Board of Governors
Alan L. Lane, Esquire (2011-2014) was raised in San Diego, California and graduated from Coronado High School in 1987. In 1993, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from Arkansas Tech University and then attended the University of Arkansas to receive his MBA in 1996. From there, Alan worked in the transportation industry for J.B. Hunt Transport and Trism, Inc. specializing in the operation of private fleets for customers in the hazardous materials and explosive industries. Alan earned his Juris Doctorate in 2003 from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law and is licensed to practice law in Arkansas as well as U.S. Federal Courts. He is a partner in the Odom Law Firm, P.A. and focuses his practice primarily on personal injury, products liability, and medical negligence. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Washington County Bar Association. Alan and Terri have two children, Eliza and Ivy.
Anthony Bryce Brewer, Esquire (2009-2012) was born in Jonesboro and graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1992. In 1996, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on agri-business. From there, Bryce earned his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and Tennessee as well as U.S. Federal Courts. He focuses his practice primarily on personal injury, nursing home negligence and social security disability. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations. He and Beth have two children.
Breean Walas, Esquire (2013-2016) has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Cornell University, where she was a four-year starter on the women’s basketball team. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005 and that same year moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to clerk for Associate Justice Donald Corbin of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is currently an attorney at Carney Bates & Pulliam, PLLC, with a focus on motions practice and appellate advocacy primarily in the context of class action litigation. As an ATLA member, Breean currently serves on the Publications and Legislative Committees and is a past recipient of the ATLA President’s Award. She also is a member of the Order of the Barristers as well as the Arkansas Bar Association, National LGBT Bar Association, and Public Justice Foundation. Outside of the office, she currently serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Little Rock Rugby Club and coaches the Little Rock Women’s rugby team.
Bruce Flint, Esquire (2011-2014) was born in Massachusetts in 1955. He attended Kenyon College and Wake Forest University graduating with a B.A. in history. He then attended Law School at Southern Methodist University and graduated with a J.D. in 1982. From 1983-93, he was partnered in the firm of Wilk and Flint in Dallas, Texas. For the next 7 years, he was sole proprietor of the Law Offices of Bruce A. Flint, P.C. in Dallas, Ft. Worth and Texarkana, Texas. From 2000 to 2004, he was at the law office of Flint & Garcia in Fort Worth, Texas. From 2003 to the present he has been a partner at Flint & Soyars, L.L.P. with offices in Texarkana, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas. Additionally, he is of counsel with Flint & Garcia in Dallas and Ft. Worth, Texas. He has dual residences in the U.S.A. as well as Brazil. Mr. Flint is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is an honorary member of the OAB, Organization of Brazilian Lawyers, a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers and recipient of the Silver Diplomat Champions of Justice in 2006.
Carter C. Stein, Esquire (2012-2014) earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas in 2000. Carter joined the law firm of McMath Woods P.A. in April 2010. His practice area includes personal injury, wrongful death and insurance disputes. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, American Association for Justice and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Carter has been a member of the ATLA Board of Governors since 2008 and was named the 2010 Outstanding Member of the ATLA Young Lawyers Division. He and his wife, Emily, have a two sons, Bowman and Charlie.
Connie Grace, Esquire (2013-2016) concentrates her practice in personal injury, insurance law, employment law, products liability, including mass torts involving medical devices, with 100% of her practice devoted to litigation. She is licensed to practice in Arkansas, Oklahoma, U.S. District Court in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1997 with honors from the Bill Bowen School of Law UALR. Connie clerked at the Arkansas Supreme Court through 1999. She has practiced with Gary Holt & Associates since 2005. In 2006, she graduated from the Trial Lawyers College founded by Gerry Spence in Wyoming, and has since attended several graduate seminars. She has served as the regional representative of the F-Warrior Board for the five-state area of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. In 2012, Connie was certified as a mediator by the Arkansas Supreme Court. She has been an ATLA Member since 1999.
Conrad Odom, Esquire (2012-2014) was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1992 and practices before the U.S. District Court, as well as the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. A graduate of Hendrix College, he received his JD from the University of Arkansas in 1991. He is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation and a member of the Washington County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations; Southern Trial Lawyers Association and the American Inns of Court (Barrister). His practice includes Social Security, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation and Americans with Disabilities Act cases.
