Meet J.D.

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J.D. Hays spent the early years of his life in Ethiopia, where his parents worked to provide clean drinking water systems to communities. Their example gave him a passion to serve people, and today he works to protect ordinary Arkansans from the interests of big business and insurance companies.

J.D. and his wife, Brittany, enjoy living in Bentonville, Arkansas, with their two Bernese mountain dogs, Ace and Paisley. He enjoys staying involved with their local community by speaking in local schools about the dangers of distracted driving, judging law student trial competitions, and helping coach a local mock trial team. When he's not doing all of that, you'll find J.D. reading, fly fishing, binging on Netflix, or traveling to new places with his wife. 

Education/Professional History

A proud Ouachita Baptist University alumnus, J.D. received degrees in philosophy and psychology from the university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He then earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. 

J.D. is an active member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA), which awarded him “2013 Young Trial Lawyer of the Year." He has also served as Chair of ATLA's Membership Committee and on the Board of Governors. He nows serves as Chair of executive committee for the New Lawyers Network.

J.D. is one of three Arkansans to serve on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Justice (AAJ) and was selected for AAJ's prestigious Leadership Academy program in 2016. He has served on multiple other committees and special groups within AAJ.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for Public Justice, an organization that pursues high-impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.

A proud graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, J.D. attends a yearly one-week graduate course at the Wyoming ranch where the program is hosted. He serves as the Local Working Group Coordinator for Arkansas.

In addition, J.D. is a member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the Pound Institute. 

A trial lawyer at heart, J.D. has litigated in over half of the 75 counties in Arkansas and has tried cases to a jury verdict in five counties. He strongly believes in sharing his experience with other trial lawyers and, to that end, has chaired and presented at multiple seminars to provide continuing legal education credits to his fellow attorneys.