William McShane Bridgforth

Contact: shanebridgforth@ramsaylaw.com

Shane is a partner in the law firm of Ramsay, Bridgforth, Robinson and Raley LLP.  Since 1990, when Shane joined the firm, he has been a practicing trial attorney, representing clients in personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, products liability litigation, agricultural litigation and other areas of complex litigation.  He has also represented clients in cases involving wrongful death, condemnation, real property, insurance disputes and divorce.  Shane’s litigation experience includes numerous jury trials in counties across the State of Arkansas and in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  Shane has experience handling appeals in cases before the Arkansas Court of Appeals, Arkansas Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.

After graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1983, Shane obtained a B.S. degree in business from Louisiana Tech University in 1987.  Shane graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1990.  While in law school he served as an officer in Phi Delta Phi and received the American Jurisprudence Award for having earned the highest marks of all third year law students in Trial Advocacy.  Shane was selected to serve on the U.A.L.R. School of Law moot court team and was successful in competitions against students from other states’ law schools.

Shane has been active in the Arkansas Bar Association and his community.  He is a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and American Bar Association.  Shane served on the House of Delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association from 1994 – 1996 and on the Executive Council of the Arkansas Bar Association in 1997.  Shane served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services from 1992 – 2000.  In 2011, Shane was appointed to the Board of the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, and went on to serve as Vice-President.  In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Shane has served by appointment of the Arkansas Supreme Court on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Model Jury Instructions – Civil.  He has also been active in serving his local community having frequently served on organization boards and committees, including the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, the Pine Bluff Child Center, Inc., the Economic Development Alliance of Jefferson County, and the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce.  In 2011, Shane was honored to receive the VOCALS of Jefferson County Attorney of the Year Award.  Shane recently received special recognition for exceptional work in serving as a campaign volunteer in 2016 for the United Way of Southeast Arkansas.

Shane is licensed to practice in all of the courts in Arkansas, including the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas.  Shane is also licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  Shane is rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell ® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ system which is recognized nationally as a testament to the fact that Shane’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.  In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Shane was chosen for inclusion on the Mid-South Super Lawyers list in the practice area of general litigation, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.