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Caroline Curry Lewis

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Attorney
Associate

Caroline C. Lewis practices primarily in bankruptcy law. Caroline is licensed to practice in all federal and state courts within the State of Arkansas.

Legal Practice Areas in Arkansas
Bankruptcy

Caroline Lewis – Little Rock Bankruptcy Attorney

Caroline C. Lewis is originally from Gurdon, Arkansas. Caroline obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. As an undergraduate, Caroline spent a semester abroad in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she studied Russian. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas in 1998. Caroline enrolled in law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and obtained her law degree in 2002.

While in law school, she served as the Research Editor of the Arkansas Law Review. Caroline was also an active member of the moot court program. As a competitor, she was honored for her writing and oral advocacy skills in the intramural and National Moot Court competitions. Caroline served on the Board of Advocates as the Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Competition Chair. For her service to the law school and her achievements in moot court, Caroline was awarded the 2002 Outstanding Service to the Law School Award and received the 2002 Appellate Advocacy Prize.

Caroline clerked for the Honorable William R. Wilson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for two years after completing law school, and later worked in the area of insurance defense, including subrogation, workers’ compensation defense, complex commercial and antitrust litigation, estate planning and probate law, and the development of business entities in Arkansas. She has submitted appeals to the Full Commission of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Arkansas Court of Appeals, the Arkansas Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Caroline joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm January in 2009. Caroline has served as the firm’s Managing Bankruptcy Attorney since 2013, and her practice is primarily focused on representing debtors in consumer bankruptcy matters before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. Although she has recently scaled back on these types of cases, she also practices in the areas of probate and family law, and is a Qualified Domestic Relations/Probate Attorney ad Litem, as recognized by the Administrative Office of the Courts for the State of Arkansas. In 2014, she was recognized by Soirée Magazine as the Best Bankruptcy Lawyer and was a nominee by the American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys for the “10 Best” Attorneys in the State of Arkansas.

Caroline and her husband, Stephen, reside in Little Rock, Arkansas, with their daughter, Catherine.

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I became a lawyer because… I wanted to improve the lives of others who find themselves unable to do it alone. I remember my mother encouraging me to be a lawyer when I was younger, because I would argue with a signpost and I would never be satisfied until I knew the answer to my favorite question: “Why?” As I got older, I realized that I truly wanted to be an attorney when I did some work at an abused women’s shelter as a teenager and met women who had been abused, were facing the end of their relationships, needed financial help with their children, and had nowhere to go. It was then that I recognized, truly, the need that our world has for people who are familiar with the law and can use that knowledge to help people who would suffer without help. It’s very humbling to know that you have the training that could make such an impact on another human being’s life.
What I like most about the law is… the fact that it is ever-changing and always subject to interpretation, depending on your perspective. It provides order to society in what would otherwise be a very chaotic world.
When you need an attorney… you want and need for that person to be dependable, hardworking, and to diligently and ethically advocate for you. You need someone who is on your side.

My friends describe me as… kind, caring, friendly, and outgoing . . . a stereotypical Sagittarius.

A job I could not do is… any other job. I truly love the law and I know that I was born to be an attorney.

My most rewarding case is… impossible to choose, and may be yet to be determined . . . I hope that I can look back on my life and find that each one was rewarding in its own way. I have been involved in cases that created new law, both as a judicial law clerk, and as an attorney, and that is very exciting-to know that you have been a part of the creation of new legal principles that might impact so many lives.

I joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm because… I know the people who work for the firm-the attorneys, the investigators, and all the other staff, and I have seen the way they work together as a team to provide the absolute best service they possibly can. I have seen the dedication they have to the firm’s clients, and I wanted to be a part of that. It is something of which I can be proud, I think-that knowledge that comes with being part of something positive.
What makes The Brad Hendricks Law Firm different from other lawyers? The lawyers at The Brad Hendricks Law Firm respect our clients and each other as colleagues and members of an organization that share a common goal to best represent their clients’ interests at all times. They come to the office prepared to dedicate everything humanly possibly to obtain a positive result for the client.

Someone I really admire is… unfortunately no longer living, but her name was Doris Wells. She was my eighth grade English teacher and she is the first person in my life who not only told me that I should be a lawyer, but then gave me the advice and encouragement that led me to believe that I could actually do just that, if I worked hard enough. She was my teacher, my mentor, and my friend. She came to my law school graduation and was later present at my wedding in 2007. She died later that year. I wish she could have met my daughter, that she could see my career become what she always envisioned, and that I could tell her that she was such a large part of all of it. She inspired me, and I will always miss her.

My favorite music is… much too diverse to label. I love pop music, country, classical, folk, disco, classic rock, adult contemporary, rap, and R&B. I probably listen to the local top 40 music channel more than anything, to stay on top of what music is being recorded.

What is your favorite word? Love. It’s just a little word, but it probably has the largest scope in our lives. I am blessed to know that I have it in abundance in my marriage, my relationship with my friends and family, in my feelings about my hobbies and my career. It’s presence in my life is keenly felt and truly treasured.

What is a word you hate? Failure. I loathe the word “failure.”

If I had to attempt another profession… I would try my hand in the technological field.

A sound or noise I love is… the sound of my daughter and husband’s laughter.