David H. Williams, Esquire (2011-2013) focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, product liability, tractor-trailer crash, plane crash and pharmaceutical actions. David earned his J.D. from Leflar Law Center, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1975. He is a past president of ATLA, an AAJ Sustaining Member and past secretary of the Council of Presidents for the American Association for Justice. He chairs the ATLA Awards and Legislation Committees, serves on the Amicus Curiae Committee and the Editorial Board of The Arkansas Lawyer for the Arkansas Bar Association. He served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the American Airlines flight 1420 crash and represented many clients in the Fen-Phen diet drug class action in Philadelphia. He has received awards from ATLA for Outstanding Trial Lawyer, Civil Justice Advocate, Roxanne Wilson Advocacy, and President’s Award. He received the Bar Association’s Maurice Cathey Award for his work as Chair of the Editorial Board of the Arkansas Lawyer. He was voted a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation, member of Best Lawyers in America by Consumer Guide, and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. David currently holds the Arkansas state half-marathon record for 60 and over: 1:26:41.
Don Chaney, Esquire (2013-16) practices with the Chaney Law Firm in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he focuses on motor vehicle, big truck, medical malpractice and Social Security Disability cases. After graduating from Paragould High School, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville majoring in Finance and Banking where he was graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S.B.A. in 1975, and earned his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1978. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Arkansas. Don has served as a Special Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court, Special District Court Judge, Tort Section Chairperson and House of Delegate Member of the Arkansas Bar Association, and as an Associate Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. He carries an "AV" lawyer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has contributed articles to the ATLA Docket, served as an ATLA seminar presenter and program chair, and received a certificate of merit for outstanding service to ATLA. Don has helped promote the use of medical technology tools, including Digital Motion X-ray (DMX), digitized x-ray radiology reports, proton thin density MRI and Upright MRI imaging, for use as objective medical evidence in court to help injury victims receive fair jury verdicts and reasonable settlements. In 2007 he won the first appellate court decision in the United States to approve the use of DMX as trial evidence over a defense Daubert scientific challenge, in the case of Graftenreed v. Seabaugh, 100 Ark. App. 364, 268 S.W.3d 905 (2007). Don has served for over 20 years as the chairperson for the Boy Scout troop committee chartered by his church, the Arkadelphia Airport Commission and the Clark County Law Library Committee; and as a board member for other non-profit community organizations. Don is married to Terri Moore of Fort Smith, and practices law with their two sons, Nathan and Taylor, along with Nathan’s wife, Hilary Martin Chaney. They have one grandchild, Jay River Chaney.
Don Elliott, Esquire, is a partner in the Fayetteville law firm of Elliott & Smith, P.A. where he concentrates his practice on plaintiff’s personal injury law. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1975 with a BS in accounting, and in 1980, obtained his CPA. He earned his JD from the University of Arkansas in 1978. Don is a former president of the Washington Co. Bar Association and a former President of W.B .Putman Inn of Court. He is a member of AAJ, the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also served on the Ark. Model Civil Jury instruction committee (2000-2007).
Eric Spencer Buchanan, Esquire (2011-2014) is a general civil litigation lawyer with The Buchanan Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. He specializes in representation of plaintiffs in all personal injury cases. Eric graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and received his Juris Doctorate at Howard University School of Law in 1985. Eric spent four years in the United States Army with an honorable discharge as Captain in 1982. He was a staff attorney, Pro Se and Social Security in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 1992-2001. He was an associate attorney at Stanislaw, Ashbaugh, Chism, Jacobson & Riper in Seattle, Washington for 1989-1991. From 1986-1989 Eric was an associate attorney at Perkins Coie also in Seattle, Washington. He was a law clerk from 1985-1986 for the Honorable G. Thomas Elsele in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
Eric D. Wewers, Esquire (2013-2016) earned his J.D. from the UALR School of Law in 1990. After graduation, he went to work for the law firm of DeHay & Blanchard, P.C. working in the areas of toxic tort, products liability, legal negligence and pharmaceutical defense. In 1992, Eric helped form DeHay & Elliston, LLP where he was responsible for over 40,000 asbestos cases. After 9 years, he resigned from his partnership and opened the Texas office for Wilkes & McHugh representing victims of nursing home neglect. In 2003, Eric formed a private practice where he focuses on nursing home abuse and neglect, pharmaceutical and wrongful death litigation. Eric and his wife, Kelly, have three children, Logan, Claire and Luke.
Greg Giles , Esquire is a partner at Moore and Giles L.L.P. in Texarkana, Arkansas. His firm specializes in workers compensation, social security claims and personal injury. In 1985 Greg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1987 at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a member of Arkansas Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, American Association for Justice, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Arkansas Volunteer Lawyers for Elderly and Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group. In 1987 Greg was admitted to Arkansas and U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas; 1991, Texas; 1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas.
