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.

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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.

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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.

Lisa Parks,

Lisa Parks is a partner at Eldridge Brooks with a primary focus on criminal defense. She has more than twenty years of trial experience, having litigated hundreds of cases before a judge or jury. Lisa’s many years of criminal law practice include representation of clients charged with all levels of felony and misdemeanor offenses and extensive jury trial preparation, motions practice, brief writing, client counseling, plea negotiations, and appellate advocacy. In addition to her criminal law experience, Lisa has spent more than four years as a child welfare attorney litigating cases involving child abuse and neglect.

Lisa graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2000. While in law school, she was on the Board of Advocates, was a moot court competition quarterfinalist, and participated in trial, negotiations, and client counseling competitions. She received the IOLTA and Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers scholarships and was on the Dean’s List. Lisa attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello for her undergraduate studies and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Lisa is active in her community, having served as chair of the Voter Protection Committee and on local non-profit boards of directors, including One Community, Books for Kids, Project Right Choice, and Ozark Literacy Council. She also served on the boards of directors for the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Arkansas Drug Court Professionals Association. Lisa was awarded the Arkansas Drug Court Professionals Attorney of the Year award in 2016 and received the 2015 Community Hero award from the NWA Black Caucus. She is currently a candidate for Arkansas State Senate District 31.

Lisa and her husband Scott have lived in Tontitown for 18 years and have four children and two grandchildren. They enjoy gardening, Razorback sports, and live music.

Cameron Brewer, Senior

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.

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Kelly Comer Steinwart,

Kelly is an associate at Eldridge Brooks, where her practice draws on the diverse background in her work. Most recently, Kelly worked for over three years as in-house corporate counsel for solar developer Today’s Power, where she oversaw transactions and represented the company’s interest before federal and state regulatory agencies. Kelly’s career in the renewable energy industry began in 2018 as the Director of Policy and Corporate Relations for the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association. She previously worked as the Development Director for the American Heart Association, coordinating Central Arkansas’ Go Red for Women campaign and alongside Conner Eldridge during his 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate.

Kelly has strong ties to Northwest Arkansas and is thrilled to be a full-time NWA resident again, returning with her husband, Simmons Bank’s Will Steinwart, and her energetic Pomeranian, Koda. Kelly was born in Fort Smith and attended Southside High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management and Investments (cum laude) from the University of Arkansas’s Walton College of Business and received the Henry Woods Student Leadership Award in 2011 for her outstanding record of student leadership, which included serving as President of Chi Omega sorority.

Kelly went on to attend the University of Arkansas School of Law (Fayetteville) and represented the school in regional negotiation competitions twice, placing third in her final year. Kelly worked in Compliance for the University of Arkansas Athletic Department for two years as a law student before accepting a full-time position after graduation as the Coordinator of On-Campus Recruiting Operations under then-Head Football Coach Bret Bielema.

Kelly participated with a local women’s and children’s shelter while in Central Arkansas, and she plans to continue her community involvement in NWA.