Arkansas is filled with some incredibly talented and successful people. We often read about their professional accomplishments, but it is their overall character that makes them truly unique.
Amber Wilson Bagley brings a wide range of ingredients as a prominent attorney, devoted wife, and mother to the table. These ingredients include her analytical mind, attention, compassion, dedication, commitment to mentoring, and her captivating smile.
Just hours before our sit-down together, Best Lawyers in America® announced the Top Lawyers for the upcoming 2021 year. The core mission of Best Lawyers in America® is to highlight top legal talent in the country as recognized by a selection of peers in the legal community.
Amber Wilson Bagley, along with 12 other members from the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon, & Galchus, made the prestigious list. Bagley was honored for her work in commercial litigation, employment law – management, health care law, litigation – health care and municipal law.
“I am blessed to be part of such a great work family,” says Bagley.
Being part of a family is especially important to Amber both inside and outside of the office. Faith, being a wife, a mother, and a daughter gives her that captivating smile.
She just so happens to have found a great family at the firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus. The firm has been the recipient of many awards for its Work-Life-Balance model.
Amber comes from a small yet close-net family. Raised in Pine Bluff, she spent her childhood surrounded by her parents, grandparents, and brother at their family’s car business.
The car business known as C.D. Smith Motor Company was a family affair. Amber, along with her brother Rocky, grew up in the back of the business. “I spent my entire childhood there,” she says.
Amber and Rocky appeared in many television commercials for the motor company. Amber started at a young age of five and continued to until throughout high school.
She fell in love with television and journalism and was inspired to become a broadcast journalist. Amber had applied to several schools to include the University of Arkansas and Ouachita Baptist University. Both universities were known to have a great communications programs.
Amber was accepted to the University of Arkansas and was excited to be part of the U of A. She picked out her dorm roommate and was ready to begin the fall semester, or so she thought. A mishap occurred, and the University lost her deposit. However, fate entered the picture, and she attended Ouachita Baptist University. Amber was excited about the university, the journalism program produced and directed live productions that give students the experience they need to enter the field of broadcast journalism. Students also got a glimpse into field reporting.
Dr. Hall Bass, a professor at Ouachita Baptist, planted a seed of thought into young Amber. He suggested that she give law a try. After all, communications and being a great attorney go hand-in-hand.
The seed took growth, and Amber would double major in political science and communications from the Ouachita Baptist University in 2001.
While attending Ouachita Baptist University, Amber would meet her future husband, Alan Bagley. Alan’s captivating smiles no doubt put a sparkle in Amber’s eye.
While Amber headed to law school, Alan headed to medical school. Alan would become Dr. Alan Bagley, a child psychiatrist. Dr. Bagley is board certified in child and adolescence psychiatry and general psychiatry.
The couple married during Amber’s second year of law school in 2003.
Amber graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree in 2004. Amber Bagley was admitted to the practice of law in 2004.
Amber was honored to serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Annabelle Clinton Imber and the Honorable Tom Glaze, both justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, and the Arkansas Bar Association.
Amber has served as chair of the Health Law Section and is a tenured member of the House of Delegates for Pulaski County. She has been included in Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, and Chambers USA.
Today, the super couple are busy raising their beautiful daughter, Anna Beth. This 11-year-old gorgeous redhead not only has a captivating smile, but she will also captivate your heart and soul.
Anna Beth is gifted and talented in piano, violin, and dance. She studies classical piano and violin by utilizing the hybrid Suzuki method.
The Suzuki method, named for its developer, violinist Shinichi. Suzuki is an approach to learning musical instruments that emphasizes mutual respect between teacher and pupil. Teachers encourage students with praise. The Suzuki method also stresses parental involvement in children’s learning, group learning, and listening to music from early childhood.
“Anna Beth gets her musical talent from her father,” says Amber. Alan also plays the piano.
Anna Beth loves dance as much as music. These past few months have been challenging for the whole family balancing busy life schedules around the Pandemic.
As Anna Beth entered the 5th grade at Episcopal Collegiate School, she made a considerable donation of her beautiful red locks to Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss such as cancer, alopecia, burns, and other medical-related issues.
This superpower couple recipe for life is simple: Faith and family come first. They love to spend time together on holidays and family vacations. The family attends Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Amber gives credit to her late grandmother, Betty Smith for preparing the family meals when she was growing up. Amber brought along her grandmother’s recipe book intact, as she had left it.
“I remember my grandmother typing away fast,” she says.
“My grandmother would deal with the business, as she typed or jotted down her favorite dishes.”
Her eyes gleamed as she was showing me the various recipes in the beloved book. Some were typed, handwritten, laminated, and some contained lipstick smudges.
Amber holds onto the original beloved book of recipes to pass down to Anna Beth. Her grandmother’s spirit will be alive for many generations to come.
We pulled out a couple of her favorite recipes from her grandmother to share for this Sunday Supper Sit Down. Amber considers herself a “professed sweetaholic.” Thus, we included a dessert with our meal.
Betty’s Broccoli Casserole:
Cook one package of chopped frozen broccoli; Drain Well.
Separately, mix together:
1/2 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 beaten egg
1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 small chopped onion
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix the above together with the broccoli and pour into a greased casserole dish.
Top casserole with 1/2 package of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Classic Stuffing (12 oz. Bag) mixed with 1/2 stick of melted butter.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Betty’s Butter Squares:
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter
Mix and press in pan
1 16 oz. box of powdered sugar
1 8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix and pour on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 mins