J.D. is a nationally recognized trial lawyer representing individuals and families in serious injury and wrongful death cases. He has been the lead attorney in over 300 litigations and has represented over 800 people in injury and wrongful death cases.
J.D. was awarded the “2013 Young Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). He now serves on the Board of Governors for ATLA and is one of three ATLA representatives to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors. He is a graduate of AAJ’s prestigious Leadership Academy, and he was elected to be an officer of its 5,000-member New Lawyers Division. He is a graduate and faculty member of The Trial Lawyer’s College, serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Justice Foundation, and has received “Top 40 Under 40” recognition from the National Trial Lawyers Association.
J.D. is a sought-out national speaker, sharing his litigation skills and experience with other lawyers at seminars across the country. He has chaired over and presented at seminars in over a dozen states and internationally. He also provides formal trial consulting to lawyers and clients as a partner in the Focus Firm®. The Focus Firm uses focus groups, case workshops, and trial strategy methods to evaluate, develop, and prepare litigation files and their lawyers for upcoming jury trials.
J.D. remains involved with his local community, speaking in schools about distracted driving, judging law student trial competitions, and helping coach a local high school mock trial team. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Peace at Home Family Shelter, in Fayetteville, AR.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Excellence Award||American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division||2015|
|Outstanding Member New Lawyers Division||Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Attorney||Taylor King & Associates||2010 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||Faculty||2018 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, New Lawyers Division||Officer||2017 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group||Member||2016 - Present|
|Public Justice||Board of Directors||2016 - Present|
|Peace at Home Family Shelter||Board of Directors||2016 - Present|
|American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group||Member||2015 - Present|
|Oklahoma Association for Justice||Member||2015 - Present|
|Public Justice||Member||2015 - Present|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||Alumnus||2013 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Board of Governors||2012 - Present|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Governors||2011 - Present|
|ATLA Docket||How to Identify and Handle a Difficult Deposition Witness||2017|
|University of Arkansas School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Ouachita Baptist University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2007|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association – Personal Injury CLE, Little Rock, AR||"Fear"||2015|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - Personal Injury CLE, Little Rock, AR||“Trial Skills – Voir Dire”||2014|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - Meet the Experts CLE, Rogers, AR||“Discovering the Story of Your Client’s Case”||2014|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - From Smoke & Mirrors to Smoking Guns in Your Auto Collision Cases CLE, Fayetteville, AR||“Psychodrama and the DME”||2013|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association - Personal Injury CLE, Little Rock, AR||“10 Techniques I’ve Learned Litigating Cases as a Young Lawyer"||2013|
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