John A. Butler earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. Prior to attending law school, John graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University.
John’s practice primarily focuses on divorce, custody, adoption, paternity, and guardianship cases. His previous experience includes counseling financial institutions, mortgage servicers, and consumers on matters related to bankruptcy, foreclosures, evictions, commercial litigation, and title defects.
John is currently admitted to practice in Arkansas and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, and the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas.
Nick grew up in the Arkansas Delta— Blytheville, Arkansas—knowing early on that he was destined to practice law. Witnessing the assistance his father was able to lend clients in his small-town litigation practice was always a sense of pride for Nick while growing up. He knew it was his calling.
In high school, Nick receiving All-State honors in football while also being named valedictorian of his graduating class. After high school, Nick attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville on a leadership scholarship before entering and graduating law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 2011.
After passing the bar exam, Nick has focused his law practice exclusively on personal injury and Social Security law. At an early age, Nick witnessed the impact of his mother’s debilitating muscle disease had on her ability to work and quality of life. With an intimate understanding of how unforeseen medical conditions can uproot one’s life, Nick chose to focus his practice where he could assist clients coping with disabling conditions and injuries.
Nick has assisted numerous clients in Arkansas and the surrounding states, participating in 1000+ administrative Social Security hearings with hundreds of Social Security appeals in the federal court, including the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Because of his experience, success, and reputation with Social Security law, attorneys often call on Nick for guidance or refer over such cases.
Whether Nick is assisting a client with their Social Security application or a personal injury claim, he dedicates his profession to delivering excellent results to his clients. Nick is enthusiastic about his work and derives tremendous satisfaction in helping others in need.
Nick is an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Associations (ATLA).
When not working, Nick enjoys canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking on the beautiful streams and trails dotting Northwest Arkansas. Nick lives in Rogers, Arkansas, with his wife Kelsey and chatty Siamese cat mix Bubbá.
Jon Cigainero grew up working on a small family farm in Northeast Texas and went to college in at Baylor University. After graduating from Baylor, Jon worked for a John Deere dealership network in Eastern Arkansas a service manager and agricultural technology consultant. After working in the ag industry for four years, Jon moved to Fayetteville to enroll in the University of Arkansas School of Law and graduated with honors. Jonathan began his legal career as a law clerk for the University of Arkansas Office of General Counsel and moved to private practice afterwards. Jon’s practice is focused on bankruptcy law, and he is admitted to practice law in Arkansas and Missouri.
Josh grew up in Piggott, Arkansas where he learned the value of hard work and a lot about construction. Both of Josh’s grandfathers were contractors and Josh’s father still owns a small flooring store to this day. Josh grew up on construction sites since he was a small child and was soon put to work on these very job sites for his family business.
In addition to working as a flooring installer for his father, Josh was also the maintenance person for his father’s rental property. This taught Josh many aspects of real estate development and rental property management. Both the practical construction experience and property management experience have helped Josh develop a better relationship and be able to communicate with and understand his clients better regarding real estate and construction law matters.
Josh obtained his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in audio engineering. Josh is an avid musician playing both drums and guitar which is what took him to Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University.
Josh is licensed to practice law in Arkansas as well as the Eastern and Western District Courts of the United States.
Business Address: 1 Riverfront Pl STE 745, North Little Rock, AR 72114
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Phone: (501) 263-2422
Brandon Haubert is a top-rated bankruptcy attorney here in North Little Rock (rated one of the Top 40 Under 40 by The National Advocates); he and the team at wh Law can do it all.
Wh Law concentrates in several practice areas, ranging from bankruptcy to family law. Whether you are looking for a bankruptcy lawyer or need guidance in other practice areas, you can expect a passionate team of lawyers, like Brandon Haubert, who is prepared to help you.
Cofounder Brandon Haubert has been working in the central Arkansas community for years. With a history in business, Brandon applies his knowledge of professional and personal relationships to his clients and serve them the best way possible.
Brandon grew up in Clarksville, Arkansas. There, he learned the most fundamental parts of lawyering: how to work hard, work smart, and work out problems with other people. Although he picked up the rest in law school and the first years of his practice, he firmly believes that what makes him an excellent advocate is what he learned growing up.
