• University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D., with honors (1984)
  • Ouachita Baptist University B.A., summa cum laude (1980)

Lyn P. Pruitt

Phone:(501) 688.8869
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Lyn Pruitt has built a reputation as one of the country’s most talented and respected litigators defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the most critical product liability cases over the past 20 years. With years of extensive trial experience, she has served as first-chair in over 60 jury trials to verdict.  Lyn also represents Fortune 500 companies in consumer class actions and toxic tort matters.


  • Served as lead trial counsel in Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) products liability litigation achieving defense verdict in third bellwether trial.
  • Defended hormone therapy drug Prempro as lead counsel achieving seven jury trial victories.
  • Represented national statin company and statin drug Lipitor as lead trial counsel for first two bellwether cases.
  • Represented defendant insurance company in the first (class action) case to be decided by the United States Supreme Court concerning CAFA jurisdiction.
  • Defended manufacturer of respiratory equipment as lead counsel obtaining defense verdicts in silica cases.
  • Represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies as co-lead trial counsel on national trial teams.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in achieving defense verdicts in nursing home cases and medical malpractice cases.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in numerous class action cases, including both state and proposed national classes.
  • Managed class certification arguments and briefing in both state and federal courts; class certification arguments at the Arkansas Supreme Court level; obtaining, preparing and presenting class action and merits experts; and preparing class action cases for trial on the merits.

Professional Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Recognized Practitioner in Litigation: Trial Lawyers USA Nationwide (2019-2020)
  • Chambers USA: Ranked in Litigation: General Commercial in Arkansas (2015, 2017-2020)
  • Chambers USA: Ranked in Litigation: Medical Malpractice (2015, 2017-2018)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Personal Injury Products Defense (2006-2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 50 Arkansas: (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 50 Women:  (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation (2020-2021) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2011-2021) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Product Liability Litigation- Defendants (2011-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2013-2021)
  • Best Lawyers® 2019: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers®:  Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2016, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers® 2013Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers since 2003
  • Arkansas Business Arkansas 250 Most Influential Leader (2019)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2021)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Top 250 Women - South (2013-2014, 2019)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)
  • Benchmark Litigation - National Practice Area Star
  • The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers


  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Board of Directors, Mitchell Williams 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
    • Trial Director, IADC Trial Academy (2017)
    • Faculty, IADC Trial Academy
    • IADC Board of Directors (2004-2008)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Participated in Masters In Trial Program)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Arkansas Bar Association
    • ABA Tort Law Committee
    • ABA Civil Procedure Committee
  • Arkansas Civil Jury Instructions Committee (Appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court)
  • Former Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (2002-2007)

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Mitchell Williams Attorneys Assist in Prevailing on $25M Insurance Coverage Suit Before Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; Murphy Oil Corp. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (19-1140).