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Robert L. “Bobby” Jones, III is a new member to the Federation and exemplifies the high standard for membership in the Federation. He is the first private counsel member from Northwest Arkansas, a significant commercial center of Arkansas and home to Wal-Mart and Tyson Foods.

Bobby has had considerable success in the courtroom trying over 300 jury trials, as well as hundreds of nonjury trials, and advocating at numerous mediations.  He is a leader with the use of technology in the courtroom, having started this trial tactic as early as the 1990’s.  He has defended motor carriers, accountants, physicians, architects, engineers, attorneys, hospitals, airplane and helicopter manufacturers, as well as many Fortune 500 companies.  He has defended wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases, brain damage cases, oil and gas lawsuits, breach of contract cases, employment cases, environmental cases, toxic tort, fires and explosions, and class action lawsuits. In addition, Bobby handled class actions involving products, a gas leak in a large apartment complex, and wage and hour litigation. He has also successfully settled over 90% of all cases he has mediated during the past 10 years.

Bobby’s efforts on behalf of his clients have not gone unnoticed.  In 2010, he was named the Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by the Arkansas Bar Association and Arkansas Bar Foundation. In 2004, became a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. That association is limited to just 500 lawyers under 70 throughout the United States. That is less than 1/10 of 1% of all the lawyers practicing in America. Bobby has been elected to the Academy’s Board of Director’s 2010-2013 and currently chairs its Budget and Finance Committee. In 1990 he was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers and was State Chair of this organization in 2003-2004. He has been included in Best Lawyers of America for over ten years and was named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in the Bet-the-Company Litigation specialty in 2014 and 2015.

Bobby is Past President of the Sebastian County Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Foundation, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel, as well as State Chair of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (2004-2014); 2005 Eight Circuit Judicial Conference Program Committee; Federal Advisory Committee, Arkansas Western District; member, Transportation Lawyers Association; United States Magistrate Selection Committee, Western District of Arkansas (2008-2010); member, Federal Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2006-2009); Co-Program Chair, Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference 2010; member of the American Bar Association; and a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Bobby grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He comes from a family of lawyers.  His father, Robert L. Jones, Jr., was an attorney in Fort Smith. They practiced law together for over 20 years. In fact, Bobby’s father was also President of the Arkansas Bar Association, a Fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers, and received the Outstanding Lawyer of the Year honor from the Arkansas Bar Association in the 1980’s.

Bobby is married to Cheryl Woolbright Jones and has four children: Michelle Kooi, CPA, Fort Collins, Colorado; David P. Jones, Attorney, Fort Collins, Colorado; Ashley Daws, School Teacher, Nashville, Tennessee; and Rachel Cannon, Chef, Nashville, Tennessee.

We welcome Bobby into the Federation and look forward to meeting him in person soon.

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