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Since 1982, the attorneys at BLAIR & STROUD have litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts throughout Arkansas and in other states. Our experience reaches a variety of practice areas. 

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When one party loses a case at trial, they may appeal that decision for review by a higher court.  Our attorneys specialize in handling appeals in federal and state courts. We have experience handling appeals and preparing cases for appeal:

  • Preserving error before or during trial

  • Post-trial motions for a new trial, for findings of fact and conclusions of law, and to alter or amend a judgment

  • Securing rulings on issues for appeal

  • Superseding judgment for appeal

  • Perfecting an appeal

  • Administrative appeals

  • Appeals to circuit court from district court

  • Supplementing the record

  • Appellant's briefs and opening briefs

  • Appellee's briefs and responsive briefs

  • Reply briefs

  • Extraordinary writs and petitions

  • Oral argument

  • Motions to dismiss

  • Petitions for rehearing

  • Petitions for review

  • Motions to clarify the mandate 

We have experience at all stages of an appeal, beginning with preserving error at trial and ending with post appeal issues like petitioning a higher court to review an intermediate appellate court decision.

Automobile Accidents

Automobile Accidents

We have deep experience representing persons and businesses following vehicle collisions:

  • Car accidents

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Semi-truck accidents

  • Agricultural collisions

  • ATV and four-wheeler collisions

  • Insurance coverage disputes

  • Underinsured and uninsured motorists

  • Injuries to passengers

  • Property damage disputes

  • Medical liens

  • Wrongful death

  • Amputations

  • Complex collisions with uncertain liability

  • Long-term injuries and recovery

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Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance

We have experience representing financial institutions in all aspects of their operation, including foreclosure, perfection, and internal compliance. Our firm has litigated matters on behalf of banks and financial institutions and defended them against counterclaims.

We also have experience representing individuals involved in disputes with financial institutions, including defending foreclosure actions, voidable transfer claims, preference litigation, and other litigation. 

We have represented creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and assisted individuals and businesses when their interests or cases are removed to or entangled with pending bankruptcy cases. We do not handle individual debtor bankruptcies, although we have experience advising persons who are defending debt collections and considering whether to defend a claim on its merits, assert federal bankruptcy protection, or otherwise resist collection efforts using Arkansas law.

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Business & Commercial

Business & Commercial

We know business and commercial enterprises require legal expertise at critical moments. Our experience reaches a variety of practice areas:

  • Contract disputes

  • Construction contract disputes

  • Debt collections

  • Business incorporation

  • Limited liability companies

  • Partnerships

  • Operating agreements

  • Bylaws

  • Decisions about corporate structure

  • Transactions

  • Complex litigation

  • Creditor bankruptcy

  • Insurance coverage and indemnification

  • Life insurance litigation

  • Accidental death and disability litigation

  • Long-term and short-term disability litigation

  • Business interruption insurance litigation

  • Property damage

  • Eviction and unlawful detainer

  • Compliance

  • Deceptive trade practice litigation

  • Defending administrative proceedings

  • Responding to subpoenas

  • HIPAA and privacy concerns

  • Bankruptcy removal and remand

  • Real property disputes

  • Homestead exemptions

  • Judgment collection and garnishment

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Civil Rights

Civil Rights

The successful litigation and trial of violations of rights protected by federal and state law requires experienced attorneys and development of the evidence about those violations. We have defended individuals accused of violating the rights of others in their official capacities and represented individuals who seek to vindicate violations of their rights. Let our experience assist you with remedying your suspected violation of federal or state law. 

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

Our trial lawyers have experience defending persons accused of crimes in federal and state court. The Arkansas and United States Constitutions provide many protections to persons accused of criminal conduct. We have successfully tried cases to verdict on behalf of acquitted criminal defendants and successfully negotiated appropriate pleas commensurate with the conduct alleged. Our experience includes the following criminal issues:

  • Felony federal criminal defense

  • Felony state criminal defense

  • Misdemeanor state criminal defense

  • Negligent homicide

  • Sexual crimes

  • Privacy-related crimes

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)

  • Violation of implied consent

  • Juvenile criminal charges

  • Adult maltreatment registry proceedings

  • Child maltreatment registry proceedings

  • Assault and battery

  • Domestic battery

  • Domestic Abuse Act

  • Bond reduction

  • Speedy trial violations

  • Illegal searches and seizures

  • Suppression of evidence

  • Traffic offenses and moving violations

  • Commercial driver's license charges (CDL)

  • Suspension of driver's license privileges

  • Expungement

  • Sealing criminal convictions, acquittals, and nollo prosequis

  • First-time offender sentencing

  • Restoration of rights following a conviction

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Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Estate planning includes protecting vulnerable adults with disabilities, children without an appropriate legal caregiver, children born outside of marriage, and safeguarding a legacy for future generations. We have experience probating the estates of persons who died without a will, persons who died in other states owning property in Arkansas, and persons who died with a last will and testament requiring admission to probate. Let our experience help you plan for the future:

  • Estates & probates

  • Affidavits for collection of a small estate

  • Adult guardianships

  • Minor guardianships

  • Trusts

  • Wills

  • Beneficiary deeds

  • Deeds reserving life estates

  • Powers of attorney

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Family Law

Family Law

Dissolving a complicated marital estate, navigating advanced issues about disposing of assets, calculating child support in compliance with law, and addressing custodial rights inside and outside of marriage are among the most difficult legal disputes. We have experience in all aspects of family law:

  • Prenuptial agreements

  • Absolute divorce

  • Divorce from bed and board

  • Custody & visitation 

  • Paternity

  • Contempt

  • Single-parent adoption

  • Step-parent adoption

  • Third-party adoption

  • Name changes

  • Child support

  • Alimony and spousal support

  • Delayed sales of marital homes

  • Veteran disability benefits division

  • Retirement division

  • Guardianship of minors

  • Guardianship of adults

  • Grandparent visitation

  • Property settlement agreements

  • Domestic Abuse Act and Orders of Protection

  • Compelling drug testing

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Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment

