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Lisa Marie Dennis

Criminal defense Attorney at Fayetteville, AR

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1992
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2004

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Former deputy prosecuting attorney. Providing aggressive representation of all criminal matters ranging from the most serious felony charges to traffic offenses.

    23 years

  2. Family
    Experienced in divorce, custody, and visitation matters. Thorough investigation of assets, business valuations, and hidden assets in divorce actions.

    23 years

Lisa is a native of Fayetteville, Arkansas where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arkansas. She was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 1992 and the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas in 1995. 

Lisa handled several high profile criminal cases including rape trials, drug trials, and a capital murder trial during her years at the Benton County and Washington County Public Defenders Office.  She later served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the acclaimed Washington/Madison Drug Court presided over by Judge Mary Ann Gunn.  After over 10 years as a prosecutor, she started a law practice with Judge Gunn and another respected local attorney, Ken Kieklak.  GUNN KIEKLAK DENNIS LLP provides an array of legal services for a holistic but aggressive approach to legal representation. Lisa's practice primarily includes criminal law, divorces, custody matters, and visitation cases

Lisa is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. She served as a board member for the Arkansas Association of Drug Court Professionals Association and an officer on the Board of Directors for the Washington/Madison Counties Friends of the Drug Court Foundation. She is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, and the Benton County Bar Association and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.  She has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial lawyer in 2015 and 2016 by the National Trial Lawyers.

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3900 Front Street Suite 103
Fayetteville, AR, 72701-4202


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Posted by Kelly | February 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Lisa is the attorney you want on your side!
We hired Lisa for a difficult custody battle. She was attentive to our needs, wishes, and concerns throughout the entire process. We never felt like we were going through this alone, or had the aggravation of our attorney being unreachable. Several times, Lisa would return our calls during break sessions while she was in court. She even came to our house to see the home life of our children! We can not thank her enough for her help in keeping our family together!
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Posted by Steve | February 20, 2019
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Lisa Dennis handled my divorce and I was so happy with the outcome and how she handled it for me. I will not use anyone else in the future but her. I appreciate how she or her staff kept me posted and how quickly my divorce was handled !! Lisa is excellent and she is very kind but yet gets the results she tells you she will !! Definitely would recommend her to anyone !!!
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Posted by Kim | November 22, 2016
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Great attorney!
I hired Ms. Dennis in an emergency situation. She specializes in criminal law but was very nice to take my call immediately. My mother was in a mental hospital and I needed to obtain Power of Attorney. Within hours we had the paperwork complete and filed. She was very knowledgeable of the laws and very understanding of my situation. Definitely recommend her to everyone I know!
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Posted by Michael | November 21, 2016
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Excellant Attorney
I had a big custody battle over my daughter, and Lisa was there every step of the way. Thanks to Lisa the outcome was everything I wanted. If you want an amazing attorney with experience, knowledge, who is compassionate and cares about you and your family, Lisa is the best. She was always professional, and available for advice. Lisa truly cared about my case and keeping my family together.
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Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2014
Honest and professional. She listened to all my concerns and in the end with she helped me win more time with my daughter. I owe her so much.


  • Hourly Rates $ 90-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004.

Caution issued in AR, 2004
updated on 01/07/2014

A caution means that an attorney did something wrong, but may still practice law. The attorney was cautioned in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • 2016 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • The Gunn Firm
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Washington County, State of Arkansas
  • 2001 - 2011
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Benton and Washington County
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Crossbow murder
  • Juvenile court


  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Benton County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
  • Board Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Lisa
Unknown Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa is a dedicated advocate for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked with Lisa for the last 15 years. She is a great trial attorney before both bench and juries. I watched her first jury felony drug delivery case 15 years ago when she won the case by directed verdict. I have the utmost respect for her integrity and work ethic."
Criminal defense

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Fayetteville Criminal defense Lawyer Lisa Marie Dennis
Lisa Marie Dennis
Criminal defense Attorney
Fayetteville, AR
Licensed for 31 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2004. See details