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Mark F. Hampton

Criminal defense Attorney at Little Rock, AR

5.0   9 reviews
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  • Licensed for 38 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1985
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 Mr. Hampton is an Arkansas native born and raised in the Natural State. His mother was a school teacher for 32 years, and his father was Deputy Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity for the State of Arkansas. Both had a hand in developing Mr. Hampton’s character and his use of common sense in practicing law. Mark has developed a keen approach to evaluating each case on its own facts and circumstances. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its merits. Each person has their own unique path they walked to get them where they find themselves. From investigations involving the President of the United States down to misdemeanor drug offenses, Mark takes pride in doing the best job he can for each client.

Areas of Practice

 Drug Offenses: 

 Mark has had experience in the last 26 years of representing hundreds of clients in both federal and state drug cases; from major drug conspiracies to misdemeanor marijuana charges.  Mark evaluates each case of its own merits. Most of the time, if a drug case can be attacked it will be based upon an unlawful search and seizure of the drugs involved. If it appears that the search and seizure is illegal, Mark will attack those issues vigorously. On the other hand, should the case not provide such a helpful defense, Mark has significant experience in attempting to minimize the punishment for the offense in question. 

White Collar Crime: 

 Mark has had a significant number of federal and state cases involving wire fraud, mail fraud, bribery, extortion, and money laundering. These cases generally require complex analysis of the scheme or conspiracy in question. With the aid of his very experienced paralegal, Mark can analyze the case against you and properly evaluate the potential success of a trial. On the other hand, he will rely on his experience and understanding of the law to work out a successfully plea if a jury trial or bench trial is not an opinion. 

Homicide, Battery Offenses: 

 Mark has had several significant trials involving homicide, kidnapping and battery charges. These cases require a significant amount of investigation and critical evaluation of any and all forensic evidence which may be offered from the prosecution. Mark has an unlimited amount of affiliations with forensic experts, polygraph examiners, and criminal profilers to assure the best possible defense in these situations.

Parole Release: 

 Mark has had significant success in a few cases were individuals have applied for and received executive clemency and/or time cuts on their parole. Although these are difficult situations and are clearly discretionary with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Mark has been able to properly prepare the argument to persuade the parole board and the governor’s office to release individuals early from their expected parole eligibility date.

Appeals and Post-Conviction Relief both in Federal and State Courts: 

Mark does not actively pursue these matters. However, his office is affiliated with one of the finest appellant attorneys in the state, Professor J. T. Sullivan. Professor Sullivan has had tremendous success with direct appeals and post-conviction relief both in state and federal proceedings. Professor Sullivan experiences spans five different states in both federal and state appeals. Additionally, Professor Sullivan has successfully argued cases before the United States Supreme Court.  


Client's Choice 2012,2011
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2012 2011


