Mitchell Williams Attorneys Present During Arkansas Bar Association Midyear Meeting

February 16, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorneys Wade Bowen, Ashley Gill, Craig Cockrell and Jonathan Nichols presented this month during the Arkansas Bar Association virtual midyear meeting. Bowen and Gill discussed income tax issues for trusts and estates, while Cockrell and Nichols provided a state tax update during their presentation.

Bowen is a business and tax lawyer who advises businesses and individual clients on a diverse range of tax law, tax-related issues and business matters. He assists clients with business formations, business sales and acquisitions, lending and real estate transactions and commercial matters. He represents businesses and individuals in audits and administrative tax proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service and Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Bowen also assists individuals and families with creating and implementing simple and complex estate and business succession plans. He represents individual clients in uncontested and controverted estate and trust administrations and litigation. In addition, Bowen also advises non-profit entities on organizational and operational issues.

Gill focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, taxation, commercial transactions and corporate law. She regularly counsels clients on various wealth transfer strategies, including income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax, asset protection, business succession and charitable planning to structure plans that both minimize estate shrinkage and maximize the achievement of non-tax goals. Gill also provides general business and tax advice to both publicly-held and privately-held companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporation reorganizations, stock restructurings, company dispositions and employee compensation plans designed to promote efficiency and employee productivity.

Cockrell’s practice focuses on providing tax and transactional advice to a variety of businesses, individuals, municipalities and state agencies, including business start-ups, stock and asset acquisitions, real estate transactions and public financing transactions. He also assists individuals and families with preparing and implementing estate and business succession plans and other wealth transfer strategies. In addition, Cockrell has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in administrative tax proceedings before the IRS and Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration.

Nichols is an associate with the firm's Tax practice. He counsels businesses and entrepreneurs on tax matters and business transactions. He also assists individuals with estate planning, trusts and tax-efficient charitable gifting. Before law school, Nichols received his Masters in Accountancy from the Sam Walton Graduate School of Business at the University of Arkansas and went on to pass all four sections of the CPA exam.

About the Arkansas Bar Association

The Arkansas Bar Association advances the Administration of Justice. It fosters and maintains on the part of attorneys high ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service and high standards of conduct. The Arkansas Bar Association encourages the legal profession and its individual members to perform more effectively and efficiently their responsibilities in the public interest. It conducts a program of continuing legal education for attorneys and provides a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law. It also improves the judicial and legal process and advances law and order.

About Mitchell Williams 

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C. is a full-service corporate law firm that provides strategic, comprehensive legal services to help clients achieve their goals. Established in 1954, the firm has offices in Little Rock, Rogers and Jonesboro, Arkansas and Austin, Texas. For more information, visit