David M. Graf

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Partner

  • (501) 370-1540
  • graf@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5312

Biography

David M. Graf concentrates his practice on the design, implementation, maintenance and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans (including defined benefit pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans and ESOPs), nonqualified deferred compensation plans, and welfare benefit plans for financial institutions, regular business organizations, professional corporations, and governmental and non-profit organizations.

He assists plan sponsors and fiduciaries with regulatory compliance with ERISA, state and federal tax issues, and with local legislation affecting retirement and welfare plans. In addition, he acts as counsel to plan sponsors, fiduciaries and participants with respect to ERISA controversies and litigation.

Dave has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits Law since 2010 and was designated the 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Arkansas for employee benefits by the publication.

When Dave is not practicing law, he serves as the current Mayor for Cammack Village. As the Mayor, Dave was instrumental in creating an urban service district as approved by the voters of Cammack Village of which the proceeds have been used to assist in providing much needed governmental services and amenities.

Honors

Best Lawyers Award Badge  Best Lawyers Award Badge


Education

  • University of Houston Law Center, LL.M., Taxation, 1992
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 1985; South Texas Law Review, 1983—1985
  • Texas A & M University, B.B.A. in accounting, 1981
  • San Jacinto College, A.A., 1979

Noteworthy

  • Frequent speaker on employee benefits matters
  • Former college basketball player at San Jacinto College  
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits Law
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year 2015, Arkansas, Employee Benefits

Associations & Memberships

  • Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., Current Vice President and Board Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Christ Lutheran School, Former Chairman of the School Board
  • ESOP Association
  • Former City Attorney for Cammack Village, Arkansas
  • Little Rock Zoo, Former Board Member
  • Mayor for Cammack Village, Arkansas
  • Midwest Pension Conference, Member, Board of Directors
  • Southwest Benefits Association
  • Stewardship Committee at Grace Lutheran Church, Chairman

Admissions

  • Arkansas, 1992
  • Texas, 1985 (Inactive)
  • United States Tax Court

Additional Links

Best Lawyers 2018

Arkansas Bankers - ESOP

Labor & Employment Seminar

ESOP Can Be "Win-Win-Win"

2017 Tax Planning Update Seminar