Christopher R. Heil practices in the areas of Personal Injury litigation, Employment Discrimination, and Medical and Nursing Home negligence.
Christopher Heil was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. He moved to Little Rock when he was seventeen years old. He feels that living in different places at such an impressionable age has given him an appreciation for the interesting and diverse cultures in our country. This exposure strengthened his sense of justice, of right and wrong, and ingrained a strong compassion so that he understands that right and wrong are not always black and white, but often gray. This compassion and understanding make him a valuable part of The Brad Hendricks Law Firm team, and it makes him an amazing attorney for his clients. Chris has been known to personally pick up his clients to ensure they can get to Court for their case to be heard. His service to his clients is unwavering and he is fiercely loyal. He will do anything in his power to help someone in need.
Mr. Heil served as President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association from 2009 to 2010. During that year, he was proud to be a part of the association that preserves the rights of citizens of Arkansas. The right to a trial by jury is a precious and important right that is bestowed upon the citizens of our state. Chris fought hard, and still does, to make sure that all citizens have access to the Courthouse steps. Mr. Heil also served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Board of Governor’s from 1997 through 2006. In 2005, he was awarded the Outstanding Board Member award. He has chaired several committees in the past, including the Public Relations Committee in 1998 and Listserv Committee in 2004. He was awarded the President’s award in 1998 and again in 2015. Chris is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and has served on many committees, including the Education Committee, the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law in 2012, the Judiciary Committee, Legal Forms Committee, and the Law Related Education Committee. He became a member of the House of Delegates in 2013 where he continues to serve. Chris loves to serve not only his clients, but the legal community as a whole. For eight years, he has been named as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, which honors the top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He is also rated “Superb” by the AVVO Attorney Rating Service. In 2014, he was named by Soirée Magazine as the Best Labor and Employment Lawyer.
Mr. Heil graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee 1987, B.A. Psychology, and the University of Arkansas, School of Law, 1992. He is a member of the Pulaski County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Heil was a member of the William R. Overton Inn of Court. Chris is licensed to practice in Arkansas (all courts) Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Arkansas, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Heil has also written articles published in “The ATLA Docket” magazine and he has spoken at approximately a dozen seminars. Chris has practiced since 1992 and concentrates his practice in Personal Injury Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Wage and Hour Litigation and Medical and Nursing Home Negligence. He also manages the Personal Injury claims department of the law firm.
Chris has had many rewarding cases, personally and professionally and developed lifelong friendships with many of those clients. These experiences have left a lasting impact on him, on how he practices law, and how he will fight for his clients as if they were family. He realized then that 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.
In his spare time, he loves spending time with his beautiful wife, Lori, and his lovely daughters, Sara and Katie. Chris is also sports nut, especially NASCAR and football.
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.