Before enrolling in law school, Brandon attended Arkansas Technical College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in business. Taking critical points from the business perspective he’d learned, Brandon applies many of the same to his practice today, where he emphasizes efficiency, excels in customer service, and practices effective communication. He believes he serves his clients best when the firm is running like a well-oiled machine—much like a business.
After graduating from Arkansas Technical College, Brandon went on to law school. There, he received Honors upon graduating with his Master’s in Business Administration. During his years there, Brandon built an excellent reputation with the members of the legal community when he clerked for the Arkansas Attorney General, Federal Public Defender, and various other firms in Little Rock. Going forward, Brandon successfully built his reputation around these essential relationships and reputation he has for honesty, sincerity, and care.
Three days after passing the Bar exam, Brandon co-founded whLaw. It was a process to get the firm off the ground, but looking back, Brandon wouldn’t do anything differently.
Today, he handles estate planning and probate, as well as litigation issues that accompany these fields. He also works on criminal defense and bankruptcy. He feels unique in his ability to wear both of these hats since most lawyers either want to draft the trust or fight the trust—but Brandon can do both.
With a lifetime full of experience excelling in building relationships and helping those around him, Brandon is excited about the future of wh Law. As the firm continues to grow, he hopes to serve more people better than ever before.
Wh Law is unlike any other team you’ll work with. With an experienced organization and compassionate staff, Brandon and the attorneys at wh Law excel in multiple practice areas, including:
Brandon often gets asked how you know you need a lawyer. The answer is simple: if you are facing any legal obstacle, you should always consult with a lawyer—because when you work with an experienced professional, you can count on someone having your back.
Most of all, a dedicated lawyer will help you avoid mistakes, errors, prevent delays, and recognize approaches and methods you might not have seen otherwise. No matter what your legal situation is, you’ll always want someone in your corner fighting for your case.
With years of experience working alongside the central Arkansas community, Brandon is prepared to evaluate your case and make a plan to help you achieve the best outcome.
Filing for bankruptcy might sound frightening, but with the right guidance, you’ll be surprised at how simple the process can be.
Bankruptcy happens when you owe more than what you can pay. This situation usually occurs after experiencing severe debt from life-changing events like illness, divorce, job loss, foreclosure, and other stressful situations.
There are two main times of bankruptcy you can declare, which are:
Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Arkansas is a process where you will attempt to be forgiven for your debts by selling your assets so you can start with a clean slate. This helps wipe out debts from credit cards, medical bills, and personal loans without a repayment plan.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Arkansas is often ordered by creditors and the court, which is the best route if you want to keep your property. This type of bankruptcy allows you to keep all of your assets but puts you on a three- to five-year repayment plan to creditors. You must have a consistent source of income to qualify for Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between being in debt and when you have to file for bankruptcy. If you’re unsure, then ask yourself these questions:
If so, then it’s time to consult with one of central Arkansas’ best bankruptcy attorneys. With wh Law’s free bankruptcy consultation, Brandon will be able to decipher your situation, explain the process, and assist you through it to achieve a debt-free life.
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Arkansas Children’s Hospital Professional Advisory Council
American Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association
Pulaski County Bar Association
“Mr. Haubert is very professional and honest. He really takes the time to explain all of your options in a way that makes sense to the average person. He is personable and friendly. He always strives to get the best possible outcome for his clients. You will not be disappointed with Mr. Haubert as your attorney.”
– Hunter White
“The BEST- Brandon has your best interest and the best plan of action in play at all times. Highly recommend!”
– Jamie Taylor
“Brandon Haubert is a very experienced attorney with sound business judgment. He has been very responsive to my needs. I have tremendous confidence and respect for Brandon.”
– Anita Ralston
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Wh Law is a full-service law firm with four locations in central Arkansas. Rated as one of the Best Lawyers of 2019, wh Law is a debt relief agency that helps people file for bankruptcy protection. If you believe you have to file for bankruptcy or the court has ordered you, then your best bet is to consult with professionals like Brandon.
