John Wesley Hall, Jr.

Attorney Profile

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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. founded the law firm of John Wesley Hall in 1979 to put his years of experience in criminal law to work for the people of Little Rock and the surrounding areas in central Arkansas. Today, after more than 40 years, the people of the region know to turn to him for criminal defense strategies for a wide range of charges, including the following:

• Drug offenses

• Internet crimes

• Violent crimes

• Weapons charges

• Sexual offenses

• Professional misconduc

t• White collar crimes

• Appellate matters

Mr. Hall began his legal career in 1973 after earning his law degree from University of Arkansas School of Law and his approval to practice law in the state of Arkansas. In addition to his approval to practice law in Arkansas' state courts, The District of Columbia Bar, the State Bar of Nevada, the states of Tennessee and New York, and a number of federal courts have also approved him to practice in their courtrooms, ensuring he can represent prospective clients regardless of the court with jurisdiction.

Over the course of Mr. Hall's 40-plus year legal career, he has earned a place among the nation's top criminal defense attorneys. He has a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and he has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Attorney Hall is an active and respected member of the legal community. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he received the Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award and served as president.

* 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, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar (30%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2017

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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

    Honors and Awards:

    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated, 1991 - 2015
    • Recognized as a SuperLawyer
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2000 - 2015
    • Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2006 - 2015
    • Outstanding Contributor Award, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1984
    • Best of CLE Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 1997
    • Best Article, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Journal, 1989
    • Champion of Justice Award, Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003
    • NACDL's 22nd Annual Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award for Service to NACDL and the Criminal Defense Bar, 2002

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • 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
    • Occasional Columnist, Ethics and Criminal Practice Issues, The Champion, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Since 1990
    • The Bounds of Prosecutorial Summation in Arkansas, 28 Arkansas Law Review 55, 1974
    • Official Misconduct Under the Arkansas Criminal Code, 30 Arkansas Law Review 160, 1976
    • The Prosecutors Subpoena Power, 33 Arkansas Law Review 122, 1979
    • 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
    • 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)
    • Handling Client Perjury After Nix v. Whiteside, A Criminal Defense Lawyers View, 42 Mercer Law Review 769 (symposium piece), 1991
    • Essay, Government Surveillance of Attorney-Client Communications: Invoked in the Name of Fighting Terrorism, Geo. J. Legal Ethics, Vol. 17 No. 1, 2003
    • 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
    • Arkansas Prosecutors Trial Manual, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, (Editor and Chapter Author), 1977
    • Arkansas Extradition Manual, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, 1978
    • 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 Guide to Executive Clemency, 2010
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, First Edition, 1986
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Second Edition, 1993
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Fourth Edition (West Group) 1999
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, LCP, Third Edition (West Group), 1998
    • Trial Handbook for Arkansas Lawyers, Thomson-West, Fifth Edition, 2006
    • Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer, Second Edition, Clark Boardman Callaghan (West Group), 1996 (Annual Supplement)
    • Professional Responsibility of the Criminal Lawyer, First Edition, LCP, 1987
    • Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice, Thomson-West, Third Edition, 2005
    • Symposium, 5K1.1 to be Obtained by Perjury--What do, What to Do?, 7 Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 667, 2010
    • Speaker, Legal Ethics and Search and Seizure, Continuing Legal Education /Over 170 presentations in approx. 35 states, Canada, and The Hague, 1983 - Present
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, 1988
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law, Little Rock, 1985
    • Lecturer, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, 1991
    • www.FourthAmendment.com, Daily, 2003 - Present

    Verdicts and Settlements:

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

    Educational Background:

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

    Industry Groups

  • American Board Of Criminal Lawyers
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    Office Location for John Wesley Hall, Jr.

    1202 Main Street
    Suite 210
    Little Rock, AR 72202

    Phone: 501-371-9131

     

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