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Janet L. Pulliam has thirty years of experience in the areas of labor and employment law, health law, commercial litigation, and education law. While she often appears in cases in the state courts of Arkansas, most of her litigation experience has been in the federal district and appellate courts.


She is a member of the peer-selected American Board of Trial Advocates and is listed in Best Lawyers in America under Labor and Employment Law; in Chambers USA as a "Leader" in the field of Labor & Employment; and in Mid-South Super Lawyers in the areas of Health Care, Employment Litigation: Defense and Business Litigation.


She regularly advises and litigates in areas affecting public policy. Presently, her concentration is in the health law industry. She was selected by Super Lawyers as one of the most outstanding attorneys in the Mid-South in the area of Health Care Law for 2008-2011. Janet provides a range of services to health care providers, assisting them with employment issues, commercial disputes, governmental claims, civil and criminal investigations, and peer review.


Janet also serves as general counsel for the Little Rock Cardiology Clinic, where she is involved in general advice and litigation in emerging health care issues, including specialty hospitals, physician ownership and referral, economic credentialing, pay for performance, and antitrust. She served on the Institutional Review Board of Arkansas Heart Hospital from its inception in 1996 to 2007.


Recently, she was lead counsel securing significant victory for Mississippi County hospitals. On June 1, 2011, Judge Brian Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled in favor of the local community hospitals and found as a matter of law that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) interest in Medicare overpayment has priority over a lender's (First Tennessee Bank) security interest in receivables. While not binding, this opinion provides clarity to rural hospital systems across the country regarding Medicare overpayment disputes. Judge Miller ruled: "Although First Tennessee has a valid security interest in (certain) accounts, that interest does not attach until CMS audits and finalizes payments after each fiscal year." Farmers v. Ameris, et. al. No. 3:10CV00173-BSM(E.D.Ark.2010).


From 2004-2008, Janet acted as lead trial counsel in Murphy et al. v. Baptist Health; Pulaski County Circuit Court No. CV 2004-2002. In Murphy, et al., a group of cardiologists she represents, prevailed in obtaining a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Baptist Hospital's economic credentialing policy. The preliminary injunction was sustained by the Arkansas Supreme Court. Baptist Health v. Murphy, 365 Ark. 115, 226 S.W.3d 800 (2006). Subsequently, a final judgment was entered for the Murphy plaintiffs, granting a permanent injunction. Or. Granting Murphy Pl.’s Mot. Perm. Inj. (Feb. 27, 2009), Murphy, et al v. Baptist Health No. CV 2004-2002 (Pulaski County Ark. 13th Div.). Janet argued the appeal successfully. Baptist Health v. Murphy, 2010 Ark. 358; 2010 Ark. LEXIS 458, September 30, 2010, Opinion Delivered. She was also involved in litigation involving the Patient Protection Act (Any Willing Provider Law) St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, et al. v. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Pulaski County Circuit Court No. CV 2006-4935.


She is member of ABA Health Law Section and The American Health Law Lawyers Association. She is an active member of the ABA and participates in several sub-committees relevant to her practice and serves as vice-chair of the Health Sections’ interest group on employee benefits and highly compensated employees.


Recent work with providers has included analysis of the value and possibilities of Hospital Syndications and assisting providers in converting to Electronic Medical Records.


Janet has acted as lead trial counsel representing both individuals and employers in class action employment matters and voting rights cases. See, e.g., Perkins v. City of West Helena, 675 F.2nd 2000 (8th Cir. 1982).


In the area of Education law, Janet has represented school districts, teachers, and students in a myriad of matters, and has assisted in the creation and design of student choice and student assignment plans in Illinois, Florida, and Massachusetts. In the litigation area, she was one of four lead attorneys representing the Little Rock School District seeking an inter-district remedy in a school desegregation case. This was one of the few successful inter-district remedy cases post-Milliken. Little Rock School District v. Pulaski County Special School District, 738 F.2d 82 (8th Cir. 1984), 778 F.2d 404 (en banc), cert. denied, 106 S. Ct. 2926 (1986).


In 1995, Janet was appointed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to serve as legal assistant to the Special Master in the remedy phase of a school desegregation case. She served in that role until the case was concluded in 2002. People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education School District #205, 111 F.3d 528 (7th Cir. 1997).


Also in 1995, she was appointed by the Governor of Arkansas to serve as Special Justice for the Arkansas Supreme Court.


In 2002, she took a sabbatical from private practice to serve as a senior law clerk for United States District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson, Jr.


In 1994, she successfully represented a class of hearing-impaired persons in obtaining a ruling that the state statute barring hearing-impaired individuals from jury service was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. After class certification, the State admitted liability, and the case was resolved by consent decree. Quinn v. Bogard, No. 93-CV-552 (E.D. Ark. 1993).


Janet received a B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas in 1969, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1979. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas, Bowen School of Law.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 25%
  2. Litigation: 25%
  3. Health Care: 25%
  4. Employment: 25%


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Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A.

200 River Market Avenue
Suite 200
Little Rock, AR, 72201


ARAuthorized to practice197901/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2009
ListedBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2006
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWatts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A.2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arkansas Bar Association, Judicial Nominations CommitteeN/A2008 - 2011
Arkansas Women's Political CaucusFormer President1987 - 1990
Henry Woods American Inn of CourtN/AN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/AN/A
American Bar Association Health Law Committee Interest GroupVice ChairN/A
Arkansas Association of Women LawyersN/AN/A
Arkansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Pulaski County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Health Law SectionMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of ArkansasN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969
University of ArkansasN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Arkansas Heart SummitPatient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): What does it mean to the Primary Care Physician2010