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2022 Best Lawyers in America and Ones to Watch Announced


Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., is well represented in the newest edition of Best Lawyers in America®, which was recently released to the public. With 19 attorneys included across multiple practice areas and designations, including Amber Wilson Bagley's "Lawyer of the Year" recognition in Health Care Law, CGWG is one of the most prominently-featured Arkansas law firms on this prestigious list.


The core mission of Best Lawyers in America® is to highlight top legal talent in the country as recognized by a cross-section of peers in the legal community. Named to this year’s Best Lawyers in America® are 13 CGWG attorneys:


M. Stephen Bingham

 Appellate Practice

 Construction Law

 Corporate Law

 Litigation - Construction

 Litigation - Insurance

 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Misty Borkowski

 Appellate Practice

 Employment Law - Management

 Immigration Law

J. Bruce Cross

 Employment Law - Management

 Labor Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Missy McJunkins Duke

 Employment Law - Management

 Immigration Law

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

 Litigation - Municipal

Bonnie Johnson

 Employment Law - Management

Laura Johnson

 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

 Elder Law

Philip E. Kaplan

 Appellate Practice

 Bet-the-Company Litigation

 Civil Rights Law

 Commercial Litigation

 Employment Law - Management

 First Amendment Law

 Litigation - Banking and Finance

 Litigation - First Amendment

 Litigation - Health Care

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Cynthia W. Kolb

 Employment Law - Management

 Litigation - Insurance

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Abtin Mehdizadegan

 Labor Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Gregory Northen

 Employment Law - Management

 Labor Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

 Municipal Law

Richard A. Roderick

 Employment Law - Management

 Labor Law - Management

Amber Wilson Bagley

 Health Care Lawyer of the Year (Little Rock)

Commercial Litigation

 Employment Law - Management

 Health Care Law

 Litigation - Health Care

 Municipal Law

Carolyn B. Witherspoon

 Employment Law - Management

 Labor Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

 Municipal Law


In addition, CGWG is proud to have six attorneys named as Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch®. The “Ones to Watch” designation is given to attorneys who are early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. Included are:


Michael Berry

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Mary Buckley

 Labor and Employment Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

 Municipal Law

Caitlin Campbell

 Civil Rights Law

 Immigration Law

 Labor and Employment Law - Employee

 Labor and Employment Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Alexander D. Clark

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

Maya S. Goree

 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Joseph M. Kraska

 Labor and Employment Law - Management

 Litigation - Labor and Employment

 Trusts and Estates


At CGWG, we are dedicated to employment defense and the representation of management. We serve our clients in a variety of specialty practice areas designed to help them achieve effective and constructive employee relations while successfully navigating ever-changing labor and employment laws. Preventive law strategies and exceptional educational programs are hallmarks of CGWG’s services. We offer customized training programs to help employers minimize legal exposure, including sessions designed specifically for human resources professionals covering such topics as harassment prevention, navigating COVID-19, medical marijuana in the workplace, and discipline. 

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