Carter Stein
Little Rock 

Sach Oliver


Breean Walas
Vice President
North Little Rock

Rob Beard
Little Rock


Alan Lane
Immediate Past President

The Executive Committee of the Board of Governors consists of the above 5 officers in addition to 4 advisory non-voting members: David WilliamsPaul Byrd, and Bob Edwards all of Little Rock. 
District 1 (Northwest):  


Jason Hatfield 

Brandon Lacy




Ryan Scott 

Sarah Jewell

District 2 (Northeast):  
Attorney Brett A. McDaniel

Brett McDaniel 
Paul Ford 



James A. Simpson 

J.P. Jaynes

District 3 (Southern):  

Alan Levar



Alan LeVar 
Chad Trammell 


Taylor King

Robert Bridewell
Lake Village
District 4 (Central):  
Paige Edgin
Little Rock
Bob Sexton 
Little Rock


Jeff Priebe 

Little Rock
Victoria Leigh 
North Little Rock
Little Rock
Jessica Virden Mallett

Little Rock
Members at Large:  
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Taylor Chaney 


Seth White


Matthew Lindsay


Craig Friedman


Jim Jackson
North Little Rock

Austin Easley
Forrest City

Administrative Law Division Chair:
Rick Spencer 

Mountain View
Ex-Officio Voting Member* American Association for Justice Board of Governors Members:

Paul Byrd 

Little Rock
Bob Edwards  

Little Rock
American Association for Justice State Delegate:


George Wise 
Little Rock
Steve Harrelson

Little Rock
AAJ Revitalization Governor:  


Joseph Gates 

Little Rock


Past Presidents
*Nathan Gordon (1961-63)
*Earl J. Lane (1963-65)
*Honorable Henry Woods (1965-67)
*Dale Price (1967-69)
  Donald S. Ryan (1969-71)
*James T. Gooch (1971-73)
*Gerland Patten (1973-75)
*Walter R. Niblock (1975-77)
  James R. Rhodes, III (1977-78)
  David H. Blair (1978-79)
  Charles A. Brown (1979-80)
  Edward Allen Gordon (1980-81)
  Hon. William R. Wilson, Jr. (1981-82)
  Bobby R. McDaniel (1982-83)
  Robert R. Cloar (1983-84)
  Troy Henry (1984-85)
*Winslow Drummond (1985-86)
  Ralph M. Cloar, Jr. (1986-87)
  Charles A. Banks (1987-88)
  J. Bruce McMath (1988-89)
  B. Michael Easley (1989-90)
  Donald B. Kendall (1990-91)
  Morgan E. "Chip" Welch (1991-92)
  David H. Williams (1992-93)
  Timothy O. Dudley (1993-94)
  Laura J. McKinnon (1994-95)
  Bart Virden (1995-96)
  Patty W. Lueken (1996-97)
  Michael Crawford (1997-98)
  Laurie A. Bridewell (1998-99)
  Randy L. Hill (1999-00)
  Richard S. Muse (2000-01)
*Paul E. Harrison (2001-02)
  Bob Estes (2002-03)
  Q. Byrum Hurst (2003-04)
  Brad Hendricks (2004-05)
  John M. Belew (2005-06)
  Clark Mason (2006)
  John Patterson (2006-08)
  Paul Byrd (2008-09)
  Chris Heil (2009-10)
  Tre Kitchens (2010-11)
  Mike Boyd (2011-2012)
  M. Chad Trammell (2012-2013)
  Don Elliott (2013-2014)
  George Wise (2014-2015)
  Bob Edwards (2015-2016)
  Robin Smith (2016-2017)
  Joey McCutchen (2017-2018)
  Jesse Gibson (2018-2019)
  A. Bryce Brewer (2019-2020)
  Alan Lane (2020-2021)



Alan L. Lane 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 explosives industries. Alan earned his J.D. 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.

