Steve Joiner

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Steve solves transactional and litigation problems. His litigation work includes a wide variety of real estate and commercial contract disputes, including boundary disputes, construction disputes, Uniform Commercial Code cases, and sales and use tax challenges.  He has experience with Arkansas state agencies and commissions, in particular the Arkansas Public Service Commission.  His utility regulatory experience includes rate cases, Certficate of Public Convenience and Necessity applications, merger applications, generic policy dockets, rulemakings, interconnection agreements, and show cause orders, among other types of proceedings.  Steve’s transactional experience includes real estate and personal property sales and leases as well as lending transactions and contracts for utility, information technology, and personal services.  His lobbying assignments include utility and industrial regulation, insurance, taxation issues, and debt collection.

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Steve solves transactional and litigation problems. His litigation work includes a wide variety of real estate and commercial contract disputes, including boundary disputes, construction disputes, Uniform Commercial Code cases, and sales and use tax challenges.  He has experience with Arkansas state agencies and commissions, in particular the Arkansas Public Service Commission.  His utility regulatory experience includes rate cases, Certficate of Public Convenience and Necessity applications, merger applications, generic policy dockets, rulemakings, interconnection agreements, and show cause orders, among other types of proceedings.  Steve’s transactional experience includes real estate and personal property sales and leases as well as lending transactions and contracts for utility, information technology, and personal services.  His lobbying assignments include utility and industrial regulation, insurance, taxation issues, and debt collection.

Experience

Examples of Steve’s work include:

  • Negotiated office, production facility, and warehouse commercial leases for owners and tenants
  • Commercial lending for borrowers, banks, insurance companies, and other lenders
  • Lender liability defense, including alleged promises to renew credit and alleged fraud to acquire the borrower’s collateral
  • Represented landowners in farm tenant lease negotiations and disputes
  • Initial formation and capitalization, borrowing, land acquisition, and access easement agreements for duck and deer hunting clubs
  • Negotiated natural gas and electricity public utility service contracts for manufacturers and food processors
  • Arkansas Public Service Commission interstate pipeline company navigable river crossing application
  • Class action usury defense of mortgage-backed security holders and trustees
  • Certified rice seed sales contract litigation for a large farming corporation
  • Represented major unsecured grain processor and trader in grain trading firm collapse
  • Unauthorized collateral pledge of corporate stock for a non-profit economic development lender
  • Litigation involving custom designed manufacturing production lines in the ceramics and other industries
  • Deer hunting stand design litigation for an injured hunter
  • Stadium construction litigation for a sub-contractor
  • Natural gas pipeline easement encroachments for a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulated interstate pipeline company
  • Litigation involving accretion and avulsion boundary changes on the Arkansas River for a county government and school district
  • Suit regarding navigability of a lake for a large agricultural landowner
  • Utility low-income assistance charges lawsuit for industrial utility customers
  • Utility bill tax illegal exaction suit
  • Court challenge to natural gas pipeline compressor fuel sales and use taxes

Honors

Best Lawyers in America – Energy Law and Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers in America 2013 Little Rock Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year”

Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Appointed to Arkansas Public Service Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure Revision Committee

 

Affiliations

Pulaski County, Arkansas (Chair, Business Law Section, Uniform Laws Committee) and American Bar Associations

Arkansas Bar Foundation

Metropolitan Junior Chamber of Commerce, Director and Legal Counsel

Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class VII

Central Arkansas Debtor-Creditor Bar Association

Volunteers Organization for Central Arkansas Legal Services, member

Baptist Health Foundation Board of Trustees

State Capital Group Board of Directors

St. James Learning Center, Board of Directors

St. James Methodist Church, Administrative Board, Endowment Committee and Lay Reader

West Memphis Jaycees, President

Education

University of Arkansas, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law, Juris Doctor (high honors)

Member, UALR Law Journal

Admissions

Arkansas