Gary Green, Esquire (2012-2014) was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and graduated from Hendrix College in 1975. In 1978 he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He is admitted to practice in Arkansas State and Federal Courts, Texas State Courts (licensed in 1988), Missouri State Courts, Oklahoma State Courts, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Supreme Court. He focuses his practice primarily on Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Trucking Cases and Traumatic Brain Injury. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Pulaski County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association and Past-President of Southern Trial Lawyers Association.
George Wise, Esquire was admitted to practice law in Arkansas in1978. He is a native Arkansan who was born in Batesville and grew up in Forrest City. He attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas, School of Law. He is a lawyer with the Brad Hendricks Law Firm where he focuses his practice on medical negligence cases. He is the current Secretary of the ATLA Board of Governors. His ATLA service includes being chairperson of the Publications Committee and serving on the Legislation Committee, the Amicus Curiae Committee and the Annual Convention Committee. He is married to Barbara Wise, a Spanish teacher at Horace Mann Middle School. They have two sons, Charles, a civil engineer, and Dalton, who is a student at the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
James A. Simpson, Jr., Esquire (2012-2015) received his B.A. in 1989 from the University of Arkansas where he attended on a football scholarship and was a 3-year Razorback Football Letterman. In 1995, he earned his J.D. from the U of A Law School and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar that same year. He is a member of Golden Key and the Board of Advocates of the University of Arkansas Law School. He served as city attorney of Bradford for three years before becoming city judge of Bradford and serving for five years. Jim is a former president of the White County Bar Association, a member of the Arkansas and American Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice. He is a member of the board and past president of United Way of White County. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children.
Jason Hatfield, Esquire (2011-14) graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1991 with a B.S. in Microbiology. In 1994, he completed a Masters Degree and began law school at the U of A Law School. Jason was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1997 and worked at Niblock Law Firm for eight years before accepting a position with the firm of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP. His practice mostly consists of personal injury, insurance bad faith, workers compensation and social security. Jason currently serves on the ATLA Legislative Committee and is a member of the Golden Gavel Club. He has previously served as Chairman of the Listserve Committee and served on the Amicus and Membership Committees. He has been a Champion of Justice for seven consecutive years and received the President’s Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the Arkansas Trial Lawyers’ Association. Jason is also a member of the American Association for Justice, Arkansas Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, and Benton County Bar Association. He has led continuing legal education seminars on a variety of litigation topics including: workers compensation, premises liability, truck wrecks, courtroom technology, and expert testimony. Jason has two sons and lives in Fayetteville.
Joey H. McCutchen, II, Esquire (2013-16) received a B.A. in Zoology from the U of A at Fayetteville. He went on to earn a J.D. from the U of A Law School and a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard. In 1991, he founded the Law Office of Joey McCutchen. His law practice specializes in the areas of personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice with an emphasis in litigation. Joey founded NextLevel Sports, a sports marketing and representation agency. He is on the ATLA Board of Governors, the founder of a consumer advocacy group, and is active in the fight against governmental and corporate corruption. He has received the Champions of Justice Platinum Founder Award and the Civil Justice Advocacy Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession and the Citizens of Arkansas by ATLA for his commitment to preserving the civil justice system and consumer rights. He is a member of the Bar of the State of Arkansas and Oklahoma as well as the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. He has also been recognized by the AAJ’s National College Advocacy as an Advocate. He has served as the President of the Fort Smith Board of Education and was a member of the Board from 1992 to 1998. He is a member and past president of the Fort Smith Boys Shelter and a former president the Fort Smith Montessori Board of Education. He is a charter member of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association. He is an active coach and sponsor at the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club. Joey and his wife, Tara, have two daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria.
M. Chad Trammell, Esquire earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1988 and 1991. He is a member of the Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia Bar Associations and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Chad is a former Captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving from 1992-1996. Chad is a former partner in the firm Nix, Patterson and Roach, LLP. In 2010, Chad and his wife, Virginia, founded their own law firm in Texarkana, Arkansas, The Trammell Law Firm. Chad's firm participates in The Champions of Justice at the $6000 level, and he is also a supporter of the American and the Tennessee Association for Justice. Chad's firm focuses on complex litigation, including nursing home, catastrophic personal injury, construction defect and business litigation. Most Trammell Firm cases involve team building and come from referrals and associations with other counsel. Chad and his wife, Virginia, have a son, Charlie.
Mark Rees, Esquire (2013-2016) is the owner of the Law Offices of Mark Rees in Jonesboro, Arkansas, where personal injury, criminal and family law are his focus. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1989 with a degree in Business, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in Fayetteville, AR in 1994. He is a member of AAJ, ATLA, Arkansas Bar Association, and the Craighead County Bar Association. He was previously selected “Best of the Best Attorney” by the Readers of the Jonesboro Sun Newspaper. Mark is married to Tamara Rees and has three children, Reagan, Kendal, and Zac.