With $0 down on any bankruptcy case, Brandon and wh Law can help guide you through the entire process. Whether you’re filing to get a fresh start or because you need to reorganize assets, wh Law is ready to assist.
You can learn more about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy in North Little Rock, but before moving forward, give wh Law a call or contact us for a free consultation.
With dozens of glowing testimonials and a 10.0 Justia Lawyer Rating, Degen Clow is one of the top-rated criminal defense attorneys in North Little Rock. With expertise in all things criminal defense, Degen is prepared to use his firsthand experience from being a prosecuting attorney to work through your case so that you can get the best possible outcome.
Before Degen Clow became a criminal defense attorney, he was a respiratory therapist. Yet, something drew him to study law — and ever since then, he’s been practicing criminal defense.
Degen Clow joined whLaw in 2015 after serving as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for several years in Pulaski County. During that time, he spent every day in court, nicknaming it his “office away from the office.” There, he was able to develop the right confidence, charisma, and most importantly, he learned what it takes to beat a criminal charge.
Degen attended the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of the Razorback football team before going onto the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a degree in Cardio-Pulmonary Care. He worked as a respiratory therapist before attending law school. Now, Degen is licensed to practice law in all Arkansas state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. He and his wife Lauren live in Benton with their four children, Davis, Arden, McCall and Greer.
If you’ve been arrested with a criminal charge, contact Degen Clow at wh Law as soon as possible. Practicing exclusively in criminal defense, Degen can help you no matter the type of charge:
Whether you were pulled over under the influence or were the victim of a motor vehicle accident under the influence, the first thing you should do is call whLaw immediately. Since these trials can get very complicated, Degen will be there to analyze your case and save your reputation and record.
If you were arrested for possessing controlled substances such as methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, oxycontin, steroids, ecstasy, LSD, or other types of narcotics, your case might result in state and federal charges. Degen can help protect your rights and minimize your sentence as much as possible.
If you are suspected of drug trafficking, your local police department will have call in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to investigate your case. There is also a chance that you may be charged with federal indictments.
If an unregistered weapon was involved in a crime you committed, then be sure to contact Degen as soon as possible so he can help clear any accusations before charges are made.
If you are involved in forgeries or RICO violations (such as gambling, kidnapping, bribery, and arson), then contact whLaw immediately so that Degen can defend your rights.
Even the smallest theft can quickly advance into a severe case. In robbery or burglary cases, you may be charged with a prison sentence, especially if a weapon is involved. Wh Law and Degen can help present and argue in favor of your case.
Whether it’s manslaughter or murder, homicide is a very complicated case to navigate. Wh Law and Degen will utilize the appropriate tools and present arguments that will preserve your rights and represent in the best light possible.
Crimes that you commit as a juvenile can stay on your record for years to come. This has long-term effects and might prevent you from getting a job as an adult. Degen can help defend your case and work towards erasing it from your file.
If you’ve been charged with a sex crime, then you need an attorney to fight for you to avoid registering as a sex offender. Being a registered sex offender limits where you can live and takes away a tremendous amount of freedom, as it significantly affects your reputation in your community.
Degen and the team at wh Law are experienced in appeal processes, both first-time and repeals.
Firstly, never admit fault or imply that you are guilty of doing anything. The fact is that what you say can make or break your case. After you have been processed, ask for Degen Clow from whLaw, who will come to you and gather information so that he could lessen your chance of conviction.
When you are in the police’s custody, remain calm and silent. Be sure that you only talk to your lawyer about what happened. The police officers may try to interview you and get your side of the story, but be sure that you don’t consent to this unless your lawyer is present. Degen will help advise you on what to say and when to say it so that nothing accidentally jeopardizes your case.
Depending on the type of crime, there will likely be an investigation where the police will interview you and collect data and evidence. You may have the opportunity to ask for a judge or jury trial. In cases like this, it’s always best to have a lawyer who’s undoubtedly in your corner to help you get the best results possible.
Degen and his team will conduct their own investigation in which they will gather facts, evidence, and scientific arguments against the prosecution. By doing separate research, Degen can guarantee a better result for your case.
