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inVeritas

Arkansas

inVeritas is a leading global public affairs firm specializing in management consulting, public relations, government relations, and research. With decades of experience, inVeritas is the firm of choice for global companies – a recognized advisor and trusted resource for delivering critical intelligence and proven solutions to address complex business challenges.

For more information on our selected client portfolio and case studies, visit www.inveritasinfo.com

FIRM SPECIALTY

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

The inVeritas team has worked at the highest levels of government and has the expertise to guide companies through the nuances of the regulatory, legislative, and administrative arenas. We have a proven track record for passing legislation, securing funding, building coalitions and providing cost containment on disputes.

MARKET RESEARCH

Accurate information is the cornerstone of an effective, winning strategy. Without it, critical decisions are uninformed and time and money are wasted. At inVeritas, each element of our research is carefully customized to meet our clients’ objectives. We arm our clients with the intelligence crucial to market expansion, asset protection, and risk mitigation.

At inVeritas, we are proud to offer insight and help inform decisions for our nation’s leading companies, law firms, nonprofits, and local, state, and federal governments.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

A strong communications and public relations operation is integral to success in every arena and every sector. Our award winning team helps clients through the various stages of their public relations needs, from crisis management to message development.

STRATEGIC CONSULTING

Our highly experienced consulting team designs actionable strategies to help clients achieve tangible results. With extensive legal, regulatory and government relations experience, our consultants evaluate performance, assess business practices, develop critical capabilities and deliver value by achieving compliance, uncovering opportunities and solving unique problems.

We specialize in administrative and compliance areas typically outside the normal course of business for organizations. As a result, we are in a unique position to provide meaningful insights and a broad range of capabilities, including deep industry knowledge of healthcare, energy, tax, public finance, procurement, transportation, information technology and cyber security.

TAG CONTACTS

RUTH H. WHITNEY is the founder and CEO of inVeritas. Ruth serves as a strategic advisor to clients based on over 25 years of expertise in law, government, politics and public opinion. She has been privileged to advise Global 500 companies, prominent professional services firms, state and federal governments, law firms, nonprofit corporations and industry associations.

Ruth earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Arkansas and the U.S. District Courts in Arkansas. Ruth has also been admitted pro hac vice in various jurisdictions in the course of her service as a national jury consultant.

Before founding inVeritas, Ruth built and managed the Arkansas office of Global Strategy Group where she specialized in executing winning campaigns in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining GSG, Ruth served as counsel and chief of staff to Attorney General Mike Beebe and developed professional relationships with attorneys general across the country. Ruth has extensive legal and management experience, including over 10 years as a healthcare and administrative lawyer with the Arkansas Department of Human Services and as Counsel to Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard.

Ruth has served as a guest writer to Talk Business and currently serves on a number of boards of directors including the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce; Arkansas Cinema Society; Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance; New Design School; and Little Red River Foundation. Ruth serves on the advisory board of NanoMech Inc., a nanomanufacturing innovation and product development firm. She also serves her state and community as a member of Leadership Arkansas, Accelerate Arkansas and the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

KELLY SULLIVAN manages the research division including corporate research; jury selection and litigation support matters; legislative analysis and bill tracking; opposition and self-research; and political action committee management. A licensed attorney, Kelly helps clients navigate legal, regulatory, and corporate issues in a variety of sectors, including energy, healthcare, and technology.

In her role as vice president of research, Kelly provides due diligence research on potential investors, board members, employees and business acquisitions for corporate clients.

Her political research clients include gubernatorial races, congressional campaigns, mayoral races, state legislative races, and campaigns for attorney general. She has managed jury research for high profile federal cases, including a case in which six defendants were acquitted on all 27 charges.

She started her career as an associate with Global Strategy Group, where she assisted in legislative analysis, grassroots and issue-advocacy campaigns, crisis management and communications operations. A native of Camden, Kelly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas, where she was a member of the Honors College. Kelly earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is admitted to the Arkansas State Bar.

TIM LEATHERS serves at the Vice President of Consulting. Tim joined inVeritas with 39 years of legal and management experience in the public sector, having most recently served as Deputy Director and Commissioner of Revenue in the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. He began at DFA as a law clerk while attending law school and was also a tax attorney and chief counsel.

Tim served as a loyal and trusted advisor to seven governors and leaders of both parties. He has managed complex legislative and legal issues and the operations of a 2,900-employee agency that is responsible for the management of the State’s human resources, procurement, accounting and revenue to balance the state $20 billion budget. He has written laws and managed a legislative process for the financial and administrative concerns of the executive branch. He represented the State in complicated and high value cases in administrative proceedings and in trial and appellate courts.

Tim received his Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Administration degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He taught State and Local Taxation at the UALR Bowen School of Law and Commercial Law at UALR. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas State Courts, Federal District Court and Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Tim was a JAG Officer in the United States Army Reserves. He served two terms as Chair of the Multistate Tax Commission and Chair of the Attorney Section of the National Association of Tax Administrators.