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When an injured person chooses us to represent them we consider it an honor. We are aware there are thousands of lawyers in Arkansas and we are flattered when folks ask us to represent them. Usually, when they come to us they are in pain and their whole life has been turned upside down. They are drowning in paper work and have been asked to sign documents they don't understand. The first thing we do is sit down with them and inform them of their rights, show them how we can help them and tell them what to expect.

Before I was a lawyer I taught school so it comes natural to me to spend time explaining what we can do to help. We won't take a case unless we believe it's in our client's best interest. If we don't believe that we can get them more money than they can get on their own we won't take their case. Almost always when people leave our office they tell me they feel a huge burden has been lifted from their shoulders. They need to focus on healing and let us deal with the rest. Making people happy the first day they come to see us is easy but our goal is for them to be happy on the last day as well.

We take pride in representing working people. Probably the reason for this is that I have been working since I was twelve years old doing construction work, working on a farm, and doing whatever it took to pay my way through school. The first few years I was a lawyer I represented insurance companies and, although I never lost a case, I didn't like the way it felt. These were not my people and it was not where I came from. But, the upside to this is that I understand insurance companies and "I know what they eat for breakfast". I use this to my client's advantage.

When you come to our office expect to see me wearing jeans and cowboy boots and talking "straight talk." Be assured, I would appreciate the opportunity of representing you.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



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  • Lauren Mary Anne Elenbaas

    I highly recommend consulting with Bud Whetstone for any personal injury matter. He is a legend in the Arkansas legal community and has honestly earned his reputation through providing quality legal services and representation in all of his endeavors. Bud is simply a class act.


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  • Emily Beth Kostelnik

    I endorse this lawyer. Bud is an excellent lawyer and a wonderful human being. He is one of the smartest persons I have ever met, and shares his knowledge with every client who comes through his doors. He educates his clients on the legal process and ensures they receive the best representation possible.


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Whetstone Law Firm

8315 Cantrell Road, Suite 230
Little Rock, AR, 72227


ARAuthorized to practice196910/30/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Products Liability Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2015
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Products Liability Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2014
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2014
Products Liability Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Products Liability Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2013
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2012
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Personal Injury Litigation - PlaintiffBest Lawyers in America2010
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
"Lawyer Citizen" AwardPulaski County Bar Association2007
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Outstanding Lawyer & HumanitarianArkansas Bar Association1998
Outstanding Trial LawyerArkansas Trial Lawyers Association1987
One of the Best Lawyers in ArkansasDemocrat GazetteN/A
One of the Best Injury LawyersArkansas TimesN/A
One of America's Premier LawyersFortune MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerWhetstone Law Firm1969 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial Lawyers, Editorial BoardBoard Member1980 - 1990
Arkansas Bar AssociationMember1969 - Present
Pulaski County Bar AssociationMember1969 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1969 - Present
Arkansas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1969 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Arkansas BusinessWorkers' Compensation Amendment: The Truth1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
University of ArkansasEducationBA - Bachelor of Arts1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bridging the GapEthics2009
Bridging the GapEthics2008
Bridging the GapEthics2007
Bridging the GapEthics2005
Law DayProduct's Liability - Trial Practice1988
Law DayWorker's Compensation1987
Personal Injury CasesBrain Damage1986