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P. Delanna Padilla, LL.M., CHP, CSCS*



Professional Experience

P. Delanna Padilla practices in the areas of corporate law, taxation, health law, labor and employment, legal malpractice, real estate and mergers and acquisitions.  Her tax practice includes work in the areas of LLC and partnership taxes, corporate taxation, personal taxation (including federal, state, and local tax), municipal tax exempt financing, and exempt organizations. 

Padilla’s healthcare practice includes acquisitions of healthcare entities, hospital financings, and HIPAA issues. She advises clients on healthcare regulatory issues, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and its amendments.  She is a Certified HIPAA Professional and Certified HIPAA Security Specialist and provides HIPAA training and review of HIPAA policies and procedures for clients. 

Padilla’s corporate practice includes representation of a foundation for a Northwest Arkansas community college foundation. Her labor and employment practice focuses on developing personnel policies, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, and the defense of employers in federal and state actions.     

Professional Activity and Recognition

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Padilla was named a Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers.  She was a graduate of Class III of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute.  She has also received a BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rating through Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell, www.martindale.com/ratings.  She is also a member of the following professional associations:  American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Washington and Benton County Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers; Judge Henry Woods American Inns of Court (Barrister).  

Articles and Publications 

10 Estate Planning Questions Answered,” AY Magazine (Jan. 2013).

"Healthcare: What to Know for 2014," Celebrate Magazine (March 2014).

"Proposed Penalties for Medicaid/Medicare Overpayments Could Bankrupt Some Providers," Arkansas Medical News (Dec. 2014).

"Affordable Care Act Taxes - Time to Pay or Play," Northwest Arkansas Business Journal, (Jan. 2015).

Civic Activities 

Padilla has recently served the following civic organizations:

  • Women’s Foundation of Arkansas Board of Directors (Board Member 2013-present and Secretary 2014-present)
  • Cobblestone Project Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Women's Foundation of Arkansas NWA Advisory Committee (2012-present)
  • Ballet Arkansas (Board President, 2004-2006, 2009-2010; Board Member, 2002-2012)
  • Wellesley Club of Arkansas (2001-present; President, 2006-2010)
  • St. Vincent Women's Health Advisory Board (2003-2012)
  • Junior League of Little Rock (2004-2009)

Padilla, LL.M., CHP, CSCS*

Contact Information

P. Delanna Padilla, LL.M., CHP, CSCS*

Phone: 479-631-3278
Fax: 479-986-8932
Email: dpadilla@wlj.com
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Admitted to Practice

Arkansas 2001
USDC Arkansas, ED and WD
8th Cir. Court of Appeals
US Tax Court


BA, Wellesley College
JD, Boston University (Dean's Award recipient)
LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University

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