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P.O. Box 7808
315 East Eighth Avenue
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611
Telephone: 870-534-5532
Facsimile: 870-534-5582
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Michael J. Dennis

Practice Focus

Mr. Dennis is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in representation of clients encompassing personal injury, products liability, construction, transportation, commercial litigation and workers compensation.

From 2009 to present, Mr. Dennis was named each year as a “Super Lawyer” in the area of Civil Defense Litigation, by Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, and in 2008 was selected for inclusion in the Corporate Counsel edition of Super Lawyers magazine. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of workers compensation.

Representative Cases
Mr. Dennis has tried jury trials in matters involving personal injury and wrongful death, in the areas of general tort liability and products liability. He has also litigated matters involving automobile accidents, premises liability, construction/contractor liability, and others. His representative trials include:
  • Williams, et al. vs. Scott Tractor Company LLC - Ashley Circuit NO 05-293-3 - Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation under State Civil Rights Act, Summary Judgment granted October 19, 2009.
  • James Wheeler vs. ADT & Tyco International (US) Inc. - (co-trial counsel) - alleged cervical spine injury resulting in recommendation for surgery. Economic damage specials of $750,000 with a like amount for pain and suffering. Jury award of $14,400. Tried August 2008.
  • Fed Ex Freight vs. American Inks - Tried June 11 and June 12, 2007. Plaintiff sought judgment against Defendant for environmental remediation of spilled ink being transported by Plaintiff. Plaintiffs requested judgment of $640,000. Defendant’s verdict.
  • Lowry vs. Watson Chapel School District - Tried September 2007. Lawsuit by students who were disciplined for black arm band protest against school dress code alleging first amendment rights violation. Defendant’s verdict achieved on issue of damages.
  • Martin vs. Watson Chapel School District - Teacher sued school district alleging race discrimination for failure to promote to administrative position. Lowest settlement demand prior to trial $375,000. Jury verdict of $150,000.
  • Smith vs. Watson Chapel School District - Religious discrimination and retaliation trial, defendant's verdict.
Professional Background
Michael J. Dennis joined Bridges, Young, Matthews & Drake PLC in January 1983. He is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Jefferson County Bar Association, Arkansas Defense Counsel Association, Defense Research Institute and the International Association of Defense Counsel (invitation only).
Past Chair of the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; past member of the Jefferson County Port Authority; past chair of the Arkansas Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee.
Michael J. Dennis

Contact Info

Michael J. Dennis

315 East 8th Avenue
P.O. Box 7808
Pine Bluff, AR 71611

870-541-6141 Phone
870-534-5582 Fax

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Catastrophic Litigation
Workers’ Compensation
School Law
School Districts
J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law
Southern Illinois University
Bar Admissions
1983, Arkansas
Arkansas State Courts, 1983
U.S. District Court, Eastern & Western District of Arkansas, 1983
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1983
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994