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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Arkansas, including civil and criminal law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
John Wesley Hall Jr
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Little Rock, AR
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Jason M. Hatfield
Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Lawyer
Springdale, AR
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Derek Heath Potts
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Westwood, KS
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Morris W Thompson
Police Misconduct Lawyer
Little Rock, AR
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Matthew Porter McKay
Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes Lawyer
Little Rock, AR
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Joshua Bugeja
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fort Smith, AR
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W. Whitfield Hyman
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Fort Smith, AR
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Stephen A. Shoptaw
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Benton, AR
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Brad Hendricks
Personal Injury and Real Estate Lawyer
Little Rock, AR
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Natalie King
Drug Crimes and Marijuana Lawyer
Fort Smith, AR
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Erin Vorhees
Motor Vehicle Accidents and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Rogers, AR
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Stewart A. Whaley
Family Law and Criminal Defense Lawyer
North Little Rock, AR
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Arkansas Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Arkansas Bar Association - Established in 1898, the Arkansas Bar Association serves to improve the administration of justice, provide continuing legal education for lawyers, and help educate the public. The Arkansas Bar Association also serves as a voluntary professional organization that serves over 5,500 members. It strives to encourage the honor and dignity of the legal profession. The association does not, however, handle the licensing and regulation of law practice, which is governed by the Supreme Court of Arkansas.
AACDL - Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Reorganized in 1999, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (AACDL) works to ensure fairness and due process for persons accused of crimes. The AACDL advocates for criminal justice reform through its legislation influence and works to better the practice of criminal defense attorneys in Arkansas through providing continuing legal education(CLEs), networking opportunities, and referral services.
ATLA - Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - The ATLA is a nonprofit, professional association of lawyers representing plaintiffs in civil court cases including personal injury and accident cases throughout Arkansas. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to attorney members. The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association advocates for fairness in the civil justice system and the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial for citizens and consumers.


Legal Associations in Arkansas - Legal organizations in Arkansas create a vibrant network for legal professionals to connect, learn, and grow. Covering diverse practice areas, these associations offer valuable resources, networking events, and educational opportunities. By fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, they contribute significantly to the development of legal expertise, professional relationships, and the overall advancement of the legal field in Arkansas.

Law Schools in Arkansas

University of Arkansas School of Law - University of Arkansas School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 1924, University of Arkansas School of Law is a Public school with approximately 341 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.
William H. Bowen School of Law - William H. Bowen School of Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1975, William H. Bowen School of Law is a Public school with approximately 441 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Arkansas Government and Court Resources

Arkansas Attorney General

Arkansas Attorney General - The Arkansas Attorney General serves as the state's chief legal officer and is tasked with providing legal counsel to state agencies, boards, and commissions. Appointed by the Governor, the Attorney General represents Arkansas in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and plays a crucial role in upholding the rule of law. Responsibilities include prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, providing legal advice to state officials, overseeing consumer protection efforts, and addressing issues related to public interest.

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services

Arkansas Division of Workforce Services - The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services (DWS) is responsible for overseeing various programs aimed at supporting both job seekers and employers within the state. Its primary duties include administering unemployment insurance benefits, connecting job seekers with employment opportunities, and providing workforce development programs. DWS manages unemployment insurance claims, offering financial assistance to eligible individuals during periods of unemployment while also delivering employment services like job placement, training, and career counseling to help individuals find sustainable employment.

Arkansas Judiciary

Arkansas Judiciary - The Arkansas Judiciary, established when Arkansas became a territory in 1819, is responsible for interpreting and applying the law, resolving civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, protecting individual rights, and overseeing family law and probate matters. The Arkansas judiciary also plays a crucial role in safeguarding the state's constitution and upholding the rule of law. Its commitment to fairness and accessibility in the administration of justice is central to its duties.

Arkansas Public Defender Commission

Arkansas Public Defender Commission - The Arkansas Public Defender Commission (APDC), established in 1991 by Act 956, is an independent state agency overseeing legal representation for indigent individuals in criminal cases. APDC ensures the Sixth Amendment's right to counsel for those who can't afford it, overseeing services, setting standards, and ensuring qualified attorneys. It collaborates with local offices, private attorneys, and provides training to enhance representation quality, fairness, and justice.

Arkansas State Legislature

Arkansas State Legislature - The Arkansas State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House comprises 100 members serving two-year terms, while the Senate consists of 35 members with four-year terms. Together, they are tasked with creating and passing laws that govern the state, proposing and debating bills, levying taxes, and allocating state funds. The Legislature convenes in regular sessions, during which legislators work on shaping policies, addressing the needs of citizens, and overseeing the state's budgetary matters, ensuring the effective functioning of Arkansas's government.

Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas Supreme Court - The Arkansas Supreme Court functions as the highest judicial body in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law in Arkansas. Serving as an appellate court, it reviews decisions made by lower courts to ensure they align with state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing appeals on a wide range of cases, both civil and criminal, resolving disputes, and providing legal interpretations that guide lower courts and state agencies. Additionally, the Arkansas Supreme Court oversees the state's legal profession, handling attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and regulating the conduct of attorneys to maintain professionalism and integrity within the legal community.

The Division of Children and Family Services of Arkansas

The Division of Children and Family Services of Arkansas - The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Arkansas operates under the Department of Human Services and is primarily responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children and families across the state. DCFS oversees child protective services, foster care, adoption services, and family preservation efforts. It investigates allegations of child abuse or neglect, offers support to families in crisis, places children in safe and nurturing environments through foster care or adoption when necessary, and provides ongoing assistance and guidance to ensure the well-being and stability of children and their families.

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