We have experience representing employers and employees in labor and employment litigation and administrative proceedings.  We also have represented employers in compliance matters. Our experience reaches most aspects of labor and employment matters:

  • At-will employment

  • Covenants not to compete

  • Non-solicitation clauses

  • Breach of employment contracts

  • Severance agreements

  • Class actions

  • Collective actions

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act

  • Americans with Disability Act

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment

  • Genetic Nondiscrimination in Employment

  • Family and Medical Leave Act

  • Fair Labor Standards Act

  • National Labor Relations Act

  • Arkansas Employment Security Division (Unemployment)

  • Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA)

  • Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

  • Disability discrimination

  • Race discrimination

  • Religious discrimination

  • Gender discrimination

  • Pregnancy discrimination

  • Sexual harassment

  • Failure to pay overtime and minimum wage

  • Wage and hour violations

  • Wrongful termination

  • Retaliation

  • Harassment

  • Hostile work environment

  • Constructive discharge

  • Demotion

  • Progressive discipline

  • Failure to hire

  • Failure to promote

  • Arkansas Civil Rights Act

  • Arkansas Minimum Wage Act

  • Missouri Minimum Wage Law

  • Employment manuals

  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

Medical Malpractice & Healthcare

Medical Malpractice
& Healthcare

Modern healthcare involves innovative approaches to remedy illness. We have represented individuals who experienced adverse medical outcomes and the families of persons who were killed by medical malpractice. Recognizing a violation of the standard of care and determining whether that violation is feasible to remedy under Arkansas law are difficult matters. We have experience with adverse medical outcomes and redressing those adverse events in court. We also represent healthcare professionals in professional licensure proceedings and in organizing medical practices in compliance with the Medical Practices Act and other laws.


Our experience reaches a number of areas of medical malpractice and healthcare matters:

  • Medical malpractice

  • Wrongful death

  • Birth injuries

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Retained foreign objects

  • Failure to diagnose

  • Failure to triage

  • Nursing injuries

  • Surgical injuries

  • Medical device failures

  • Res Ipsa Loquitor

  • Ordinary negligence versus medical injuries

  • Charitable immunity

  • Amputations

  • Nursing Board proceedings

  • Medical Board proceedings

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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

We have helped hundreds of persons seriously injured and the families of persons who have been killed. We have also defended persons and companies both who were being protected by a policy of insurance and persons and companies who experienced uninsured risks and injuries. Our experience includes many personal injuries and wrongful death claims:

  • Job-related accidents

  • Construction accidents

  • Medical malpractice

  • Insurance litigation

  • Products liability

  • Toxic Torts

  • Assault and Battery

  • Automobile collisions

  • Amputation injuries

  • Trucking injuries

  • Unsafe workplaces

  • Third party litigation

  • Aircraft injuries

  • Aviation injuries and wrecks

  • Agricultural machinery injuries

  • Automobile crashworthiness

  • Burn injuries

  • Chemical injuries

  • Electrical injuries

  • Premises liability

  • Slip and fall

  • Landlord liability

Probate & Estates

Probate & Estates

Probate and Estate litigation is among the more contentious disputes in the law. Our experience reaches complicated estate plans which have failed or are in question, beginning with the administration of an estate or trust. We have experience litigating and advising clients on numerous probate and estate issues:  

  • Will contests

  • Procured wills

  • Abuse of power of attorney

  • Probate administration

  • Affidavits for collection of a small estate

  • Intestate succession

  • Ancillary probate

  • Special administration

  • Admitting wills to probate

  • Trust administration

  • Recognizing legitimacy of heirs

  • Claims against estates

  • Family settlement agreements

  • Accountings

  • Inventories

  • Division of wrongful death benefits

  • Breach of fiduciary duty

  • Removal of trustees

  • Removal of administrators

  • Removal of executors

  • In terrorum litigation

  • Sale of real property

  • Sale of personal property

  • Affidavits of appraisement

  • Homestead

  • Electing to take against a will

  • Statutory allowances

  • Dower and Curtesy

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Products Liabilty

Products Liability

Defective and dangerous products may produce unfortunately predictable injuries. Manufacturing defects, design defects, and failures to warn about a known risk are all recognized areas of products liability law. We have experience litigating defective medical devices, defective manufacturing equipment, and the use of improper products and devices in construction, workplaces, and consumer-oriented settings.

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Real Property

Real Property

American law draws upon antiquated rules to create predictable rights to own and alienate real property or some divisible interest therein. Those rules may not always make sense to a layperson.  Let our experience assist you in evaluating, defending, asserting, and resolving real property matters. Our experience includes many real property matters:

  • Boundary disputes

  • Easement disputes

  • Quiet title

  • Removing Cloud on Title

  • Bills of assurance

  • Deeds of dedication

  • Amendments to bills of assurance

  • Restrictive covenants

  • Oil and gas litigation

  • Royalty interests

  • Protecting against encroachments

  • Boundary by acquiesence

  • Adverse possession

  • Permissive use

  • Probate and Estates

  • Estate Planning

  • Deed reformation

  • Homestead

  • Life Estates

  • Tenancies by the entirety

  • Tenancies in common

  • Rights of survivorship

  • Joint tenancies

  • Dower and Curtesy

  • Right of Redemption

  • Execution sales

  • Warranty deeds

  • Limited warranty deeds

  • Quitclaim deeds

  • Beneficiary deeds

  • Executrix's deeds

  • Administratrix's deeds

  • Prescriptive Easements

  • Eminent domain

  • Condemnation

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