Alan LeVar was born in Orlando, Florida, but moved to Arkadelphia at a very young age when his father took a job teaching government and Constitutional Law at Henderson State University. After graduating from high school, he spent 2 years as a missionary in Johannesburg, South Africa, then obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brigham Young University in 1993. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1996. Alan has worked as a deputy prosecutor, public defender, guardian ad litem and municipal judge. In 2013, Alan started his own firm, The Law Offices of Alan LeVar. He is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Texas and his practice is focused on plaintiff personal injury cases including motor vehicle collisions, tractor-trailer collisions, premises liability and dog bite cases. He is a member of AAJ and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys. Alan currently serves on the Clark County CASA Board and is Chair of the Democratic Party of Clark County. He lives in Arkadelphia with his wife, Erika. They have 4 sons.

Austin Easley has made it his life's work to stand up for injured people and victims. His practice centers around the courtroom. He has enjoyed particular success in cases tried to a jury, winning substantial verdicts and obtaining substantial settlements for clients that have been wronged by employers, insurance companies, banks, negligent motor vehicle operators, big-truck drivers, and other defendants. He has also successfully represented both individuals and small companies in contract issues and land disputes. As a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney, he has tried multiple capital murder trials, and regularly advocates to help protect victims of violent crime. Austin is the Past-President of the East-Central Arkansas Razorback Club, a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Forrest City, and has served on the board of Legal Aid of Arkansas. An avid outdoorsman, Austin spends most of his spare time in the woods or on the water. If he's not hunting or fishing, you may find him in his wood shop.

Bob Edwards grew up in south Lonoke County, in the small farming community of Tomberlin. After graduating from England Public High School, he attended Hendrix College in Conway where he received his B.A. in Biology in 1991. After spending some time in the political arena working for Senator Dale Bumpers, among others, Bob earned his JD from the Bowen School of Law in Little Rock in 1998. Upon graduation, Bob was an integral part of the successful team that helped elect Mark Pryor to the Attorney General's Office. After the election, he went to work for General Pryor, eventually serving as the Chief of Staff in the Attorney General’s Office. Bob was with the law firm of Wilkes & McHugh, P.A. in Little Rock from 2003 to July 1, 2013, when he started his own firm. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee with his practice being focused primarily on nursing home and tractor-trailer litigation.  Bob is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He is also active in AAJ's Nursing Home Litigation Group and Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. In addition to practicing law, Bob has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the England Public School District in England, Arkansas. He currently is a member of the Board of Alumni at the Bowen School of Law having recently served as its President. Bob is married to Tiffany Fitch of Hindsville. They have one daughter, Katharine Grace, and live in Little Rock where they attend Trinity Episcopal Church.

Bob Sexton graduated from 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. In 1996, Bob was admitted to the Arkansas Bar.  He is licensed to practice in Arkansas state courts, the U.S. District Court Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit and the state courts of Tennessee.  He is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas, and American Bar Associations.  He serves on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Bar Association, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board, the Ouachita Baptist School of Business advisory board, Bowen School of Law alumni board, and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association board. His practice includes personal injury, wrongful death, and general litigation. Bob and his wife Jennie reside in Little Rock with their three children.

Brandon Lacy received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He graduated with honors from the William H. Bowen School of Law in 2003.  He worked at  Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon, & Galchus in Little Rock before moving to Jonesboro and becoming a partner at Wilcox, Parker, Hurst, Lancaster & Lacy, PLC.  He subsequently became a partner at Wilcox & Lacy, PLC, and is now the founder of Lacy Law Firm, with offices in Jonesboro and Fayetteville.  His areas of practice include personal injury, commercial litigation, civil litigation, general insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, ERISA law, franchise law, and trial and appellate practice.  He is licensed in the State of Arkansas, the Eastern District and Western District of Arkansas, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the American and Arkansas Bar Associations, the Craighead County Bar Association, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and American Association of Justice. 

