Carolyn B. Witherspoon

Carolyn B. Witherspoon

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

Recognized since 1995

Little Rock, Arkansas

Practice Areas


Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Municipal Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employment Law - Management
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Carolyn Witherspoon is a Director at CGWG. She received her undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was associate editor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal. Carolyn primarily represents public and private employers in defending employment-related matters, including Title VII litigation, and does extensive training in the employment area for employers. She is a frequent contributor to legal publications on topics involving employment and personnel issues, including Chapter Chair for various chapters of Employment Discrimination Law (5th Edition 2015 Cumulative Supplement).

Contact & Links


  • 500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 200
    Little Rock, AR 72201


  • University of Arkansas School of Law , j.d. with honors, graduated 1978
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock, b.a., graduated 1974
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock , J.D., graduated 1978
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, B.A., graduated 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas, Pulaski County Bar Association
  • United States, American Bar Association


  • American Association Roster of Employment Arbitrators and Mediators and the Large Complex Case Panel - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member; House of Delegates, 1997-Present; House Select Committee, 2010; Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee; Labor & Employment Law Section and Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee; Chair - Commission on Interest on Lawyers' Trust Acc
  • American Employment Law Council - Member
  • Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers - Member; Past President
  • Arkansas Bar Association - President 1995-1996; Labor Law Section, Chair, 1991-1992
  • Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault - Past Board Member
  • Arkansas Fellows, Arkansas Bar Foundation - Past Chair
  • Arkansas Real Estate Commission - Past Commissioner
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors - Personnel Committee
  • Board of Affirmative Risk Management - Member
  • College of Labor & Employment Lawyers - Fellow
  • Commission on Uniform State Laws, Governor's Appointment 2013-2017 - Member
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport - Arbitrator
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) - Arbitrator
  • Little Rock Housing Authority Board of Commissioners - Past Chair
  • Little Rock Sister Cities Commission - Member
  • Members Consultative Group for Restatement Third, Employment Law, American Law Institute - Member
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents - Past Member, Executive Council
  • Pulaski County Bar Association - Member; Past President
  • Transportation Lawyers Association - Past Member, Executive Committee
  • UFC Arbitration Panel - Arbitrator
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) - Member
  • VOCALS - Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services - Member
  • Williams R. Overton Inn of Court - Member; Past President
  • Women's Foundation of Arkansas - Past President

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Arkansas

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employment Law - Management

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Employment Law - Management, Little Rock (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Arbitration
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law

Special Focus

  • Management


  • Charles L. Carpenter Memorial Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2005
  • Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal USA – Management Labour & Employment, 2005-2009
  • The Marquis Who’s Who - Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law, 2006-2017
  • Top 50 Arkansas Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2011-2017
  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers in Little Rock” by the readers of Soirée Magazine and Arkansas Business, 2012, 2013, 2015-2017
  • Recognized as an “Arkansas 200” by Arkansas Business, 2017

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