Conner Eldridge, Founding

Conner is a founding partner of Eldridge Brooks, a former United States Attorney, Chief Executive Officer of a $1 billion financial institution, and United States Senate candidate. As United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas from 2010-2015, Conner served as Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer, responsible for all federal criminal cases in 34 counties in Arkansas. In 2015, he was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Justice, which advises the Attorney General on behalf of the U.S. Attorney Community. As U.S. Attorney, he was involved locally and nationally with a number of committees covering issues including Child Exploitation, Cyber Crime and Security, Information Technology, Management and Budget, Terrorism and National Security, and White-Collar Crime.

Conner chaired the Investment Review Board, which was responsible for approving and allocating substantial information technology expenditures and the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, a committee led by the Department of Justice and comprised of numerous federal agencies involved in domestic terrorism cases and issues. Prior to serving as U.S. Attorney, Conner worked in a variety of positions, including Chief Executive Officer at Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp, a $1 billion community bank with over 20 branches and 300 employees. Most recently, Conner ran for the United States Senate in the 2016 election. As a major party nominee, Conner ran an aggressive, dynamic campaign against a long-time incumbent. Conner also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele in federal court in the Eastern District of Arkansas, and as a staff member for former United States Congressman Marion Berry (AR) and former United States Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR). A native of Lonoke and Augusta, Arkansas, Conner worked in family businesses growing up, including as a farm hand at J.E. Tull and Son farms and as a summer worker at Eldridge Supply Company, a Case IH dealer.

Conner received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he also served on the Arkansas Law Review.

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks, Founding

Steve is a founding partner of Eldridge Brooks and a former partner at Arkansas’ largest law firm. Most recently, Steve was a partner at one of the state’s largest venture capital and growth equity investment firms overseeing private capital formation and strategy and mergers and acquisitions activities and leading investments in healthcare, software technologies, e-commerce, energy infrastructure and retail and e-commerce businesses. He has over 20 years of experience advising and investing in private capital funds, private companies, as well as advising limited partners and funds of funds. Steve’s practice is rooted in his broad experiences working with emerging high growth companies, investors, and funds, both in business and as a lawyer.

Prior to forming Eldridge Brooks, Steve was a partner at New Road Capital Partners, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm based in Bentonville, AR. He worked extensively with the portfolio companies as well as the funds themselves and their co general partners, namely Kayne Anderson, based in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to New Road Capital, Mr. Brooks was a partner in the private equity and mergers and acquisitions practice group of Friday Eldredge & Clark, Arkansas’ largest law firm, from 2003 until 2013. Steve represented lower middle market issuers across the U.S. in private offerings of securities; structuring private equity funds and offerings; acquisitions and divestitures, as well as partnership and corporate tax matters. From 1995 to 2000, Brooks practiced as a CPA in both the private and public sectors in the tax section of Frost PLLC, Arkansas’ largest public accounting firm and was senior tax accountant with Tyson Foods, Inc. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville), Cum Laude, and the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business. He is a member of the Arkansas and Texas Bar, is admitted to the United States Tax Court and has served as Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Steve has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers and was most recently recognized as a 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyer for his Mergers and Acquisitions practice.

Emily Neal,

Emily Neal is an experienced civil litigator whose practice includes complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and defense, regulatory law, and multidistrict litigation. Emily graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2003, where she served on the Arkansas Law Review. Ms. Neal is a charter member of Arkansas Women In Power and enjoys volunteering in the community, including working with the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, where she serves on its board of directors. She is a member of the Arkansas and Florida Bar Associations and is admitted to Arkansas state and federal courts, as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Cameron Brewer,

Cameron is an associate at Eldridge Brooks, where he focuses on business and transactional law. Cameron’s practice includes mergers and acquisitions, private equity/venture capital funds and investments, securities regulations, corporate governance, and finance. Cameron graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville), cum laude, where he also earned the Business Law Certificate for his corporate law focus. During his time at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Cameron served in several leadership positions in the Business Law Society and the Student Bar Association and competed in a national transactional law competition hosted by Duke University. Before his legal studies, Cameron received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Cameron is a member of the Arkansas Bar.