Mariam T. Hopkins, Partner

Mariam Hopkins is a senior partner who has been with the firm since 1991. She has been instrumental in building the firm’s medical malpractice and nursing home defense team and was even named as Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year in medical malpractice law for defendants in 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 and 2024. Mariam’s time clerking for Judge Stephen Reasoner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas gave her practical insight in federal practice, and her experience successfully trying even the most difficult cases in Arkansas has made her one of the most sought after civil defense attorneys in the state. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Inns of Court and has been recognized by her peers and the Arkansas Supreme Court for her service to the legal community. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mariam is regularly listed in Best Lawyers in America and Mid-South Super Lawyers and has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the Mid-South. She maintains an active client-focused trial practice, primarily centering on medical malpractice defense.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice Defense
Professional Malpractice Defense
General Insurance Defense
Nursing Home Defense
Property and Casualty Defense

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Arkansas, 1988
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1988
U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1988
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1988
J.D. with High Honors
Law Review: University of Arkansas Law Review, Assistant Research Editor
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR, 1985
B.S.E. With Honors

Honors and Awards:
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2005–2024)
Listed, Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006–2023)
Listed, Best Lawyers’ “Women in the Law” (2016-2019)
Named by Mid-South Super Lawyers as one of Arkansas’ Top 50 Lawyers (2007–2023)
Named one of Mid-South’s Top 50 Women (2011–2022)
Recognized by Best Lawyers’ as the Lawyer of the Year for Little Rock Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants in 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, and 2024
Recognized by Best Lawyers’ in 2014 and 2022 as the Little Rock Personal Injury Litigation — Defendants “Lawyer of the Year”
Recognized by Best Lawyers’ in 2015 and 2024 as the Little Rock Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
Martindale–Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships:
International Academy of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
American Board of Trial Advocates — Member
International Society of Barristers — Fellow
International Association of Defense Counsel — Member
Defense Research Institute — Member
Eagle International Associates, Inc. — Member
Eagle Diversity Institute – Member
Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel — Member
Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers — Member
Arkansas Health Care Association — Member
Henry Woods Inn of Court — Past President, Charter Member
William Overton Inn of Court — Past President
Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice — Former Member
Federal Civil Practice Committee — Former Member
Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
American Bar Association — Member
Arkansas Bar Association — Member
Pulaski County Bar Association — Member