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Cal McCastlain

Member


Industries

Agriculture Business & Farming

Energy & Natural Resources

Real Property

BIOGRAPHY

Cal McCastlain is known for his work in corporate planning, transactions and tax law, with a particular niche in agriculture and agribusiness. His experience includes estate planning, corporate law, business formation, sales and acquisitions, contract negotiations, real estate, business transactions and a wide range of agriculture and agribusiness matters.

McCastlain shares his unique experience with national and industry organizations. From 2011-2016, he served as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Additionally, Cal is a longstanding board member and past president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. McCastlain’s passion for agriculture has led to his experience with various links of our food production chain. One important link includes finding a more efficient way to direct surplus nutritious food to those in need.

Cal received his BSBA with a major in accounting from Henderson State University, followed by his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Prior to entering private practice, McCastlain served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, assigned to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals in Washington D.C. During his Army service, Cal completed a Master’s Degree in Tax Law at Georgetown University Law Center. McCastlain retired as a Colonel in the Arkansas Army National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

CREDENTIALS

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Tax Law, 1988
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law, JD, 1984
  • Henderson State University, B.S.B.A., Major in Accounting 1981

Organizations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member, Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Member, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Former Director, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2011-2016
  • Member, USDA Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology, 2000-2002
  • Colonel (retired), Arkansas Army National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps

Bar Admissions

  • Arkansas

Community Involvement

  • Former Director, Arkansas Food Bank
  • Director and Past President, Agricultural Council of Arkansas

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America – Business Organizations since 2016; Corporate Law, since 2016; and Tax Law since 2018
  • 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers

  • Agriculture and recreational real estate sales and financings for large tracts and institutional investors.
  • Agriculture leases for large tracts and professionally managed properties.
  • Hunting and recreational leases for large tracts and professionally managed properties.
  • Timber contracts.
  • Commercial real estate acquisitions and financings for institutional investors.
  • Real estate sales combined with charitable trusts for estate tax planning.
  • Mineral lease negotiations and enforcement.
  • Agriculture business planning for federal farm program compliance.
  • Business planning for special purpose and quasi-public agribusiness entities.
  • Business and tax planning for closely held businesses.
  • Buying and selling closely held businesses with earnout and non-compete agreements, intellectual property transfers and post-closing accountings.
  • Corporate counsel for business clients.
  • Estate and trust planning and administration.