Wright Lindsey Jennings (WLJ) has announced Quinten J. Whiteside as its new chief operating officer (COO). An attorney with the firm since 2015, Whiteside succeeds Adrienne Baker who recently relocated to WLJ’s Northwest Arkansas office.
“Quinten has a long history of leadership at WLJ and for our state,” said Steve Lancaster, managing partner. “His professionalism and diligence, combined with his approachability and sense of humor, make him an asset to our clients and our firm’s continued growth.”
Elected to the partnership in 2021, Whiteside will continue his litigation-based practice focused on administrative and regulatory law, trucking and transportation defense, government relations and insurance defense. He was named to the 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America. He is a graduate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) National Trial College and a member of the Defense Research Institute.
Before attending the University of Arkansas School of Law, Whiteside worked for five years in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark Pryor. He is past president of the Arkansas Alumni Association-Washington D.C. Chapter and Associated Student Government President for the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He serves on the board for ACCESS Cup and The First Tee—Central Arkansas and is the former recruitment and governance committee chair for Friends of KLRE/KUAR. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXVII and the Arkansas Bar Association-Clinton School Public Service Academy.
Baker, who was named WLJ’s first female COO in 2018, will resume her full-time, litigation-based practice focused on banking and commercial lending, creditors’ rights and contract disputes.
“We are grateful for the guidance and innovation Adrienne brought as COO,” Lancaster said. “She helped guide WLJ through our merger with Dover Dixon Horne, streamlined processes to set us up for future success and demonstrated incredible foresight in the pandemic to keep our firm safe and operational.”