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Mrs. Jonann C. Chiles

Jonann C. Chiles, P.A.
Sustaining Member
0000 Wood Road
Little Rock, AR 72207

Phone: 501.247.8801

Law School: Southern Methodist University (1989)

Practice Areas:

Legal Experience

Adjunct Professor, UALR Bowen School of Law (Federal Courts, Products Liability, Fall 2008 - Spring 2009)

Board Member, Legal Services Corporation (Nominated by President George W. Bush on March 13, 2006; Senate confirmation received June 29, 2006) Serving on Audit, Provision of Legal Services, and Operations and Regulations standing committees. Served on GAO Response Ad Hoc and Inspector General Search special committees) See

Friday, Eldredge & Clark (Little Rock, AR)
(Litigation Partner: January 1999 to May 2006; Litigation Associate: February 1994 to November 1997. Note: One- year special term as Chief Counsel for Ark. Dept. Human Services in 1998, see below)
Practice Emphasis: State and federal complex, commercial litigation, including mass tort, public nuisance, class action and business tort litigation. Note: Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rating (“Shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” Quoted from Martindale-Hubbell Website. See

Department of Human Services (Little Rock, AR)
Chief Counsel
(December 1997 to November 1998)
Supervised a staff of approximately 100 employees providing legal, administrative, audit and fraud investigation functions to the Department of Human Services.

Office of the Attorney General (Little Rock, AR)
Assistant Attorney General
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (August 1993 to February 1994)
Investigated and prosecuted Medicaid fraud and instances of abuse and neglect of the elderly and other vulnerable persons residing in care facilities receiving federal funds.

Goulston & Storrs (Boston, MA)
Staff Attorney (Litigation)
(October 1990 to June 1992)
Practice Emphasis: Commercial litigation, health care and environmental law.

Winstead, Sechrest & Minick (Dallas, TX)
Associate (Litigation)
(August 1989 to July 1990)
Practice Emphasis: Commercial litigation.

State Bar of Arkansas (1993)
State Bar of Massachusetts (1992)
State Bar of Texas (1989)
Eastern and Western Federal Districts of Arkansas
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern Federal District of Texas

Judicial Experience
Special Arkansas Supreme Court Justice:
Biedenharn v. Thicksten, 361 Ark. 438, 206 S.W.3d 837 (2005)
Staton v. American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Co., 362 Ark. 96, 207 S.W.3d 456 (2005)
Wal-Mart v. Binns, 341 Ark. 157, 15 S.W.3d 320 (2000)

Professional Activities
& Affiliations
Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation
Sustaining Member, Arkansas Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Association:
Member, Judicial Nominations Committee (2008-2009)
Member, Committee for a Modern Judiciary (2008-2009)
Member, Lawyers for Literacy (2006-2009)
Member, Judicial Article Implementation Task Force
Member, Statutory Revision Committee on Civil Matters(2001-2003)
Member, United States Supreme Court Historical Society
Member, Federalist Society
Member, Federal Rules Advisory Committee for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals(2001-2004)(Chair 2003-2004)
Member, Eighth Circuit Bar Association
Henry Woods Inn of Court (inactive)

Co-author/Editor, The Guide to Arkansas Statutes of Limitation
(Ark. Bar Assoc. 1997)
Co-author/Editor, The Arkansas Form Book (Civil Procedure Chapter)
(Ark. Bar Assoc. 1996)
Co-author, Protecting your Business from Unfair Competition, Arkansas
Business Magazine (1995)

Boards and Civic Activities
Board Member, Legal Services Corporation (see above)
Executive Board Member, Southern Methodist University School of Law (1999-present)
Southern Methodist University President’s Associates (2003)
Board Second Vice President, Florence Crittenton Home (2001-2002)
Steering Committee Member, Next Step Foundation (2002)
Sponsor, Big Brothers/Big Sisters (1999-2006)
Member, Governor’s Task Force on Juvenile Justice (1998)
Member, State Health Services Commission (1998)
Board Member,
Advocacy Services Inc. (1996-1997)

Political Affiliations
Sustaining Member, Republican National Lawyers’ Association
RNLA Arkansas Spokesperson on Judicial Nominations
Co-chair, Progress for America’s Arkansas for Judge Roberts
Co-chair, Progress for America’s Arkansas for Judge Alito
Sustaining Member, Republican National Committee
(1991 to Present)
Dallas County (Texas) Republican Eagles (2001-2002)
Republican Party of Arkansas, Sustaining Member
Pulaski County (Arkansas) Republican Committee

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, TX
Juris Doctor (1989)
Comments Editor, The International Lawyer
President, Student Bar Association
Outstanding SMU Graduate School Student (1989)
Outstanding SMU Law School Graduate (1989)
Outstanding SMU Woman Law School Graduate (1989)
Texas Bar Association/SMU Legal Professionalism Award (1987)
Order of the Barristers
Delta Theta Phi

University of Texas at Austin, TX
Bachelor of Business Administration (1986) Top 10%
(Graduated in 3 years and a summer term)
Texas-Exes Scholarship Recipient

Student Representative to UT Faculty Senate and Council of Deans

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