Attorneys
John Bryant

John S. Bryant

Member
Email:jbryant@mwlaw.com
Phone:(501) 688.8823
Office: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Mr. Bryant practices primarily in the area of municipal finance, with extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and borrower’s counsel.  Mr. Bryant has experience in taxable and tax exempt, and public and private municipal finance transactions, and has served as bond counsel for issuers including cities, counties, public and private universities, public school districts, hospitals, non-profit organizations, improvement districts, facilities boards, volunteer fire departments and state agencies. 

Experience

Mr. Bryant practices primarily in the area of municipal finance, with extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and borrower’s counsel.  Mr. Bryant has experience in taxable and tax exempt, and public and private municipal finance transactions, and has served as bond counsel for issuers including cities, counties, public and private universities, public school districts, hospitals, non-profit organizations, improvement districts, facilities boards, volunteer fire departments and state agencies. 

Additionally, Mr. Bryant serves as lessor and lessee’s counsel on tax exempt and taxable capital lease financing transactions, as lender and borrower’s counsel in commercial bank loan and private-party financings, and in various roles in real estate and other transactions for public and private entities and individuals.  He has experience representing lenders and borrowers in complex loan transactions, including the preparation and review of loan documentation and perfection instruments.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Bryant has also served as an adjunct professor and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law teaching a transactional skill course focusing on transactional practice from initial client interview and contract negotiations, through the contract drafting, finalization, closing and post-closing process.

Mr. Bryant attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a degree in Agricultural Business.  Mr. Bryant continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he graduated second in his class with high honors in 2001.  During his time in law school, Mr. Bryant was a member of the UALR Law Review, was the recipient of the Harper and Mary Boyer Harb Scholarship, the Judge Oren Harris Scholarship, and the Wright, Lindsey & Jennings Scholarship, and wrote top papers in nine courses.

Prior to joining Mitchell Williams in 2014, Mr. Bryant was a partner in the Little Rock law firm of Jack Nelson Jones & Bryant, P.A., where he was the head of the firm’s public finance and transaction team.

Mr. Bryant is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations.  Mr. Bryant is also an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Education

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D., high Honors 2001
  • University of Arkansas B.S., magna cum laude 1998

Involvement

Legal Associations/Professional Memberships: Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, and National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Accomplishments/Awards: Assistant Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review; Recipient: Harper and Mary Boyer Harb Scholarship, Judge Oren Harris Scholarship, Wright, Lindsey & Jennings Scholarship; Nine Top Papers including Legal Writing I and II, Legal Research I, Property II, Torts II, Criminal Law, Family Law, White Collar Crime, and Administrative Law; Ranked 2nd in class of 139 in 2001 UALR Bowen School of Law graduating class; Featured Panelist: Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance 30th Annual Fall Conference, Using Build America Bonds and Tender Option Bonds to Finance New Projects, 2010.

Club or Civic Memberships/Community Involvement:  Adjunct Professor - University of Arkansas, Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law Lawyering Skills I - Transaction Practice; Board member and volunteer general counsel for Cobblestone Property Owners' Association, 2003-2012; Volunteer Moot Court Coach, Spring 2007; Member, Administrative Board - Carlisle First United Methodist Church, 2004-2006.