Company: David M. Hargis, P.A., Attorney at Law
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
David M. Hargis, Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Trial Law.
Mr. Hargis came from a family who didn’t hold the best opinions of lawyers in general. He entered the profession to find out why, and came to the conclusion that good lawyers can make very important contributions to society, while bad lawyers give legitimacy to the sentiments of his elders. He has been a private practice trial lawyer since 1973, and was a noted special counsel of the Arkansas Insurance Department with Baldwin-United Bankruptcy in the ‘80s. Mr. Hargis has been an AV Rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell since 1981, and a trial counsel since 1973. He is a recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
Initially, Mr. Hargis attended the University of Arkansas to earn a BSBA with honors, intending to become a law professor and not a trial lawyer. He didn’t pay much attention to the field of trial practice in law school, and accordingly he faced difficulties during his first year of law practice, although he had been an excellent law student and editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Law Review. He served as an assistant United States attorney at the Department of Justice’s Trial Advocacy Institute for his initial training, and joined the private sector after one year, trying a dozen important federal prosecutions. Mr. Hargis owns the record for the fastest jury verdict, three minutes from exit to return to the jury box.
Mr. Hargis has held numerous roles in legal societies, notably with the Arkansas Institute of Continuing Legal Education and as a special justice by the Arkansas governor’s appointment for the Arkansas Supreme Court in the case of Muccio v. Hunt. He is the co-author of “Quality Assurance in Physician Testing,” a guest columnist of the Arkansas Gazette, and editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Law Review. Before his legal career, Mr. Hargis served to the rank of captain of the military police with the U.S. Army, and was the outstanding graduate of basic training in 1973. He is a 2011 Best Trial Lawyer of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and won scholastic awards from Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa from the University of Arkansas. Mr. Hargis is the proud father of Michelle Leigh, Michael Bradley, Clayton Andrew Chisenhall, and Christopher Key Hargis, as well as the husband of Linda Jane Huckebury Hargis.
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