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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

About me

I love the law.  It's that simple.  It's all I ever wanted to do.  I worked hard all my life, raised two sons as a single mom after divorcing when they were young, and watched while people I knew and loved got screwed by the system.  I became a lawyer to try to help people in that system.  My practice is state-wide, although I love Pope County and moved back here to be close to my dad and brother.  I recently partnered with a dear friend, Mark Matney, who is housed at our North Little Rock office at 5523 J.F.K.Blvd. Both of us handle cases all over the state. Criminal law is the main focus of my practice, because I consistently see people who are either completely innocent of their charges, or who are overcharged (charged with something more than what they actually did), and I want to help them.  I am tired of police officers who treat the Constitution as though it's merely a suggestion, prosecutors who are willing to bring cases when even they don't really believe the defendant is guilty of the crime, and judges who turn a blind eye to justice. 


I believe the criminal defense lawyer is the last bastion against a police state run by corrupt government officials, and the only way the criminal defense system works is if the defendant is represented by excellent counsel who holds the State to its burden of proof, and makes all required motions, evidentiary objections, etc. 


In my leisure time, I enjoy writing, playing guitar and writing music, taking care of my many dogs, visiting with my children and grandchildren, and spending time with friends and family. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    11 years, 300 cases
  2. Appeals: 8%
    13 years, 250 cases
  3. Juvenile: 2%
    9 years, 5 cases


Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Margherita R. Downey

    I endorse this lawyer. In reading Ms. Reece's biography, practicing law is her calling and her passion. She gave firm and good advice. Good job!


    Margherita Downey Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Meagan Burns

    Debra is a top-notch attorney, by far one of the very best in Arkansas. I am honored to call her a colleague. She is honest and professional, intelligent, and truly kind. She treats her clients with a kindness and respect that is often lacking in our industry. The Arkansas legal community is very lucky to have her.


    Meagan Burns Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Reece & Matney

104 East Main Street
Russellville, AR, 72801

Reece & Matney

5523 J.F.K. Blvd.
No Little Rock, AR, 72116



ARAuthorized to practice200301/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mid-South Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2013
Mid-South Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2012
Mid-South Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2011
Mid-South Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerReece Law Firm2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUALR Bowen School of Law2004 - Present
AttorneyWindstream Communications2006 - 2007
OwnerReece Law Firm2005 - 2006
Law clerkArkansas Supreme Court2002 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Pope County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Faulkner Co. Renegade Bar Assnmember2007 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2007 - Present
Arkansas Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. T.W.Aquittal by jury
State v. D.K.Jury acquittal on both charges
State v. J.M.All charges dropped - case dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Arkansas Trial Lawyer's Association "Docket" Magazine"The Dangers of Dabbling in Criminal Defense"2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawLawJuris Doctorate w/ High Honors2003
University of Arkansas - Little RockPsychology/Criminal justiceB.A. Magna Cum Laude1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appellate Advocacy SeminarCriminal Appeals2009
Solo practitioner panelSolo Practitioner Office Mgmt2007