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Attorney Profile: Terry Duggar
Folks, here are some things you might want to know about me if you are considering hiring our firm and giving us an opportunity to be of service. I am quite skilled as a trial lawyer, having tried over 70 jury trials to verdict in Arkansas in both state and federal courts. My litigation experience and reputation as a fierce advocate in the courtroom are known, and I am respected by most of my peers (one cannot please everybody) on both sides of the fence–defense and plaintiff alike. This helps me to maximize the compensation our clients receive for their harm, most often through favorable settlements outside the courtroom.
Just about every automobile and liability insurance company knows I am experienced at presenting cases to juries and that I am always thoroughly prepared and ready, if necessary, to take my client’s cases that far. This is important, because the lawyer you hire will oftentimes make a big difference in the amount of your recovery and whether your case settles out of court. I approach every client’s case as though it is going to trial, even though suit is never filed in 90% of our cases and, of the cases where suit is filed, only 5% or less ever end up in a courtroom.
I have a strong work ethic, instilled by my grandfather and father and their fathers before them. My grandfather was a sharecropper, and my father did whatever was required to clothe and feed the four kids he and my mother had by the age of 24. I am no stranger to manual labor and hard work. To earn money to go to college, I worked summers and Christmas breaks with my uncle in the oil fields of west Texas. I also worked as a salesperson for Southwestern Publishing Company selling bibles and children’s books door-to-door (one tough job for an aspiring college grad!)
I began my undergraduate education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated with special honors at the University of Texas at Austin. I then attended the University of Tulsa, was a member of Tulsa Law Journal and Delta Phi Fraternity, and earned my law degree. After passing the bar exam, I worked for nine years (1995-2004) with some of the best trial lawyers in the state of Arkansas at a large insurance defense firm located in downtown Little Rock.
As an associate and, later, a partner in that firm, I developed a successful insurance defense practice. My clients included numerous national insurance and trucking companies who retained me to defend a variety of lawsuits, including those involving catastrophic injuries: serious trucking and vehicle accidents, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, and construction and industrial accidents, to name a few. As a result, I became exceptionally well-versed in dealing with big corporations and trucking and insurance companies.
Disenchanted by the big corporations, I left the firm in 2004 to start my own practice. I wanted to help people on a personal level, working with everyday folks in a small setting. For the last thirteen years, I have used my experience and skills to tenaciously advance and advocate the interests of real people and their families when they have been seriously injured or badly wronged due to the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of others, including: trucking companies, drivers of tractor trailers and automobiles, hospitals and doctors, construction and electrical companies, and even insurance companies.
I have been married to the love of my life for 34 years, and all of our kids have four legs and lots of fur. I am a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Pulaski County Bar Association. I have been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Attorneys. However, in my career thus far as a trial lawyer, the honor I take the most pride in is that most of our clients are referred to us by former clients. We are here to serve, and we take the opportunity to be of service seriously with each and every client.
Attorney Profile: Neal Hart
Neal Hart practices primarily in the field of Workers’ Compensation Law. He is licensed to practice in all Arkansas State and Federal Courts, in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in the United States Supreme Court. He is a frequent speaker in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law, has entertained and answered Workers’ Compensation Law questions on local news television, is past Chairperson of the Arkansas Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section, has co-authored and revised the most recent version of the Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Law Desk Book.
Mr. Hart has been an Arkansas trial lawyer since 1994. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia, cum laude, in 1991, with degrees in Political Science and History. He attended law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduating in 1993. Mr. Hart is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. While in law school, he also served as Associate Editor of the UALR Law Journal.
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