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

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500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

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Fort Smith, Northwest Arkansas

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Personal Background

Abtin’s practice focuses on traditional management-side labor and employment defense, general litigation, and appellate advocacy. In addition to his active litigation practice, Abtin advises clients in compliance matters relating to, among others:

  • The Aransas Civil Rights Act;
  • The Arkansas Minimum Wage Act;
  • The Arkansas Trade Secrets Act;
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • The Family Medical Leave Act;
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • The National Labor Relations Act;
  • Regulations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with respect to affirmative action obligations of federal contractors;
  • Garnishment compliance; and
  • Non-competes, non-solicitations, and anti-employee poaching strategies.

Abtin also serves on the Firm’s business immigration team and handles specialty visas reserved for “individuals of extraordinary ability” under the O-1 and EB-1 nonimmigrant and immigrant categories.

Prior to joining the Firm, Abtin studied law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Abtin graduated from the University of Maine (Orono, Maine) in 2010 with his B.A. in political science and communications.

Firm Background

The law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., (CGWG) represents union and non-union companies, locally, regionally and nationally, in almost every industry.  We help our clients fulfill their objectives of building successful and constructive employee relations. Our innovative approaches notify (or update) managers about critical issues and allow them to guide their businesses through the challenging times of constantly changing labor and employment laws.  

With over 350 cumulative years of legal expertise and practical hands-on knowledge representing management in various industries, including manufacturing, municipalities, construction, transportation and healthcare, you will find us a group dedicated to outstanding service and skillful guidance to its clients. CGWG was officially established in 1997, although the majority of Directors have been working together much longer. CGWG attorneys practice from three offices in Arkansas: Little Rock, Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas. 

Preventive law strategies and exceptional educational programs distinguish CGWG from other Arkansas firms. CGWG attorneys offer customized training programs that help companies to control costs and concentrate on achieving their core business goals.  Despite this emphasis on education and prevention, claims and lawsuits still occur.  When they do, CGWG has an entire firm of experienced litigators, supported by associate attorneys and paralegals, to successfully defend any type of employment or labor discrimination case. 

Our philosophy extends beyond the boardroom and the courtroom. We truly believe that the firm should practice good stewardship and give back to the community by promoting civic and charitable donations of time, talent and money.  CGWG's philosophy has garnered praise from legal entities, clients and objective third parties. In 2008, CGWG was named Arkansas Business of the Year in the Category II (26 to 75 employees) division.  CGWG is the first law firm in the 20-year history of the Business of the Year award to receive this honor. 

Firm Practice Areas

CGWG is well-recognized for its representation of client companies in labor law and employment defense related matters.  Our expertise and advice helps clients take preventive measures before lawsuits occur.  Over the past thirteen years, our practice areas have expanded to fit the needs of our clients, including: 

  • Labor law and employment defense litigation
  • Employment-related immigration issues
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Healthcare law
  • Construction law
  • Products liability
  • Corporate and business law
  • Civil litigation
  • Transportation law
  • Insurance defense