Bio

Rebecca is the managing member of the firm’s Northwest Arkansas offices in Fayetteville and Rogers and is a member of the firm’s executive committee. She benefits from a somewhat unique legal practice. Originally focusing her legal practice on estate planning and philanthropic endeavors of high net worth individuals and families who have amassed their wealth from family business activities over the past decade, her practice has naturally evolved to not only represent her clients in their estate planning and philanthropic endeavors but also in their business, corporate and real estate activities. She frequently serves as general legal counsel in a family office role for many of her clients.

In addition to extensive family office practice, Rebecca routinely advises business and corporation with respect to corporate representation, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private placement of securities.  Rebecca’s experience in client representation includes acting as general “outside” counsel to companies, advising on daily business matters, including employment contracting and trade secret issues, corporate structure and governance, financing, contract drafting and negotiation and transactions.  She also routinely advises tax exempt organizations ranging from public charities, agricultural organizations and political action committees.

Prior to joining Rose Law Firm in 2022, Rebecca was co-founder and the managing partner of Smith Hurst. Since 2007, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law where she teaches advanced classes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Nonprofit Organizations and Estate Planning. Prior to attending law school, Rebecca worked as an accountant for Beverly Enterprises (now Golden Living) in Fort Smith, Arkansas, serving seventeen skilled nursing facilities with Medicare, Medicaid and financial audit and reporting matters.

Publications

  • SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation, Adopts “Bad Actor” Rules and Proposes Changes to Regulation D and Form D, 2013 Ark. Law Notes, at http://media.law.uark.edu/arklawnotes/2013/07/24/sec-lifts-ban-on-general-solicitation-adopts-bad-actor-rules-and-proposes-changes-to-regulation-d-and-form-d/ (Jul. 24, 2013).
  • Estate Planning for Hospice Patients: A Manual and Guide for Legal Aid Attorneys, Legal Aid of Arkansas (2008).
  • A Change in Planning: Estate of Strangi v. Commissioner’s Effect on the Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning, 57 Ark. L. Rev. 595 (2004).

 

Honors

  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal top Women in Business Honoree (2017) She was also recognized as the
  • University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Council, Recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America™, Tax Law, Corporate Law, and Trusts and Estates Law (2018 – 2022)
  • Chambers & Partners USA, Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Estate Planning (2018 – 2022)
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Honoree (2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rating

Education

New York University School of Law
Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation (2006)

University of Arkansas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude (2005)
Arkansas Law Review, Executive Editor
Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow and scholarship recipient
Phi Alpha Delta, Justice

Arkansas State University
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, magna cum laude and first in degree (2001)
Recipient of Outstanding Accounting Student Award
Recipient of Distinguished Business Transfer Student Award
Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society

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