Breean Walas has a B.A. 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 to clerk for Associate Justice Donald Corbin of the Arkansas Supreme Court. After working for some of the premier personal injury and class action law firms in Arkansas and nationally, Breean founded Walas Law Firm, PLLC. Her practice focuses on assisting other attorneys with their motions and appellate practice. Breean has a passion for social justice and protecting the constitutional rights of all persons. She brings that passion to ATLA, where she serves on many committees.  Breean is a past recipient of the ATLA Outstanding Member – Young Lawyers Division, ATLA President’s Award, and National LGBT Bar Best LGBTQ+ Attorneys Under 40.  She also is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, American Association of Justice, National LGBT Bar Association, Pound Civil Justice Institute, and Public Justice Foundation. 

Brett A. McDaniel attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville for undergraduate and law school. He joined the McDaniel Law Firm in 2011 and focuses exclusively on representing injured persons and their families. He is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Colorado, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  He is a member of ATLA, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Brett was appointed by Speaker of the House Davy Carter to Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission and serves on the Board of Directors - Northeast Arkansas Children's Advocacy Center. He and his wife live in Jonesboro with their two children.

Carter C. Stein 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 McMath Woods P.A. in April 2010. His practice areas include injury and wrongful death cases and insurance disputes. He is a member of The American Association for Justice, Arkansas Bar Association, and Pulaski County Bar 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 two sons, Bowman and Charlie.

Chad Trammell is the founder of Trammell-Piazza Law Firm, PLLC, with offices in Texarkana and Little Rock.  Chad is a former partner in the law firm of Nix, Patterson, & Roach LLP.  He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law and received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas, cum laude in 1988. He is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia and is admitted to several federal courts.  Chad received an honorable discharge as a Captain from the United States Air Force in 1996 after spending four years as Judge Advocate in Hawaii and Shreveport, Louisiana.  His service honors include the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.  Before concentrating his practice on plaintiff’s contingency fee litigation in November 1999, Chad practiced in a number of areas including commercial litigation, nursing home defense, commercial transactions and insurance defense. Chad served as Chair of the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group in 2008-09, and as the 2012-13 President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyer’s Association.   Chad lives in Texarkana with his wife, Virginia, and their son, Charlie.

Craig Friedman graduated from Jacksonville High School and went on to earn a BBA in finance at the University of Central Arkansas. He is a graduate of the William H. Bowen School of Law and was admitted to Arkansas Bar in 2010. In law school, Mr. Friedman had abstracts published in both the Arkansas Real Estate Review and the Arkansas Probate and Trust Law Review. Craig has experience in case work on FELA, personal injury law, criminal defense, real estate, and general civil litigation. His primary practice areas now focus primarily on personal injury, insurance litigation, and landlord/tenant disputes.

David H. Williams focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, product liability, tractor-trailer crash, plane crash and pharmaceutical and medical device 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 of 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, a 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.

Fredrick S. "Rick" Spencer received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1975 and graduated top of his class from the Hastings College of Trial Advocacy in 1982.  He is a past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives, past chair of ATLA's Administrative Law Division, twice the recipient of ATLA's President's Award and a recipient of the Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award.  He has served on ATLA's Board of Governors since 1989, is an ATLA Elite Member at the Champion Benefactor Level, and has been a speaker at many state and national CLE seminars.  Rick and his wife, Brenda, have two daughters, Sarah and Heather Grace, and live in Mountain Home.

George Wise was admitted to practice law in Arkansas in 1978. 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 was the President of the ATLA Board of Governors 2014-2015. His ATLA service includes being an AAJ State Delegate, chairperson of the Publications Committee and serving on the Legislation Committee, and the Amicus Curiae Committee. He is married to Barbara Gilbert-Wise.  They have two sons, Charles, a civil engineer, and Dalton, who is a recent medical student graduate from the University of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. George is also an advocate for environmental justice, serving as Chair of the executive committee of the Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club from 2015-2018 and as the current chair of the executive committee of the Central Arkansas Group of the Arkansas Sierra Club.

James A. Simpson, Jr. 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 University Of Arkansas 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 past member of the board and past president of United Way of White County. He has served twice as a Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Jimmy currently is a commissioner on the Arkansas Claims Commission. 

