I became a lawyer because… My parents instilled in me a sense of justice, of right and wrong, but also a sense of compassion so that I understand that right and wrong are not always black and white, but often gray. I also find satisfaction in using my legal skills to help others in difficult situations. The only profession I can think of that fits all of those criteria is the practice of law, representing people before a jury of their peers.
What I like most about the law is… I think of a quote from Tom Hanks in the movie “Philadelphia”… what I love about the law is that “every once in a while, you get to be a part of justice being done.” and there is not much else in the world that is as rewarding as being a part of that.
My most rewarding case was… There are actually too many for me to pick out just one. As I thought about my most rewarding cases, two things stood out. First, each involved an individual who suffered greatly at the hands of another, generally more powerful person or corporation, and needed an equalizing factor – the law. Second, whether or not a case was rewarding had nothing to do with money, or ego, or pride, but rather doing justice, which was a reward in itself.
My most disappointing case was… My most disappointing case involved the death of a 9-year-old girl, killed by a drunk driver. Those facts are disturbing and horrifying enough, but the rest of the story is heartbreaking. This child and her father, a minister in a small town, were going home on a Sunday afternoon after church, driving down a small town street at a leisurely pace. At the same time, a young man had just left a “party” at a local park after getting into a fight with his girlfriend. He was quite intoxicated and driving recklessly. As the young girl and her father approached an intersection, the drunk ran a stop sign at 50 mph striking the little girl’s side of the minister’s car. The impact immediately killed the drunk, but unfortunately the collision was not so merciful to the young girl. She lingered for a while in her father’s arms crying for his help until she eventually passed away in front of him.
The drunk driver had only “minimum limits” liability insurance on his vehicle, or $25,000, and no assets. There was no one to take responsibility for this child’s death and I had to explain to the minister why his daughter’s life was only “worth” $25,000.
I joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm because… It is a dynamic and ethical firm devoted to the pursuit of justice for those who cannot help themselves. The people here are dedicated to their jobs and a joy to work with.
My friends describe me as… Having a dry sense of humor
A job I could not do is… Physician in a children’s hospital. As much as I would love to help children and admire those who do, I could not bear to watch children suffer day after day.
Someone I really admire is… Mark Martin, Winston Cup Driver, for his sportsmanship and class, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a civil war general who to me exemplifies what it means to be a man of character.
My favorite sport’s team is… The Philadelphia Eagles
My favorite music is… 70’s and 80’s rock.
My favorite movie is… Pretty much anything with John Wayne, Clint Eastwood or Denzel Washington
What is your favorite word? “Daddy.”
A sound or noise I love is… I enjoy the quiet of falling snow.
A sound or noise I hate is… The cry of a child in pain.
Outside of my family, my most treasured belonging is… Whichever model Mustang I am currently driving!
When not at work, I enjoy… Playing guitar, playing softball and being with my kids. I am also a huge NASCAR fan.
Areas of Practice:
- Personal Injury — Plaintiff
- Arkansas, 1992
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1993
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1993
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1994
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1992
- Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, 1987
- Major: Psychology
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1997 – 2006
Board of Governor’s
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 – 2005
Outstanding Board Member
- Public Relations Committee, 1998
- Listserv Committee, 2004 – 2005
- Publications, Public Relations, Legislation, Program and Amicus Committees
- Arkansas Bar Association
Member, Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, 2012-2013
- Arkansas Bar Association
Member, Judiciary Committee
- Arkansas Bar Association
Member, House of Delegates, 2013
- Arkansas Bar Association Legal Forms Committee
- Law Related Education Committee for the 2015-2016
- Ashby v. Ragon, 2020 Ark.App 251, 601 S.W.3rd 124 (2020)
- Johnson v. Green Acres Nursing Home, 364 Ark. 306, 219 S.W.3rd (2005)
- State Farm Mutual Ins. Co. v. Henderson (Amicus), 356 Ark. 335,150 S.W.3rd 276 (2004)
- Nichols v. Farmers Insurance Company, 83 Ark.App. 324,128 S.W.3rd. 1 (2003)
- Aka v. Jefferson Hospital Association (Amicus), 42 S.W.3rd 508 (2001)
- George v. Jefferson Hospital Association, Inc., 337 Ark. 206, 987 S.W.2d 710 (Ark. 1999)
- Ayers v. Norris, 43 F.Supp.2d 1039 (E.D. Ark 1999)
- Matthews v. Jefferson, 29 F.Supp.2d 525 (W.D. Ark 1998)
- Berry v. Oswalt, 143 F.3rd 1127 (8th Cir. 1998)
- Roe v. Humke, 128 F.3rd 1213 (8th Cir. 1997)
- Doe v. Wright, 82 F.3rd 265 (8th Cir. 1996)
Honors and Awards:
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2019
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2018
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2017
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2016
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2015
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 2015
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2014
- Soirée Magazine, Best Labor and Employment Law Lawyer, 2014
- Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2013
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2013
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2012
- Rated “Superb” by Avvo, 2011
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association President, 2009-2010
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association President-Elect, 2008-2009
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Vice President, 2007-2008
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Secretary/Treasurer, 2006-2007
- Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2010
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Outstanding Board Member, 2004
- Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 1998
- “Employment Discrimination: The Americans with Disabilities Act – A Blessing or Window”, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Docket Magazine, 1997
- “Sexual Harassment Update”, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Docket Magazine, 1998
- “The Family and Medical Leave Act”, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Docket Magazine, 2002
- “Practical Legal Research and Analysis for the Paralegal in Arkansas”, 1999
- “Employee Handbooks”, Arkansas, 2000
- “The Personal Injury Paralegal”, Arkansas, 2001
- “Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal”, 2001
- “Personal Injury Settlements”, Arkansas, 2003
- “How to Win Your Next Soft Tissue Injury Trial”, Arkansas, 2005
- “Scared to Death of Wrongful Death?”, ATLA Personal Injury Seminar, 2005
- “Practice Tips & Techniques Panel”, ATLA 43rd Annual Convention, 2006
- “Insurance Issues in Auto Personal Injury Cases” (How to Handle Auto Accident Cases Seminar), ATLA, 2006
- “Ethics of Attorney Advertising” (Personal Injury Law Seminar), ATLA, June 19, 2008
Past Employment Positions:
- Welch, Hudson & Brewer, Attorney (Associate), 1992 – 1999
- Pi Kappa Alpha
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.