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Joe Dan Byars Jr.

Employment and labor Attorney at Fort Smith, AR

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Arkansas - AR 28 years
    Texas - TX 34 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1988
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Joe

Learn Joe’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Employment and discrimination trial practice including civil rights, wage and hour disputes, sexual harassment, gender, pregnancy, race, age and disability discrimination. Whistleblower protection.

    35 years

  2. Personal injury
    Serious Injury cases including automobile accidents, wrongful death, products liability, heavy truck collisions, on-the-job injuries, motorcycle accidents.

    35 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    Business and commercial litigation, while not constituting a majority of my practice, is probably one of my favorite areas of practice.

    35 years

  4. Estate planning
    The preparation of Wills and Trusts is important work which is a valuable service to the conscientious client. Estate litigation and disputes is also a big area of my practice.

The focus of my practice and extesive experience is in complex civil litigation, which includes serious personal injury cases, business and employment litigation, and even intellectual property and antitrust litigation. I look forward to working with my clients to obtain the best possible result in all circumstances. I am dedicated to listening to client ideas, and working together to win within the bounds of the law. I believe that not only skill and experience is necessary for success, but tenacity and  determination are often outcome determinative. I have tried many cases before juries, and many bench trials. The listed cases are only a few of the representative cases, as many cases settle under strict confidentiality provisions. It would be a pleasure to visit with you about your case. The initial phone consultation is at no charge:.

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Joe Dan Byars Jr.
401 Lexington Ave
Fort Smith, AR, 72901-4638


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Posted by Jerali | March 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Grateful
Mr. Joe Byars, he is truly one of a kind. I was being wrongfully sued for allot of money in small claims court for the simple fact that I didn't give a 10 day notice. Being that it was in small claims court, nobody was even hearing me out. The ones that would hear me out wanted tons of money up front and I just didn't have anything to give. I called a lawyer whose name I don't even remember, he told me he didn't practice that part of the law, and he referred me to Joe byars. I was immediately impressed that another lawyer would refer another lawyer. Joe Byars, was the first lawyer, who I felt like actually cared. He heard me out and he knew I didn't have any money for a lawyer, but he took my case anyway. Then, he did one better, he told me he was going to charge me $0.00 for his retaining fee. Meaning, he took my case to help me out for free. You don't meet people that do that anymore. It's absolutely refreshing. Once he took my case, he kept me updated on what was going on and then my case eventually was dismissed. Thank you so much, Mr. Byars. I am sincerely grateful for everything you've done. I highly recommend him, if you are looking for a lawyer who actually cares, who you can trust to get things done, and who actually keeps you in the loop of what's going on, Joe Byars is your lawyer. I will continue to go to him for any legal advice, and I will refer him to anybody and everyone! Call him, like I said he's one of a kind! He's truly on your side.
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Posted by AA | May 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant lawyer
Great lawyer! Hard working, and knows what he is doing. Very friendly office. Would recommend him a million times over! He's been my lawyer for over 3 years now.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 180-250 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Byars, Hickey & Hall, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Christian, Byars & Hickey PLLC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Christian & Byars
  • 1995 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Miller, Hiersche, Martens & Hayward, PC
  • 1988 - 1995
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  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Baylor University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Tom Holbird v. Allen Canning Co. (US Dist Ct East Dist Ok)
  • Jury Verdict in favor of client in the amount of $250,000.
  • William "Bill" Dominic v. DeVilbiss Air Power Co. (US Dist Ct Western Ark)
  • Jury verdict in favor of client, awarding $113,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages of $250,000. Total Judgment, with attny fees was $413,964.51. On appeal, the punitive damages award was vacated, but the remaining damages award was upheld.
  • Marie Chapman v. Western Ark Anesthesia Assoc. (US Dist Ct Western Ark)
  • Jury verdict in favor of client in the amount of $250,000, affirmed on appeal to US Court of Appeals for 8th Cir.
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  • Arkansas Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • N/A
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Distinguished 4.4 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Human Resource Law From Start to Finish
  • Employment Law
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Just about every attorney in the river valley has heard of Joe Byars' accomplishments and sky-high settlements in the personal injury field. Not only does he know the law but he also knows how to negotiate with corporations and and what to expect from juries."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a well respected attorney and advocates hard for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Joe for many years. He is well respected in the legal community and does an excellent job for his clients. I would recommend him without hesitation."
General practice
Fort Smith Employment and labor Lawyer Joe Dan Byars Jr.
Joe Dan Byars Jr.
Employment and labor Attorney
Fort Smith, AR
Licensed for 34 years
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