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Client's Choice 2012
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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2011
Mark Hampton is a Top Notch Defense Attorney!
Mark Hampton was referred to me by a former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice who had nothing but good things to say about his work ethic, but also his character. Mr. Hampton took on my extremely complicated case and worked incredible hard on it. He we extremely fair with his billing and determined the perfect strategy in defending me--even in a very one-side court. I offer my highest recommendation for Mr. Hampton as not only capable, but caring. He gets an A+ rating.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2011
Best of the Best
Mark Hampton has become the best criminal defense attorney in Arkansas and is the standard by which all others are currently judged. A rare combination of intellect, street smarts and a fierce competitive edge, Mark defends with a vigor and compassion largely unseen in today's courthouse. He is a skillful pre-trial negotiator, masterful courtroom strategist and his ability to bond with a jury is a thing of beauty. He represented me when my life and freedom were on the line, negative publicity rampant and initially retained counsel inept and uninterested. He took over and stuck with me, never gave up even when my spirits were at their lowest and was a dear friend when all was said and done. Mark is a throwback to the days when lawyers were true professionals and respected members of their communities; an advocate willing to take on any cause regardless of the consequences he might suffer personally. Atticus Finch comes to mind and Mr. Hampton is more than worthy of the comparison. Perry Mason, F. Lee Bailey, Mark Hampton-each in his time unquestionably the best of the best.
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Posted by Tiffany | August 17, 2023
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Top Notch Attorney
I can't express how grateful I am for Mr. Hampton's expertise and dedication. He handled my case with utmost professionalism and provided clear guidance every step of the way. His in-depth understanding of criminal law and strategic approach helped achieve the best possible outcome for me. Communication was top-notch, and he promptly addressed my concerns, putting my mind at ease during a stressful time. I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Mark Hampton to anyone in need of a skilled, reliable, knowledgeable, and compassionate criminal defense attorney. THANK YOU for your outstanding legal representation and for guiding me through a difficult journey with such expertise and care.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2018
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Fantastic Lawyer
Mark has represented me twice. Once in 2006 and recently in 2017. Both times Marks expertise has saved me from being incarcerated and being taken away from my family. Thank you again Mark. You are the best of the best for sure. Legal strength when you need it! For sure!
Posted by john hesson | May 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Totally different attorney experience
Mark actually listened to what I had to say, never tried to cut me off or prejudge my case, was willing to look at any material I brought to support my position.. absorbed what my situation was.. I must have talked to 6 or 7 attorneys in the last few months... most are only interested in telling you what their fee's will be, not what they think they can do for you.. What a breath of fresh air. Open and candid, not any sign of ego, so down to earth. Definitely talk to this man before you make a decision on hiring an attorney, wish I had of found him 8 months ago.
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Posted by Scott | December 5, 2011
Excellent Lawyer
I have know Mark Hampton for over 20 years....He has represented me on my business transactions for over 8 years, and has always put 110% energy and effort into everything he has done for me....I also find Mark to be a man of great integrity.
Posted by Wendy | November 4, 2011
Changed my mind about lawyers
I invented and patented a fitness product that had worldwide distribution. A distributor in Pennsylvania took $100,000 worth of product, ignored its contractural obligations and held the inventory hostage essentially daring me to sue. I didn't know anyone in a state more than 1,000 miles from home but found my way to Mr. Hampton through the recommendation of another attorney. He took up my cause, found local counsel to assist him and move for his admission to the federal court in Philadelphia, showed a bunch of elite grey suits from the east coast that he was neither impressed or intimidated by their inflated egos and phony pedigrees and not only got them to back off but my equipment returned. Total vindication and victory.
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Posted by Burt | November 4, 2011
God Bless Mark Hampton!!!
I have known Mark for about a quarter of a century. During that time he has become a good friend. I also refer potential clients to him. I do so in large part because I get such strong thanks and gratitude from those who ultimately selct Mark as their attorney. I have often been told that Mark is different than most lawyers. He seems to really care about his clients. He takes time with them. He accepts calls 24/7 from folks who are in a bind and want to speak with someone, their lawyer. Several years ago I referred a large national group to Mark who were seeking counsel. At the time there was a possibility of criminal charges along with the numerous civil actions. Once Mark got involved things began to get better. It was this case that convinced me that Mark has a special touch, that Mark is just plain good as an attorney. Now I regularly sends friends to him if they need a good lawyer, if they need someone who will fight for them. That's what he does. He fights for his clients every day. Because of this, because he actually cares about his clients, I will continue to recommend Mark as long as he maintains his practice. Several years ago I read an interesting line supposedly written by famed attorney Melvin Belli, it goes, "A lawyer's performance in the courtroom is responsible for about 25 percent of the outcome; the remaining 75 percent depends on the facts." My retort is that Mr Belli never met Mark Hampton. If he had done so he might have adjusted his ratios a bit. God Bless Mark Hampton
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Posted by Jeannie | November 3, 2011
Someone you can always count on!
Mark is someone that is always there for you when you need them and is very diligent and knowledgable. I would not want anyone else defending me.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mark F. Hampton, P.A.
  • 1991 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wallace, Dover, and Dixon, P.A.
  • 1986 - 1991
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Floyd J. Lofton, Circuit Judge
  • 1985 - 1986


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Arkansas v. James Ivory Smith
  • A jury found Defendant Not Guilty.
  • State of Arkansas v. Cameron A Bryant
  • Judge found Defendant Not Guilty
  • State of Arkansas v. Gabriel Molina Torres
  • A jury found Defendant Not Guilty.
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  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Founding Member
  • 2000 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer in Arkansas
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Superb Rated Attorney
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Honored Member
  • Heritage Registry of Who's Who
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys in Arkansas
  • Published in Memphis Magazine
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best of the Best - Best Attorney
  • Arkansas Demcorat Gazette
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • The National Business Institute
  • The Criminal Defense Trial from Start to Finish
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Mark Hampton as an excellent trial attorney in the area of criminal defense, both state and federal. Mark is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. I first met Mark in the late 90s when I was in law school and working for another criminal defense attorney on the first federal death penalty case in Arkansas. Mark represented one of the other defendants in the case. I was so impressed with Mark's trial skills in that case. There is no doubt that he will defend his clients to the VERY best of his ability."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I would not want anyone else handling my matter"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mark gave me my start as a law clerk in a federal death penalty case. He taught me much of what I know. He is a wonderful guy and he cares about his clients the way great attorneys should. I reach out to him regularly for his advice and counsel. Truly a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mark for over thirty years. Mark works hard and is respected by his peers. When he pays me back the money I loan him I just put it in my pocket - no need to count it. Gary Green"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a very talented attorney who works hard for his clients. He has handled a number of very complex criminal cases with trials that have lasted several weeks. Few attorneys have the ability to stay focused that long, but Mark was able to perform throughout. It is His dedication to his clients that has impressed me most."
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Little Rock Criminal defense Lawyer Mark F. Hampton
Mark F. Hampton
Criminal defense Attorney
Little Rock, AR
Licensed for 38 years
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