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James Ellis Crouch

Real estate Attorney at Springdale, AR

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also known as Jim Crouch

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found

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About James

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Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC is the oldest firm in Springdale, Arkansas. Serving the Legal Needs of Northwest Arkansas since 1947.

Real Estate — Jim has years of experience in a variety of real estate matters. He has assisting developers with commercial subdivisions, residential subdivisions, planned unit developments, and horizontal property regimes ( condos ), which experience includes drafting declarations of covenants, conditions, and restrictions, rezoning, and formation of property owners associations. On numerous occasions, Jim has assisted on the buying and selling of real estate ranging from assisting a young couple on buying their first home  to assisting commercial landlords on the sale of shopping centers. He has been on the panel of attorneys approved by Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company  for title insurance defense and has handled numerous cases involving the curing of title defects. Jim has represented commercial and residential landlords, including the Springdale Public Housing Authority and Fayetteville Public Housing Authority. That representation has included providing legal services related to Rental Assistance Demonstration conversions for public housing. He has also been involved in numerous disputes, including unlawful detainers cases (evictions), between landlords and tenants,  primarily  representing the landlord. His real estate practice also includes both defending and prosecuting real estate condemnation. 


Wills, Trust and Probate — These services Jim provides include a variety of legal services ranging from simple wills to revocable trust, business and healthcare powers of attorneys, beneficiary deeds and living wills. Jim has represented numerous families in the probate of the estate of a loved one, both dying with and without a will. Unfortunately the death of a loved one, often involves litigation. Therefore, Jim has been involved in will contests. He has also been on both sides of contested guardianships, representing persons seeking a guardian for a mother or father and has represented wards ( the persons alleged to be incapacitated)  opposing guardianships.


Commercial Litigation — Over his more than 40 years of experience, Jim has handled a vast array of commercial litigation,  including economic damages product liability cases, breach of construction contracts, covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets , Packers and Stockyards disputes,  foreclosures, wrongful discharge defense and  employment discrimination defense.


Railroad Law —  Jim has had the good fortune to represent a short-line railroad. The number of legal matters involving railroads is vast, including FELA defense, crossing cases, condemnation, dealing with the Federal Railroad Administration, easements and contracts.


General Business — As a lawyer in a growing community, Jim has had the rewarding opportunity to assist everyone from the so-called mom and pop grocery to multi-national companies. This practice includes the formation of for-profit and not- for- profit corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. One day he might be drafting a buy-sell agreement for members of a small company and the next day assisting a company in selling its assets. No legal matter involving the needs of a business owner are too small for Jim to render assistance.  Northwest Arkansas has a diverse population. Accordingly,  Crouch, Harwell, Fryar and Ferner firm has legal assistants who speak Spanish , and the services offered include immigration cases.


Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC
111 Holcomb Street
Springdale, AR, 72764

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Posted by Jamie | July 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing integrity and service
Jim Crouch has been a lifesaving advocate for my family for years. He is dedicated and trustworthy. He has aided us in trust and incorporation issues, business sale and purchase and walked us through document needs when we needed them during the pandemic shut down. . He understands and delivers on time sensitive issues. If you need an attorney that is the perfect mix between delivering legal needs and acting with kindness and compassion you would be hard pressed to find a better man. We are huge fans!
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Posted by Jon | July 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent! Fast, smart, effective
I have worked with many lawyers in the past. Jim Crouch is probably the best! Recently, I was in a real estate contract, unrepresented at first, with continuing problems trying to get straight answers about a number of problems, primarily an open gravel mine, numerous very large gas or oil storage tanks abandoned on the property and uncertain road access. The realtor and sellers were trying to have me believe that I had to "buy" everything. However, the tanks and other items were NOT attached, and as Jim explained to them, are therefore NOT considered real estate. He was fast to answer his phone, quickly understood the scope of the problem, gave me a fair estimate and then solved the problems including reviewing the closing documents and requiring changes to protect my interest. Very pleased with his service.! I highly recommend that you call Mr Jim Crouch BEFORE you sign the contract or close your property purchase. A very good investment! - Jon
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Crouch, Harwell, Fryar & Ferner, PLLC
  • 1977 - Present


  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Hendrix College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974


  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 1977 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association, House of Delegates Committee
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • President
  • N/A
  • Springdale Chamber of Commerce
  • Chair
  • N/A
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Forms Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Commission on Diversity Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Outstanding Lawyer-Citizen Award
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Community Legacy Award
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Volunteer Attorney of the Year in Washington County
  • Legal Services of Arkansas
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim is a great advocate for his clients. I endorse Jim."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Jim is one of the most respected and respectable attorneys that I have ever met. His depth of knowledge on legal issues is surpassed by few other lawyers, and his passion and compassion for his clients are unrivaled. I highly recommend Jim to anyone."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jim as a fellow attorney for more than 35 years. Not only is he a seasoned litigator who works tirelessly on his clients' behalf, but he is also a man of the highest honor and integrity."

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Springdale Real estate Lawyer James Ellis Crouch
James Ellis Crouch
Real estate Attorney
Springdale, AR
Licensed for 46 years