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George R. Wise

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Attorney
Associate

George R. Wise Jr. practices in the areas of medical negligence, medical products and products liability litigation.

George Wise – Little Rock, Arkansas Medical Negligence Attorney

George Wise is a native Arkansan, born in Batesville, Arkansas. He is married to Barbara Gilbert-Wise and has two sons, Charles and Dalton. He received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 1975 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas in 1978.

In 2016, George was awarded the Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award. It is given to members whose love of the law, the legal profession, and advancement of advocacy is reflective of those same qualities of the late Roxanne Wilson, for whom the award is named. George was selected as the 2005 Outstanding Trial Lawyer by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. George was President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association in 2014 to 2015. He is currently the Chair of Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s Publications Committee which publishes “The ATLA Docket,” an award winning quarterly publication of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and also serves on Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee and Legislation Committee. He has been honored by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association with the President’s Award four times. He is also a Sustaining Member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and is a member of AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group and Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group. George is a State Delegate from Arkansas in AAJ. Mr. Wise has been selected as a Mid-South Super Lawyer in Medical Malpractice from 2012 to 2018, which includes the top 5% of all attorneys in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, Public Justice, and the American Association for Justice. In 2017, Mr. Wise was named to The Best Lawyers in America List.

Beginning in law school, George recognized the importance of protecting individual rights under the Arkansas and United States Constitutions. About two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson said, “I consider Trial by Jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” George stands by this and believes that the right to a jury trial is the only way to protect regular folks from the tyranny of special interest groups and powerful corporations. During the last 20 years, George has worked to protect the right to a jury trial through his advocacy at the Arkansas Legislature. His efforts to educate the public and his fellow attorneys through his many publications on the importance of the right to a jury trial have been a passion project for George. Many of those publications can be found on our website. George believes that it is important to remember what is written in our country’s Declaration of Independence, which sets out the grievances against a tyrannical British government. “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. …For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.” In other words, restricting the right to a jury trial is a direct path to a tyrannical society.

Many of his colleagues called George a “pure Plaintiff’s lawyer.” This is a compliment he gladly accepts. Fighting to protect the Constitution from limitations imposed by special interests and fighting for the rights of regular folks is a principal all lawyers should follow. George has never, and will never, represent special interest groups over the rights of regular Arkansans.

Mr. Wise has a special interest in studying the myths and false information used to promote so-called “tort reform.” When the myths are separated from the facts, damage caps and other forms of tort restrictions are never about limiting frivolous lawsuits. Damage caps, which limit and suppress legitimate medical malpractice lawsuits, benefit insurers. One size fits all damage caps disproportionately impact the elderly, women, and families with infants, because senior citizens, stay at home mothers, and children’s economic damages are frequently limited, or difficult to estimate. To understand more about the deception special interest use to spread false information about malpractice lawsuits, visit George’s article on our website titled “Myth Versus Facts.”

In his free time, George is a member of the Arkansas Canoe Club, the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and is an admitted “tree hugger.”

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Get to know George Wise

I became a lawyer because… I’ve always been interested in the environment and its abuse by industry and corporations. I originally thought to practice environmental law but my focus expanded to concern for victims of corporate abuse in all areas.

What I like most about the law is… our system of civil justice. I firmly believe that the thing which makes the American system of justice unique and the best in the world is the jury trial. No other country allows its citizens the right and ability to participate in its civil justice system in as broad a way as the United States. Juries, instead of those who may be in power at a particular moment, are the conscience of our communities.

I joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm because… I respected the quality of the attorneys at the firm. Lamar Porter and I had worked together at another law firm and I knew the quality of his work and that we would work well together.

What makes The Brad Hendricks Law Firm different from other lawyers? This law firm has integrity. Opposing lawyers know they can take our word on any aspect of a case. We don’t have to misrepresent facts or try to trick them. We are honest about our facts and our position and are not afraid to go to court to prove it.

If I had to attempt another profession, I would try… Novelist or playwright.

A job I would never choose is… executioner. Killing is just plain wrong.

Someone I really admire is… The Dalai Lama.

My favorite book is… Anything by Mark Twain or Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

My favorite sport’s team is… The ones my sons happen to be playing on at the time.

My favorite music is… Jazz.

A sound or noise I love is… The quiet sounds in the woods after a snow.

Outside of my family, my most treasured belonging is… Several recipes in my grandmother’s handwriting. She was a great cook and let me help cook as soon as I could stand on a stool at the kitchen counter.

When not at work, I enjoy… being with my family

George Wise's Experience

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1978

Education:

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
    J.D.
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, USA
  • B.A.
  • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1988 – 2000
    Member
  • American Association for Justice, 1988 – 2000
    Member
  • Arkansas Bar Association Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for 2012-2013
    Member

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year, 2021
  • 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
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2018
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2017
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2017
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2016
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2016
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 2016
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2015
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award, 2015
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2015
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association President, 2014-2015
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2014
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2014
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association President-Elect, 2013-2014
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2013
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2013
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 2013
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Vice President, 2012-2013
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (Honors Top 5% of attorneys in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee), 2012
  • Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates, 2012
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Secretary/Treasurer, 2011-2012
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s Outstanding Trial Lawyer, 2005
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 2004
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award, 2003
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Certificate of Recognition, 2003

Published Works:

  • “Free Ride for Workers’ Compensation Carriers”, The Docket, Winter, 1997
  • “The Peer Review Privilege and Discovery of Incident Reports”, The Docket, Summer, 1999
  • Recent Changes to the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure and Arkansas Rules of Evidence, The Docket, Summer, 2000
  • The Unconstitutionality of Tort Restrictions, The Docket, Fall, 2002
  • Turncoat Experts, The Docket, Summer, 2006

Representative Cases:

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Finding the Courthouse Door, 2001
  • Medical Negligence in Arkansas, 2002
  • Discovery Issues in Medical Negligence Cases, 2003
  • Ethical Issues and Attorney’s Fees, 2004
  • Evaluating Medical Negligence Cases, 2005
  • Turncoat Experts, 2006

Past Employment Positions:

  • Wise Law Firm, Lawyer, 1998 – 2000
  • Hicks Law Firm, Lawyer, 1988 – 1998

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
870-330-7177

Jonesboro

225 S. Main St., Suite 102-C
Jonesboro, AR 72401
870-934-1899

Fort Smith

2120 South Waldron Road Suite B-10
Fort Smith, AR 72903
479-452-2655