I have always maintained a general practice of law and through the years have represented hundreds of individuals in various matters. I have primarily been a trial lawyer with extensive experience in divorce and child custody cases, personal injury work, the defense of businesses and individuals, and jury trials. In recent years my practice has largely focused on matters before the Arkansas Public Service Commission. I also represent numerous local School Districts and do defense work for several local businesses. I have been selected by my peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for over 10 years in the fields of Family Law and Energy Law. I have also been named to the Top 50 list by Mid-South Super Lawyers for several years. Inclusion in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer review survey by fellow attorneys within the state of Arkansas. I have also been honored to be inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. I have served as the President of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and am presently a member of the Arkansas State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
In 1991, I was appointed by then Governor Bill Clinton to serve as a special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. In 1993, I was presented the Outstanding Lawyer Citizen Award by the Arkansas Bar Association and the Arkansas Bar Foundation. In 2008, I was awarded the James M. Moody Civility Award for displaying professional courtesy and civility while maintaining excellence in advocacy by the Arkansas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
I have been very active through the years with church and charitable organizations. I am a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council, former chairman of the Rogers/Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, former chairman and now Director Emeritus of the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale. I served as the 1997 Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Rogers/Lowell and was presented the Good Neighbor Award by the Rogers/Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce in 2000. In 2013 I served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Arkansas Bar Association.
I am a former Chairman of the Board for the Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas. I have been an active member of the First Baptist Church in Lowell for over 50 years. I am a former Sunday School teacher and presently serve as a Deacon and member of the choir.
Most importantly, I am married to Professor Mary Beth Matthews of the University of Arkansas School Of Law and we have three wonderful and very talented children.