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VOTE NO to SJR8!

David Williams

This session of the Arkansas Legislature has resulted in some of the most dangerous legislation to Arkansans in history.  Yes, I said that: in the history of this State. It is the product of high paid lobbyists who work for Michael Morton, the nursing home owner from Fort Smith who is linked to the bribery of Judge Michael Maggio for reducing a jury’s verdict in return for campaign donations, the State Chamber of Commerce, along with WalMart, Tyson, and a host of special fat cat corporate interests.

The legislation is sometimes bizarre, but most often mean-spirited and greedy. Examples of these bills are one to remove any requirements for any profession or occupation to have a license or certification or training, so that anyone can be a brain surgeon, an electrician, a contractor, an optometrist, as long as they don’t “advertise” that they are one; a bill to create a private cause of action against private and governmental whistleblowers who report fraud and misuse of taxpayer dollars; a bill to exempt nursing homes from safety requirements; a bill to hide the records of city, state and county government actions. And one of the bizarre bills is one that makes is a criminal offense to request any kind of “assistance” after dark. What does that mean? Your 17-year-old daughter has a flat at night on the highway and she can be arrested for “loitering” if she asks for help?

The most egregious, however, is Senate Joint Resolution 8 (SJR8) by Missy Irvin of Mountain Home, and Trent Garner of El Dorado, also sponsored by House Representative Bob Ballinger of Hindsville.  It changes the 1876 Arkansas Constitution section which preserves the right to a jury trial, which is described in our Constitution as an “inviolate” right by putting (1) a cap on the value of life. Yes, on the value of life. Limited to $500,000. Yours, your spouses’, your children’s, your parents’ lives. (2) It caps damages for those who don’t have jobs. (3)  It destroys the judiciary branch of our government by transferring the authority of the Supreme Court to promulgate rules of law on the trial of cases, to the Legislature, which then can create its own rules. (4) It destroys your access to justice by capping what average people can pay a lawyer to represent them when they are hurt or they die as a result of someone else’s negligence.  It does not limit what Walmart or Tyson or Michael Morton can pay its lawyers to represent them when they hurt or kill someone through their negligence. There is no limit there. So, they can pay their lawyers any amount of money to defeat righteous claims, while you get to fight back with one hand tied behind your back if you can find a lawyer to fight for you at all.

It is nothing more than basic socialism when the gains are privatized, and the losses are socialized, because the insurance companies will receive the financial benefit for not being held accountable for their wrongs, and the damages, medical care, loss of jobs and the income of the citizens who are injured or killed are foisted on the society and us as taxpayers to absorb through Medicaid, free care for those who have no insurance, and then those costs are passed on to the rest of us.

In other words, we subsidize the bad actors. We subsidize the irresponsible, undesirable companies who come into this State because they’ve found out that the Legislature has opened up our borders by lowering the price for bad actors to pay. If a company can calculate the cost-benefit ratio of killing someone because of a defective product or defective and negligent action, as opposed to the cost of fixing the defect or the negligent action, then it will go to the bottom line every time. And, if it costs less to kill people, and SJR8 caps that cost at $500,000, then they will do that instead of fixing the problem. And, just keep on killing people.

So, stop this craziness and madness. Vote NO to SJR8 in November of 2018.  Tell Senators Missy Irvine and Trent Garner,  and Rep Bob Ballinger that you are going to hold them responsible for this, and that they will NOT be reelected, and tell the other sponsors and legislators who voted for this horribly wrong Amendment to our Arkansas Constitution that they are not going to go back to the Arkansas Legislature and continue to represent our interests, because they do not.

Tell your Representative to Vote NO on SJR8

David Williams

Senator Trent Garner and Senator Missy Irvin are the lead sponsors of a constitutional amendment to place a limit on the value of a child's life. It's called senate joint resolution 8. When Senator Garner was testifying Thursday on the floor of the Senate, Senator Larry Teague asked him how much money he would take for his child's life. Senator Garner replied, "there's no amount of money that I would take for my child. No amount of money in the world."

Then, why is Senator Garner and Senator Irvin seeking to pass this constitutional amendment? This matter goes to the house of representatives Monday. Please call your representative and leave a message to vote no on SJR8, and ask why Senator Garner and Senator Irvin are even proposing to limit the value of a child's life when Senator Garner himself said that there's no amount of money he would take for his own child. Please call. Please email.

Official Press Release - Best Law Firms by USNews

David Williams

Once again, The Law Office of David H. Williams has been selected as one of the Best Law Firms in the country. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington, D.C. – Nov. 1, 2016 – U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the seventh consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.

Firms included in the 2017 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

"U.S. News is the global authority in rankings," says Tim Smart, executive editor of U.S. News & World Report. "Evaluating law firms is a natural extension of what we do best."

The 2017 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 10,000 attorneys provided more than 800,000 law firm assessments, and over 10,000 clients provided more than 90,000 evaluations.

"For seven years now, we have added law firm rankings to our rankings of individual lawyers," says Steven Naifeh, CEO and co-founder of Best Lawyers. "It has been a daunting task. This year we reviewed 13,803 law firms across the United States and across 122 practice areas, for a total of 2,005 firms receiving a national law firm ranking. Each year, we have expanded our reach while also trying to simplify the process, as much as possible, for the law firms that provide us with the information that we use to create the rankings. We are proud that the legal profession has come to view our law firm rankings each year with such deep and widespread respect."

Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.

Awards were given in 74 national practice areas and 122 metropolitan practice areas. One "Law Firm of the Year" is named in each of the 74 nationally ranked practice areas.

The 2017 Best Law Firms list will be featured in two publications. The national First Tier rankings will be featured in the Third Edition of the "Best Law Firms" Legal Issue, which will be distributed in January to more than 35,000 C-level executives. National and metropolitan First Tier rankings will be featured in the "Best Law Firms" General Counsel Publication, which will be distributed in December to more than 30,000 in-house counsel, and in digital format to more than 60,000 private practice lawyers worldwide.

The 2017 Best Law Firms rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

David H. Williams - Top Tier Law Firm

David Williams

We are pleased to announce that The Law Office of David H. Williams has received a Tier 1 Ranking in the  2017 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

Official Press Release is scheduled to go out on November 2, 2016.