Lancaster Transitions from COO to Managing Partner; Baker Assumes COO Role
Wright Lindsey Jennings (WLJ) is pleased to announce that attorney Stephen R. Lancaster has been elected by the partnership to serve as managing partner, effective January 1, 2018. Lancaster succeeds Ed Lowther in that role.
“After 13 years as managing partner, it was time for me to step down and turn over the reins,” Lowther said. “My partners made an excellent decision in choosing Steve to succeed me. Over the past decade, Steve has served as the firm’s chief operating officer – responsible for managing the firm finances during a period of unprecedented growth and prosperity. I am confident that, under his leadership, the firm will continue to flourish.”
Lancaster has a highly regarded commercial litigation practice, primarily in the areas of breach of contract litigation, trust litigation, engineer and architect defense, gaming regulation, title insurance litigation and general commercial dispute resolution. Lancaster, who has been with WLJ his entire legal career, will continue his litigation practice while acting as managing partner.
As a result of this transition, attorney Adrienne L. Baker has been selected to assume the role of chief operating officer (COO), which Lancaster held for 11 years. Baker, whose litigation practice began at WLJ in 2007, is the firm’s first female COO. She will continue her practice, which includes a focus on banking and commercial lending, creditors’ rights and contract disputes, while serving as COO.
Lancaster is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” three times in various litigation categories by Best Lawyers. Lancaster is also recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers, Chambers USA and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell for his litigation work. He is an active American Red Cross volunteer and serves on the board of directors for Arkansas Hospice.
Baker was named to Arkansas Business’ “40 Under 40” list in 2017, has twice been voted one of the 100 “Best Lawyers in Little Rock” by the readers of Soirée Magazine and Arkansas Business and was recognized as one of 27 “Women to Watch” by Soirée in 2014. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2012. Baker is a current board member and past chair of the board for the American Red Cross Serving Greater Arkansas and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock, Class XXXI.