William Conner Eldridge Jr. (Davidson College, University of Arkansas School of Law) was nominated on Sept. 29 to be the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. He would replace Deborah J. Groom, who has served as U.S. Attorney since George W. Bush appointee Robert Balfe resigned in January 2009.
- Born in Fayetteville, Ark., in 1977.
- Has been a special deputy prosecutor in Clark County, Ark., since 2009.
- Has been vice chairman of Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp Inc. in Arkansas since 2007. He joined the bank in 2004 as vice president for credit administration and assistant general counsel. In 2005, he became vice president for lending and assistant general counsel. From 2005 to 2006, he was Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp Inc. Arkadelphia Regional bank president. From 2006 to 2008, he served as corporate executive vice president and senior counsel; and from 2008 to 2010, he was chief executive officer for the bank.
- Has been a board member of Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp Inc. since 2005.
- Has been secretary-treasurer, director and counsel on a limited and as-needed basis for Horizon Timber Services in Arkansas since 2005.
- Has been a counsel on a limited and as-needed basis for the Whipple Family Limited Partnership since 2004.
- Was a limited partner of the Whipple Family Banking Partnership from 2004 to 2009.
- Served as director of Travel Nurse Across America in North Little Rock, Ark., from 2004 to 2005.
- Clerked for U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele of the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2003 to 2004.
- Spent stints as a law clerk at the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office in Arkansas; Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard PLLC in Little Rock, Ark.; Bass, Berry and Sims PLC in Memphis, Tenn.; Wright, Lindsey and Jennings LLP in Little Rock; Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull and Burrow PLLC in Little Rock and the Eldridge Law Firm in Fayetteville from 2000 to 2003.
- Served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) from 1999 to 2000.
- Was a legislative correspondent for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) in 1999.
- Served as a candidate assistant to Lincoln in her 1998 campaign for Senate.
- Was named “Most Likely to Succeed in the Practice of Law” by the University of Arkansas School of Law.
- Was listed in the Arkansas Business’s “Top 40 under 40.”
- Has tried 39 cases to verdict, serving as chief counsel in 36 cases and associate counsel in three cases.
- He has not practiced in federal court, only Arkansas state court.
Click here for his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure, Eldridge reported assets valued at $15.7 million, mostly from the Whipple Family partnerships, and $507,000 in liabilities mostly from mortgages, for a net worth of $15 million.
UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Eldridge reported making $409,499.88 since January 2009 as an official at Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp Inc. He also reported receiving $123,052.18 from the Whipple Family Banking Partnership and $102,020.33 from the Ross M. Whipple Children’s Trust since January 2009.