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Carolyn B. Witherspoon




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Admitted to Practice

  • Arkansas, 1978
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, J.D., with honors, 1978; Associate Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1977-1978
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., 1974


Carolyn primarily represents public and private employers in defending employment-related matters, including Title VII litigation, and does extensive training in the employment area for employers. She is a frequent contributor to legal publications on topics involving employment and personnel issues, including Chapter Chair for various chapters of Employment Discrimination Law (5th Edition 2015 Cumulative Supplement).

Professional Activities

  • Arkansas Bar Association (President, 1995-1996; Labor Law Section, Chair, 1991-1992)
  • Pulaski County Bar Association (President, 1989-1990)
  • American Bar Association (Member; House of Delegates, 1997-Present; House Select Committee, 2010; Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee; Labor and Employment Law Section and Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee; Chair - Commission on Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts; Associate Editor - Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition, 2017)
  • Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers (President, 1982-1983)
  • William R. Overton Inn of Court (President, 1992-1993)
  • Arkansas Fellows, American Bar Foundation (Past Chair)
  • Commission on Uniform State Laws, Governor’s Appointment 2013 - 2017
  • Members Consultative Group for Restatement Third, Employment Law, American Law Institute
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • Arbitrator, FINRA
  • Arbitrator, UFC Arbitration Panel
  • Member of the American Arbitration Association Roster of Employment Arbitrators and Mediators and the Large Complex Case Panel
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Past Member, Executive Council
  • Transportation Lawyers Association, Past Member, Executive Committee
  • Little Rock Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Past Chair
  • Arkansas Real Estate Commission, Commissioner, 1978-1981
  • Member of Board of Affirmative Risk Management
  • Member of Women in Sports Law

Community Involvement

  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, current Personnel Committee
  • Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, 2007 - 2017
  • Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Past Board Member)
  • Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (Past President)
  • VOCALS – Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services


  • Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Service Award, 2020
  • Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Inductee, 2019
  • Charles L. Carpenter Memorial Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2005
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lawyer of the Year in Little Rock Employment Law - Management, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment, 1995-2018
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal USA – Management Labour & Employment, 2005-2009
  • The Marquis Who’s Who - Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law, 2006-2017
  • Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2011-2017
  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers in Little Rock” by the readers of Soirée Magazine and Arkansas Business, 2012, 2013, 2015-2017
  • Featured in AY Magazine’s 2014 Powerful Women issue
  • Named one of the “Arkansas 200” by Arkansas Business, 2017
  • Named one of the “Arkansas 250” by Arkansas Business, 2018
  • Named to Arkansas Life magazine's list of  "Top Attorneys," 2019