Dan F. Bufford - RETIRED 12/31/2016
Dan joined the Firm in 1973 after completing a one year internship as a law clerk in the Pulaski County Circuit Courts. He is second in firm seniority, a senior partner, and has been with the firm for a total of thirty-six years. His practice, primarily, includes automobile negligence claims, general insurance defense, school litigation, premises liability, professional E&O defense, municipal liability, employment discrimination, and civil rights.
Dan has obtained the highest Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Rating of "AV.” He has been selected to the lists of Best Lawyers in America, as well as a Mid-South Super Lawyer, since 2008. He is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Arkansas, and was licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1999.
Dan is also a Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. The Foundation awards approximately 40 scholarships annually to students at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville and UALR Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, in addition to funding special law-related projects such as the statewide Mock Trial Competition.
Dan was born in Paragould, Arkansas, on February 20, 1945, and was admitted to the bar in 1972 after graduating from the University of Arkansas with his juris doctorate that same year. His undergraduate work was at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1967. While in college, he was a member of the Tiger basketball team, Blue Key, and the Sigma Alpha Sigma Social Club. During his law school days, he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity and was on the Law Review, serving on its editorial board in 1971-1972.
Currently, Dan is a member of the Pulaski County, Arkansas and American Bar Associations, the Defense Counsel Bar of Arkansas, Defense Research Institute, the NSBA Counsel of School Attorneys, the William H. Overton Inn of Court and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.