Jason Hatfield 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 University Of Arkansas Law School.  In 2013, Jason opened his own law firm, Jason M. Hatfield, P.A. Jason continues to focus his law practice in the areas of personal injury, tractor-trailer wrecks, car accidents, wrongful death cases, workers compensation, and social security disability. Jason is a serving a fourth term as one of ATLA's Board of Governors. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee and is a member of the Golden Gavel Club. He is currently a Champion Benefactor and was a Champion of Justice for nine consecutive years. He also received the President's Award in 2008 in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Jason served as President of the Washington County Bar Association in 2012.

Jeff Priebe was raised in Mountain Home, Arkansas, and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1994. Jeff received a B.S. in Agriculture Business in 1998 and a J.D. in 2001, both from the University of Arkansas. He is currently “Of Counsel” to Rainwater, Holt & Sexton Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has a general litigation practice with emphasis in nursing home litigation, assisted living litigation, personal injury litigation, and election law. For many years, Jeff has practiced nursing home litigation both locally and with a national nursing home litigation firm. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and before the United States Supreme Court. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and is also a member of the American Association for Justice, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Pulaski County Bar Association. He and his wife live in Little Rock and have two boys.

Jessica Virden Mallett grew up in Morrilton, AR. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where she graduated early with Highest Honors in December 2010. While in law school, Ms. Virden Mallett clerked for Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, the Arkansas Attorney General's Office, and the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Ms. Virden Mallett is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations. She is licensed to practice before all the Arkansas State Courts and the federal district courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has received awards for Top Ten Attorneys in Client Satisfaction and is recognized as a National Lawyer of Distinction. She is the managing partner of The Law Offices of Peter Miller.

Jim Jackson is a trial attorney with the Jackson Law Firm in North Little Rock. He graduated from Hendrix College with a B.A. in History and attended the UALR Bowen School of Law. Jim’s peers recognized his leadership abilities early in his professional career.  He was elected President of the Student Bar Association by his peers in law school. Not only has Mr. Jackson been a tireless advocate for his clients in the courtroom, but he has also fought for Arkansas consumers by ensuring the passage of consumer and safety legislation in the Arkansas Legislature. Jim and his wife, Lisa Ferrell, have three children; Adam, Luke and Olivia Nan.

Joseph Gates takes great pride in being a trial lawyer because the civil justice system is the one arena where the meek and powerful can play on a level playing field. The richest and most dominant must adhere to the same rules as the weakest and the poorest.  Joseph is married to Edith Gates, and they have three beautiful daughters, Sofia Marie, Violet Esmeralda, and Emilia Rose. They all live in Little Rock. While growing up in El Dorado, AR, he attended West Side Christian School until he graduated in 2003 second in his class. After high school, he attended college at Louisiana Tech University. He also attended Ouachita Baptist University for a short while to play college football. After college, Joseph received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2010.  Joseph passed the Arkansas Bar in summer 2010. For the first ten years of his career, Joseph practiced law at Taylor King & Associates, PA, and Paul Byrd Law Firm, PLLC.  In fall 2020, Joseph founded Gates Law Firm, PLLC, with an emphasis on Personal Injury, Car Wreck, Trucking/18 Wheeler Collisions, Products Liability, and Traumatic Brain Injury cases.  Joseph is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers's Association (ATLA), Arkansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice (AAJ), Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG), and Pulaski County Bar Association. As an ATLA member, Joseph is a former Chair of New Lawyers' Network and is a current Board of Governors member. Joseph is also a member of the Board of Governors’ for AAJ, and he is a 2017 graduate of AAJ's Leadership Academy, Class 5.

Joshua Gillispie was raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas, graduating from North Little Rock High School in 1999.  He attended Hendrix College and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in English.  After Hendrix, he went on to get a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Central Arkansas.  He attended the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating with honors in 2010.  He is licensed to practice in Arkansas, as well as U.S. Federal Courts.   He helped found his law firm, Green & Gillispie, Attorneys at Law, shortly after becoming licensed.  Josh has a somewhat unique personal injury practice that focuses on representing the victims of sexual abuse.  In 2017, he was named the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of AAJ, as well as ATLA.  Josh lives in Little Rock with his wife, Liz, and their two dogs. 

