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James Lamar Porter

The Brad Hendricks Law Firm Attorney
Head of Litigation Department & Medical Negligence Department

James “Lamar” Porter concentrates his practice on Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence, Defective Products, and Trucking accident cases. He has extensive experience in handling birth injury cases. Lamar is also licensed to practice in Texas.

James “Lamar” Porter – Little Rock Medical Malpractice & Negligence Attorney

James “Lamar” Porter was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but he grew up in Little Rock. He attended Little Rock’s Catholic High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and is a 1978 honor graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, where he was the associate editor of the Arkansas Law Review. Lamar was named after a great uncle who was memorialized by his family with land and money donated to build “Lamar Porter Field.” The baseball field was completed in 1936 and at one time was the only baseball field in Arkansas to have electric lights. Lamar proudly remembers Hall of Fame star Brooks Robinson started his career at Lamar Porter Field. Lamar is presently a trustee for the field.

In his over forty years of legal experience, he has handled all aspects of personal injury litigation (motor vehicle, trucking, defective products, and catastrophic injury cases). For the last twenty-five years, Lamar has focused primarily on medical malpractice litigation, representing patients and their families in cases against medical providers who have caused serious injury or death. Mr. Porter heads the medical malpractice and litigation section of the law firm and has been closely involved in the firm’s drug and medical device cases. He has extensive experience in handling birth injury cases (obstetrical malpractice). Although only a handful of malpractice verdicts have ever been handed down against an Arkansas physician, Lamar won a one of the few obstetrical malpractice verdicts ever awarded in the state, and has negotiated hundreds of settlements in favor of his clients over his many years of practice. He was recognized by Soirée Magazine as the Best Environmental Law Attorney in 2014.

In 2009, Lamar’s wife, Debbie was hospitalized for six months after she developed surgical complications from a colon resection. She was on a ventilator for four months, and required numerous surgeries. Debbie came close to death, but eventually recovered. This experience left lasting effects on the two of them. From this ordeal, Lamar has gained tremendous insight and understanding as to what families experience during a medical crisis.

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Get to know Lamar Porter

I became a lawyer because… I wanted to help people, but I probably starting leaning in that direction as a child after watching numerous episodes of Perry Mason with my grandfather.

What I like most about the law is… the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, especially when that someone is a handicapped child and I am able to significantly improve his or her quality of life.

When you need an attorney… look for qualifications and experience. Look for a firm that has the financial ability to cover the necessary expenses to pursue your case. Look for an attorney who returns your telephone calls and who keeps you advised on developments in your case. Look for an attorney who not only appears to be knowledgeable in the area of law, but who can explain what you face in terms that you can understand. Finally, find a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable and in whom you can have trust and confidence.

My most rewarding case… involved a child by the name of Zeke. Zeke suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen during labor, causing cerebral palsy. Zeke could not (and still cannot) walk or talk. He is entirely dependent upon his parents for care. Suit was filed in a conservative Arkansas county and was vigorously defended. Doctors who were involved in Zeke’s treatment testified for the defense. His parents received death threats while the litigation was pending. During the two-week trial the case appeared each day in the local paper. Local doctors, nurses and hospital employees came and watched the trial, sitting on one side of the packed courtroom while supporters of the family sat on the other side of the courtroom.

We won-the only malpractice verdict against a doctor in that County, and one of only a few malpractice verdicts against a physician in a birth injury case in the State of Arkansas. Interestingly enough one of the defenses was that Zeke was so injured that he would only live a few years, so the jury didn’t need to award large sums of money for his future care. Thank goodness Zeke is still alive today—a teenager! While the amount that the jury awarded was still conservative, it has helped provide Zeke a better life. I still speak with his parents from time to time and am honored to have remained their friend over the years.

My most disappointing case was… one where the client turned down a large settlement offer during trial and the jury unexpectedly found for the defense.

I joined The Brad Hendricks Law Firm because… Brad and I worked together as attorneys at a former firm and I knew that he was honest, ethical, and that he feels just like I do that clients deserve a dedicated attorney who really cares.

What makes The Brad Hendricks Law Firm different from other lawyers? Each of the lawyers at The Brad Hendricks Law Firm has a sincere interest in aggressively, but ethically, representing you. In these days where “lawyer bashing” has become popular, we feel that we need to be an example to show people that being a lawyer is still an honorable profession and that there are still ethical lawyers who truly care as much or more about justice for their clients as they do about collecting their fees.

Someone I really admire is… my wife. She never graduated college but she runs her own business and is smart as any person that I know.

My favorite music is… old soul and classic rock.

What is your favorite word? “Fair” That’s what all people deserve in life.

What is a word you hate? “Tort Reform.” Big business claims that our judicial system needs reform, when really they want to protect themselves and allow profits to take priority over people.

A sound or noise I love is… falling rain.

A sound or noise I hate is… someone crying out of despair.

My favorite trivia fact is… that no laws “reforming” the judicial system have ever resulted in insurance companies lowering their rates.

Outside of my family, my most treasured belongings are… my dogs, an old Beagle named “Little Bit” and a young spastic Jack Russell Terrier named “Missey.”

When not at work, I enjoy… fishing in the small lake behind my home, downloading music on the internet, and taking movies and photos with my digital cameras.

Lamar Porter's Experience

Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

  • Arkansas, 1978
  • Texas, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1979

Education:

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1978 J.D.
  • Honors: With Honors
  • Law Review: Arkansas Law Review, Associate Editor, 1976 – 1978
  • Hendrix College, Conway, AR, US, 1975
  • B.A.
  • Minor: Social Science

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Little Rock Boy’s Chief Board of Directors, 1984 – 1988 Board of Directors
  • Lamar Porter Field, 2009 – Present Trustee

Pro Bono Activities:

  • VOCALS (Central Arkansas Legal Services)

Litigation Percentage:

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Honors and Awards:

  • Arkansas Life Magazine, Arkansas’ Top Attorneys, 2020
  • Soirée Magazine, Best Environmental Lawyer, 2014

Published Works:

  • Suing Arkansas Hospitals in Medical Negligence Cases, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Winter, 2008
  • Removal and Discipline of Judges in Arkansas, Arkansas Law Review, Volume 32, 1978

Representative Cases:

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Handling Medical Negligence Claims, National Business Institute, 2007 – Present
  • 2006 Medical Malpractice Seminar, Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Trial Book & Presentation Software, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Medical Malpractice: Cases Post Act 649, Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Discovery in Medical Negligence Cases, Pulaski County Bar Association, 1998
  • Medical Negligence, Arkansas State University, 1997

Past Employment Positions:

  • Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1978 – 1979
  • Sekton & Porter, P.A., Partner, 1979 – 1981
  • Gary Eubanks & Associates, Associate, 1981 – 1983
  • Swindoll Law Firm, Associate, 1983 – 1984
  • Whetstone Law Firm, Associate, 1984 – 1986
  • Hicks Law Firm, Associate, 1986 – 1988
  • The Haskins Law Firm, Associate, 1988 – 1992
  • Hicks Law Firm, 1992 – 1994

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
800-603-5100

Jonesboro

225 S. Main St., Suite 102-C
Jonesboro, AR 72401
800-603-5100

Fort Smith

2120 South Waldron Road Suite B-10
Fort Smith, AR 72903
800-603-5100