About the Firm
75 Years in Northwest Arkansas
Founded in 1947 by Courtney C. Crouch, Sr., Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC, is the oldest firm in Springdale, Arkansas, and one of the oldest firms in Washington County, Arkansas. After a short period of time as a solo practitioner, Courtney Crouch built the firm, which became known as Crouch, Blair, Cypert & Waters, from the ground up. One of the original members of the firm, James D. Cypert, retired in 2014 after 55 years as an attorney.
The tradition of exceptional legal service to Northwest Arkansas businesses and families is carried on by current partners Jim Crouch, Charles Harwell, Matthew Fryar, Laura K. Ferner, and Steve Zega. Our attorneys have more than 150 combined years of legal experience, all in Northwest Arkansas. Though we are a relatively small firm, we are capable of handling litigation and transactions of all sizes and scopes.
Our dedicated, hard-working staff members have been a vital part of the quality service we provide to our clients. Most of our staff members have long tenures with our firm, which speaks to the firm’s stability and how much we value relationships in our firm.
We welcome you to read more about our areas of practice, which concentrate on estate planning, probate law, and guardianships; business law, including creditor rights and collections, landlord/tenant law, and commercial litigation and transactions; family law, including divorces, child custody, child support, and visitation; and real estate and land use law.
Dedicated to Our Community
As the oldest law firm in Springdale, Arkansas, Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC, knows that there is an inseparable relationship between a city and its business community. Just as Springdale, Washington County, and all of Northwest Arkansas have supported our firm over the years, we are committed to upholding our community's values and using our resources to keep it a safe, vibrant place to live and work. Through firm sponsorship and individual volunteer work, we each hope to play our part in keeping our community strong. Read more about our involvement in the community here.
A Client-Centered Approach
Our approach to law is rooted in the personal relationships we form with clients, their businesses, and their families. Our focus is on your overall goals and needs---not simply on an isolated legal matter. In practice, this means, first, that for many clients we are their lawyers for life. As individuals come to trust us in advising them, we often have the opportunity to serve them further through different areas of the law. For example, a business client may later use us for estate planning that integrates his or her business interests with family financial planning. Because we understand their overarching goals, we can help clients plan over time and handle all legal issues as they arise. Second, our attention to having a full, personal understanding of a client's needs makes our services cost-effective: our familiarity with your work, your family, and the Arkansas business climate allows us to be effective in a prompt, budget-wise manner.
We value our relationships with our clients and believe that each client deserves exceptional legal service.