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Chad L. Atwell

Criminal defense Attorney at Fayetteville, AR

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

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About Chad

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I am a  former Benton County Deputy Prosecutor. In my time as a prosecutor I had numerous jury trials involving many different types of crimes. In my time there I handled everything from misdemeanors to felonies, including being the Gun Violence Prosecutor. I was involved in the first Grand Jury in Benton County in over 20 years.


I was born and raised in Crawford County, Arkansas, attending the sprawling Cedarville High School.


I obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, in CommunicationI obtainedmy Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in December of 2004, after finishing Law School early.


I am member of the Washington and Benton County Bar Associations, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Inns of Court, Phi Alpha Deltal Legal Fraternity, admitted to practice in both the Eastern and Western District Federal Courts and regularly practice Washington, Benton, Sebastian and Crawford County.

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Posted by Edward | May 8, 2013
Golden and very well priced highly recommended
Got in trouble by a cops/daughter It was a major misunderstanding and was taken to jail and charged with a felony and four counts of mistermeaner, I have to say it wasn't looking good for me even tho is wasn't what it appeared to be he really showed intrest and will work hard, and also will work you with you with payments. Bottom line got everything dropped before court date. Nothing on my recorded this guy knows his stuff and if I have to recommend someone it would be him.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2012
Chad was the best choice I could have made to represent my DWI case!
Chad was an incredible Lawyer from start to finish. When I reached out to Chad after being referred to him by a friend, I had never been in any situation with the Law before. I was incredibly upset and unsure of what would happen. He made each step very clear for me to understand, he kept me informed of any changes and aware of what was to come. I remember at one point him emailing me while being very sick in bed. At that point I knew I could trust him and be confident he not only cared about my case but also about me as an individual. Chad was also very knowledgeable and worked hard to get the best results for my case. It all paid off after finding out we had WON! I wasn't charged with a DWI, I had no further charges and could move forward with a clear record! I appreciate all Chad Atwell has done for my case and would recommend him to even my closest family and friends! Awesome Lawyer! Great at what he does!
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Posted by Gail | September 3, 2009
Chad has been my Attorney for several years now. He is always accessible and prompt on calling me and keeping me informed. He is very knowledgeable in whatever he is working on, willing to go the extra mile on research and justification. He is very thorough and researches each case with diligence. The best thing about Chad is he is always honest and straightforward with me as a client!
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A waste of thousands of $$$
Chad talks a BIG talk, we paid him a ton of money and no more was done by him than what could have been done by a State paid attorney. He didn't return phone calls most of the time and didn't keep appointments at times that he set. The initial court was rediculous! He knew that he couldn't do anything, he had to have known if he's as experienced as he claims! He took our $ and did NOTHING! An honest attorney would have been straight up and suggested stay with what you have, this situation can not change. One court appearance and numerous failed returned calls and appointments. This is why attorneys get a poor reputation. We're a hard working family that fell prey to a slick talking attorney who said he could make a difference. Ha! The judge even thought he was a snot nosed! Reminded him that he was in his court room. Seek out the older attorneys that aren't preoccupied with making a name for themselves, but have true passion for assisting families in need and they are up front and honest. Chad working as a prosecuting attorney offers no leverage for any of his cases, don't be fooled by that in his ad.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Gun Violence Prosecutor
  • Benton County Prosecutors Office
  • 2005 - 2007


  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Free Poseidon


  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Arkansas
  • admitted to practice in
  • 2007 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Benton County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 under 40
  • Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Elected to the House of Delegates
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • 2011
  • 2011 Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • 2011 Northwest Arkansas Finest
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Endorse Chad
Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this Attorney. Chad is a great litigator and a great guy."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this talented and knowledgeable attorney, who is well-respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've seen Chad in his capacity as a trial lawyer and he was amazing. More importantly, prosecutors in the area know first hand he is willing and ready to take cases to trial."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Hard Working criminal attorney. Nice hair to."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chad is a professional, straight-forward attorney who is an aggressive advocate for his clients. His personality makes him both an excellent attorney to work with, as well as one to oppose. Your case is in excellent hands if you have Chad as your counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chad is an excellent attorney and if you get into any criminal trouble you want his number on your speed dial."
General practice Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chad is an excellent Attorney. I have known him for many years. I have worked with him on several cases, and have been opposed to him on some cases. He handles his business responsibly and ethically. He is an excellent trial attorney and does a good job for his clients."
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