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Duane A. Kees

Duane A. Kees

also known as DAK Kees

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Appeals, Litigation, Military Law, Criminal Defense

About Me

Mr. Kees is currently the owner of The Kees Law Group, P.A., in Bentonville, Arkansas where he devotes much of his practice to complex litigation.    Prior to his position at The Kees Law Group, P.A, Mr. Kees was a partner at the Asa Hutchinson Law Group, PLC. Mr. Kees also served over eight years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corp.  During his time on active duty, Mr. Kees served both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.


 


As a commissioned officer, Mr. Kees had the privilege of deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.  During both deployments, he was tasked not only with the mission of advising commanders in wartime scenarios but with addressing various diplomatic issues and negotiating on behalf of the US Army as well.  To accomplish these types of assignments, Captain Kees worked closely with members of the U.S. Departments of State, Justice and Defense.  He also assumed responsibility for the drafting of agreements between the U.S. Army and our allies.  During each deployment he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his performance.


As a litigation attorney, Mr. Kees has successfully traveled throughout the world to represent his clients to inlcude Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, Japan and South Korea.  He also has extensive experience within the continental United States and Hawaii.  Although success is never guaranteed, many of his cases resulted in either acquittals or judgements in favor of his clients.  One of his most successful victories involved a six-year-old aggravated sexual assault case which had been overturned by the appellate court.  Mr. Kees was the lead counsel at the new trial and after four days of intense litigation, the client received a full acquittal as well as a large settlement from the government.  Mr. Kees has worked on four murder trials, complex commericial litigations and appellate cases.  Mr. Kees’s cases have been aired on a variety of media outlets including CNN, Fox News and The Army Times. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Criminal Defense: 20%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Military Law: 20%
    15 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    15 years, 50 cases
  4. Appeals: 20%
    7 years, 20 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 20%
    6 years, 25 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($200-400/hour), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

26 total 

  • James Shipp Trieschmann Jr.

    Mr. Kees is one of the most intelligent and hard working attorneys a client could retain. He is one of the best there is.

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    James Trieschmann Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Rudolfo Vasquez

    I endorse Duane. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Rudolfo Vasquez Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Kees Law Group

105 NE 2nd Street
Suite 207-C
Bentonville, AR, 72712

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ARAuthorized to practice200006/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Meritorious Service MedalUS Army2009
Army Commendation Medal (Two Oak Leaf Cluster)US Army2008
Bronze Star (Oak Leaf Cluster)US Army2007
Army Achievment Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster)US Army2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerThe Kees Law Group2013 - Present
PartnerThe Asa Hutchinson Law Group2009 - 2013
Senior Defense AttorneyUnited States Army2008 - 2009
Trial CounselUS Army JAG Corps2004 - 2007

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Air Force Court of Criminal AppealsMember2011 - Present
Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesMember2011 - Present
Arkansas Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Benton County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
First Baptist Church of Rogers, ArkansasN/A2009 - Present
Arkansas Bar Association, Criminal Law Sectionmember2009 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Rape Conviction overtunedAcquittal
Aggravated Assaut - two countsFull Acquittal
Officer MisconductDismissal of all Charges

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Seattle WeeklyThe Military has a Gambling Problem2012
MNC-I WbsiteSoldier helps legitiimize Iraqi legal system2007
Fox NewsSoldier denies taking part in Iraqi Killing2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Naval Justice SchoolComplex Litigation CourseCertificate of Completion2008
US Army JAG SchoolAdvance Trial Advocacy CourseCertificate of Completion2008
US Army JAG SchoolCriminal Law Advocacy CourseCertificate of Completion2005
University of Arkasnas School of LawLawJuris Doctorate2000
University of Arkansas - FayettevillePolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts1997

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Benton County Bar AssociationGeneral Military Law Issues2012
Rogers, AR Chamber of CommerceMilitary Law2011
Military Defense ConferenceImpeachment of Expert Witnesses2008
Rules of EngagementRules of Engagement2006
UCMJ for CommadersUCMJ2004