John Wesley Hall, Jr.

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Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Little Rock, AR

John Wesley Hall, Jr. PC
 | 1202 Main Street, Suite 210
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: 501-371-9131
Fax: 501-378-0888
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

A criminal defense attorney at John Wesley Hall, John Wesley Hall, Jr., represents clients in Arkansas in all manners of criminal charges, including drug crimes, sex crimes, federal criminal charges and domestic violence. With experience in over 350 jury trials and over 350 appeals, he was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 15 years and the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers gave him the Champion of Justice Award. He also earned the Arkansas Bar Association’s CLE Award, and for his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

A former deputy prosecuting attorney and chief of the career criminal division in Little Rock, Mr. Hall is admitted to practice in the following states: New York, Nevada, Tennessee, the District of Columbia and Arkansas. Mr. Hall is also admitted to practice before a long list of federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and other federal courts in Arizona, New York, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas.

Mr. Hall is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. A former member of the board of directors for the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association, Mr. Hall also served as a member of the house of delegates of the Arkansas Bar Association.

With a major in English, Mr. Hall earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 from Hendrix College. In 1973, he then obtained a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%): Criminal Law, Felony, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Felony, Sex Offenses, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018

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  • Articles - Author of about 18 articles in NACDL's "The Champion," six law review articles, "Arkansas Guide to Executive Clemency," "Arkansas Criminal Justice Directory"

  • About John Hall, Jr.

    Admitted: 1973, Arkansas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.johnwesleyhall.com/About/John-W-Hall.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • NACDL's 22nd Annual Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award for Service to NACDL and the Criminal Defense Bar, 2002
    • American Bar Association's Top 100 Legal Blogs, 2015 - Present
    • Best of CLE Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 1997
    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated, 1991 - 2015
    • NACDL, Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, 2002 NORML, Al Horn Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Distinguished Counsel’s Circle (2016) ABA, Law Blawg 100 (2015-17) (top 100 law blawgs for fourthamendment.com)
    • Champion of Justice Award, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003
    • Outstanding Contributor Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1984
    • Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2015
    • Best Article, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1989
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2000 - 2015
    • Recognized as a Super Lawyer

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1999
    • President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008 - 2009
    • Lawyers Assistance Strike Force, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994 - 1997
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2008
    • International Criminal Court, 2004
    • Arkansas, 1973
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
    • International Criminal Bar, 2002 - Present
    • Nevada, 1993
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1984
    • President, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1987 - 1989
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1973
    • Life Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990 - Present
    • Treasurer, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 - 2005
    • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1999
    • First Vice-President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 - 2007
    • Past President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008 - 2009
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2003
    • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997 - 2003
    • House of Delegates, Arkansas Bar Association, 1976 - 1979
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1975
    • International Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Co-Draftsman, International Criminal Court Ethics Rules
    • Tennessee, 1987
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
    • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1983 - Present
    • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1975
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
    • Secretary, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 - 2004
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 1987
    • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, (Other Offices 2003 - 2010)
    • President-Elect, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - 2008
    • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 2000
    • Board of Directors, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1989 - 1995
    • International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1999
    • Board of Directors, International Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2002 - 2005
    • District of Columbia, 1975
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1973
    • Co-Draftsman, International Criminal Bar, International Criminal Court Ethics Rules
    • New York, 1996
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1988
    • Charter Member, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1973
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1983 - Present
    • Second Vice-President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2005 - 2006

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Arkansas Guide to Executive Clemency, 2010
    • www.FourthAmendment.com, Daily, 2003 - Present
    • Search and Seizure, First Edition, LCP, 1982; Second Edition, Vol. 1, 1991; Vol. 2, 1993: Third Edition, 2000; Fourth Edition, 2011; Fifth Edition, 2013, Lexis Law Publishing (Annual Supplement), supplemented at www.FourthAmendment.com
    • Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice, Thomson-West, Third Edition, 2005
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, Thomson-West, Fifth Edition, 2006
    • Speaker, Legal Ethics and Search and Seizure, Continuing Legal Education /Over 170 presentations in approx. 35 states, Canada, and The Hague, 1983 - Present
    • Lecturer, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, 1991
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, 1985
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, 1988
    • Symposium, 5K1.1 to be Obtained by Perjury--What do, What to Do?, 7 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 667, 2010
    • Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer, First Edition, LCP, 1987
    • Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer, Second Edition, Clark Boardman Callaghan (West Group), 1996 (Annual Supplement)
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, First Edition, 1986
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Second Edition, 1993
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Third Edition (West Group), 1998
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Fourth Edition (West Group) 1999
    • Arkansas Guide to Executive Clemency, 2010
    • DNA, Understanding, Controlling and Defeating the New Evidence of the 90s (3 Volumes, Approx. 4,200 Pages), Co-Compiler and Co-Editor with B. Scheck and P. Neufeld, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990
    • Arkansas Extradition Manual, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1978
    • Arkansas Prosecutors Trial Manual, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, (Editor and Chapter Author), 1977
    • Shining the Light in the Darkness of Guantanamo: the U.S. Criminal Defense Bar Takes on the Un-American Military Commissions, Quebec J. Int'l L., 2010
    • Essay, Government Surveillance of Attorney-Client Communications: Invoked in the Name of Fighting Terrorism, Geo. J. Legal Ethics, Vol. 17 No. 1, 2003
    • Handling Client Perjury After Nix v. Whiteside, A Criminal Defense Lawyers View, 42 Mercer Law Review 769 (symposium piece), 1991
    • Defensive Defense Lawyering or Defending the Criminal Defense Lawyer From the Client, 11 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Journal 329 (1989) (reprinted in at least six publications, including 2 Criminal Practice Law Review 281 (1990) and on WESTLAW) (Best Article Award)
    • In Defense of the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule-A Reply to Attorney General Smith, 6 University of Arkansas Little Rock Law Journal 227 (Best Contributor Award), 1984
    • The Prosecutors Subpoena Power, 33 Arkansas Law Review 122, 1979
    • Official Misconduct Under the Arkansas Criminal Code, 30 Arkansas Law Review 160, 1976
    • The Bounds of Prosecutorial Summation in Arkansas, 28 Arkansas Law Review 55, 1974
    • Occasional Columnist, Ethics and Criminal Practice Issues, The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Since 1990

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Lockhart v. Nelson, 1988
    • Wilson v. Arkansas, 1995

    Educational Background:

    • Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas, B.A., Major: English, 1970

    Industry Groups

    • American Board Of Criminal Lawyers; NACDL
    • Past President
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    Office Location for John Wesley Hall, Jr.

    1202 Main Street
    Suite 210
    Little Rock, AR 72202

    Phone: 501-371-9131

    Fax: 501-378-0888

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