During the trial and investigation process, there will be many important decisions you have to make. Your attorney will stand beside you to help you, including deciding whether you want a judge or jury trial and if you want to look into negotiating a plea agreement. He will offer you personalized counsel and only suggest a decision based on what is most suitable.
The professionals at wh Law care about your rights and will work tirelessly to make sure you are represented adequately and aggressively. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, misdemeanor, or a felony, contact Degen Clow at wh Law immediately so that he can begin working on the best possible outcome for your case.
Second chances for prisoners don’t come twice — that’s a fact that attorneys and prosecutors know all too well. And no one understands the need for prison reform better than attorneys who are on the front-lines of the criminal justice system.
The drastic drop in crime rates we’ve seen in the past three decades has come at a steep cost: state and local spending on corrections has surged from $17 billion to $71 billion. Millions of former offenders can’t hold steady jobs. Yet, once they re-enter society, there’s a huge pressure on former convicts to maintain stable housing and support their families. The contradictions are severe and the toll it takes on citizens is unnecessarily pervasive.
Caught between this rock and a hard place, one attorney from Little Rock, Arkansas, Stewart Whaley, is doing his part to transform relationships between individuals and the legal system.
Attorneys like Stewart Whaley see firsthand the toll that wrongful prosecutions, aggressive sentencing, and poor incarceration models have on their convicted clients.
Working tirelessly for his clients, Stewart Whaley is doing everything he can to transform that reality. From transitioning citizens to re-enter society successfully and sustainably, to tirelessly working to resolve his clients’ domestic grievances, Stewart Whaley is a problem-solver and systems-thinker who just happens to be a best-in-class attorney.
Stewart Whaley knows a thing or two about transitioning roles and changing your life.
Before committing to the practice of the law full-time, Stewart worked to understand complex software systems, their unique digital language, and the relationships that made them tick. His work as a software developer, Chief Privacy & Security Officer, and in-house counsel helped him transition seamlessly from digital systems to the legal system.
Specializing in criminal defense, domestic relations, and family law, Stewart spends his professional time providing excellent legal defense, and his personal time advocating for prisoners’ rights.
Stewart’s qualifications as a Dependency/Neglect Attorney ad Litem, Domestic Relations Attorney ad Litem, and an advisor to the Central Arkansas Re-entry Coalition make him an empathetic but excellent lawyer that his clients want on their side.
After graduating with Honors from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Stewart trained with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. This is where he discovered his passion for fearless advocacy in criminal justice cases and prisoners’ rights, especially as they transition and return as citizens from incarceration to re-entry into society.
Besides being an integral member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Association of Defense Lawyers, and the Pulaski County Bar Association, Stewart is also part of the Central Arkansas Re-Entry (CARE) Coalition.
Attorneys who understand the prison system, post-incarceration requirements, and prosecutorial process are in the best position to help their clients. But attorneys like Stewart Whaley who offer their expertise with empathy and care are rare. Along with a defense, Stewart provides several essential prison services that individuals may need, including:
Part of Stewart’s criminal defense and juvenile representation services also include:
The criminal justice system is a complex and often multifaceted aspect of the law. Like family law, there are deadlines, paperwork, case management, strategy, and even jury-based trials. It’s not meant to intimidate individuals, but being charged with felonies can quickly feel like matters are spiraling out of control. Even misdemeanors and DUIs/DWIs come with jail time, fines, and other serious consequences that can seriously derail your life.
Arkansas courts are tough, but wh Law is both tougher and smarter.
First off, we’ll never ask you to plead guilty unless it’s absolutely necessary or works in your favor, and you should watch out for attorneys who ask you to do this without a good reason. Courts will hold misdemeanors against you in the future if you’re convicted of another crime, which could seriously affect your sentencing because of mandatory sentences and the three-strike law in Arkansas.
These precarious factors are precisely why you need an aggressive but empathetic criminal defense attorney prior to going to trial, facing a prosecutor, or a judge.
At wh Law, we focus on providing our clients with a three-pronged approach to criminal defense cases.
Our attorneys work with you to walk you through the process and ask you to explain your view of the events.
