Abtin Mehdizadegan

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Abtin Mehdizadegan



Abtin Mehdizadegan is a Partner in our Little Rock, Arkansas, office and represents employers in traditional labor and employment law matters. He has extensive, high-stakes experience defending businesses in class and collective action lawsuits, employment and wage and hour lawsuits, labor grievance and arbitration proceedings, individual and systemic proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission , unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board , federal wage and hour audits involving the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division , unemployment appeals, business disputes, products liability defense, and constitutional law litigation.

He has successfully handled appeals before the Supreme Court of Arkansas and the Fifth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal, dozens of lawsuits at the district court level, and serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Employment Law at the University of Arkansas Little Rock Bowen School of Law.

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Clients routinely engage Abtin to conduct comprehensive employment law counseling and training to their workforces; to develop policies and handbooks; and to assist businesses with matters pertaining to affirmative action and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Abtin’s clients are leaders in a range of industries across the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including health care, surface and air transportation, cybersecurity, banking and FINRA-regulated industries, agriculture, retail, higher education, and insurance. He is particularly capable in handling matters involving sophisticated technologies given his prior experience for a leading computer and software manufacturer.

In addition to his trial and appellate work, Abtin’s daily practice revolves significantly around providing advice and counsel to Boards of Directors, C-Suite Executives, HR Leaders, and In-House Counsel on a broad range of employment issues providing practical problem-solving solutions. Additionally, he is an experienced and effective workplace investigator, and he regularly conducts outside investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other sensitive issues. He similarly provides advice and counsel regarding compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII and Title IX, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) regulations pertaining to government contractors and subcontractors.

Given his commitment to excellence in the practice of law, Abtin was honored to receive the Friend of SBS Award (2023) for his successful handling of high-stakes litigation; the Spirit of Maine Achievement Award (2019) from the University of Maine, his alma mater, for his professional accomplishments; and the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award (2017) from the Center for Arkansas Legal Services for his successful Supreme Court litigation that established important constitutional protections in child guardianship proceedings for domestic violence survivors. Abtin’s accomplishments have also been recognized for several years by the Mid-South Super Lawyers for his dedication to employment law; Arkansas Business magazine as a member of its class of 20 in their 20s, the New Influentials; by HR Professionals magazine as a Rising Star in Employment Law; and by Arkansas Life magazine in its Top Attorneys feature.



State Courts:

  • Arkansas
    • Supreme Court

U.S. District Courts:

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Courts of Appeals:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


  • J.D., with honors, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • B.A., cum laude, Political Science, University of Maine


  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
  • DRI
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Organization of Central Arkansas Legal Services
  • William R Overton American Inn of Court


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Best Lawyers®, 2021-2024
    • Awarded in: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Mid-South Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, 2018-2023
  • Friend of SBS, SBS CyberSecurity, 2023
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  • Spirit of Maine Award, 2019
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 2017
  • 20 in their 20s, the New Influentials, Arkansas Business
  • Rising Star, Employment Law, HR Professionals
  • Top Attorneys, Arkansas Life


  • An Afternoon in HR
    HBS Helping Businesses Succeed Series; September 21, 2023
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In the Press

HBS Attorneys Recognized in 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers Awards

HBS has been recognized for its outstanding legal work as 10 of its attorneys are selected to the 2023 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Labor Relations: An Update on Recent Developments for Employers

In a world where the only constant is change, the realm of labor relations and employment law is no exception. The landscape is continually reshaped by new regulations, technological advancements, and shifting societal norms. For employers navigating these turbulent waters, staying informed and agile is not just advantageous, it's essential. This article delves into three

55 Hall Booth Smith Lawyers Recognized as 2024 Best Lawyers® Award Recipients

We’re pleased to announce that 55 lawyers have been included in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Supreme Court Rejects “De Minimis” Standard in Determining Whether a Religious Accommodation Constitutes an Undue Hardship

On June 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark decision in Groff v. DeJoy, Postmaster General that will require employers nationwide to rethink the approach to religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case involved an Evangelical Christian who refused to work on Sundays

HR.com: Abtin Mehdizadegan on Substance Abuse Policies in Context of Marijuana Legalization

In an article published on March 31, 2023, in HR.com’s HR Legal and Compliance, Little Rock Partner Abtin Mehdizadegan discusses how employers need to reconsider their substance abuse policies and compliance efforts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), especially to keep up with the changing landscape of marijuana legalization. Until a national standard is

Federal Contractors Beware: EEO-1 Data Will Be Released by OFCCP if Contractors Fail to File Objections by March 3

Written by: Abtin Mehdizadegan, Esq. As many contractors are aware, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) received a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Center for Investigative Reporting seeking Type 2 EEO-1 Report data from 2016-2020 for all federal contractors and first-tier subcontractors. EEO-1 reports contain over 180 different data points

HBS Welcomes Three Partners as It Expands Its Immigration & Employment Practices

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – February 14, 2023 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is excited to add seasoned attorneys Misty Wilson Borkowski, George Ernst, and Abtin Mehdizadegan from Little Rock, Arkansas, as the firm grows its immigration and employment practice groups. Immigration & Employment Practices Grow Misty, George, and Abtin join HBS as partners and will