J. Cliff McKinney II

Firm: Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
Location: Little Rock - AR

  • 111 Center Street, Suite 1900
    Little Rock, AR 72201
  • Tel : 501-379-1725
  • Fax : 501-379-3825

Cliff McKinney is a transactional attorney at Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC.  His primary practice is real estate law and business and regulatory matters related to real estate.  A Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Mr. McKinney is listed with The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Real Estate Law and Land Use and Zoning Law, is recognized by Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Real Estate and selected as a Mid-South Rising Star in the area of Real Estate by Super Lawyers.  He was named the 2020 Little Rock Lawyer of the Year – Land Use and Zoning Law by Best Lawyers® and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. McKinney has served as lead counsel on dozens of multi-million dollar transactions throughout the mid-South region.  His projects include one of the largest real estate transactions in the corporate history of a major global retailer.  He also represents restaurant owners, including franchisees of national chains.

Mr. McKinney also has experience dealing with real estate-related litigation matters, including adverse possession, boundary by acquiescence, prescriptive easements, quiet title, eviction, foreclosure and restrictive covenant disputes, among others.  Mr. McKinney has also been active in the legislative process, including serving on the Arkansas Bar Association’s Jurisprudence and Law Reform and Legislation Committees.  He has testified before the Arkansas General Assembly on many occasions and been involved in drafting and vetting real estate-related legislation.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Arkansas Bar Association [Chair, Real Estate Law Section 2006-2010, 2015-Present; Member Board of Governors 2015-Present; Chair, Business Law Section 2015-2016; House of Delegates 2012-2015 (tenured)]
  • American Bar Association
  • Commission on Uniform State Laws (2017-2021)
  • State Bar of Texas

Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC

All of the firm’s real estate attorneys have extensive experience representing world-class developers in a variety of transactions including commercial leasing, acquisitions, and development. The firm also has the largest active membership of any Arkansas law firm in the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

We work on transactions involving the purchase, sale, construction, financing, development, management, and operation of commercial, industrial, and residential projects throughout Arkansas and the United States; the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities; securitized lending transactions; leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; real estate litigation (including litigation involving real estate brokers); and restructurings on behalf of lenders and borrowers. We are also active in more traditional real estate loans (including construction loans), as well as interest rate swaps, letters of credit, tax deferred exchanges, and convertible mortgages. A primary focus of our real estate practice is the representation of national and regional real estate developers, investors, landlords, tenants, and lenders in numerous development projects throughout the United States, including shopping centers, distribution centers, office buildings, hotels, and luxury condominiums. We have worked on numerous multi-million dollar projects including construction of Verizon Arena, the Heifer Project International Global Village, and the fourteen-story First Security Center in the Little Rock River Market District. The lawyers at QG&T have substantial experience in timber land acquisition, sale, and related matters, including oil, gas, and other mineral interests frequently associated with timber land. We have also represented developers on Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and New Market Tax Credit projects inside and outside the State of Arkansas, including interim construction financing, permanent financing, and syndication.