Overview

Abtin’s practice focuses on traditional management-side labor and employment defense, general litigation, and appellate advocacy. In addition to his active litigation practice, Abtin advises clients in compliance matters relating to, among others:

  • The Arkansas Civil Rights Act;
  • The Arkansas Minimum Wage Act;
  • The Arkansas Trade Secrets Act;
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • The Family Medical Leave Act;
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • The National Labor Relations Act;
  • Regulations enforced by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) with respect to affirmative action obligations of federal contractors;
  • Garnishment compliance; and
  • Non-competes, non-solicitations, and anti-employee poaching strategies.

Abtin also handles specialty visas reserved for “individuals of extraordinary ability” under the O-1 and EB-1 nonimmigrant and immigrant categories.

Honors & Recognitions

  • 20 In Their 20s – 2017, Arkansas Business
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year – 2017, VOCALS
  • Rising Star in Employment Law – 2017, HR Professionals Magazine
  • Top Attorney in Employment Law – 2017, Arkansas Life Magazine

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Judge William R. Overton American Inn of Court, Executive Board
  • Pulaski County Bar Association, Executive Board
  • Arkansas Bar Association, District 2 Representative and Former Annual Meeting Co-Chair
  • Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, Appointed (2013 – 2016)
  • Human Resources Management Association, Member (2013 – 2016)
  • The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Secretary, Board of Directors
  • VOCALS – Volunteer Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services
  • UALR Bowen School of Law Alumni Board, Member (2013 – 2017)

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Have you Scheduled your HR “Check-up” for 2015?, HR Professionals Magazine (Feb. 2015)
  • The Best Laid Plans of Mice & Men: Employee Wellness Programs Can Often Go Awry, HR Professionals Magazine (June 2014)
  • Bringing Home the Bacon: What the Davis-Bacon Act Means for your Business, HR Professionals Magazine (Nov. 2013)
  • Proactive Cell Phone Security Policies in the Workplace: Avoid Liability as Hi-Tech Devices HACK the Fourth Amendment, 35 Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 1 (2013) (online)
  • Annual Arkansas Case Law Surveys, 2011-2012

Education

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • J.D., honors, 2013
  • UALR Law Review Editor-in-Chief
  • Trial Team Member, National Trial Competition
  • Vice President, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Top Paper Award, Appellate Brief

University of Maine

  • B.S., magna cum laude, 2010
  • Honor’s College
  • VP Student Entertainment, Student Government
  • Senior Skull Honor Society

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arkansas, 2013
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Arkansas
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