Overton S. Anderson, Of Counsel

Overton Anderson founded the firm in 1980 after an already successful career as a partner with a large Little Rock law firm. For well over three decades, he has set the standard for excellence that has become the hallmark of the firm’s client-driven practice. While now Of Counsel, he continues to provide invaluable insight and advice to the firm and its clients. Overton is an experienced litigator who has tried well over 100 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts throughout Arkansas. For the past 30 years, he concentrated his practice in the defense of physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases, although he has continued to defend other professionals, including architects, engineers, and attorneys in a variety of suits. Overton has always maintained an active insurance coverage practice for both insurers and insureds and continues to be one of the foremost attorneys in the state on coverage-related issues. Overton is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell—the highest rating for ethics and legal ability—and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers and by Best Lawyers in America and continues to serve as a member of numerous professional organizations, including the William R. Overton Inn of Court of which he is a charter member and past president.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice Defense
Insurance Law
Product Liability

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1968
Arkansas, 1973
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1973
U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1973
U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit

Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1968
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Associate Editor, Southwestern Law Journal
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1965
B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration

Honors and Awards:
Master of the Bench, William R. Overton Inn of Court (Past President)
Named by Mid-South Super Lawyers as an Arkansas Top 50 Lawyer 2006–2010 and 2014–2015
Recognized as Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 and 2021 for Appellate Practice and in 2016 and 2019 for Insurance Law
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America and Arkansas, 2003–2010, and 2015–2024
Listed, Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2006–2023
Martindale–Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
Arkansas Bar Foundation — Fellow
Arkansas Defense Counsel Association — Member
Texas Bar Association — Member
Arkansas Bar Association — Member
Pulaski County Bar Association — Member

Past Employment Positions:
United States Naval Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1968–1972

Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Phi Alpha Delta