Douglas M. Carson

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Mr. Carson's practice includes personal injury, insurance, commercial, oil and gas, worker's compensation defense, and employment litigation. He also handles commercial transactions. He has represented parties in federal and state courts, workers' compensation and EEOC proceedings, and mediations. He has been the Director of Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy at the Univ. of Arkansas School of Law. He has been a frequent presenter at professional seminars. Fellow Arkansas attorneys selected him as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, an honor limited to five percent of the attorneys in a state. 

He received both his B.A. (1979) and his Juris Doctorate (1982) from the University of Arkansas. At the School of Law, he was Student Works Editor of the Arkansas Law Review and one of three students selected for the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Carson was selected in 2012 as one of five judges from across the country to score the briefs submitted by the finalists at the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. 

Significant concluded cases in which Mr. Carson was sole or lead counsel include: 
  • Defense of intellectual property rights infringement claims involving wheat seed genetics.
  • After a three-week trial in which the plaintiffs claimed damages of $157 million, the jury absolved 12 of 13 defendants and awarded damages of $78,397—the exact amount suggested by Attorney Carson in closing arguments as the appropriate award of damages if the jury found any defendant liable for damages.
  • Defense of triple-death product liability action in which the jury returned a defendants' verdict after a week-long trial.
  • Defense of design defect product liability trial ending in jury award after nine-day trial of$150,000 against the defendant when defendant's pretrial offer was $125,000 and plaintiffs' final, non-negotiable settlement demand was $325,000.
  • Defense of pollution damages claim against oil and gas exploration company in which plaintiffs sought $158,000 and jury awarded $795.
  • Defense of action involving RICO and fraud claims by 78 plaintiffs. The case settled in a confidential settlement.
  • Defense of class action lawsuit concerning expense deductions from oil and gas royalty payments. Case dismissed with no additional payment being made.
  • Defense of wrongful death claim against pharmaceutical manufacturer leading to confidential settlement.
  • Wrongful death product liability case settled for $35,000 after filing the motion for summary judgment for defendant manufacturer. 

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