Meet Andrea Woods

 

The Experience to Lead

Andrea Woods has decades of experience in the public and private sectors, providing Andrea with a broad understanding of the law. Andrea has had 21 years of legal experience as a local business attorney, assistant city attorney, and a prosecutor.

Andrea’s business experience the last 12 years focused on human resources law, ensuring safe and people-friendly work environments within the construction industry. Andrea strived to insure workers returned home safely to their families at the end of each day.

As an assistant city attorney in Central Arkansas, Andrea helped clean up drug-infested, blighted properties and build back Arkansas communities. She helped expand the S.A.F.E. (Support, Abatement, Fines, Enforcement) team initiative that shut down houses and businesses where illegal drugs were being made or sold, and preventing drug dealers and meth lab operators from bonding out of jail and going right back to business. She worked with landlords to improve their businesses by setting up background checks and using leases and other tools to keep out drug dealers, avoid criminal elements, and improve neighborhoods.

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Andrea has over 20 years of professional experience. 
  • Corporate Counsel & Executive Vice President for Nabholz Construction
  • Board of Directors, The Nabholz Group, Inc. 
  • Asst. City Attorney, N. Little Rock, AR
  • HR Director, City of Sherwood, AR
  • Attorney - Law Firm of Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson
  • Asst. Prosecuting Attorney, Fairfield County, OH
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A Record of Service

As a legal professional, Andrea has been a leader at the state and national level. She served two terms in the House of Delegates and on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Bar Association. Andrea is actively involved with the American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, and has served in leadership roles such as Division and Steering Committee Member.

Andrea has testified on complex legal matters before committees of the Arkansas legislature. Andrea co-authored a chapter on employment law for American Bar Association publication and a chapter on public contracting for the Arkansas Bar Association’s Construction Law Handbook.

As a leader on ethics issues, Andrea was elected by shareholders of Arkansas’ largest construction company to serve on its ethics committee. She also served on the Ethics Committee for the Society for Human Resource Management, an international association of human resources professionals.

A Commitment to Family and Community

Andrea is rooted in Arkansas, and proud to call central Arkansas home. Andrea and her husband have been married for 23 years and they have two teenagers. They raised their two children in Conway, where Andrea serves as Chair of the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chair of the Conway Regional Health System board. Andrea also served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Faulkner County. and served as Chair of the Board of the United Way of Central Arkansas. 

Grounded in her faith, Andrea and her family are members of St. Peters Episcopal Church in Conway, where Andrea served as Lector and taught children’s Sunday School. She's a graduate of Fayetteville High School, the University of Arkansas, and Capital University Law School. 

 

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Andrea is rooted in experience, and dedicated to our community

Arkansas Bar Association

  • Board of Governors, 2016-present, representing 15 county district, including Faulkner, Van Buren, & Searcy counties.
  • Member of Bar President-appointed 20/20 Committee.
  • Member of the House of Delegates, two terms.
  • Founding member of In-House Counsel Division.
  • Member, Construction Law Committee.

American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law Activities:

  • Chair of the Steering Committee for Division 11, 2015-2016
  • Nominating Committee, 2016.
  • Co-Chair, Midwinter Meeting, 2014.
  • Co-presenter, Fall Meeting 2012, Workshop F: What Construction Counsel Need to Know About E-Verify and Immigration Enforcement.
  • Steering Committee Member, Division 11, 2012-present.
  • Co-Chair, Regional Meeting, The Construction Contracts Program, 2011.
  • Co-author, “A Construction Lawyer’s Top 10 Additional-Insured Considerations” in The Construction Lawyer in 2010.
  • Panelist, Fall Meeting, 2009, Workshop B: Advanced Litigation Management Principles.
  • Division 11 Membership Liaison, 2008 & 2009.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Member, Advisory Committee, 2017 Annual Meeting.

Community

  • Vice-Chair, Conway Chamber of Commerce, 2015.  Member, Executive & Finance Committees.
  • Board Member, Conway Regional Health System, 2012-2018.  Affiliation Committee Member, Quality and Compliance Committee Member, 2012-present.
  • Former Board Chair, United Way of Faulkner County.
  • Past Board Member, Faulkner County Boys & Girls Club.
  • Past Board Member, Conway Kiwanis Club, current member.  Kiwanis Toad Suck Run Committee for 8 years, raising funds for community non-profits serving children & families.
  • Volunteer, Mock Trial Competition, Arkansas Bar Association, 2016, 2017.
  • Volunteer, Special Judge, Faulkner County Teen Court, 2018.
  • Volunteer, Attorney Mentor, Faulkner County Teen Court, 2016-2018.
  • Volunteer, Wills for Heroes, Arkansas Bar Association, 2017 (event to provide free simple estate planning documents and basic end-of-life legal documents to first responders in Central Arkansas).
  • Lector & former Sunday School teacher, St. Peter Episcopal Church, Conway, Arkansas.
  • Volunteer, Big Sister, Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
  • Volunteer, Mobile Pack, Conway, Arkansas 2018.
  • Volunteer, Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic, Conway, Arkansas 2018.

Other Achievements:

  • Moderator, Arkansas Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2017, Constitutional & Statutory Distinctions Between Concealed Carry & Open Carry.
  • Panelist, ENR Women in Construction conference, New York City, 2015.
  • Panelist, ENR Webinar, Understanding Federal Contractor Worker Rules, 2015.
  • Contributing author, American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law,
  • Speaker, Arkansas Bar Association 2016 Annual Meeting, Arkansas Construction Law Handbook.
  • Contributing author, Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Construction Law Handbook, Public Construction Law, 2016.
  • Arkansas Bar Association, founding member, In-House Counsel Section.
  • Graduate, Arkansas State Chamber (2010) and Faulkner County Leadership Institute (2005) Programs.
  • Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (“CRIS”) certified.
  • Professional in Human Resources (“PHR”) certified.
  • Nabholz Excellence in Leadership Award, 2007.
  • President, Central Arkansas Human Resources Association, 2008.
  • Advocacy Award, the Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management, 2005.
  • Advocacy Award, Central Arkansas Human Resource Association, 2005 & 2006.
  • Prior Contributing Editor, The Fair Labor Standards Act, a BNA publication in conjunction with the American Bar Association.
  • Past member of the Ethics Special Expertise Panel, Society for Human Resource Management.