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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.  


Practice areas


  1. Violent Crime: 25%
    31 years
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    31 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 25%
    31 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 25%
    31 years, 2 thousand cases



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  • Pamela Epperson Panasiuk

    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.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


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Contact info

Mark F. Hampton, PA

1122 West Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Superb Rated AttorneyAVVO2013
Top Lawyer in ArkansasThe Legal Network2013
Honored MemberHeritage Registry of Who's Who2012
Top Attorneys in ArkansasPublished in Memphis Magazine2012
Client's ChoiceAvvo2012
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyersMid-South Super Lawyers2011
Best of the Best - Best AttorneyArkansas Demcorat Gazette2011
Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMark F. Hampton, P.A.1991 - Present
AssociateWallace, Dover, and Dixon, P.A.1986 - 1991
Law ClerkHonorable Floyd J. Lofton, Circuit Judge1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersFounding Member2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Arkansas v. Kelly Harrison Campbell,, Case No. CR 2006-494-1Reversed on Appeal
State of Arkansas v. Porshia Tabron, Case No. CR 2005-4910Charged with 1st Degree Murder found guilty of Manslaughter, probated sentence
U.S.A. v. Vertis Clay, Case No. 4:04CR00035 WRWThis was a death penalty case. Clay was found guilty of drug trafficking conspiracy, use of firearm during drug trafficking conspiracy and one count of murder. Clay was sentenced fifty years concurrent to life imprisonment
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of Central ArkansasN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The National Business InstituteThe Criminal Defense Trial from Start to Finish2010