Bradley D. Jesson

Of Counsel

P.O. Box 10127
Fort Smith, AR 72917-0127
P: 479-452-2200
F: 479-452-9097

Mr. Jesson's practice centers on civil litigation with an emphasis in complex business and commercial litigation, including oil and gas matters. He, also, maintains an active appellate and probate practice. As a former Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Mr. Jesson’s legal acumen is well respected throughout the State. Known for his depth of experience and steadfast integrity, Mr. Jesson’s counsel and advice is sought by clients, fellow attorneys and members of the community. For more than 50 years, he has dedicated his practice to serving the public.

Representative Experience

Maintaining an active trial and appellate practice, focused on oil and gas matters, railroad defense and complex commercial litigation;

Serving as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court; and

Serving as Special Master for the Arkansas Supreme Court in Lakeview School District v. Huckabee, the premier case involving the financing of public education in Arkansas.


B.A., with Honors, University of Tulsa, 1954
J.D., University of Arkansas, 1959

Public Service

Chief Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1995-1996
Special Master, Arkansas Supreme Court, 2003-2007
Trustee, University of Arkansas, 1974-1985; Chairman, 2002-2004
Legislative Secretary to Governor Dale Bumpers, 1971-1972
City Attorney of Fort Smith, 1964-1965
Law Clerk for U.S. District Judge John E. Miller, 1959-1961


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Outstanding Lawyer Award, Arkansas Bar Association, 2001-2002
Distinguished Lawyer Award, Natural Resources Section of the Arkansas Bar Association, 2002
Top Lawyer in Arkansas, AY Magazine, 2010 (Bet the Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation)


Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Claims


Arkansas Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Foundation (President 1999-2000)
American Law Institute
American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association
Sebastian County Bar Association (President 1967-1968)

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