Title: President, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Duty and Duty Attorneys at Law
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Jeff Duty, President and Chief Executive Officer at Duty and Duty Attorneys at Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal profession.
Mr. Duty started his higher education at the University of Arkansas, where he studied political science. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, and continued his education, studying for a JD, which he earned in 1960. Mr. Duty is licensed to practice law in the Northern and Eastern Federal District Courts of Oklahoma, the Federal District Courts of Arkansas, the Western and Eastern District Courts of Arkansas, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
After earning his law degree, Mr. Duty started working as an attorney in the Anti-Trust Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He worked there for 15 years and left in 1975 when he was appointed as a United States Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. In 1984, he transitioned to a role as an attorney at his firm, Duty & Duty Attorneys at Law, where he works to this day. He has served in a variety of elected positions, including working as a faculty member for the Principles of Ethics and Professionalism for the Arkansas Supreme Court Practicum.
Mr. Duty was inspired to pursue a legal career by his family—his grandfather was corporate counsel for the Frisco Railroad in the 1900s, and afterward worked in general legal practice. His father was an Arkansas state assistant attorney general and was an elected prosecuting attorney. Mr. Duty found his niche in the area of Social Security disability and has since returned to private practice. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.
In addition, Mr. Duty is a member of the American Association of Visually Impaired Attorneys, and studied international law at the London School of Economics as the first disabled Fulbright Scholar. He arrived in London in 1957, but the British commonwealth had a law preventing the importation of animals without a mandatory quarantine, so Mr. Duty lived without his guide dog for the first six months. He has had ten different guide dogs throughout his life, seven German shepherds and two retrievers, and is one of the oldest active guide dog users in the world.
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