J. D. Hays

J.D. Hays joins Eldridge Brooks with significant experience in civil litigation and strengthens the litigation expertise that we offer to our clients, including individuals and businesses and including both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Hays is a nationally recognized trial lawyer. He handles all aspects of litigation, represents individuals and families in serious injury and wrongful death cases, and provides high-end litigation services to local businesses in commercial disputes. He has been the lead attorney in over 300 litigations and has represented over 800 people in injury and wrongful death cases.

J.D. was awarded the “2013 Young Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA). He now serves on the Board of Governors for ATLA and is their representative to the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Board of Governors. He is a graduate of AAJ’s prestigious Leadership Academy, and he was elected to be an officer of its 5,000-member New Lawyers Division. He is a graduate and faculty member of The Trial Lawyer’s College, serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Justice Foundation, and has received “Top 40 Under 40” recognition from the National Trial Lawyers Association.

J.D. is a sought-out national speaker, sharing his litigation skills and experience with other lawyers at seminars across the country. He has chaired over and presented at seminars in over a dozen states and internationally. He also provides formal trial consulting to lawyers and clients as a partner in the Focus Firm®. The Focus Firm uses focus groups, case workshops, and trial strategy methods to evaluate, develop, and prepare litigation files and their lawyers for upcoming jury trials.

J.D. remains involved with his local community, speaking in schools about distracted driving, judging law student trial competitions, and helping coach a local high school mock trial team. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Peace at Home Family Shelter, in Fayetteville, AR.