On January 27, 2014, the firm held a ceremony to announce the naming of its conference center in honor of the firm’s beloved late partner, J. Phillip Carroll. The entrance to the newly named Carroll Conference Center, which contains the firm’s meeting spaces and board room, is complete with a bronze plaque naming the conference center, alongside Carroll’s portrait.
Carroll’s wife, Diane, his granddaughter and her husband, and his great-granddaughter attended the dedication ceremony. Carroll had a 63-year career with the firm, beginning in 1950. Carroll was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, Carroll was captured and held as a German prisoner until the war’s end. Carroll served as President of the Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Foundation and Pulaski County Bar Association. He represented Arkansas on the Uniform Law Commission and was on the committee that wrote Arkansas’s civil jury instructions. He is fondly remembered for his loyalty to his faith, his family, and the firm. His annual speech on the “History of the Rose Law Firm,” which inevitably contained anecdotes from the fascinating history of Carroll himself, was the highlight of the firm’s summer associate program. Carroll was a man whose presence brightened the days of those around him. Referring to the conference center plaque in Carroll’s honor, firm managing partner Steve Joiner echoed the thoughts of the firm’s attorneys and staff when he noted that “[e]very day this will remind us, and future generations of Rose Firm lawyers and staff, of the tradition of excellence that we have to live up to.”