A sound or noise I hate is… breaking glass, raised voices, the cry my daughter makes when she is in pain and can’t be soothed, such as when she broke her arm while roller skating.

My favorite trivia fact is… that Rita Moreno has won an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, and BAFTA award . . . it was the topic of a trivia question once on the radio. I got it right, and my husband guessed Barbra Streisand. He has won on Jeopardy, so the fact that I was right and he was wrong, just that once, makes it my favorite piece of trivia by far.

My favorite quote is… “It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.” – Earl Warren, former-Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

My favorite poet is… Robert Frost.

My favorite books are… “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.

My favorite movie is… “The Color Purple.”

When not at work, I enjoy… spending time with my husband and our daughter.

Caroline's Experience

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Education:

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    J.D.
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1998
  • M.A.
  • Major: Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1996
  • B.A.,
  • Major: Russian and Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Arkansas Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Editorial Board for Handbooks (2015-2016)
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Member of Annual Convention Committee and Publications Committee (2015-2016)

Honors and Awards:

  • Soirée Magazine, Best Bankruptcy Lawyer, 2014
  • American Institute of Bankruptcy Attorneys “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of Arkansas Nominee, 2014
  • Appellate Advocacy Prize, 2002
  • Outstanding Service to the Law School Award, 2002
  • Vincent Foster Scholarship Recipient, 2002
  • Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Championship Team, 2001
  • Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Outstanding Oralist Award, 2001
  • Arkansas Law Review Research Editor, 2001
  • Ben J. Altheimer Moot Court Board of Advocates Competition Chair, 2001
  • National Moot Court Competition Regional Quarterfinalist, 2001
  • National Moot Court Competition Best Brief Award Recipient, 2001
  • Vincent Foster Scholarship Recipient, 2001
  • Caroline Lewis is a qualified Attorney Ad Litem.

Published Works:

  • In re Guardianship of S.H.: The Constitutionality of the Parental Presumption in Termination of (Voluntary) Guardianship Cases, ATLA Docket (Spring 2013)
  • City of Caddo Valley v. George: Stop or I’ll Sue! Police Chases and the Price Cities May Pay, 55 ARK. L. REV. 425 (2002)
  • Sample Arguments: The FDCPA’s Bona Fide Error Defense Should Be Applied to Mistakes in Interpretation of State Collections Law, 2001 ARK. L. NOTES 117 (2001)
  • Personal Injury Claims, the Wreckage of Medical Liens, and the Salvageability of Recovery through Bankruptcy, ATLA Docket (Fall 2015)

Representative Cases:

  • In re Ballinger, 2013 WL 6383011 (Bkrtcy. E.D. Ark. 2013)
  • Austin v. Centerpoint Energy Arkla, 365 Ark. 38, 226 S.W.3d 814 (2006)
  • Automated Conveyor Systems v. Hill, 362 Ark. 215, 208 S.W.3d 136 (2005)
  • Caldwell v. TEC Corp., 423 F.3d 784 (8th Cir. 2005)
  • Cottage Cafe, Inc. v. Collette, 94 Ark. App. 72, 224 SW. 3d 27 (2006)
  • Culpepper v. Vilsack, 664 F.3d 252 (8th Cir. 2011)
  • Davis v. Jefferson Hospital Association, 685 F.3d 675 (8th Cir. 2012)
  • McLeod v. Cavenaugh Ford Lincoln, LLC, WL 4402499 (E.D. Ark. 2013)
  • Pina v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 31 Ark. App. 77, 208 S.W.3d 236 (2005)
  • Swaim v. Wal-Mart Associates , 91 Ark. App. 120, 208 SW 3d 837 (2005)

Past Employment Positions:

  • Roberts Law Firm, P.A., Associate, 2004 – 2007
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Law Clerk, 2002

Our Arkansas accident injury attorneys also represent people who were injured at work in worker’s compensation claims. We have handled all types of cases from construction accidents to toxic injury claims. Our lawyers have a firm understanding of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and Water Law to help those workers injured in railroad accidents or on waterways such as rivers and lakes.

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The Brad Hendricks Law Firm proudly serves clients throughout Arkansas, including Arkadelphia, Benton, Conway, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, and West Memphis as well as numerous counties throughout the State of Arkansas, including Arkansas County, Baxter County, Benton County, Bradley County, Calhoun County, Clark County, Columbia County, Conway County, Crittenden County, Faulkner County, Garland County, Hempstead County, Hot Spring County, Izard County, Lawrence County, Lonoke County, Monroe County, Nevada County, Pike County, Poinsett County, Polk County, Pope County, Prairie County, Pulaski County, Saline County, Sharp County, Stone County, Washington County, White County, Woodruff County, and Yell County, and all other counties in the State of Arkansas.

Little Rock

500 Pleasant Valley Drive, Building C
Little Rock, AR 72227
501-221-0444

Conway

700 Front Street, Suite 101
Conway, AR 72032
501-504-2663

Fayetteville

1 W Mountain St, Suite 102
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-444-8194

Texarkana

Omega Professional Building
216 Olive Street, Suite 211
Texarkana, AR 71854
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Jonesboro

225 S. Main St., Suite 102-C
Jonesboro, AR 72401
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Fort Smith

2120 South Waldron Road Suite B-10
Fort Smith, AR 72903
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