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Jess Askew - Williams & Anderson PLC - USA

 (TAGLaw Member)

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Jess Askew III concentrates in the areas of business and commercial litigation and media law. Mr. Askew was born in Little Rock and graduated from Harvard University with honors in general studies, concentrating in philosophy, in 1982. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1986, where he was Order of the Coif, a member of the Thurston Society, a grades-based honor society, and an editorial board member of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. After law school, he served for two years as a law clerk in the chambers of Circuit Judge Richard Sheppard Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Before joining Williams & Anderson in 2000, Mr. Askew practiced with the Rose Law Firm, resigning as a partner in 1994, and in his own firm. He has litigated contracts and business issues, including corporate shareholder and director cases, franchise and dealership litigation, health care business disputes, medical credentialing, trade secrets, limited liability companies, insurance coverage, fiduciary cases, fraudulent transfers, real estate and riparian disputes, employment litigation, and corporate and partnership issues. His media practice involves newsgathering and media access issues. Mr. Askew has appeared in state courts throughout Arkansas and in federal courts on a regional basis from Texas to New York to Miami. He engineered the complex foreclosure and redevelopment of Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Theme Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mr. Askew coordinated the firm’s efforts to appeal the largest personal-injury verdict in the history of the state.

Mr. Askew is a member of the American Bar Association and its Litigation Section, Business Law Section, Forum on Franchising and Communications Law Forum, and the Media Defense Resource Institute. In the Arkansas Bar Association, he has served as a member of the House of Delegates and as Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee. He was a contributor to the Arkansas Bar Association’s treatise on Handling Appeals in Arkansas. He was the first Chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Litigation Section after its formation in 2000.


Email:  jaskew@williamsanderson.com

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