Rose Law Firm acquires practice from Rogers

Arkansas’ oldest business is growing.

According to a press release on Tuesday, March 8, the Little Rock-based business law practice Pink Law Firm will acquire Smith Hurst PLCa regional corporate and private wealth law firm with seven lawyers in Rogers.

The merger is effective April 1. Rose Law Firm officials did not disclose financial terms of the deal. The merger brings the firm’s bench to 37 lawyers – 19 members, nine partners and nine lawyers.

“This is a strong combination of the two most sophisticated business law firms in the state,” said David Mitchell Jr., Managing Member of Rose Law Firm, said in a statement. “We are extremely excited to work in unison with these distinguished and respected lawyers to continue to advance our strategy for growth in practice groups and industry areas of expertise.”

Founded in 1820 before the statehood of Arkansas (1836), Rose Law Firm is the oldest company 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 Henry Law Firm joined the firm.

According to Tuesday’s release, Rose Law Firm will maintain its downtown Fayetteville office on North Block Avenue. The company will also assume Smith Hurst’s office inside the Hunt Tower at Rogers.

Rebecca Hurst, managing partner of Smith Hurst, will become a member of the law firm Rose and will be in charge of the Northwestern Arkansas sites. She will also join the firm’s executive committee. Smith Hurst’s founding partner, Jim Smith, will join us as an attorney.

“This strategic partnership of complementary practice areas, along with the shared values ​​of excellence, value, innovation and personalized service make the union of our firms a truly historic moment,” Hurst said in the release. “We look forward to being part of the third century of Rose Law Firm.”

Hurst and Smith started their law firm in the summer of 2011. Both had previously worked at Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Fayetteville. Smith was one of two attorneys sent from central Arkansas to open the Fayetteville office of the Little Rock-based law firm in 2000. He then hired Hurst in 2004 after graduating from law school. from the University of Arkansas.

Smith Hurst started in downtown Fayetteville with an office on Dickson Street. In March 2017, the company opened a satellite office in Hunt Tower. At the end of the year, the Dickson Street office closed and Smith Hurst transferred all of its attorneys and staff to full-time Rogers.

“The business center [in Northwest Arkansas] gravitates north”, Hurst told the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal in March 2020. “When we opened this office, we got what looked like a [new] every day counts. We felt like we had to be here full time.

In November 2020, to commemorate its 200and anniversary, Rose Law Firm announced a $200,000 philanthropic initiative to benefit state legal aid and nonprofit organizations, including Arkansas Access to Justice, Center for Arkansas Legal Services, Legal Aid of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law, Arkansas Bar Association, and Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts.

According to the release, Smith Hurst attorneys serve on numerous boards and are philanthropically involved with non-profit organizations such as the Northwest Arkansas Council, Walton Arts Center Corporate Leadership Council, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art , the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan Nick Foundation.

Laura J. Boyer