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J. Bruce Cross

Director

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 200

Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 371-9999

Email: bcross@cgwg.com

J. BRUCE CROSS practices labor and employment defense law.  He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act, as well as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Publicity and accolades include features in U.S. News and World Report, where he was named among the Best Labor and Employment Lawyers in the nation, and Mid-South Super Lawyers, making the publication’s top 50 list. He has also been honored by Chambers and Partners and Best Lawyers in America. A Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who, he is also listed as one of the Top 1000 Labor & Employment lawyers worldwide by Who’s Who Legal.  

Bruce’s practice includes work before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Wage & Hour and OFCCP Divisions of the Department of Labor, as well as related Federal and State Court Litigation. His experience includes collective bargaining, arbitration, advising management regarding maintenance of a non-union and non-discriminatory workplace, supervisory training, and the development of personnel systems and the preparation of Affirmative Action Plans.  Admitted to practice before numerous federal courts throughout the country, he has argued cases before multiple Courts of Appeals and practiced before the United States Supreme Court.


Bruce has been honored with the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2019 and 2014 Lawyer of the Year Award for Management Labor Law in Little Rock. He serves as the current President of the Notre Dame Club Arkansas Chapter. He is also on the Board for Junior Achievement of Arkansas and West Central Arkansas chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management and oversees CGWG's association and involvement with the Employment Law Alliance.
 

His past held seats include Chairman of the National Legislative Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America, Chairman of the Statewide Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Arkansas, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Discovery, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Society to Prevent Blindness, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Arkansas, Member of the Board of Directors for Downtown Partnership, and Member of the Board of Directors for the Boys Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council.

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

Arkansas, 1974
United States District Courts:
Eastern & Western Divisions of Arkansas

EDUCATION
 

University of Arkansas, J.D.

University of Notre Dame, B.A.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Arkansas Bar Association

- Past Chairman, Labor Law Section

American Bar Association

- Labor & Employment Law Section

- Development of the Law Under the NLRA Committee
Delta Theta Phi
National Legislative Committee of the Associated Builders and Contractors of America

- Past Chairman
Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas

- Board of Directors,
Associated Builders and Contractors of America

- Board of Directors,
West Central Arkansas Society of Human Resource Management

- Legislative Director, (2017-Present)

PUBLICATIONS


Chapter Editor, How Arbitration Works (Elkouri & Elkouri)
Various other articles in Labor and Human Resource Trade Journals, as well as National, Regional and State Magazines

NOTEWORTHY

 

Best Lawyers in America 2021

- Employment Law/Management

- Labor Law/Management

- Litigation/ Labor and Employment

Who’s Who Legal: Labor & Employment 2020

Chambers & Partners 2020: Top Labor & Employment Attorney

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Mid-South Super Lawyers Top Attorney in Labor and Employment

AY Magazine: Little Rock's Best Lawyers 2020

Who’s Who Legal: Labor & Employment 2019

Recipient of the Arkansas Hospitality Association's President's Award, 2018

Who’s Who Legal: Labor & Employment 2018
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year in Little Rock in Labor Law/Management, 2014
Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers
Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas’ Phillip Joiner Award winner, 2012
International Directory of Distinguished Leadership
Who’s Who is America
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in Legal Eagles
Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
Who’s Who in the United States
Who’s Who Legal USA – Management Labor & Employment
Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who

International Who’s Who of Professionals
Montclair Who’s Who Among Law Professionals

Distinguished Service Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Arkansas, 2005

President’s Award from the Arkansas Hospitality Association, 2003

Golden Gavel Award from the Arkansas Bar Association, 1988

Leadership Hot Springs

President, Notre Dame Club of Arkansas

Member, Arkansas Hospitality Association

Past Member of the Board of Directors, Urban League of Arkansas

Past Member of the Board of Directors, Boy Scouts, Quapaw Area Council

Former Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County

Past Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Arkansas Society to Prevent Blindness

Member, Advisory Council of the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County

Past Chairman, Statewide Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Arkansas

Former Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors, Museum of Discovery

Volunteer with VOCALS – Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Member of the Board of Directors, Downtown Partnership

Former Selection Committee Member, Habitat for Humanity

Associate Editor, University of Arkansas Law Journal, 1973-1974