J.P. Jaynes practiced in the areas of general personal injury, medical negligence and products liability for twenty (20) years prior to his focusing full-time as a neutral.  Beginning his legal career with the Haskins Law Firm in 1990, he left Haskins in 1993 with Brad Hendricks to open the Law Offices of Brad Hendricks.  In 2003 he joined the firm of Dabbs & Pomtree.  In addition to the foregoing areas of practice, J.P. also handled criminal, employment discrimination and contract cases.  He has acted as special judge in several Courts.  He is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators in addition to being a fellow of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, both as a mediator and arbitrator. In the course of his practice J.P. discovered the numerous benefits afforded by alternative dispute resolution, and participated as a party-attorney in approximately 100 mediations and arbitrations. J.P. Jaynes considers himself an evaluative mediator.  While remaining completely neutral, his goal is to provide dispute resolution services to professionals, their clients, principals and insureds in an efficient, thorough and timely fashion with a goal of realizing a signed settlement agreement at the conclusion of those efforts.

Matthew L. Lindsay was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and was raised in Crossett, Arkansas, graduating from Crossett High School in 1995. In 2000, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas while also serving as student body vice president. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2003. Upon graduation from law school, Matt joined the Odom Law Firm where he is now a partner. He focuses his practice primarily on personal injury, medical negligence, and toxic torts. He is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association of Justice, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Washington County Bar Association. He and his wife Courtney have one daughter, Elliot, and reside in Fayetteville. 

Paige Edgin is an Arkansas native. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2009 and her J.D. in 2012 from the William H. Bowen School of Law. Before joining The Law Offices of Peter Miller as an associate attorney in 2013, Paige clerked for Judge Rita Gruber at the Arkansas Appellate Court, clerked with law firm Provost Umphrey, and worked as an attorney for John Holleman and Associates. She is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Arkansas. In addition to her involvement with ATLA, Paige is an active member of the American Association for Justice; Arkansas Bar Association, serving on the House of Delegates; and Pulaski County Bar Association. Paige practices personal injury law and medical negligence, including those involving jail medical negligence. Paige is married to her husband Greg and can often be found at local running or biking events.

Paul Byrd has been representing deserving injured victims for 25 years. After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1985, he clerked for the Honorable Tom F. Digby, and then went into private practice in 1988. Paul’s practice has focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on representing consumers in product liability actions. He has tried tire failures and vehicle safety litigation in many states including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  In November 2000, he was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal due to his work in the case of Brownlee/Whitaker vs. Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. He appeared in a Dateline NBC documentary regarding the same case in January 2001.  His work has been mentioned in USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the Arkansas Times.  Paul has represented rice farmers in agricultural litigation regarding genetically modified crop contamination that had global as well as state and local implications. Paul was a past President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. His message to his fellow members was “You went to law school to make a difference!” He is currently a Board of Governor member of the American Association for Justice.  In 2010, Paul was the recipient of the Roxanne Wilson Award. In 2012, Paul was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. In 2015, he received the Henry Woods Lifetime Achievement Award from ATLA. He is the managing member of the Little Rock, Arkansas office of Paul Byrd Law Firm, PLLC. Paul has served as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court by request of the Governor of Arkansas. He has served as Special Judge in many Circuit Court Trials. He has an “AV” rating in the Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory, has been recognized by the Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012, and is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Paul N. Ford is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, obtaining a B.A. in 1984.  Paul obtained his J.D. from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1987. After passing the bar exam, Paul joined his father’s law practice in his hometown of Wynne, Arkansas. While practicing in Wynne as a Public Defender, Paul gained his first experience handling capital murder cases. Paul has tried 7 death penalty cases to verdict and has been successful in keeping all of his clients off death row. In 1993, Paul moved his practice to Jonesboro, Arkansas and became a founding member of Ford & Cook. This firm proudly continues the tradition of providing high-quality criminal defense, as well as representing people in complex domestic litigation and child custody matters. Paul devotes a significant part of his practice to representing people who have been injured by the actions of others, including medical negligence, nursing home abuse, construction injuries, and tractor-trailer wrecks. Among his other accomplishments, Paul is the past president of the Craighead County Bar Association;  a member of the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Jury  Instructions-Civil;  a founding member of the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in January of 2000; and a member of the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association since 2008. Paul is most passionate about his work in the community with John 3:16 Ministries, a Spiritual Boot Camp for Men with Addictions. In this ministry, Paul has been able to combine his faith and the practice of law to continue his passion for making a difference in the lives of people in need of help. Paul is happily married to his wife, Annie. Together, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  

