in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of labor and employment law, immigration law, health care law and insurance litigation. In addition, CGWG Director J. Bruce Cross was named the 2014 Little Rock Lawyer of the Year in the category of Labor Law – Management. CGWG was also ranked as a Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Construction Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Immigration Law, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor & Employment.

Mid-South Super Lawyers named seven CGWG attorneys to their list of “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in 2013, and two CGWG attorneys are included in the list of Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers.

ELA logoCGWG is a proud member of the Employment Law Alliance, a network of more than 3,000 attorneys who provide labor and employment counsel in more than 135 countries around the world and in all 50 United States.

Work-Life Balance

At CGWG, we believe that happy staff members work better together and work better for our clients. That is why we support workplace practices that promote healthy work-life balance.

CGWG has garnered national praise from legal entities, clients and objective third parties for its variety of workplace practices. The firm was honored in 2014, 2013 and 2012 with the When Work Works Award (formerly the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility). The award recognizes companies that incorporate flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. This prestigious award, part of the national When Work Works project administered by the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types across the country. CGWG is one of only two Arkansas employers honored.

The firm was one of nine national entities to earn the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Best Practice Honor at the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards (PHWA) ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March, 10, 2012. This award honors CGWG for a program or policy that contributes to a psychologically healthy work environment and meets the unique needs of the organization and its employees. In 2011, CGWG was honored with the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, also in Washington, D.C., after receiving the PHWA from the Arkansas Psychological Association. The national award program recognizes organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being, while enhancing organizational performance and productivity. CGWG was one of only eight employers from across North America to receive the award in 2011.

The State of Arkansas has recognized CGWG for its successful efforts in balancing the work and family lives of its employees. CGWG was named the inaugural Benchmark Award winner at the 2013 Best Places to Work luncheon, which honors the state’s overall top workplace. The initiative, sponsored by Arkansas Business, recognizes employers throughout the state based on employee engagement, and employee benefits and retention policies, among other criteria. CGWG also received the Ambassador Award at the Governor’s Work-Life Balance Awards in 2011, after earning Gold-level distinction for three consecutive years. The awards recognize companies’ dedication to the creation of a family-friendly work environment and respect for its employees’ lives outside of the office. In addition, CGWG is the only law firm to be named by Arkansas Business as the Arkansas Business of the Year in the Category II (26 to 75 employees) division.