Successfully tried and appealed a variety of business tort, contract, real estate, taxation, and class action suits before state and federal trial courts, Arkansas appellate courts, and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri. Obtained precedent-setting federal court injunction against U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (Pathfinder v. Thompson, 177 F.Supp. 2d 895 (E.D. Ark. 2001).
Obtained favorable first impression ruling in appeal of Freedom of Information Act case (Kristen Inv. Props., LLC v. Faulkner County Waterworks, 32 S.W.3d 60 (Ark. Ct. App. 2000)). Served as Court-appointed liaison counsel for European litigants (In re Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, MDL 1811 (E.D. Mo.).
Served as Court-appointed Special Circuit Court Judge for Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial District (Pulaski and Perry Counties).
Reported trial and/or appellate cases include:
Usery v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., 606 F.3d 1017 (8th Cir. 2010); Harry Stephens Farms, Inc. v. Wormald Americas, Inc., 571 F.3d 820 (8th Cir. 2009); First Union Nat’l Bank v. Benham, 423 F.3d 855 (8th Cir. 2005); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. RLI Ins. Co., 292 F.3d 583 (8th Cir. 2002); First Fin. Bank v. Mazzio’s Corp., 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 3407 (8th Cir. 2001); Land v. Baptist Med. Ctr., 164 F.3d 423 (8th Cir. 1999); Franklin v. Zain, 152 F.3d 783 (8th Cir. 1998); Our Community, Our Dollars v. Bullock, 2014 Ark. 457 (Ark. 2014); Hotel Associates, Inc. v. Rieves, Rubens and Mayton, 2014 Ark. 254 (Ark. 2014); Arloe Designs, LLC v. Arkansas Capital Corporation, 2014 Ark. 21 (Ark. 2014); Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Short, 2011 Ark. 263 (Ark. 2011); Gunn v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, 2010 Ark. 434 (Ark. 2010); IBAC Corp. v. Becker, 265 S.W.3d 755 (Ark. 2007); Mittry v. BancorpSouth Bank, 200 S.W.3d 869 (Ark. 2005); Weiss v. Am. Honda Fin. Corp., 200 S.W.3d 381 (Ark. 2004);DaimlerChrysler Servs. N. Am. v. Weiss, 200 S.W.3d 405 (Ark. 2004); Slusser v. Monsanto Company, Inc., 198 S.W.3d 106 (Ark. 2004); Doe v. Ark. Dep’t of Human Servs., 182 S.W.3d 107 (Ark. 2004); Comm. to Establish Sherwood Fire Dep’t. v. Hillman, 109 S.W.3d 641 (Ark. 2003); In re Estate of Owens, 2004 Ark. App. LEXIS 602 (Ark. Ct. App. 2004); Ark. Mech. Servs. v. Jarrett, 2004 Ark. App. LEXIS 97 (Ark. Ct. App. 2004); Superior Fed. Bank v. Mackey, 129 S.W.3d 324 (Ark. Ct. App. 2003); Dev. & Constr. Mgmt. v. City of N. Little Rock, 119 S.W.3d 77 (Ark. Ct. App. 2003); Matthews v. Spencer, 2001 Ark. App. LEXIS 669 (Ark. Ct. App. 2001).
Class action cases include:
Jarrett v. Sanyo Mfg. Corp. et al., 4:12-CV-00739-SWW (E.D. Ark.) (successfully dismissed class allegations in nationwide consumer electronic goods class complaint); Hunter v. Runyan, 2011 Ark. 43 (2011) (successfully defeated attacks upon trial court’s approval of nationwide class settlement of 250,000 insureds); Mittry v. BancorpSouth Bank, 200 S.W.3d 869 (Ark. 2005) (successfully defeated class certification sought by municipal bondholders); Winkler v. Superior Financial Corp., 4:01-CV-00851-SWW (E.D. Ark.) (successfully defeated class certification sought by home buyers); Richardson v. Chase Manhattan Bank, U.S.A., CV-03-4648, Pulaski County Circuit Court (successfully obtained nominal settlement for national credit card company); 4900 Kavanaugh, LLC v. Primedia, Inc., 4-05-cv-1635-JLH (E.D. Ark.)(successfully defended to voluntary dismissal nationwide class sought by property owner).