Rob Beard is a trial lawyer with the Rainwater, Holt & Sexton firm in Little Rock. He was born in Jonesboro and earned his B.A. from Henderson State University in 1999. In 2002, Rob graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School where he was the Assistant Managing Editor of the UALR Law Review. Rob's areas of practice include Personal Injury and Employment and Labor.

Robert G. Bridewell, Sr. earned his JD from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law in 1980.  He has practiced law in Lake Village, AR for the past 40 years.  In 2016, his son, William A. Bridewell, joined the firm.  His practice areas include serious personal injury, wrongful death cases, and criminal defense in state and federal court.   He is a member of ATLA, Arkansas Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, and Southern Trial Lawyers.  Robert previously served on ATLA’s Board of Governors for approximately 15 years many moons ago.  In 2018 he was named the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year by ATLA.   He is married to Mellie Boagni Bridewell and they have five children and four grandchildren with one on the way.

Ryan Scott grew up in Northeast Arkansas in the small town of Pocahontas. He was the quarterback of the football team and president of his senior class. He graduated from the University of Arkansas, cum laude, with a double major in political science and communication. He was awarded the Athens Award in Communication, given to the top 5 graduating seniors in the department. Ryan also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Sam Walton College of Business, where he was a finalist in the graduate division of the Arkansas Business Plan Competition. While in law school, Ryan represented the University of Arkansas, School of Law as a traveling negotiations team member, and was named to Dean’s List in the spring of 2007. Ryan currently serves on the Arkansas Bar Association Board of Delegates. Ryan is an avid sports fan (Go Hogs!) and loves competition. He brings this passion to his work every day. As the chief litigation officer for Bailey & Oliver Law Firm, Ryan specializes in legal research and writing, pleadings, motions, and discovery.  He is diligently involved in the development, initial evaluation and litigating of catastrophic cases on the Bailey and Oliver trial team. Most of all, Ryan is proud of his family. Spending time with his wife, Sara, and three sons is his favorite hobby.

Sach Oliver is a trial lawyer and partner with the Bailey & Oliver Law Firm in Rogers, Arkansas. The Bailey & Oliver Law Firm has a regional practice focusing exclusively on catastrophic injury and death cases. Sach primarily works on 18 wheeler, construction work site, and medical malpractice cases. His role on the team involves litigation strategy, depositions, negotiations, and all aspects of the trial. Sach received the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award in 2015 from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.   He is a guest speaker for AAJ and numerous other conventions throughout the U.S. Sach gives back to his community by volunteering as an auctioneer for various local charity events and to date has helped raise over 2 million dollars for northwest Arkansas non-profits. Sach and his wife Codi have two young girls. He enjoys life away from the office on his horse ranch in beautiful northwest Arkansas. 

Sarah Jewell Sarah Jewell graduated from University of Arkansas with a B.A. in English in 2008, and Sarah received her Master’s Degree in English from Texas Christian University in 2010. Sarah taught college writing courses and high school AP English before beginning law school in 2012. In 2015, Sarah graduated from University of Arkansas School of Law. In 2019, Sarah joined McMath Woods, P.A. and opened the firm’s Fayetteville office. Sarah serves on ATLA’s Board of Governors and the Publication Committee. She is the former Chair of the Arkansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, former Chair of the ATLA New Lawyers Network, Chair of the 2020 ArkBar Mid-Year Meeting, and Sarah was named the 2019 ATLA Outstanding Young Lawyer. She’s an active and involved member of AAJ and the ABA. Outside the practice of law, Sarah and her husband Ryan enjoy exploring hiking and biking trails across the state.

