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Michael McCarty Harrison was born in Little Rock and raised in Helena-West Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas. Her father is retired physician, Dr. Eddie McCarty, who still resides there, as does the majority of her family, many of whom are still practicing physicians. She attended the University of Arkansas on a University Scholarship, where she majored in Political Science and History, graduating with honors in three years, in 1995. While there, she was a member and officer of both the Golden Key National Honor Society and Delta Delta Delta sorority. She was also recognized two years by "Who's Who - College Students."
Michael attended law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, during which time she served as Professor Dent Gitchel's research assistant for two years. Together, they completed a revised pocket part to Professor Gitchell's resource book, "Admissibility of Evidence, A Manual for Arkansas Trial Lawyers." She also served on the 1997-1998 Trial Team, which won the Henry Woods' Trial Competition, and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She was recognized by "Who's Who - Law Students" in her second and third years. Upon graduation in 1998, Michael received the CALI "Excellence for the Future Award" in Environmental Law, as well as became certified as a Small Claims Mediator with the Little Rock District Courts.
She joined the Firm in 2002, after practicing for three and a half years with The Trammell Law Firm, primarily in the fields of workers' compensation, general insurance defense, and insurance coverage. Since joining the Firm, her practice areas have expanded to include appellate advocacy, automobile liability negligence, premises liability, commercial torts, trucking litigation, employment discrimination, products liability, personal injury defense, construction litigation, fire and arson investigation and defense, bad faith defense, insurance fraud defense, insurance subrogation and veterinary malpractice defense. She is licensed to practice before the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, all federal District Courts in Arkansas, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. She has tried jury trials across the State of Arkansas, with success. She became a partner in the Firm in 2013.
Michael was selected by Mid-South Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in 2011 and 2012 and as a Super Lawyer in 2013 and 2014. She has been given the preeminent AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. She has been recognized by "Who's Who in American Law" the past many years. She is a member of the American, Arkansas, and Pulaski County Bar Associations, as well as the Defense Research Institute and the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, in which she has previously served as Treasurer and currently serves as Secretary. She previously served as Chair of the Membership Development Committee of the Arkansas Bar Association, of which she is still a member, and is also a member of its Long Range Planning Committees. Recently, Michael was selected by the readers of Soiree Magazine as one of their 2014 Best Attorneys. Additionally, in both 2014 and 2015, she was selected by Arkansas Life Magazine as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Arkansas.
Michael lives in Maumelle with her husband, Dan, a Canadian and former professional hockey player, and their son, Cole, who attends the Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock. She is a Commissioner on the Maumelle Civil Service Commission. Continuing her love of volunteerism, Michael has dedicated many hours to the Maumelle Friends of the Animals, the Pulaski County Humane Society, the Little Rock Zoo, the Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure, the American Cancer Society, and the American Multiple Myeloma Association.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 25 Attorneys in Arkansas||Arkansas Life||2015|
|Top 25 Attorneys in Arkansas||Arkansas Life||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale Hubbell||2014|
|Best Attorneys in Arkansas||Soiree||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2011|
|Excellence for the Future, Environmental Law||CALI||1998|
|Trial Competition Winner||Henry Woods||1998|
|Partner||Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A.||2002 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Pulaski County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Arkansas Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee||N/A||N/A|
|Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel||Secretary||N/A|
|Arkansas Bar Association, Membership Development Committee||Co-chair||N/A|
|Arkansas Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||N/A|
|Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Arkansas Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Maumelle Civil Service Commission||N/A||N/A|
|The DRI Defense Library Series||Punitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium; Arkansas||2009|
|University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Arkansas||Political Science/History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association||View from the Defense||N/A|