We also conduct our own investigations, rather than rely on evidence supplied to us by the state. It’s crucial that we get to the scene right away because, in a criminal case, time is of the essence. The faster we can conduct our investigation of the evidence against you, the sooner we can get the proper evidence to fight for you.
Finally, we thoroughly employ our own knowledge, training and experience in crafting our theory of the case. This is based on the best strategy to get your desired outcome, and one that is both a creative and aggressive bid to protect your freedom.
Our legal experience covers a range of criminal law cases including:
There are specific strategies that criminal defense attorneys use to protect you from the damage of convictions. Allow the criminal defense team at wh Law to do everything in our power to keep prosecutorial overreach away from you.
A message from Steve:
“During my time developing, supporting, and solving real-world technology problems, I quickly understood that creative, clear, and systematic thinking was the best approach to any issue. When you translate the same skills to individuals, however, it’s far more rewarding because you have the chance to change lives. I advocate persistently for prisoners’ rights, transitional care, and case management because I know that these lesser-known areas are the margins where we can make a difference. While any criminal defense team at an experienced law firm can and will promise to represent you, few will go the extra mile and think through all aspects of the process like our team at wh Law.”
Contact our team and experience the difference of attorneys who are interested in helping however we can.
Born, raised, and educated entirely in Arkansas, Charlie is passionate about helping Arkansas families through the court system.
As a DHS attorney throughout the State, Charlie has helped hundreds of children, parents, and adults achieve positive outcomes through appropriate DHS agencies and services. Charlie understands the seriousness of any legal proceeding that involves someone’s child or loved one, and his extensive experience in the courtroom allows him to be a zealous advocate for his clients and help them achieve what they want. Charlie knows the system incredibly well and can help any Arkansas family that ends up in a courtroom.
Charlie knows the full scope of DHS services and agencies from the inside out, and can use his insider information to help you navigate the complex web of state agencies and services.
Before practicing with DHS, Charlie served as an assistant to Hon. Waymond Brown at the Arkansas Court of Appeals. There, he learned the intricacies of the appellate process, including what is effective and what is not when trying to appeal your case.
Charlie is a proud uncle to five nieces and nephews, an avid Razorback fan, and the only place he’d rather be than the courtroom is the kitchen, where he loves to concoct his own recipes for family and friends.
Chris Burks concentrates his practice in family and employment law litigation.
He has represented individuals and families in a variety of matters including child and adult guardianships, adoptions, custody and visitation disputes, child support cases, divorces with business valuation issues, as well as breaches of fiduciary duties in probate.
He also has experience representing employees and businesses in breach of contract disputes, and labor law matters involving misclassification, minimum wage, overtime and ‘off-the-clock’ violations.
Mr. Burks represents the Firm determination and work-ethic through his strong community leadership and “behind the scenes” know-how cultivated through clerkships with two Arkansas judges (Honorable Susan Hickey of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas and the Honorable Rhonda Wood of the Arkansas State Circuit Court, Twentieth Judicial District), and political staffer positions on both the state and national levels.
Mr. Burks also served as an Arkansas Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was instrumental in bringing the important 2014 voting rights case of Pulaski County Election Commission v. Arkansas State Board of Elections.
Vanessa has lived in Arkansas her entire life. She recently joined WHLaw, bringing more than 10 years bankruptcy experience to the firm. Her experience in representing clients facing hard financial times began in law school where she clerked at the Public Defender’s and Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s office, and Vanessa understands the challenges individuals face with a job loss, sudden illness, the cost of childcare and rising costs of living.
Vanessa graduated from the UA in Fayetteville with a B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations. She graduated from UA – Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law in 2007. She has been a practicing attorney for 10+ years, specializing in consumer bankruptcy matters, debtor-creditor litigation, and consumer transactions. She is currently on the executive committee of the debtor-creditor section of the Arkansas Bar Association.
Vanessa and her husband live in Little Rock with their three children, two dogs, and a lizard called Spike.
Memberships: Arkansas Bar Association, AAWL (Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers), the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Debtor-Creditor Bar of Central Arkansas.