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Deborah S. Denton was born and raised in Lee's Summit, Missouri. After high school, she attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, on a Dean's Academic Scholarship.


While at Westminster, Debbie majored in Political Science and obtained minors in German and Dance.


After graduating from Westminster in 1994, Debbie attended law school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and later transferred to the University of Arkansas, Little Rock School of Law. During her third year, she was selected to be a member of the National Competitive Trial Team. Debbie graduated from UALR School of Law in 1997 and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1997.


She is licensed to practice in Arkansas, The United States District Court for the Eastern & Western Districts of Arkansas, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


She is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations.


Debbie has an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. She is also a Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society recognizing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. She was selected a Rising Star in the area of Personal Injury Defense; General by Mid South Super Lawyers in 2010 and 2011.


Debbie has tried jury trials in both state and federal courts in Arkansas with success and has argued before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri.


Debbie practices in the areas of:


   ♦ Asbestos
   ♦ Independent Investigative Analysis
   ♦ Insurance & Bad Faith Litigation
   ♦ Personal Injury Litigation
   ♦ Premises Liability
   ♦ Products Liability
   ♦ Trucking Liability Defense



Debbie and John B. Plegge, also of Watts, Donovan & Tilley, have been retained by outside law firms to conduct independent investigative analysis of cases involving missing evidence. Ms. Denton and Judge Plegge have been retained to offer testimony regarding these investigations.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. Insurance: 20%
  4. Trucking Accident: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Hilburn, Calhoon, Harper, Pruniski & Calhoun, Ltd

One Riverfront Place
Eighth Floor
North Little Rock, AR, 72119


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWatts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A.2005 - Present
AttorneyLaser, Wilson, Bufford & Watts1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Pulaski County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Arkansas Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Arkansas Association of Women LawyersN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The DRI Defense Library SeriesPunitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium; Arkansas2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
Westminster CollegePolitical Science/German/DanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1994