J. Paul Davidson, Esquire is a trial lawyer with the Davidson Law Firm. Being contrarian at heart, his practice is naturally limited to all things contentious, which includes business law, employment law, family law and personal injury. Paul was born in Newport, Arkansas on September 9, 1974. He graduated from Lyon College in 1996, receiving a B.A. in Psychology. Paul graduated with honors from the William H. Bowen School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctorate in 2006. While in law school, Paul was a published member of Law Review, received several top papers and served on the Law Review’s editorial board as an associate editor. Although he loves being a trial lawyer, Paul is a husband and father first and foremost. He and his bride, Lori, have been married thirteen years and have four beautiful children: Noah, Saylor, Gabriel and Atticus.
Ralph M. Cloar, Jr., Esquire earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He is a past president of ATLA and a long time member of ATLA’s Board of Governors and 1200 Club. Ralph was the first recipient of the Roxanne Wilson Advocacy award in 1995 and was honored with Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Association for Justice in 2006 and ATLA in 2007. Ralph and his wife, Katy, make their home in Little Rock.
Robert Sexton, Esquire (2012-2014) graduated Ouachita Baptist University with a double major in Business Administration and Political Science, B.S., 1993. He received a J.D. with honors from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Bob was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1996, Arkansas and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 1996 and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1997. He is a member of the Pulaski County and Arkansas Bar Associations; American Bar Association; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Board Member, and Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches. His practice includes personal injury, medical negligence and general litigation. Bob and his wife Jennie reside in Little Rock with their three children.
Robin C. Smith, Esquire of Mount Ida, received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law (cum laude) in 2005. Robin also holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. In September of 2005, she opened the Robin Smith Law Firm, PA, located on the square in Mount Ida practicing "small town law" and focusing primarily on Domestic Relations, Real Estate, Estate, Probate and Fiduciary Law. Since opening her solo practice, Robin has served three terms as President of the Polk-Montgomery County Bar Association, as a member of the Arkansas Bar Association's Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, as a member of the 18-West Judicial Circuit's Courthouse Preparedness Committee and was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Criminal Detention Facilities Review Board. Robin is regular speaker for continuing education programs focusing on legal ethics. During law school Robin was honored as a member of the Montgomery County Farm Family of the Year; served as president and secretary of the student chapter of ATLA; served as president of the H.L.A. Hart Society; and was a member of the William B. Putnam Inns of Court. Before attending law school, Robin held an Unlimited North Carolina General Contractor's license, building and remodeling single and multi-unit residential properties. Robin has two children, Bob (18) and Claire (16).
Ruthanne Murphy, Esquire (2012-2014) attended the Wesley School of Nursing and Wichita State University in Wichita, KS to obtain her license as an RN. She earned a BSN from College of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. After 15 years as an emergency trauma nurse and then a cardiovascular intensive care nurse, she attended the UALR School of Law graduating in 1989 with her Juris Doctorate. She does personal injury work, mostly in the area of medical malpractice and family law, as well as Social Security Disability. She is in practice with Daryl "Chip" Baker and J. G. "Gerry" Schulze. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and The American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Ruthanne is a Board Member of A Family Called Us and Rock of Hope, both organizations working to get the homeless off the street. She is also a member of St. James United Methodist Church and actively involved with their mission work.
Thomas G. Buchanan, Esquire (2012-2014) is a trial lawyer in Little Rock, Arkansas who is 100 percent committed to every client and case, every day. Tom was born and raised in Arkansas and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. After obtaining his law license in 1999, Tom worked for an internationally renowned firm in Dallas, Texas, representing many Fortune-500 companies. When Tom had the opportunity to return to his home state in 2002, he settled in Little Rock to work for one of the state’s preeminent insurance defense litigation firms. In 2004, Tom switched sides of the bar to join one of the most respected law firms in which he limited his practice to representation of the seriously injured. In October of 2008, Tom formed the Law Office of Thomas G. Buchanan. Founded on his experience in serious personal injury, products liability, premises liability, automobile accidents, employment law and business litigation, Tom offers Little Rock a sophisticated law practice with a small firm level of client care. Tom is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee and is a member of various bar associations within those states. Committed to preserving the civil justice system, Tom is an active member of and contributor to the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Tom lives in Little Rock with his wife, Melinda, and their dogs.
Bill Stanley, Esquire (2011-2014) is in solo practice in Jonesboro at Stanley Law Firm. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Arkansas State University in 1989 and earned his J.D. from the U of A Law School in 1991. He focuses his practice on criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and social security disability. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Craighead County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” Bill and Mekelle have two children, Hannah and Jennings.