• Vanderbilt Law School J.D. (1976)
  • Hendrix College B.A. (1973)

M. Samuel Jones, III.

Of Counsel
Phone:(501) 688.8812
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Sam Jones entered the trenches of litigation even before being formally admitted to the Bar and has stayed there since. He has litigated multiple state and regional matters focusing primarily upon products and education litigation for almost 40 years. His litigation experience also includes securities litigation, government litigation, insurance coverage litigation and environmental matters.


  • Lead counsel for the largest cotton picker multi-district litigation in the history of the country. Litigated to conclusion in favor of the manufacturer.
  • Co-lead counsel in the trial of the longest Clean Water Act action ever defended in Arkansas. Tried to conclusion.
  • Co-lead counsel in the largest school funding litigation ever commenced in Arkansas. Tried to conclusion over four years with victory for the school districts.
  • Lead counsel for the defense in the largest desegregation case ever brought in Arkansas spanning over 30 years until finally settled.
  • Lead counsel in multi-million dollar environmental insurance coverage litigation resulting in jury verdict for Arkansas’ largest oil and natural resources company
  • Twenty-five oral arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Litigation-Real Estate, Litigation-Securities, and Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants (2011-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Bet-the-Company-Litigation (2010-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America©:  Commercial Litigation (2009-2021)
  • Best Lawyers®:  Securities "Lawyer of the Year" (2018, 2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Schools & Education (2006-2008, 2011-2020)


  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Arkansas School Boards Association
  • Wildwood Park for the Arts

News & Articles

Firm News


  • “Avoiding Litigation” published in the Gifted Child Quarterly. Presenter, “Nursing Home Litigation” American Trial Lawyers Association annual meeting. Faculty Member, Hastings College of Trial Advocacy. Contributor National Municipal Liability Reporter.