The Roberts Law Firm P.A. in Little Rock announced that former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has officially joined Roberts Group, which includes several legal and consulting entities tied to the firm.
On its Facebook page, the firm said: “Roberts Law Firm announces that Governor Mike Beebe has officially joined Roberts Group (Roberts Law Firm, PA, Roberts GR Strategies, LLC, Made in USA Works, LLC, and Roberts International, LLC), effective March 1, 2015. Governor Beebe will not engage in lobbying activities. We are thrilled to have him on board!”
The law firm does litigation defense and general liability work, antitrust, business transactions, international business law, utility law and products liability defense. Its web site lists as clients Walmart, Georgia-Pacific and FedEx. Some of its other entities do consulting work on a variety of corporate-related and economic development-related projects.
Beebe’s full role is not defined in the announcement, but a spokesman for the former Governor emphasized that Beebe won’t be working on any projects involving lobbying – which Beebe had said before he left office that he would stay away from. Beebe will advise on some legal issues and potential economic development issues, he said.
Mike Roberts, the namesake of the firm was a Beebe appointee to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Gov. Hutchinson has reappointed Roberts to the board. Beebe is not listed on the firm’s web site yet, but Asa Hutchinson III, son of Gov. Asa Hutchinson is listed as counsel.