Seth A. White is a sixth-generation native of Northwest Arkansas and member of the last unified class of Rogers High School. Seth completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, where he was a Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete and Crossroads League All-Conference performer for the Wildcats baseball team. After retiring his batting gloves, he decided the best avenue for his passion for competition was to become a trial lawyer.
While a student at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Seth prosecuted cases as a Rule XV Student Practitioner for the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office and served as Note & Comment Editor for the Journal of Food Law & Policy. He also clerked for the Civil Department of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office and for Benton County Circuit Court Judge Brad Karren.
Upon graduation, Seth began his career working for large insurance companies in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. During that time, he represented defendants in civil jury trials across the state—obtaining favorable verdicts for his clients in each case. 

Steve Harrelson is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana, and his practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, and litigation involving oil and gas issues. Steve practices throughout the three-state region in state and federal courts. In addition to litigating complex issues inside the courtroom, Steve is also experienced in private negotiations, mediations, and seeking remedies at the administrative level. While Steve enjoys many areas of the legal arena, his passion is preparing for and engaging in the trial by jury. Steve believes in the constitutional right to trial by jury and is willing to protect and preserve this concept on which the American tort system is founded. In addition to his law practice, Steve served a stint in the state legislature in Arkansas from 2005 through 2012. He served as House Majority Leader and chaired the House Judiciary Committee before serving in the Arkansas Senate. Steve is very familiar with the inner workings of state government and earned a certificate from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008 for Executives in State and Local Government.

Taylor Chaney graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2005 with a B.A. in psychology. He graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2009. He joined his father, brother, and sister-in-law in practicing law in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in January 2010. Taylor has been a member of ATLA since birth, and a member of AAJ since 2011. He has served in the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates since June 2014, and on its Board of Governors since June of 2015. Taylor is also active in his community, serving as a board member of the Clark County Community Foundation from 2011-2017, currently serving as a board member of Downtown Arkadelphia and serving as a City Director of Ward 1 in Arkadelphia. Taylor represents injured people through the challenges of being hurt through no fault of their own against large insurance companies with unlimited resources. Taylor's experience in trying cases, handling appeals, and service to his community as well as the legal profession provides him with a unique perspective benefiting all his clients.

Taylor King earned undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from Ouachita Baptist University in 1983. He went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1986. Taylor founded Taylor King Law, P.A., in 1994 and has since grown the firm to include 7 offices throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. He is licensed to practice law in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Taylor is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Arkansas Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and the Pound Civil Justice Institute. He also serves on the Board of Governors for ATLA. In addition to his professional memberships, King is active in Second Baptist Church of Arkadelphia, his community, and his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University, where he currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees. Taylor’s firm represents victims of personal injury, auto accidents, wrongful death, and mass torts. He remains committed to advocating for the rights of ordinary citizens, a commitment that is reflected in his promise to be “on your side—by your side.” Taylor and his wife, Terri, have made their home in Arkadelphia for more than 30 years. They have two adult children and are the proud grandparents of two.

Victoria Leigh  is the founder of Lion Legal Services which started in a one room walk-up office. Our success is a mix of trial and error, sheer grit, and the right team. We are general practice trial attorneys providing much-needed affordable, realistic legal services to Working Arkansans in the areas of domestic, consumer protection & debt defense, civil litigation, estate planning, real estate & business transactions, probate, mediation, ad litem, and supervised visitation services to Working Arkansans. Mount Saint Mary, Ball State, and Indiana Universities are my alma maters. I was boring in high school, bloomed in college, and law school was the most fun – in no small part because of my refusal to apply for law review.  My commitment to reasonableness and practicality is off the charts; my meter for emotions is far below the average human. My desire to be well-liked is not outweighed by my willingness to defend, persuade, and argue my positions, in business and life. I am proactive, assertive, energetic and always accessible.
After managing to graduate, I escaped big city life to live the American Dream of a happy, healthy family, seeing a great work ethic and community commitment pay off. I sit on the boards of ATLA, Rock City Rescue, and the HOD of the ABA.