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John William Spivey III

Partner; Business Team Chair


Professional Experience

John William (“Bill”) Spivey III has practiced with the firm for over 30 years in a number of areas, including commercial real estate, zoning and land use, municipal and corporate finance, municipal government, banking and finance, and acquisitions.  He currently serves as Team Leader for the firm’s Business Team and formerly served the firm as Financial Partner.

Spivey’s recent experience includes:

  • Counsel to major real estate development firm in connection with its land use and zoning proposals before local planning commissions and city governments.
  • Counsel to largest library system in the State in connection with acquisition, development and financing of multiple location library system throughout Pulaski and Perry Counties.
  • Counsel to a number of county and municipal governments on a variety of municipal law issues.
  • Counsel to several Arkansas banking associations and holding companies in connection with lending, corporate governance and regulatory issues.
  • Counsel to non-Arkansas based clients in connection with acquisition of hotel, multifamily, commercial and office properties within the State.
  • Counsel to national hotel holding company in acquisition of major hotel property in Central Arkansas.
  • Represents sellers and buyers of agricultural properties and related businesses.  

Professional Activity and Recognition

Spivey is a member of:

  • American Bar Association, and its Local Government and Business Law sections
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

Spivey has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Mid-South Super Lawyers, “Little Rock Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” (2009) and "Little Rock Best Lawyers Municipal Lawyer of the Year" (2013). He has received an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, www.martindale.com/ratings.

Spivey has also been active in a number of community organizations and foundations. 


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Contact Information

John William Spivey III

Phone: 501-212-1310
Fax: 501-376-9442
Email: jspivey@wlj.com
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Arkansas 1978


BA, Hendrix College
JD, Vanderbilt University

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